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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Petty people and their implications

So... there is an uproar about President Obama's Thanksgiving address this year. (transcript, video) Some people are having a fit because he didn't use the word "God".

Seriously, people?  Did you actually listen to or read the address?  Okay, no.  He did not use the word "God" in his speech but he did talk about being "my brother's keeper" and "my sister's keeper".  He did talk about having faith and mentioned blessings.  If those aren't religious terms, I don't know what they are. Trust me.  God was in that speech even if he wasn't mentioned by name.

I really wonder why people go out of their way to create an uproar over nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

I, personally, was pleased to see that the President was more inclusive by not using the word "God".  See - lest we forget - not everyone in this country is a Christian.  There are people of various different faiths living here and every time the President uses the word "God" he is exluding those who use a different term for their deity (or deities) or who don't believe in a deity (or deities).

As for those who are using this as some sort of indication of.... something or another: They are being petty and ridiculous.  If you have a problem with some of the President's policies, then say so.  If you have a problem with the President because he isn't the one you voted for, then too bad.  Deal with it.  Just don't go making implications that have no basis in fact.

Image of North America nebula courtesy of NASA

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