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February 3rd, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Obama delivers major speech on personal faith

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

President Barack Obama gave an unusually personal speech about his religious faith on Thursday, saying that "it is the biblical injunction to serve the least of these that keeps me going and keeps me from being overwhelmed," in address to a prayer breakfast in Washington.

The speech, delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast, comes on the heels of public opinion surveys that show only a minority of Americans know that Obama is a Christian and that a growing number believe he's a Muslim.

"My Christian faith has been sustaining for me over the last couple of years and even more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time," the president said Thursday, referring to his wife. "We are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but that we are true to our conscience and true to our God."

"When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, I ask him to give me the strength to do right by our country and our people," Obama said later. "And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord and I ask him to forgive me my sins and to look after my family and to make me an instrument of the Lord."

The address was televised and streamed live on the White House website.

The White House denied that the speech is a response to public misperceptions about Obama's religion.

"He's a committed Christian, one who takes his faith very seriously," said a White House official before the speech. "There may be misunderstanding and some folks who attack his faith, but at the end of the day the American people know who he is and where he stands."

A major survey last fall, however, showed that a substantial and growing number of Americans believes that Obama - a self-described Christian - is Muslim.

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans believes Obama is a Muslim, up from about one in 10 Americans who said he was Muslim in 2009, according to the survey. It was conducted in July and August by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Fewer than half of Democrats and African-Americans, core components of Obama's political base, correctly identified Obama as Christian.

The Rev. Joel Hunter, a Florida minister who is close to the president and was consulted about parts of Obama's Thursday speech, says he has encouraged Obama to open up about his faith.

"He needs to openly declare himself a Christian and not settle for people's skepticism at that point," said Hunter, who leads an evangelical church in Orlando. "All of us ought to be able to say who we are and taken for our word. It's frustrating because he still has some people questioning his faith."

Hunter says that he and the White House were caught off-guard by the results of last year's Pew survey on Americans' views of Obama's religion.

On Thursday, Obama spoke at length about his prayer life, saying his prayers fall into three categories: for those who are struggling, for personal humility, and to be closer to God.

"Faith reminds me that in spite of being one very imperfect man I can still help whoever I can, however I can, wherever I can for as long as I can," Obama said of the first kind of prayer, "and that somehow God will buttress these efforts."

"The second recurring theme in my prayer is a prayer for humility," Obama said later. "God answered the prayer early on by having me marry Michelle."

"The challenge is to balance this uncertainty and humility with a need to fight for deeply held convictions," he continued. "I pray for this wisdom very day. I pray for God to show me and all us the limits of our understanding."

With regard to his third kind of prayer, Obama said the recurring theme "is that I might walk closer to God and make that walk my first and most important walk."

The White House believes that some of the ignorance about the president's faith is the result of a misinformation campaign against him.

"Under the radar there are of course those who would not tell the truth about him," said the White House official, who would not speak for attribution. "There are folks who have a misunderstanding of the president's faith and who repeat that misunderstanding."

But Hunter said that the speech was as much a product of Obama settling into office and feeling more comfortable about revealing his personal side.

The White House official echoed that point. "He's had a little over two years in office now and he's had some time to reflect on how his faith intersects with public work," the official said. "He's had the time to make those reflections."

The National Prayer Breakfast has been an annual Washington event for 58 years.

Obama had been a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago until spring 2008, when he left after videos surfaced showing his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, delivering controversial sermons about the United States.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband will speak at the breakfast on the congresswoman's behalf, her office announced Wednesday.

Capt. Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut, will deliver the closing prayer at the event, the Arizona congresswoman's office said in a statement.

Authorities say Giffords was the primary target of a shooting that left six people dead and 13 injured in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Politics

soundoff (1,298 Responses)
  1. Peter the Great

    This ought to be a trip, ha ha Obama declaring he is Christian and not Muslim ... Oh wait, he has expressed that millions of times but people dont believe him and he is a fake. lol tax raiser, thats all he is

    February 3, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • Frazier

      I believe him.

      February 3, 2011 at 2:45 am |
    • Randy

      Tax raiser...Why??

      February 3, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • I.O.U.S.A.

      when the hell did he raise taxes?

      February 3, 2011 at 5:11 am |
  2. Sam

    Obama has said that if an abortion is botched, and a child delivered alive, that the wishes of the mother should still be carried out and the child terminated. Any any person, Christian or otherwise who votes for this monster has blood on their hands.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • Randy

      Someone needs to get out more and quit listening to bits and pieces they've heard from Fox.

