I've always been under the impression that our president is a skeptic who simply chose to to not alienate his most fervent supporters. Re: Reverend Jeremiah Wright. But fuck, I wish he'd just come out and say it, "I DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD BECAUSE I'M NOT AN IDIOT." I feel like after the initial backlash, it'd spread atheism & rationality throughout the community like wildfire (which would be incredible). There's no harm in dreaming, I guess (like him winning a second term).
What a chilling speech, but so well executed. I never expected such words to come from him, have I been dreaming?
The blunt end of the stick is that he won't ... because, in this day and age, it would be political suicide. This belief-centric, adolescent culture still needs to believe in a deity, and atheists are not only one of the smaller minorities around, but the least trusted of any of them.
I would love for Obama to come out. I would PREFER that he get a second term ... and maybe come out THEN ... say after the 2014 elections, when NOBODY can do ANYTHING about it, short of impeachment ... which would look pretty damned STUPID.