To the editor:
Mr. Pieti in his Oct. 6 letter, "Party hijacked by Obama" appears to have stumbled across an old e-mail listing the many alleged sins of Mr. Obama. Both Snopes.com and Google.com should be consulted before passing along information.
Mr. Obama did not oppose inclusion of the FDR prayer; the Bureau of Land Management did because its inclusion "is contrary to the Commemorative Works Act." (The bill has not passed the Senate.)
Mr. Obama's treatment of the National Day of Prayer has not been unusual. (Snopes.com/politics/obama/prayerday.asp)
The prohibition against religious items at Walter Reed did not come from Mr. Obama. (Snopes.com/politics/religion/walterreed.asp)
The prohibition against religious references at the Houston National Cemetery was based on "a little-noticed 2007 policy." That's 2007 - before Mr. Obama was elected.
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Yep, he did tell the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, because many people believe DOMA is unconstitutional.
Although Mr. Obama appears to have occasionally omitted the reference to a "creator" in the Declaration of Independence, he's not alone: "at least three other presidents - including Ronald Reagan - have left out the Creator".
And, since Mr. Obama was not quite 11 years old when Saul Olinsky died, I'm not sure how "closely associated" they might have been.