President Obama’s 9/11 speech: Our faith in God ‘has not changed’ (video)

President Obama spoke at ‘A Concert for Hope’ at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on the tenth anniversary of … Continued

President Obama spoke at ‘A Concert for Hope’ at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001

“The Bible tells us, ‘Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning,’” President Obama said Sunday, Sept 11, 2011, a speech at ‘A Concert for Hope.’ The event was originally scheduled for the National Cathedral but, due to earthquake damage and a construction accident, was held instead at the Kennedy Center.

“Today, it is worth remembering what has not changed,” Obama said. “Our character as a nation has not changed. Our faith -– in God and in each other –- that has not changed. Our belief in America, born of a timeless ideal that men and women should govern themselves; that all people are created equal, and deserve the same freedom to determine their own destiny –- that belief, through tests and trials, has only been strengthened.”

President Obama closed: “With a just God as our guide, let us honor those who have been lost, let us rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our nation, and let us look to the future with hearts full of hope.”

“May God bless the memory of those we lost, and may God bless the United States of America.”

About

Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • jralger

    ‘Our faith in God ‘has not changed’

    … and we know, for we checked up on you.

  • jralger

    And we checked up on the Place of worship to for that matter !

  • YEAL9

    An op-ed:

    The Apostles’ Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus’ story was embellished and “mythicized” by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen

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