Re "Obama's call: 'We are made for this moment'" (Page A1, Jan. 22): I try to do good. I volunteer - a lot. I give money - to those I love and those I don't even know.
I am a good, moral friend, neighbor and relative. But the benediction at the president's inauguration hurt me.
Rev. Luis Leon said, "We pray that you will bless us with your continued presence because without it, hatred and arrogance will infect our hearts. But with your blessing we know that we can break down the walls that separate us. We pray for your blessing today because without it, distrust, prejudice and rancor will rule our hearts ... We pray for your blessing because without it suspicion, despair, and fear of those different from us will be our rule of life."
That benediction painted anyone not "blessed" by or seeking the speaker's god as greedy, corrupt, intolerant, war-minded and hateful.
Words used for his fellow believers are all about love, unity and inclusion. You know, where I see hatred and divisiveness is from those most holding to a religion.
Where I see morality, love and tolerance is from those who know what is right in their hearts. Did he get his lists mixed up? Stop painting atheists as immoral. We do good because it is right. Stop hurting us with your divisive words, please.
-- Judy Saint, Roseville