They want a sense of purpose, a narrative arc to their lives. Like other black churches, Trinity's services are full of raucous laughter and sometimes bawdy humor. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. They have killed people of different faiths - more than any other, they have killed Muslims.
And when the Civil War was fought and our country dedicated itself to a new birth of freedom, they took on the problems of an industrializing nation - fighting the crimes against society and the sins against God that they felt were being committed in our factories and in our slums. She poured everything she had into me. Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. And just as it devastates Palestinian families, the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel's security; neither does the continuing lack of opportunity in the West Bank.
That's not what I'm talking about. The hope of a millworker's son who dares to defy the odds. Their experience is the immigrant experience - as far as they're concerned, no one's handed them anything, they've built it from scratch. This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can't learn; that those kids who don't look like us are somebody else's problem. Many more are simply skeptical that real change can occur.
But then I asked myself: Are we serving Shamus as well as he is serving us? I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth and carrying out His works. So let's rededicate ourselves to a new kind of politics - a politics of conscience. Their experience is the immigrant experience - as far as they're concerned, no one's handed them anything, they've built it from scratch. And I am hopeful that all countries in the region can share in this goal. Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit - for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear.
Hope in the face of uncertainty. "People began to shout, to rise from their seats and clap and cry out, a forceful wind carrying the reverend's voice up into the rafters....And in that single note - hope! - I heard something else; at the foot of that cross, inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion's den, Ezekiel's field of dry bones. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.