The president at church
By Byron Brought
It’s hard to imagine that Courtland Milloy could find fault with President Obama for attending Allen Chapel AME Church with his family on Easter Sunday [“In neighborhood of despair, Obama stays silent,” Metro, April 7].
Mr. Milloy may have misunderstood the purpose of worship. His concern seemed to be that the president didn’t use Easter Sunday as a platform for political speech and self-promotion. The president conducted himself with humility and respect, and his presence alone was symbolic of his support for the community. Any other conduct from the president would have been as grossly inappropriate as the fawning that follows him. Mr. Milloy was right that there are problems that need to be addressed, but there are right ways and wrong ways to address the problems.
Stepping into a church, synagogue or mosque is something we do to encounter one who is bigger than we are, and far beyond our understanding. For Mr. Obama to go with any agenda other than to give thanks and listen would be as misguided as Mr. Milloy’s column was.
| April 9, 2010; 6:21 PM ET
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