In looking over the literature of those seeking the presidential nominations, I found this:"A sense of proportion should . . . guide those who police the boundaries between church and state. . . It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase 'under God'; I certainly didn't.
"Having voluntary student prayer groups using school property to meet should not be a threat, any more than its use by the High School Republicans should threaten Democrats. And one can envision certain faith-based programs - targeting ex-offenders or substance abusers - that offer a uniquely powerful way of solving problems."
Sen. Barack Obama, a Democrat. They were part of a speech delivered last year to a gathering of evangelical Christians. The address could be seen as a caution to the far left of his party that rote hostility toward anything that smacks of God makes neither political, nor common, nor ontological sense.
A look at all the savagery throughout history done in the name of God proves religion can have a dark side. Yet Obama knows faith also has the power to heal and to transform lives.
Florida's constitution provides for a separation of church and state, and this has served Florida well. That's because politicians and courts haven't taken its interpretation to ridiculous extremes.
Faith-based programs in Florida's prisons have turned hardened criminals into productive citizens. God is a fundamental part of twelve-step programs used in state-funded drug and alcohol treatment programs that have enabled people to confront their substance abuse problems. Eliminate spiritually-based programs from Florida's prisons and treatment centers, and the result would be the loss of thousands of lives.
Ancient Greek philosophers urged, "Moderation and reasonableness in all things." When it comes to God and government, Obama seems to be following their advice.
Obama may be the nation's next president. If he's elected, it will be due in no small measure to his willingness to challenge the dogma of those secularists who would totally ban God from the public square.