From Obama’s Inaugural Speech:
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers.
I’m not going to do an exhaustive search, but I believe this could be the first time “non-believer” was used in an inaugural address. This is the kind of leadership that I’ve been wanting for so very long. Someone who did not just pander to the notion that we are a “Christian Nation”, but acknowledge that we are many with many spiritual paths. It is possible to be a follower of one religion while acknowledging the decision of others to follow another path. As a practicing Buddhist and self described skeptical agnostic, deep bows to President Obama. Deep bows.