Instead of saying what we are not, how about saying what we are? Something like We are a nation of diverse people: Jews, Muslims, Christians, and more. Those with faith, and those without. But we are all committed to building bridges and creating solutions...
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 10, 2009
Is America a nation of faith? Those with faith are often at odds with those who don't believe. Or those with different faiths are often at odds with each other. The intersection of life and faith can be a hotbed of emotions. These are the types of difficult topics Berggren tackles in his new book and blog available at 10thingsihate.com
In a recent post on his website, Berggren takes issue with a statement President Obama made during a joint press conference this week with Turkish President Gul. President Obama said that "We (Americans) do not consider ourselves a Christian nation..." While Berggren agrees America is not a theocracy, was never a theocracy, and he has no desire to see that end, he wonders if this was a poor choice of words.
Although Newsweek's recent article "The End of Christian America" hails the departure of many people from the Christian faith, Berggren contends most Americans will be celebrating Easter in some form or fashion.
"Why would the President say that?" Berggren asks.
He suggests the President's approach (along with other statements on the visit) emphasizes the negative. In contrast, Berggren suggests a positive approach when representing the US in the theater of world events:
"Instead of saying what we are not, how about saying what we are? Something like We are a nation of diverse people: Jews, Muslims, Christians, and more. Those with faith, and those without. But we are all committed to building bridges and creating solutions..."
Berggren argues that although America may not officially be a Christian nation, it is still largely a nation of Christians since most citizens still affiliate with this faith to some degree, "It is proportionately Christian. I think this was just a poor choice of words from our President. Although I believe it was meant to be inclusionary, it was in fact exclusionary. After watching the press conference, I just don't think it worked."
To learn more about Jason T. Berggren, his groundbreaking book, or his blog please visit 10thingsihate.com.