      February 3, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • Sense

      Randy ahem moron... "heard on fox"? really?? Try Obamas own WEbSITE you freakin moron. Get a clue.
      Burn for defending a partial birth abortion political pioneer. Randy, this is google, google, Randy.. Now that you're acquainted use it and pull your head out of your ass to educate yourself rather than blaming something you don't like on fox news.
      God save us for electing this monster as the leader of our great country.

      And for the record I don't care what his religious views are – putting aside any and all religious and political views of his I disagree with, he's an incompetent fool we will suffer for.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:04 am |
    • I.O.U.S.A.

      google?? google???? GOOGLE???? really???? since when is google a news site. I could type in anything in google and find at least a dozen sites that profess that what I wrote is the truth. what the hell is wrong with you people?

      February 3, 2011 at 5:10 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Obama has said that if an abortion is botched, and a child delivered alive, that the wishes of the mother should still be carried out and the child terminated.'
      Did he now, and where exactly is this comment to be found?

      February 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Sense

      http://taeprado.blogspot.com/2008/05/obama-obama.html

      here's quite a bit of info on the topic... damn morons still dont know how to use a search engine.. I have to do everything for you! Be sure to read HIS OWN WEBSITE on the subject of partial birth abortion! omg
      Christian, Muslim, Atheist... who cares? He's evil and I don't need to know anything else about him. His actions speak louder than his words.

      February 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'http://taeprado.blogspot.com/2008/05/obama-obama.html – here's quite a bit of info on the topic... '

      And I still ask where is the comment that states 'Obama has said that if an abortion is botched, and a child delivered alive, that the wishes of the mother should still be carried out and the child terminated.' that the original poster alluded to.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  3. Darrell Barker

    I think back upon all the prayers of past presidents and think, is THIS the best prayer can do? It's apparent that prayer has drastically failed to make things better. Nothing fails like faith in prayer and it's supporting religion. Obama's faith won't do a bit of good for this nation either.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  4. Ain't Got No Religion

    who the heck cares what his religion is? it's a personal issue, and honestly not anyone else's freaking business! get a f'in life people. if you don't like it, then why don't YOU leave the country.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:15 am |
  5. CHRIS

    President Obama may say he is a christian but his positions on abortion and gay rights tell otherwise.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • Randy

      Chris, many Christians believe in abortion. Don't go there, it is the law of the land for a reason and Christianity had nothing to do with it and that's WHY it is law.

      February 3, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • Randy

      Gay rights...?
      They don't have any...don't go there either.

      February 3, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Peter the Great

      That is for damn sure, ha ha

      February 3, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • CSMinDC

      Randy, even though it's a taboo subject, slavery was the law of the land. No one calling themselves "Christian" can support the death of the "least of these." Deception at it's best.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • white rose

      @Randy – so you're saying that these Christians that support abortion, also support murder? Cause that's what abortion is, murder of an unborn child because that child would be inconvenient to the mother.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Randy, even though it's a taboo subject, slavery was the law of the land. No one calling themselves "Christian" can support the death of the "least of these."
      No but a lot of those calling themselves christians had no issue supporting it either or using the bible to justify it.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • rker321

      Chris, are you serious????? Now gay people are not Christians, and people that believe in Pro Choice are not Christian either, I bet that you would vote for Sarah Palin. LOL

      February 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  6. InsideMenace

    I am not commenting to start a debate. I have no debate. But I must admit, as a Christian, personally I would rather hear the president be a man of action and do something or give another speech on Egypt.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:08 am |
  7. zh15**2

    Why does anyone even care. The man has done more in two years as our President, than any man since Johnson. I find it shameful that in a secular society this one man has to speak in public to prove that he is of one particular faith or another. As a jew or a muslim or a buddhist would credit card reform not have happened. As a sikh or scientologist, would we not have ended combat operations in Iraq. Please Mr. President, set an example for your country, leave your religion out of your public duties. Your relationship with your creator has nothing to do with your deeds as a man. It is a personal relationship and does not need America's approval. I may dsagree with some things you have done as President, but I have no doubt applauded every moment I have not heard you appease those in this country who have forgotten the wish of our founding fathers; to keep religion out of our political system. If your religious beliefs have something to do with how you have governed, so be it, but base what you do and say, on facts and good, educated judgement.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:05 am |
    • GLOBAL-LOCAL-INDIVIDUAL

      Hear, hear!

      February 3, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • Jimmy

      There is no creator. That's all a bit of nonsense from a more ignorant time. Sort of like when we look back and think: 'how did they condone slavery, how could they have been so ignorant and stupid?'

      February 3, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  8. JesusIsFake

    Let's kill people and start wars over our "faith". There is no proof of a god. We are no differennt than an ant. No heaven, no hell. Don't watse your life hating fellow human beings based on 2000 year old fiction.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:05 am |
    • simon

      You make that argument on what authority? What is YOUR proof Jesus is fake, that there's no God, no heaven, and no hell?
      Don't say you can prove these, because you know full well, you can NOT.

