The State of the Union is the high church for America’s civic religion. For religious groups, the speech was also a time to judge how president’s stances lined up with their ethics and values.
Some groups found some fun ways to enjoy the SOTU. There was a Jewish SOTU drinking game, which consisted of finding different ways to drink Manischewitz. There was also a Catholic bingo game was put together by NETWORK. The squares of the game boards covered values from Pope Francis’ “Joy of the Gospel” that NETWORK hoped would be featured in the SOTU. The game included a “grace space” in the center square and tokens featuring Pope Francis.
Most groups, however, stuck to old-fashioned tweets and blogs to talk about the SOTU. Here is a sampling of how groups reacted to the president’s speech.
Of #SOTU, Shakespeare said it best: “Words, words, words.” The American ppl have tuned out.
— Ralph Reed (@ralphreed) January 29, 2014
— Faith in Public Life (@BoldFaithType) January 29, 2014
Across Africa, we’re bringing together businesses and governments to double access to electricity and help end extreme poverty.#SOTU
— ADL (@ADL_National) January 29, 2014
The White House’s solution to a pesky legislative branch? The #bullypen.
— Bread for the World (@bread4theworld) January 29, 2014
— NETWORK (@NETWORKLobby) January 29, 2014
— PFAW (@peoplefor) January 29, 2014
— Jim DeMint (@JimDeMint) January 29, 2014
— Sojourners (@Sojourners) January 29, 2014
— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) January 29, 2014
The #SOTU would be stronger if the President worked with Congress, instead of threatening to work around them.
— Right to Life (@nrlc) January 29, 2014