“We believe in the inherent dignity of every human being, a dignity that no earthly power can take away. Central to that dignity is freedom of religion, the right of every person to practice their faith how they choose, to change their faith if they choose or to practice no faith at all, and to do this free of persecution and fear.”
It is a nice, Humanistic expression. However, I have one small quibble with President Obama. If human dignity is inherent, NO power (earthly or otherwise) can take away that dignity. Only the complete eradication of humans can eliminate human dignity.
If President Obama needs to equivocate on the meaning of words to pander to a crowd upset by the notion that atheists are humans, perhaps he should have breakfast with a different crowd.
Go listen to the speech. It’s good.