What better day than the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to have a political kerfuffle about President Obama's faith?
At issue is Obama's on-camera rendition of the speech for Ken Burns' documentary, The Address. It differs from readings contributed by other luminaries (including former president G.W. Bush) in that the phrase "under God" is missing from the clause, "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom."
Does this constitute proof, as is being alleged, of "anti-Christian bigotry" and disrespect for religion, history, tradition, and America itself on Obama's part?
Of course not. This is a phony controversy.
As stated on Burns' website, Obama was asked to read an early version of the speech known as the Nicolay copy (named for Lincoln's personal secretary), in which not only is the phrase "under God" nowhere to be found but there are several additional wordings that vary from the standard text we all memorized in grade school.
If you compare Obama's reading with Nicolay's fair copy, you'll find they are word-for-word identical. Obama didn't edit or paraphrase the speech. He read the exact text he was asked to read.
You can compare all of the various drafts of the address on Abraham Lincoln Online.
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