Sandy Rios of the American Family Association is quite upset that President Obama actually mentioned the existence of people other than Christians in his inaugural address and in previous speeches, as though non-Christians were equal citizens with Christians.
He has mentioned atheists several times in several public addresses. He’s given them equal standing with other religions. He’s made a point of saying people who don’t have any faith at all, he said we are a nation of atheists. Remember he said that, and I don’t know if he said that in the inaugural, we are a nation of atheists and Christians and Hindus and you know, it’s like the list makes it equal even though we are still overwhelmingly a nation that identifies as Christian, and I’m talking about that term in terms really strictly of identity, not in terms of really having a life-changing and powerful experience with the living God through Jesus Christ. The broader definition of Christian, that goes to a Christian church. But now he’s putting, when he lists all these denominations and atheists and Buddhists and Muslims, it’s like we’re all equal, of equal proportion, and we are not.
Yeah, how dare Obama actually acknowledge the existence of non-Christians? Doesn’t he know that only Christians matter? By the way, less than a fourth of Americans regularly attend church, though many more people claim that they do. People like to claim that they go to church because they conceive of that question as really meaning “I’m a good person.” But when you track actual behavior through time diaries, studies show that few people actually do go to church on a regular basis.