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In 2008, our nation broke through a barrier, electing an African-American to be president of the United States.
In 2016, another barrier may very well be broken. All polls indicate that a woman or a Latino has a very good chance of being elected to be our 45th president.
But there is another barrier -- an important one in the eyes of the world -- that is almost certain not to be smashed. Barring an unprecedented political upheaval, the next president of the United States will be a Christian, just like virtually all of his (or her) predecessors. The only exceptions may have been Thomas Jefferson, who abandoned orthodox Christianity, and Abraham Lincoln, who often spoke of God and frequently quoted the Bible, but who never joined a church.
The demographics of the United States have changed dramatically, but religion remains the elephant in our room. In a poll taken three-and-a-half years ago, 40% of Americans said they would not vote for their party's presidential nominee if he were a Muslim. If the nominee were an atheist, 43% wouldn't vote for him.
And if we do, can we then evolve to the point that the president's religion isn't an issue ... isn't even worth mentioning?
If the answer is yes, it will send a message to the rest of the world that we truly are the "shining city on a hill," where every parent can tell every child that we live in a country that breaks through every barrier, and that he or she truly can grow up to become president of the United States.
originally posted by: windword
a reply to: FamCore
Sounds like Bernie Sanders is your man. Isn't he agnostic?
originally posted by: UnBreakable
a reply to: CharlieSpeirs
We've had a non-Christian president for the past eight years for all intents and purposes. He never goes to church and attended Jeremiah Wright's church in the campaign lead up to 2008 to portray himself as a Christian. The country was ready to elect a black president, but not if he wasn't Christian. That would've been too much. I'm not saying Obama is a Muslim, either. I just believe he practices no religion, including Christianity.
"Jeremiah Wright: I “Made It Comfortable” For Obama to Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam"
"Obama Doesn’t Attend Church So As Not to Distract Others, Says Advisor"
originally posted by: Lazarus Short
We've already had the Jewish Dwight Eisenhower and the Muslim Barry Soetoro. Yeah, we're ready.