A pivotal change in history was made in the USA today. A man of mixed race and skin color has been elected as President.
In his inaugural speech the new President acknowledged not only the racial mix of the nation, but the religious mix as well. This included reference to the presence of citizens with no religious beliefs.
In this inauguration the racial mix of the US Nation was acknowledged and peoples of various racial lines and mixtures were given pride of place and permitted to engage fully in the ceremony. In contradistinction to the multi-racial participation in the ceremony, the only participants from among the mixed bag of religious persuasions who were given a place in the performance were all conservative Christians. There were no Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Scientologists, Hindus, Wiccans, Humanists or Atheists who were given equal rights of expression in the celebration and well-wishing of the occasion.
The skin color barrier has at last been broken in the highest echelons of the Nation. The next hurdle is the religious barrier. That hurdle includes the granting of equal rights and equal respect for those with no religious beliefs. Only then can the US claim to be a world leader in human rights. Let us assist with the march towards this lofty ideal.