Obama just spiritual says Dawkins, but in 2008 …

Dawkins has slightly moved from what I reported earlier on here to saying that Obama is ‘vaguely “spiritual”‘


This however as I mentioned in the above cited blog is not borne out by the evidence. I think we can say that Obama is a Christian who is also a secularist. It does seem that Dawkins has difficulty saying that, so dismisses the thought that Obama is truly religious as a result.

A memory stirred to a blog in 2008 during the Democratic Primary. Sure enough, Obama’s campaign produced a pamphlet detailing his Christian credentials:


Even PZ Myers was unenthusiastic about campaigning for Obama because of his Christianity back then.

In 2008 Newsweek did a very in depth story on Obama’s spiritual journey Finding His Faith. So why is Dawkins saying what he is about Obama? Out of ignorance?

My fear is that secularism is being claimed as for atheists only – which I think plays into the religious fundamentalist’s and Christian Right’s hands. The meme that you cannot be religious and secularist has to be stopped. I am saddened that Dawkins cannot just leave it at what Obama stands for.

Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog


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