The questions I had didn't magically disappear. Theirs are the stories that shaped me. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.
This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. Now is the time for Palestinians to focus on what they can build.
I believe that we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. And they are a part of America, this country that I love. Understanding this reality requires a reminder of how we arrived at this point. America, we are better than these last eight years. Finally, the Arab States must recognize that the Arab Peace Initiative was an important beginning, but not the end of their responsibilities. It's a faith in other people, and it's what brought me here today.
Each of us in our own lives needs to do what we can to help the poor. 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. In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world's great religions demand - that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great - a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight. It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women.
The children of America are not those kids, they are our kids, and we will not let them fall behind in a 21st century economy. When Washington doesn't work, all its promises seem empty. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.