Since its founding, our nation's leaders have tried to balance the freedom to practice any religion with the fact that this country has strong Christian traditions. But the country has grown increasingly polarized by the politicization of Christian (and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish) teachings on social issues.
Early this week when the television commentariat went into overdrive with observations about the largely white and male Obama second term cabinet that appears to be taking shape, there was lots of talk about the fact that Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor and one of the highest ranking Latinas in the federal government, Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African American to lead the Justice Department, and others would likely remain in place. On Wednesday, the prognosticators were proved at least partially wrong. Solis announced plans to step down.