      February 3, 2011 at 6:46 am |
    • Noah

      You can't prove a negative, dummy. There is absolutely no tangible proof that any kind of god exists or existed, no proof of a heaven or hell. The fact that even the idea of it all is absolutely ludicrous should be simple enough but people are still foolishly led along the paths of ignorance in the name of religion.

      February 3, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Jarrod

      According to your own terms... "you" can prove neither existence or non.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Sulemon the 427th

      Noah is correct that non-existence cannot be proven. I have to add that the sheer absurdity of the whole set of tenets and fables of Christianity, such as talking snakes, virgin birth, impossibly large watercraft, and young earth creation stories, means that the burden of proof for their particularly idiotic sky fairy doctrine and the existence of their particular sky fairyshould on the Christians. Yet, the Christians have no such proof to offer.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Sulemon the 427th

      Noah is correct that non-existence cannot be proven. I have to add that the sheer absurdity of the whole set of tenets and fables of Christianity, such as talking snakes, virgin birth, impossibly large watercraft, and young earth creation stories, means that the burden of proof for their particularly idiotic sky fairy doctrine and the existence of their particular sky fairy should be on the Christians. Yet, the Christians have no such proof to offer.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Jimmy

      Do we believe in Zeus still? Do we kill babies if God tells us to? Why not believe in Shamanism, or Hinduism, or the flying Spaghetti Monster...? You can't prove that these don't exist either. But I'm sure the idea of Zeus is rather absurd to you.

      Oh yes, pure luck of the draw, geographically, and believing anything someone wants you to.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • jay

      J-isfake and Noah
      In my profession and experience, I have not seen confidence in eyes of most dying individuals. Mostly horror. It is easy to be confident when all is well. I have seen anticipation and peace in a few -just wondering why. Perhaps with the few, all was well.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Andrew J

      You cannot prove god (for sake of argument God signifies any belief in a great creator) exist. Logic states that you can't prove something based upon the lack of proof. SO if there is no CONCRETE evidence that their is a "god", you cannot prove that there is a god based upon the fact that you can't disprove that god exists. So claiming that God exists based on the fact that you cant disprove god is illogical. Yet you can't say that god does not exist based upon the same lack of evidence because that doesn't necessarily mean we have found it. For example, before other planets were discovered there wasn't any evidence there was any (at the time we could not perceive these planets cause we didn't have the tools to do so). Society has fallen into preconceived notions that there has to be evidence for it to exist, this is understandable because we have no historical basis to say otherwise. You can't say there is basis for god in the Bible because the bible leaves much room for personal perception. God's and angels could be extra-terrestrials for all we know. If this sounds blasphemous or impossible it isn't, whatsoever. The very fact that there is no concrete evidence of god and yet millions of people blindly follow a creator and religions based upon them should in turn give equal possibility or fallacy to the existence of extra-terrestrials. Their is a higher possibility that encounters with "god" or any other "divine" being is truly humans coming into contact with extra-terrestrials. During the time that the bible describes, human society and our perception of the physical world and knowledge of the cosmos where so infantile that it makes sense that we would perceive these outer space visitors as divine gods because we had no other perception of them and the vast knowledge they would have bestowed upon us.

      In reality, today's reality, any religious dogma, and even scientific theories are simply that, theories. Each theory should be scientifically, logically, and morally investigated to gain a better understanding of who we are, where we come from, and what unseen forces are truly being put to work.
      In regards to how our president should act, I believe that before anymore blood is shed or chasms created in society , citizens and leaders alike should focus on understand our world, the impact we have on it. A better understanding of our physical impact on the planet and universe should be strove for before we decide who we credit with our existence.

      Essentially i have one question. Why do we need religion or some higher being tell us how to treat one another? Shouldn't we strive for a higher understanding of ourselves and how to treat each other based upon simply the desire to push the human race toward peace and prosperity and not because a bunch of questionably divine texts tell us to?

      February 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  9. ToTo

    We get enough gay priest, Obama tell us more about Buddhism

    February 3, 2011 at 2:01 am |
    • derp

      I think your parents share the same mitochondrial DNA

      February 3, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • JG

      It's ok, Derp. You should just go ahead and come out of the "confession box". If you tell the authorities about that dirty old priest touching your no-no spot, he'll get a stern reprimand before he goes back to work – and you might get paid! Score! (Oh sorry, didn't mean to bring up old memories).

