President Obama issued an Easter address that aimed at the widest reach of the message of salvation at the heart of the Resurrection. Sort of…

President Barack Obama’s Easter address calls on people of all faiths, as well as nonbelievers, to embrace their common aspirations and “shared spirit of humanity.”

Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to touch lightly on some of his administration’s priorities: expanding health coverage, creating jobs and improving education. But his comments were more spiritual than political in tone.

Well…sure. Once those political issues got in there, it just takes a little spin to cast them in a spiritual light. Read the whole AP piece and see how each political issue the White House is pursuing gets included in the Easter message: jobs, health care, education….they fit conveniently into this message of our “unity of purpose,” our “common bonds.”

All of which leaves me wondering why he gets such a pass from scrutiny on the ultimate test of inclusivity. When he bases his presidential address on the Easter message of “our shared humanity,” how can he stand for the exclusion of a whole class of human beings from sharing in those human rights….and not be called on it?

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....