"The American story is not one about a country that was born great. It is the story of a country that is struggling to become better. And this is the story that is worth telling. It is one infused with humility, a recognition of our failings and our continuing efforts to correct injustice and make change. This may not be the story-line favored by some politicians, but it is one that can inspire."
"Fasting increases devotion, and brings a Muslim closer to the Creator. It creates the recognition that everything we have in this life is a blessing from Him. It teaches self-control or -restraint, and thereby, good manners, good speech, and good habits."
"The Republican candidates realize that war is good for our corporations' bottom-line and for getting Americans to work together against our scary religious and political enemies. And war is also good for keeping our standard of living high, making sure that most of the profits and tax breaks go to the wealthy righteous who create the most jobs and are our biggest financial supporters."