In keeping with the times, President Obama has had to treat his faith like an open book, as a candidate and as president. One example comes from an ABC News stoiy earlier this year about his church attendance. Reporter Devin Dwyer wrote the following: "If church attendance is one measure of a man's faith, then President Obama may appear to have lost some of his. The first family, once regular churchgoers, has publicly attended services in Washington just three times in the past year, by ABC News' count, even bypassing the pews on Christmas Day."Religious thinking prevents the careful analysis of available data and arguments and instead affirms the importance of tradition as a sort of rational "higher truth." Nowhere is this more evident than in debates about gay marriage, where arguments opposing its legalization are rooted in, and appeal to, a "tradition" that is religious in its genesis and its reasoning.A prime example was the Proposition 8 debate in California. In essence, citizens argued that tradition should supersede the legal interpretation provided by the courts. I do not question the rights of a state to overturn a decision through direct vote, but analysis of the arguments demonstrates a split between "civil rights" and "tradition." Civil rights, a legal concept, requires a careful analysis of multiple arguments, studies, legal theories, etc.