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President Obama Mentions Gay Rights in Tribute to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: VIDEO

The White House has posted an essay handwritten by President Obama marking the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. In its final paragraph, Obama mentions gay rights.

Gettys_obamaA transcript:

In the evening, when Michelle and the girls have gone to bed, I sometimes walk down the hall to a room Abraham Lincoln used as his office. It contains an original copy of the Gettysburg address, written in Lincoln’s own hand.

I linger on these few words that have helped define our American experiment: “A new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Through the lines of weariness etched in his face, we know Lincoln grasped, perhaps more than anyone, the burdens required to give these words meaning. He knew that even a self-evident truth was not self-executing; that blood drawn by the lash was an affront to our ideals; that blood drawn by the sword was in painful service to those same ideals.

He understood as well that our humble efforts, our individual ambitions, are ultimately not what matter; rather, it is through the accumulated toil and sacrifice of ordinary men and women – those like the soldiers who consecrated that battlefield – that this country is built, and freedom preserved. This quintessentially self-made man, fierce in his belief in honest work and the striving spirit at the heart of America, believed that it falls to each generation, collectively, to share in that toil and sacrifice.

Through cold war and world war, through industrial revolutions and technological transformations, through movements for civil rights and women’s rights and workers’ rights and gay rights, we have. At times, social and economic change have strained our union. But Lincoln’s words give us confidence that whatever trials await us, this nation and the freedom we cherish can, and shall, prevail.

In related news, wingnut heads are exploding over a video we recently posted which shows the living presidents and a number of celebrities reciting Lincoln's famous text. The version Obama read apparently left out the phrase "under God" which of course makes the President a "Christophobic bigot".

Take it away Bryan Fischer, AFTER THE JUMP...

"There's no way this was not deliberate and intentional. So, to me, this is just more evidence of President Obama's anti-Christian bigotry. He is a Christophobic bigot; he has an intolerance, he has a dislike, he has an animus for Christianity"

Newt Gingrich is also on the attack.


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  1. Sh**head!

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 20, 2013 12:10:33 PM

  2. Bryan Fischer is the actual "christophobic" since he seems to be deathly afraid of Christ's teachings. He follows Old Testament thoughts and behaviors and, by his actions, renounces New Testament teachings. Satan is laughing his pointy tail off at this fool.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Nov 20, 2013 12:26:05 PM

  3. The version Obama read did not have the words "under god". So Obama read it just as it was written.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Nov 20, 2013 12:26:09 PM

  4. Only problem for the angry idiots is that Ken Burns ASKED Obama to read the earliest known draft of the Address--there are 5 versions. That draft doesn't include the 'under God' phrase. Obama read out what was written as requested.

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 20, 2013 12:26:15 PM

  5. If you're a Christian, as Obama has claimed to be, then I think you get to decide for yourself how many times you invoke what you personally believe in.

    Posted by: Tiger | Nov 20, 2013 12:32:52 PM

  6. Thank you Mr. President. You are a man of great dignity and honor!

    Posted by: bear | Nov 20, 2013 12:33:08 PM

  7. I really wasn't aware there were five differing but just-as-authentic texts of the Gettysburg Address until this happened. But frankly, Ken Burns was an idiot to ask him, and Obama a fool to accept the task of reading the version without "under God" when there was a choice of others.

    Posted by: Zlick | Nov 20, 2013 12:38:20 PM

  8. The president was a fool to read from the earliest know historical document and not add in a phrase to appease hateful bigots?

    Posted by: Sammy | Nov 20, 2013 1:12:01 PM

  9. @ZLICK - I can't say I agree with you. In fact, most of us who are believers (myself among them) don't give a s**t if that phrase does or does not appear in the draft he read of the Lincoln speech.

    On the other hand, those of us who are not believers, or who (like myself) are uncomfortable with religious expressions in the public life of our secular state, prefer that the phrase not be read.

    In either case, I think the of the president's choice as being more sensitive and more inclusive than if he'd used the now-hackneyed phrase, "under God." What, after all, does the phrase mean? Nothing, really, if you want my opinion.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Nov 20, 2013 1:13:47 PM

  10. Your religion isn't anyone else's business but you should strive to be the best example of your chosen religion not the worst.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Nov 20, 2013 1:31:34 PM

  11. There is nowhere "under God". God is everywhere if you believe it. You are "inside God" more exactly. That sounds a bit gay.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 20, 2013 2:00:22 PM

  12. Seems that these "Freedom Defenders" get their panties in a twist if people don't say GOD. So much for the 1st amendment.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Nov 20, 2013 2:11:32 PM

  13. The Christian bigotry not really experienced here is only self-imposed for leverage in demonizing a group who is deserving of equality regardless of YOUR personal religion. Not very Christian behavior and doesn't help in persuading anyone.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Nov 20, 2013 2:42:32 PM

  14. screw always trying to please the bigots whatever he does will never satisfy them . if he read the version with under god in it they would have sid he was making fun of god. the bigots really need to go screw themselves by ran fischer will on day be caught with a rent boy

    Posted by: walter | Nov 20, 2013 4:11:15 PM

  15. Perhaps I should have been more clear. I just think if there are versions with or without "under god," it should have been obvious that picking the latter for Obama to read would be grist for the insane rightwing mill. Perhaps Obama is rightly unconcerned with that - after all, it's the same grist every time he as much as exhales. But Burns should have known better. I amend my earlier statement to reflect it's likely right that Obama not give a damn what those idiots think or say.

    Posted by: Zlick | Nov 20, 2013 6:14:26 PM

  16. With gays but no God. He surely knows which side his bread is buttered. With God or no God, those "Christians" will vote Republican anyway.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 20, 2013 7:06:38 PM

  17. KenBurns is a POS and it has nothing to do with what Obama said or didn't say. Howbeit, Obama's best move at this point would be to throw luncheons and visit dignitaries. He has nothing to offer as an executive.

    Posted by: Rotundra | Nov 20, 2013 10:52:13 PM

  18. When you're too stupid to know what a word means, you probably shouldn't use it in public, Bryan.

    President Obama is himself a Christian and has never done or said anything anti-Christian, at all. Calling him a bigot is a pathetic and desperate attempt to slander someone who refuses to cow tow to your insane BS. As for the animus you receive, no one will rush to your aide to defend you from it. Why? Because you've earned it. Again, see your own choices.

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 20, 2013 11:18:54 PM

  19. Does the nickname Rotundra mean you are obese and live in Wasilla?

    I know I shouldn't "feed the trolls" who make such multiply stupid, ignorant and offensive comments. Sorry.

    Posted by: emjayay | Nov 21, 2013 3:04:31 AM

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