As Americans, we can take enormous pride in the fact that courage has been inspired by our own struggle for freedom, by the tradition of democratic law secured by our forefathers and enshrined in our Constitution. It is a tradition that says all men are created equal under the law and that no one is above it.
.. Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts.. [you] still experience the same greed, resentment, lust, and anger that everyone else experienced.. The lines between sinner and saved [are] more fluid; the sins of those who come to church are not so different from the sins of those who don't.. You [need] to come to church precisely because you [are] of this world, not apart from it; rich, poor, sinner, saved you [need] to embrace Christ precisely because you had sins to wash away.. That religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking, disengage from the battle for economic and social justice, or otherwise retreat from the world..