World Leaders Join South Africans To Memorialize Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Remembered in Rain-Soaked Johannesburg Stadium Ceremony (PHOTOS)

PHUMLA MANDELA, great-granddaughter of Nelson Mandela: The land heaves dreams of a future without you, Madiba. You are lodged in our memories. You tower over the world like a comet, leaving streaks of life for us to follow. We salute you. GWEN IFILL: When President Obama rose to speak, he was greeted with waves of cheers and thunderous applause. He led the long list of foreign dignitaries bringing eulogies from around the world. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) PRESIDENT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.
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Atheists and Christians lay claim to Nelson Mandela — but which was he?

David Ferguson

10, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannesburg has received rain every day since Mandela’s death. At the ceremony, President Obama praised the former prisoner turned president as a giant of history whose lifelong quest to rid South Africa of apartheid linked him with Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. Less well known to many, especially here in the U.S., were Mandelas efforts to address the root causes of climate change and to protect his people from what he saw as a gathering stew of threats to the environment of his native continent. Six years ago, Mandela founded The Elders , a group of former political and cultural leaders from around the world including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former United Nations head Kofi Annan who work to promote global peace and justice. Among its top priorities is climate justice, recognizing that the worlds poorest and most vulnerable also are the least responsible for the impact of human-caused climate change a situation The Elders hope to change.
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By David Ferguson Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:55 EST Tweet In the wake of Nelson Mandelas death, both atheists and Christians have tried to claim him as one of their own. The South African dissident who went on to become President Nelson Mandela appeals to both Christian and nonbelievers, but are their clues about his faith that atheists like Stephen Pinker have overlooked? Pinker tweeted on Tuesday, Nelson Mandela, great atheist Hamba kakuhle, comrade! and provided a link to a piece in the Freethinker a British atheist magazine entitled, Widely understood to be an atheist, Nelson Mandela


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