A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog wondering what new language of religion will be used in the next campaign. Perhaps I could have learned a little by watching last night’s State of the Union–but I didn’t.
Someone with the same interest I have in social change and its reflection in civic language wrote about the two inaugaral speeches by President Obama. He saw differences in Obama’s references to religion in his two inagural speeches.
In Obama’s first campaign, he was critical of other Democrats who did not wear their religious creds on their sleaves. He did so. In his inaugural speech, he made traditional references to our shared Judeo Christian heritiage.
During the four years that followed, there were changes. One was Obama’s falling out with his Pastor, Jeremy White.
Another was a change in the religious political landscape. Polls showed a rapid increase in the percentage of people who no longer identify with a religion. The current number used is about twenty percent.
In Obama’s second inagural speech, he said we are a people who share values of community, prosperity, mutual care for each other, stewardship of the land, peace making and human rights. It was a spot in his speech where shared Judeo Christian heritage could have been inserted.
These values fit our Judeao Christian history, but he never said this. Instead, he left values that represent the broadest specturms of spirituality, including none at all.
We may have seen the future a couple of years ago.