As Barack Obama prepares to be sworn in as US President this afternoon, an advertisement placed in the Washington Post by the American Humanist Association will emphasise his non-religious upbringing. Here's what their Executive Director Roy Speckhardt had to say about the ads:
"We hear so much these days about how traditional religious family values are necessary for raising moral children who can grow into accomplished adults. But we humanists have known for a long, long time that ethical humanist values build character. The number of moral and accomplished humanists is legion. We've been honoring the greatest of them every year since 1953 at our annual conferences. Now Barack Obama has given us the opportunity to share this truth with those from around the country who come to our nation's capital to share in the inauguration experience."
They're not denying the Christianity Obama has turned to as an adult. All they're saying is that, in a country where many would view a non-religious upbringing as more-or-less Satanic, it didn't seem to do their soon-to-be 44th president any harm.