October 28, 2003

A tacit bias

Though America does not like to admit it, religion still is present in many facets of government. Yes, I do have links to support that claim, especially in this Reuters article concerning Bush and the Boykin saga.

In this article about U.S. Muslim leaders left out during Ramadan festivities at the White House, Bush claims that the United States supports and welcomes Muslims into this country. Great. Wonderful. Nice politician statement.

But what isn't he saying? He welcomes Muslims, but who is he leaving out? If a group of witches were to descend upon the White House (religiously affiliated), for example, I believe they would be turned away. A bias in its self.

The Methodist president seems to stand behind something that is relevant to the present conflicts, but does not see the entire picture.

Should the president even celebrate religious celebrations that stand outside his religious affiliation? Tough question. He is an American, he can be free, but he is also representing all Americans. Shouldn't he do so?

Posted by Amanda Cochran at October 28, 2003 10:12 PM

wow, that's a tough one. I don't really know if the president should celebrate holidays outside his religion. I mean, if we all did that, school would have to be all year round because there would be Yom Kippur, Roshoshanna (sp? sorry...), Haunkkah, and innumerable other religious holidays... we'd really be internationally informed, but really, what would be the point? Wouldn't that seem demeaning to the meaning behind the holidays if everyone celebrated these special days?

Posted by: KarissaKilgore at October 29, 2003 7:50 AM
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