      February 3, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  10. Steve

    Please seperate church and State, our founding fathers are spinning in their graves.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • nyc

      AGREED

      February 3, 2011 at 2:00 am |
    • simon

      Yes, the intention of separating church and state was to protect the church from the state and vice versa. To prevent a government from controlling the people's freedom of religious expression and practice, while protecting the government from becoming a theocracy...because NEITHER are healthy for a thriving democracy.

      February 3, 2011 at 6:44 am |
    • winterstorm

      I do so wish that a persons faith or lack thereof would NOT be a requirement for public office. It should be a private matter between that person and his conscience.

      February 3, 2011 at 7:14 am |
    • coach john

      our founndering fathers all went to church

      February 3, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Chris R

      The man who authored the idea of a separation of church and state was Jefferson – who was never shy about talking about his beliefs. If the man who created the concept thought it was acceptable to discuss religion and talk about personal faith why is it a problem is Obama does?

      February 3, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Scott S

      "our founding fathers all went to church"

      But coach John they also said things like "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches" Benjamin Franklin

      February 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Mark

      I agree...it isn't possible to be elected president of the US unless you confess your faith to a Christian God. America is a theocracy – it is just in denial about this. It is offensive and it is an archaic mythology. When will we have a nation that is built on reason, morality, and communities that can actually get things done rather than wasting time praying to the air around them. Psychologically I understand that prayer can have an effect, but I'm disturbed that these presidents believe in the big magical guy in the sky, which is about the same as believing that witches and Harry Potter are real and will swoop in to save the day at the last moment. These guys cannot be all that intelligent to believe that a fairy tale is real and they control all the weapons. It isn't easy being a scientist and knowing how absurd this hokey dark age mysticism is.

      February 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Jacob Good

      "Legislation is not but for Allah. He has commanded that you worship not except Him. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know." [12:40]

      Seperation of Church and State is forbidden in Islam. Legislation and Governance (hukm) is only for Allah.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  11. matt

    That is the right wingnuts spreading lies to try to turn America into a facist state.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Haemisch

      Yeah, and when a Leftie becomes our first Dictator you'll likely recast him as a conservative. Just like the communists did to both Mussolini and Hitler.

      February 3, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • leciat

      your right Cyrus
      muslims do believe jesus was a holy prophet, they also believe he will return and convert all to islam and the ones he can't convert he will slaugher...kinda goes against the grain of most christians

      February 3, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • KDW31

      leclat have you never heard a christian talk about what they think will happen on judgement day according to revelations. Granted not all christians think that true believers will be raptured and the rest of us will face the four horseman of the apocalypse, but do you really think all muslims think what you just wrote.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • seyfudeen

      leciat – i never comment on these blogs but i'm amazed at your ignorance. lol. you stated that Muslims believe that Jesus will return and "convert all to islam and the ones he can't convert he will slaugher" lmbo!!! where did you get that nonsense from???? Please present your evidence if you are speaking the truth and if not (which you won't because you made it up) then feed that foolishness to your children so they can grow up to be liars like you. Muslims believe that Jesus was born thru emaculate conception and that his mother was a virgin. Muslims believe that Jesus healed the blind, cured the leaper, and even brought the dead person back to life by God's permission. (same way Moses parted the sea by God's permission) Muslims believe that Jesus one of the greatest prophets to ever live and believe that he Never died (yet) which is why he will return. When he returns he will kill the Dajjal (false Messiah) He WILL NOT attempt to convert anyone to Islam and "slaughter" the ones who he can't.. the was a statement that you made up all on your own. you should write a book. continuing on Jesus will do other things as well when he comes back and will eventually die.

      And PJ you are even funnier for MAKING UP YOUR OWN VERSE in the Quran. You and leciat should write a book together and call it the BIBLE REMIX. I've read the Quran from cover to cover MANY times and i can say with 100% confidence that you made that verse up. Can you put the Chaper and verse where you got it from? lol

      People, why don't you read the book for yourselves instead of believing what everybody posts on the blogs?

      February 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Cyrus

      Leciat:

      Not sure where in Quran you found that Jesus is going to slaughter the non-converts upon his return, because Islam doesn't quite believe in resurrection or the return of the Mesiah, so to speak. On that note, the chapter in Quran which is labeled as the "Synopsis of Quran" (Surah Bakarah), God says to Mohammed, (I am paraphrasing), those who believe in God, believe in the end of days, and do good things – whether they are Muslims, Jews, Christians, Saebeans, or Fire-Worshippers, I (God) have rewards for them in the after life. Please read the section. That chapter has been called the foundation of Quran for over a millennium. Kind of goes against what you are saying.

