Michael Felsen


Obama’s Faith in ‘Non-Believers’

By Michael Felsen

Last spring, dogged by looping video of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright howling “Not ‘God bless America,’ God damn America,” presidential hopeful Barack Obama cracked open the tense discussion of race in this country with his groundbreaking speech in Philadelphia. He drew on his personal history — “I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas” — and explained that his background had “seared into [his] genetic makeup” the idea that our nation is more than the sum of its parts.Read More



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