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Cal Thomas missed his opportunity to call for unity

For months leading up to the election, Cal Thomas and others threw every "-ism" they could think of at Barack Obama: liberalism, socialism, anti-Semitism, radicalism, terrorism, secularism, etc., all in a vain attempt to defame the Democratic candidate, make us fearful, divide the nation and win the election for their guy, John McCain.

On Tuesday, the American people spoke. The majority of Americans chose unity over division and elected our first African-American president - not because of his race, but because of his message. Not surprisingly, Cal Thomas all but ignored the significance of Tuesday's election in his first column after the American people rejected the politics of fear and division. Instead, he devoted his column to a new strategy for evangelicals.

Aside from a missed opportunity to call for all Americans to unite behind our new president, Cal Thomas has a point. He is suggesting a course for the Religious Right that many of us outside the Religious Right have advocated for a long time: Don't use the political process to impose your religious and moral views on the rest of us. On this, I can agree. Still, it was a moment lost by Cal Thomas.

We don't have to share a common philosophy of government to agree we share a common destiny. The challenges we face today are just as daunting as those we faced on Sept. 11, 2001. "United We Stand" is just as valid today as it was then. We should remember the call for unity at that difficult time: "We are all Americans."