Civil Religion at Fort Hood


From the president’s remarks:

It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this
tragedy. But this much we do know – no faith justifies these murderous
and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor. And
for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice
– in this world, and the next…

We are a nation of laws whose commitment to justice is so enduring
that we would treat a gunman and give him due process, just as surely
as we will see that he pays for his crimes.

We are a nation that guarantees the freedom to worship as one
chooses. And instead of claiming God for our side, we remember
Lincoln’s words, and always pray to be on the side of God.

That seems pretty good as these things go, but I wish Obama would abandon his use of that fake Lincoln quote about praying to be on God’s side. Better to quote the great last graph of the Second Inaugural:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the
right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the
work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who
shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all
which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves
and with all nations.