There has been a lot of discussion on Obama’s Christian identity and himself talked much about it. However, his speeches on other issues can reveal more about his faith than his direct references to his faith. This is what I thought when reading a speech of his about books, education and literacy.
We can not expect from a politician of a secular state to connect frequently or thoroughly religion and politics. However, in a speech about education and personal growth religion has a place, whether the speaker decides to refer to religion explicitly or implicitly. What makes me feel uncomfortable with Obama is not that he didn’t make any reference at all to faith; it is something more important, it is the fact that his ideas on education are against faith – against any faith, Christian or not. Let me quote the conclusion of his speech (full text here).
There’s nothing we want more than to nurture that hope; to make all those possibilities and all those opportunities real for our children; to have the ability to answer the question, “What can I be when I grow up?” with “Anything you want – anything you can dream of.”