Obama addresses the opening of the 2010 U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. I especially like this:
Thank you all for being here. As leaders in government, academia, media, business, faith organizations and civil society, you understand that we are all bound together by common aspirations—to live with dignity, to get an education, to enjoy healthy lives, to live in peace and security, and to give our children a better future.
Spoken like a secular humanist, and let's applaud his restraint in declining to plug a universal longing for government sponsored health care on his list of aspirations (I am scoring "enjoy healthy lives" as a mere flirtation).And we all know how popular secular humanism is in the Muslim world, right? Of course, it is possible to defend the way Obama addressed his audience:
Oh, well - if Obama was trying to describe common ground between America and the Islamic world he missed a key point. But if he was focusing on the common ground between the European and American liberal intelligentsia and the Islamic world, the omission of religion makes perfect sense.Read the whole thing.
Now if we could only find that common ground betwen "the European and American liberal intelligentsia and the Islamic world."
I just know I saw it around here somewhere...
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