Obama, Thomas Paine and the U.S. Constitution.

Look at Obama trying to make some reforms to America's image around the world. Will it work? Is he just doing it to save America's image now that the magic-empire-on-the-hill has finally realized its gonna need the rest of the world if it is to survive? Who knows. Kudos to him anyway:

Obama in Turkey (link): "I've said before that one of the great strengths of the United States is –- although as I mentioned we have a very large Christian population -– we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

Thomas Paine: "All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."