Saturday, April 11, 2009

Obama's First Official Seder...

From Huffpo we learn that the White House is hosting its first official Seder meal. Guest list, menu and other minutiae at the link.

Now here was silly old me thinking that the US of A has separation between Church and State? If so why is the President using his time, taxpayer-owned property and maybe taxpayer money to celebrate religious events?

Considering everyone's waiting with baited breath for Obama to start making significant pronouncements on a more equitable US foreign policy towards the I-P conflict, the fact that the most rightwing Israeli government since Mozes has just been sworn in and that the ruins in Gaza are practically still smoldering, there are those like me who would say that I can think of better and more appropriate ways for Obama to be celebrating Easter. How about a nice, inclusive egg hunt for the kids?

Will Obama also take part in Ramadan? And what about whatever commemorative feast the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster lays on (definitely pasta on that menu)?
Our people always get left out...


At 6:11 AM, Blogger Frank Partisan said...

Obama as a senator, was never outspoken on any important issue.

His policy will be no different if you're Palestinian, but to the world he'll be different than Bush.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

Oh, come on. It may be the first presidential Seder, but presidents have been using the White House for religious activities for decades - the Easter egg hunt (which Obama will also be participating in), lighting Hanukkah candles, and lighting the White House Christmas tree are just three examples. This isn't sanctioning an official state religion. He's just symbolically honoring one of the many religious groups that make up the United States.

It's just a couple of hours. The guy can be proactive on the I-P conflict and celebrate the Seder.

Don't know if you celebrate it, but happy Easter!

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Gert said...

In any case Phil Weiss has a different take on it (from me).


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