And this restlessness – this search for meaning – is familiar to me. I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. I can assure you it is not. On November 4th, we must stand up and say: “Eight is enough.” As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith. We know that is God’s vision.
We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America. The hope of a millworker’s son who dares to defy the odds. But by the time he was a young adult, he was an atheist.