      February 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  12. hannah

    a TRUE CHRISTIAN WOULD NEVER , NEVER call the koran HOLY!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:54 am |
    • Dave

      A true Christian doesn't use proper punctuation.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • nyc

      you true idiot would make a comment like you just did

      February 3, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • nyc

      that was to hannah ofcourse

      February 3, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • Randy

      You cannot define a TRUE Christian and that is what what makes your comment sooo SAD.

      February 3, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • Muneef

      Hannah.
      Strange I thought Christianity respected other beliefs in order others respect it in return? After all people who call it Holy exceed any number that does not...! By the way the origin of the word,name of Hannah is Arabic and sorry to see such name has such mentality.

      February 3, 2011 at 7:21 am |
    • Cyrus

      Since you are too ignorant to know this, Bible is actually one of the holy books of Muslims too, and every true Muslim has to acknowledge that Jesus was a holy man, a prophet, and a predecessor of Muhammed. The difference between the Muslims and the Christians (most) is that Muslims don't recognize Jesus as god, but rather one of the holiest prophets that ever lived. There is actually an entire section of Quran dedicated to Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist and the miracles of Jesus.

      So, a "True" Christian may not call Koran holy, but a "True" Muslim would have to call the Bible holy and recognize Jesus as one too. Perhaps you are going to the wrong type of Christian school, Hannah.

      February 3, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • Julibear

      Hannah, that's just ignorance. True Christians respect all religions.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • Sulemon the 427th

      There are No True Scotsmen.

      You might want to google on that fallacy that you just exhibited.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • CW

      Actually a true Christian would. But, I'm sure you must be a truer Christian than me and therefore are privy to some knowledge that I don't possess.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Justin

      This is a response to all of Hannah's responders:
      Christians are commanded to love all people as themselves. Not accept other false religions or sin. That's the gospel according to California. The bible teaches that we are saved by one name, Jesus Christ and that we are to spread this message to the world. At what point does Jesus say "be accepting of religions that deny Him as the son of God?" Hint: He does not.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      My wife would call it the holy koran and I think she might have an issue with you telling her she wasnt a true christian because of it.
      Then again those that like to claim they are a 'true christian' are usually those that also talk about 'true americans' and 'true republicans', and of course they believe they personally fit into all 3 groups.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • youngone

      Being a Christian does not mean that you are intolerant of other religions. In fact, a large part of being Christian is to love others, show respect and be helpful to your fellow man. Calling other religions worship services, beliefs, books etc holy is a show of respect, just as we like it when people respect the Bible..... you perhaps need to work on your tolerance and love.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Muneef

      Quran states that believers (Jews,Christians,Muslims) being religions of God "Allah" sent upon his Apostles (Moses,Jesus and Muhammed).believers of God Allah through those Apostles should sacrifice and stand up firm as ranks against the ranks of disbelief as One Rank and not against each other ? kindly Read;

      As-Saff sura 61:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth halloweth Allah. And He is the Mighty, the Wise. (1) O ye who believe! wherefore say ye that which ye do not? (2) Most odious it is Unto Allah that ye should Say that which ye do not. (3) Verily Allah loveth those who fight in His way drown up in ranks, as though they were a structure well compacted. (4) And recall what time Musa said Unto his people: O my people! wherefore hcurt ye me, When surely ye know that verily I am Allahs apostle Unto you! Then when they sweryed, Allah made their hearts swerve; and Allah guideth not a trans-gr-essing people. (5) And recall what time Isa, son of Maryam, said: children of Israil! verily I am Allahs apostle Unto you, confirming the Taurat which was before me, and giving the glad tidings of an apostle who cometh after me: his name will be Ahmad. Then when he brought Unto them evidences, they said: this is magic manifest. (6) And who is a greater wrong-doer than he who fabricateth against Allah a lie even as he is summoned Unto Islam? And Allah guideth not a wrongdoing people. (7) Fain would they extinguish the light of Allah is with their mouths and Allah is going to perfect His light, even though averse may be the infidels. (8) He it is Who hath sent His apostle with the guidance and the true religion, that He may make it triumph over all religion, even though averse may be associaters. (9) ye who believe! shall direct you to a merchandise that will deliver you from a torment afflictive? (10) It is that ye should believe in Allah and His apostle and strive in the way of Allah with your riches and Your lives That is best for you, if ye only knew! (11) He will forgive you your sins, and make YOu enter Gardens whereunder rivers flow, and happy abodes in Gardenscc Everlasting. That is the mighty achievement. (12) And also another blessing which ye love: succour from Allah and a speedy victory. And bear thou the glad tidings Unto the believers. (13) O ye who believe! be Allahs helpers, even as Isa, son of Maryam, said Unto the disciples: who shall be my helpers Unto Allah? The disciples said: we are Allahs helpers. Then a part of the Children of Israil believed, and part disbelieved. Then We strengthened those who believed against their foe; wherefore they became triumphant. (14).  

