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Do you care? Obama leaves God out...

Posted by on Nov. 27, 2011 at 6:40 PM
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Obama Leaves God out of Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics

ABC NewsBy JOEL SIEGEL | ABC News 

Obama Leaves God out of Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics (ABC News)
Obama Leaves God out of Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics (ABC News)

Critics of President Obama felt little holiday cheer after the president did not thank God in his Thanksgiving-themed weekly Internet address. They immediately took to Twitter and the Internet to voice anger and disbelief.

"Holy cow! Is that one screwed up or what?" columnist Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote in a Thanksgiving-morning blog post.

"Somebody ought to remind Obama (and his speechwriter) that when Americans sit down around a meal today and give thanks, they give thanks to God."

Over on the website of Fox News Radio, radio host Todd Starnes also took issue.

"His remarks were void of any religious references, although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God," Starnes wrote.

"The president said his family was 'reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are,'" Starnes said. "For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful they are."

The popular website of London's Daily Mail has taken the issue global, with a story under the headline "What a Turkey! Outrage as Obama Leaves God Out of His Thanksgiving Address."

Obama mentioned God once in a closing "God bless you," to Americans watching the Internet address. However, the President explicitly thanked God earlier in the week in his written Thanksgiving proclamation, which called the holiday "one of our nation's oldest and most cherished traditions," and an occasion that "brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives."

"As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come," Obama wrote.

Ironically, the attacks on Obama came as the Republican White House hopefuls suspended their criticism of the president on Thursday in favor of a unified message of thanks to U.S. service members and their families.

Three of the Republican presidential candidates - Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum - issued Thanksgiving statements that omitted any references to God. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Perry mentioned God in their statements.

Obama, like his predecessors, records an address each week that focuses on an issue the White House wants to spotlight. The messages are typically posted on the Internet at the start of the weekend, but this week's address - with its Thanksgiving theme - was issued before the holiday.

In this week's address, delivered from the White House, Obama said, "We are especially grateful for the men and women who defend our country overseas," and he said, "We're also grateful for the Americans taking time from their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters."

He acknowledged this Thanksgiving would be "more difficult than most" for many Americans because of the economy, but added, "No matter how tough things are right now, we still give thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny."

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-leaves-god-thanksgiving-speech-riles-critics-173023786.html

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cedailey
by on Nov. 27, 2011 at 7:35 PM
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Doesn't bother me one bit.  We are all thankful, and each individual knows inside to whom she is thankful.  A politician mentioning or not mentioning a diety has no impact on the beliefs of any individual.

TruthSeeker.
by CM Junkie on Nov. 27, 2011 at 7:35 PM
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He's just being a politician. I don't personally care one way or another.
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Sekirei
by Member on Nov. 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM
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Nope... I would be more put out if he added it in.

cbk_mom3
by Silver Member on Nov. 27, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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Yes, I care VERY MUCH! God has been left out of things in this country for far too long, and him pulling that stunt just makes it worse. Yeah, some great "unbiased" leader he is!

terrilynne79
by on Nov. 27, 2011 at 8:37 PM
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It bothers me that they are taking God out of everything - not just leaving it out of a speech.  This country was founded by and is still mostly Christian people.  Freedom of religion leaves it open for anyone to thank their God, whoever that may be or not at all.  I'm getting angry that it's being considered so politically incorrect.  Separation of church and state was meant to be a checks and balances system like in accounting, to safeguard Americans from being overuled or unjustly persecuted by either one ... not to have God taken out of the Pledge of Allegance, or In God We Trust taken off our money.   

It bothers me even more that we probably paid for studies and had a huge committee paid to sit around on a taxpayers tab to decide whether Obama could mention God in his speech.  

Sekirei
by Member on Nov. 27, 2011 at 8:45 PM
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resisting urge to correct historical errors...

bolz08
by on Nov. 27, 2011 at 8:49 PM
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I love God and it doesn't bother me one bit.

-Eilish-
by Johnson 2012 on Nov. 27, 2011 at 8:53 PM
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Not really. I don't expect a non-Christian to reference God. (and no, I don't think he's Muslim either). I don't look to Obama for spiritual guidance, or for religious conformity. I don't expect it from him, and for him to pay disingenuous lip service is legalistic and against my Christian faith anyway. His lack of gratitude towards God is between he and God.

angelenia
by Member on Nov. 27, 2011 at 9:03 PM
doesn't bother me a bit:)
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SisterPeach
by Member on Nov. 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM
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Me, either. Why do people care about this?

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

He's just being a politician. I don't personally care one way or another.


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