‘For me, as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required,’ ” Obama said. ‘It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.’
Recently, Barack Obama has used themes of social justice, rooted in religious doctrine, to explain the fundamentals of his economic vision and to draw clear distinctions between himself and the Republican frontrunners. Notably, the president has tied his Christian faith and its emphasis on the “least among us,” to highlight clear differences between himself and Mitt Romney recently caught on camera, professing that he worried little about “the very poor.”
While one can understand that a man carrying the weight of the world, literally, on his shoulders finds comfort in the tenets of religious faith. The question begs asking, is this appropriate for the president of the United States? Or more correctly, the president of all of the United States, including its various faiths, beliefs and ideologies? Is it appropriate for the Commander-in-Chief to become the Preacher-in-Chief, a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson whose fear of being seen as too religious caused him to shy away from religious proclamations? Could it be argued that religious fueled language by the nation’s leader violates the threads of religious separation of church and state, a key component of America’s foundation of religious liberty?