      February 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Muneef

      Quran states that the believers are the people of the Torah and the Ingeel as well as Muslims those who bow down and fall prostrate for God Allah for various reasons, and that those are the ranks of believers who will stand against disbelief as was told in the sura before,Kindly read;  
      Al-Fath sura 48:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      He it is Who hath sent His apostle with the guidance and the true religion that He may make it prevail over all other religions, and Allah sufficeth as a Witness. (28) Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. And those who are with him are stern against the infidels and merciful among themselves; Thou beholdest them bowing down and falling prostrate, seeking grace from Allah and His goodWill Mark of them is on their faces from the effect of prostration: such is their similitude in the Taurat. And their similitude in the lnjil: like Unto a sown corn that putteth forth its shoot and strengtheneth it, and swelieth, and riseth upon the stalk thereof delighting the sowers. Such are the early Muslims described that He may enrage the infidels with them. Allah hath promised Unto those among them who believe and work righteous works, forgiveness and a mighty hire. (29).  

      February 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Kingfish

      The Koran is holy, to Muslims. The Bible is holy, to Christians. To the rest of us their significance is cultural not religious. Why does one's faith mater so much when we speak of government leaders? Look at Bush, how did his faith guide him into Iraq?
      Religions have caused bloodshed and strife for centuries.

      February 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Muneef

      God addresses all believers what awaits them for their efforts for the sake of God as pointed to them,kindly read;
       
      Al-Ahzab sura 33:
      There is no reproach for the Prophet in that which Allah maketh his due. That was Allah's way with those who passed away of old – and the commandment of Allah is certain destiny – (38) Who delivered the messages of Allah and feared Him, and feared none save Allah. Allah keepeth good account. (39) Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets; and Allah is ever Aware of all things. (40) O ye who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. (41) And glorify Him early and late. (42) He it is Who blesseth you, and His angels (bless you), that He may bring you forth from darkness unto light; and He is Merciful to the believers. (43) Their salutation on the day when they shall meet Him will be: Peace. And He hath prepared for them a goodly recompense. (44) O Prophet! Lo! We have sent thee as a witness and a bringer of good tidings and a warner. (45) And as a summoner unto Allah by His permission, and as a lamp that giveth light. (46) And announce unto the believers the good tidings that they will have great bounty from Allah. (47) And incline not to the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Disregard their noxious talk, and put thy trust in Allah. Allah is sufficient as Trustee. (48).  

      February 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Muneef

      God a dresses here about the disbelievers and their failure to succeed, and to believers to take up what has became upon Muhammed (Quran) kindly read;
      Muhammad sura 47:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Those who disbelieve and hinder others from the way of Allah, He shall send their works astray. (1) And those who believe and work righteous works and believe in that which hath been revealed Unto Muhammad -and it is the truth from their Lord- He shall expiate their misdeeds from them and shall make good their state. (2) That is because those who disbelieve follow the falsehood, and those who believe follow the truth from their Lord. And thus Allah propoundeth Unto mankind their similitude. (3).
                         

      February 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • rker321

      You are so funny. LOL LOL LOL

      February 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Muneef

      It tells us that with heart leniency you can have all believers,followers but being fierce heart with them,they would be dispersed from round you!? Then that In God we should Trust,and that God was our head teacher who sent upon us his apostles with his teachings to teach us what we have become to know as a base to build what we have today....!? Kindly read; 
      Al-E-Imran sura 03:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      It was by the mercy of Allah that thou wast lenient with them (O Muhammad), for if thou hadst been stern and fierce of heart they would have dispersed from round about thee. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult with them upon the conduct of affairs. And when thou art resolved, then put thy trust in Allah. Lo! Allah loveth those who put their trust (in Him). (159) If Allah is your helper none can overcome you, and if He withdraw His help from you, who is there who can help you after Him? In Allah let believers put their trust. (160) It is not for any prophet to deceive (mankind). Whoso deceiveth will bring His deceit with him on the Day of Resurrection. Then every soul will be paid in full what it hath earned; and they will not be wronged. (161) Is one who followeth the pleasure of Allah as one who hath earned condemnation from Allah, whose habitation is the Fire, a hapless journey's end? (162) There are (in diffrenent) degrees (of grace and reprobation) with Allah, and Allah is Seer of what ye do. (163) Allah verily hath shown grace to the believers by sending unto them a messenger of their own who reciteth unto them His revelations, and causeth them to grow, and teacheth them the Scripture and wisdom; although before (he came to them) they were in flagrant error. (164).

