Now don't get me wrong. And I'm glad to see that. There was even a time when the Christian Coalition determined that its number one legislative priority was tax cuts for the rich. He does not say health care or the economy. Threatening Israel with destruction - or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews - is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.
These enemies must be found. I wanted to be part of something larger. Theirs are the stories that shaped me.
I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America's story. These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all.
It is that fundamental belief, it is that fundamental belief, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper that makes this country work. It's because John McCain doesn't get it. That promise is our greatest inheritance. Six million Jews were killed - more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. It is time for us to act on what everyone knows to be true.
She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas. And yet, I know that, on this night, they look down on me with great pride. And right here in the UCC, we're hearing from God about what it means to be a welcoming church that holds on to our Christian witness. For eighteen long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said enough to the politics of the past. America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs.
Thank you, and God bless America.