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February 12, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Obama’s theology: A universal truth

Columnist Ross Douthat amusingly demonstrates once again that if President Obama praised a grilled cheese sandwich, Republicans would have to figure out a way to feel abused by either grilling, cheese, sandwiches, or all three [“Obama the Theologian,” Opinion, Feb. 10]. Although stating a simple truth may not be relative in Douthat’s theology, it ironically always feels like a partisan slap.

What was the simple truth of the president’s National Prayer Breakfast sermon? It was that the core principles of all the great religions are humility, compassion, love and tolerance and that the fanatic opposition to these ideals is the enemy, not any one religion.

If Douthat really sees the president’s discourse on the religious universality of humility and compassion as a partisan attack, then maybe that begs the more interesting question of why some Republicans should feel so strangely victimized by love.

Joseph Salmon, Burien

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