                         

      February 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Stemwede-Dielingen

      Muneef: Teh name "Hannah" is short for "Johanna" and is the feminine form of "John." It comes from Latin via Hebrew "Jochanan." Though Hebrew is related to Arabic, the name is Hebrew.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • kiwilogic

      you do realise islam and christianity are the same religion both believe in the same God both have jesus as a prophet they have different ideas onways to practise their beleifs and we're founded 500 years apart but they are technically the same. both are also equally as delusional as each other and every other of the thousands of religions out there.

      February 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • CP31

      "A TRUE CHRISTIAN WOULD.. (fill in the blank).. "

      Textbook 'No True Scotsman' fallacy.

      February 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Lindsay

      Yup! Exactly right.

      Who know what is in the man's heart... only God knows for sure. But I'll tell you this- I've never met a Christ follower that hid their beliefs, or were not extermely open about them to anyone who would hear... We are on this Earth for a mission.

      February 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • Religious Morons

      You had never even heard of the koran until 9/11. Admit it.

      February 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  13. smh

    Who cares what he is...Hes president thats all that should matter ( and if hes doing his duties as that)

    February 3, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • maxipeter

      He ain't!!!

      February 3, 2011 at 4:43 am |
    • Ronald Raygun

      he aint? how is he not doing his job? by the looks of things he is.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Teleplayer, North Carolina

      People do care what, if any, religious beliefs our leaders have. I'm disappointed that Obama did not come out with a major statement on his faith long ago, because it has caused all kinds of trouble and distrust. Here is a man who is a great orator yet constantly confuses the public about what he believes deep down, religious and otherwise. Why? I even watched the short interview where he (apparently) misspoke, saying "and this is why I'm a Muslim." Fortunately, the reporter corrected him quickly, but it only added fuel to the public's growing doubts. Americans have so many other grave concerns right now. Why add this one to it? Is it too much to ask our leaders to stand up and be clear with us about their core beliefs?

      February 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  14. Rob Johnson

    I was born a Christian. I respect the Bible. I recognize Christianity as a legitimate religion.

    Are you really going to say that makes me a Christian? Because if you do, is there any question you're not an idiot?

    February 3, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • white rose

      You can't be BORN a Christian! Jesus doesn't automatically come into your heart the day you're born.

      You can be born into a Christian home, you can go to a Christian church, but you CHOOSE to be a Christian once you believe and accept that Jesus died for our sins and repent. That's the only way you can be a Christian!

      February 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • ScottK

      btw, Christian literally means:

      1. Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
      2. Relating to or derived from Jesus or Jesus's teachings.
      3. Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus; Christlike.
      4. Relating to or characteristic of Christianity or its adherents.
      5. Showing a loving concern for others; humane.

      Its rather funny to me how few Christians I know do more than "Profess belief in Jesus as Christ ". Sure, they talk a big game, but when it comes down to self sacrafice and turning the other cheek, actually "Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus", none I know have ever pulled through. With the devil to blame for their actions, why work so hard at being good? Just head down to church & get absolved & do it all over again on Monday. The fact is, the most loving, kind and compassionate people I know are either athiest or agnostic.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      ScottK,
      Are you saying ‘birds of a feather’ gather together? You don’t like doves? But like to ‘talk a big game’ such as in ‘vulture’….just waiting in the wings for death...but you must not know….Christians don’t die! They are members of Christ’s Body which is His Church, and Christ has already applied saving grace to His Church through Baptism. So swoop in with your mean spiritedness….rip into Christians…but don’t expect us to stop praying for peace in the world.

      February 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Rob Johnson

      white rose, you missed my point entirely. Somebody else said that Obama was "born a Muslim" and therefore , he was a Muslim. I was just pointing out how ridiculous that statement was by saying that under those standards, I'm a Christian.

      While I admire the teachings of Jesus, I am not a Christian and do not claim to be. In much the same way, Obama may respect and admire certain aspects of Muslim teaching, but that doesn't make him a Muslim.

      February 4, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • Joe

      Brain washing, get them while they are young.

      February 4, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  15. HotAirAce

    I'm disappointed that he hasn't admitted that he's actually an atheist....

    February 3, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • Noah

      If he did then I would actually have faith in him as a person instead of being some foolish religious nut.

      February 3, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • bloofer

      Yeah, me too. It's a sad fact that in America any admission of atheism will be political suicide. I do wonder how many of our politicians are "true believers", and how many are just paying lip service to religion so they can be elected.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Mike

      US voters have become so focused on religion that an open Atheist could never be president, at least not in these conditions. There is an inverted coloration between IQ and Religion, so basically America has a system that has banned the top intellectuals from leadership. In order to hold office you either have to be in the lower IQ group, or a liar. Religion poisons everything....

