God Bless Barack Obama

07/03/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

You may remember. A couple of years ago, I wrote a book about how the Republicans stole religion -- and how Democrats should steal it back.

Well, Hallelujah! Barack Obama is doing just that -- by standing up to the religious right.

When James Dobson, speaking for many evangelists, says we should govern based on the tenets of the Bible, Obama fires back no, no, no.

We are not a Christian nation, Obama points out. Therefore the Bible isn't common ground for all Americans.

And, besides, there's a problem. When you look for guidance from the Bible, where do you turn? Do you go to the Old Testament and Leviticus, where it's forbidden to eat shellfish, work on the Sabbath, or sleep with a person of the same sex?

Or do you go to the New Testament and the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus praises the peacemakers, for they shall be called the Sons of God?

The answer, of course, is: In making the laws that govern our nation, we don't turn to the Bible at all. We base our laws on the only sacred text all Americans worship: The U.S. Constitution.

It's about time some Democrat put church and state in their proper place.