New York Magazine has an has an interesting little piece on Barack Obama:
A woman stands up and tosses Obama what I assume she thinks is a bit of red meat. What, she asks, does the senator think of the pervasiveness of religion in public discourse these days? Obama doesnï¿½t take the bait.
ï¿½No one would say that Dr. King should leave his moral vision at the door before getting involved in public-policy debate,ï¿½ he answers. ï¿½He says, ï¿½All Godï¿½s children.ï¿½ ï¿½Black man and white man, Jew and Gentile, Protestant and Catholic.ï¿½ He was speaking religiously. So we have to remember that not every mention of God is automatically threatening a theocracy.
ï¿½On the other hand,ï¿½ he continues, ï¿½religious folks need to understand that separation of church and state isnï¿½t there just to protect the state from religion, but religion from the state.ï¿½ He points out that, historically speaking, the most ardent American supporters of the separation between church and state were Evangelicalsï¿½and Jefferson and Franklin. ï¿½Who were Deists, by the way,ï¿½ he adds, ï¿½but challenged all kinds of aspects of Christianity. They didnï¿½t even necessarily believe in the divinity of Christ, which is not something that gets talked about a lot.ï¿½
That’s good, but it’s not the cool part; this is:
Obamaï¿½s first year in office, he voted for cloture on the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court (though not for the nomination itself), earning dozens of angry posts on Daily Kos, a hugely well-trafficked liberal blog. Obama responded with a polite but stern four-page note.
ï¿½One good test as to whether folks are doing interesting work is, Can they surprise me?ï¿½ he tells me. ï¿½And increasingly, when I read Daily Kos, it doesnï¿½t surprise me. Itï¿½s all just exactly what I would expect.ï¿½
Now that’s a Democrat who can see straight.