For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus--and non-believers.
It's not completely new for a president:
Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end; where all men and all churches are treated as equal; where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice;
Although it might be the first since Kennedy said that, nearly fifty years ago (admittedly before he was elected).
Baby steps forward....