Easter and Passover remarks from a politician that an atheist can appreciate

As a non-believer, I appreciate it whenever President Obama includes me and my brethren in his religion-related remarks like he did yesterday in his weekly radio address:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder Dinner for family, staff and friends, in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)Christ’s triumph over death holds special meaning for Christians.  But all of us, no matter how or whether we believe, can identify with elements of His story.  The triumph of hope over despair.  Of faith over doubt. The notion that there is something out there that is bigger than ourselves.

These beliefs help unite Americans of all faiths and backgrounds.  They shape our values and guide our work.  They put our lives in perspective.

So to all Christians celebrating the Resurrection with us, Michelle and I want to wish you a blessed and Happy Easter.  And to all Americans, I hope you have a weekend filled with joy and reflection, focused on the things that matter most.  God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

So to to all LoGro readers, I hope your day is filled with joy and reflection, focused on the things that matter most.


  1. That is sorta cool. I always thought it was sort of a jerk move for politicians to pretend that only people of their religion count.

    April 8, 2012
  2. Most countries celebrate some form of springtime as the resurrection of the flora and the new life comes forth all around.
    Surely, the soul is given to sympathetic feelings of the renewal. And just as the human being is tied to the earth for survival, so, the soul is tied to the ideals upon which it’s growth depends. Hope, faith and love eternal for all people in all time to feed the soul every season, but especially when the light expands over time. A politician who does not see that is a politician that has minimal appeal, imho.

    April 8, 2012

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