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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thoughts on the New President

"From all that we have seen and heard and read, Obama is a man of unusual intelligence, insight, and vision. He is a rare combination of idealism and activism, a politician and citizen who considers himself an American first and foremost, rather than an individual with a hyphenated nationality and subgroup loyalties. He is, in the tradition of the country, a man of faith, but also enlightened enough to respect those who find fulfillment beyond his own pews, or in no traditional religion at all. He has his own convictions about traditional morality, but respects those of others in so far as they don't perturb the personal lives of their fellow citizens. Most of all, he feels deep in his heart that our problems can never be solved, let alone to the full satisfaction of all, by harping on our acute differences and rubbing in ad nauseam our past mutual hurts, but only by looking into the future, holding hands together as dedicated citizens of the nation and of the world," says V.V. Raman, an emeritus professor of physics and humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in a note to Science & Religion Today.
"Obama is acutely aware of the dangers lurking in the environment as a result of unbridled industrial excesses, and he trusts scientifically informed advisers to recommend steps to curb and eliminate these dangers. He respects science and science education in our schools, relegating visions of a Creator God to places of worship and tradition rather than to biology classes."