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Obama’s Use of Scripture Echoes Lincoln, King

posted on January 18, 2013

Religion News Service’s Daniel Burke considers the parallels of President Obama’s evocations of Scripture with those of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, the bibles of whom Obama plans to use to take his oath of office. Mary Frances Berry, the co-author of a book that examines the influences of Obama’s speeches, said, “What he wants is to have moral authority. Not just to be president, but to have moral authority. That’s in the black tradition. We talk about the preacher as having moral authority: the ability to convince your audience of the rightness of what you are saying.”

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