      February 3, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Eric

      Im an athiest and still a proud American. Im not a fan of Obama but if in fact he is an athiest then he should be able to say that he is. I would rather have a president that doesnt rely on myth to play a role their decision making.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • mslman71

      I'm an agnostic, and I'm not going to fall into the same trap as the religious zealots and run my mouth as to why my viewpoint is the universally correct viewpoint. It just works for me. As to whatever Obama believes, I couldn't care less. The problem I have with him (and perhaps it is my own problem alone) is that I don't believe much of anything he says in the sense that the substance of his words are a reflection his true thoughts, including this. What comes out of his mouth appears to be a politically convenient fabrication. He is the expert at telling whatever group to whom he is speaking what he thinks they want to hear. In other words, I have no sense of knowing who he really is based on what he says, so it's hard for me to really agree or disagree with him as an individual. I wasn't a Bush fan policy-wise, but when I heard Bush speak, no matter how I felt about the ideas themselves, I always felt I was seeing the man. This has no bearing on his efficacy as a president, just one person's support of him (me) as an individual holding that office.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Bob

      > I'm an agnostic

      I'm an agnostic atheist. Atheism and agnosticism are two different things not on the same line.

      Gnosticism / Agnosticism: Knowledge of God or lack thereof.
      Theism / Atheism: Belief in God or lack thereof.

      Theistic Agnostic? Thinks there's a God, but humans don't know anything about it.

      I'm an agnostic atheist. I don't have knowledge of God, and don't believe in one.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Thomas

      I would actually feel more comfortable if we could elect an atheist president. I want the president to be able to make decision based on reality and the facts, not based on some invisible friend.

      Far too much is resting on the President's decisions.

      February 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • JohnR

      "Inverted coloration"????

      February 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • judy

      You're an idiot.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @judy

      You talking to me? If yes, please say/write something more intelligent and we can have a mature conversation, otherwise go away with vigour! If not, please identify the target of your oh so eloquest contribution.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Mike,
      Your as-sumption that… ‘America has a system that has banned the top intellectuals from leadership. In order to hold office you either have to be in the lower IQ group, or a liar’…..proves you the liar or one with a low IQ….for if there were others more intelligent than those focused on God, they could surely figure out how to get into office, now couldn’t they, by hook or by crook?

      February 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Joe

      You know WHY I detest the Catholic Religion? because I was bullied into going to a bible study class by a so called friend when I was but 6 in texas I feel asleep and was bored out of my mind. I had to listen to a book or a version there of that hasn't changed in thousands of years. Dry and boring, same old same old..nothing fresh nothing new. Same old regurgitated garbage. Who wrote those book I don't know and NEIther do you. Faith is very dangerous! I don't have a problem with you being spiritual I am spiritual I believe in the goddess the god and changing of seasons. I do NOT believe in this holier then thou orthodox religion garbage.

      February 4, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Joe,
      It sounds like you are still living in your six year old mind. When you come out of that mode you will be much happier! There is always hope that everyone will grow in faith and love as they mature.

      February 4, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  16. Justwait

    PJinChicago, the arguments that you used to backup your theory do not add up. For now own you are a Troll.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  17. pachecosita

    ONLY IN AMERICA

    February 3, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  18. Raj

    When our president says that he is a Christian, he IS a Christian.. Why and whom does he have to prove that he is a Christian anyway?

    February 3, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • BC

      And I say im Peter Pan. I dont have to prove it to anybody...lol. IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK!!! Hello..blind followers...Obummer wouldnt be trying so hard to make you believe he was a Christian if he was. Just because somone says they are something doesnt make it true.... 2012 cant come fast enough!!

      February 3, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • Mandy

      If you are a Christian, your light shines for God, and you don't have to make a speach trying to convince people that you are one. A Christian can be spotted very easily, without having to proclaim it over and over.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • JG

      Yeah, you can always tell the Christians in the group. They're always the first ones to run up and shove their beliefs down your throat. If you don't like it, then they "feel sorry and pray for you". Because being agnostic means I need pity? Please.

      Who cares what phoney old man in the sky he follows. So far he hasn't done squat for the country. I thought his political bandwagon was all about "Hope" and "Change". Well, I'm starting to loose faith in both of those ideals.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Pete

      This is all because of the fact that white trash america has a hard time accepting the fact that a person of color is American. They also think that religion is in your blood, and not a free-will decision.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • jay

      BC and Mandy:
      What President's light has "shined" so people can see. He (Obama) holds a public office and is there to lead a nation. He says that he prays for guidance who are we to know his heart. Bush accepted a Quran – is he not a Christian despite his claims. He could have rejected it based on his beliefs but he was a political leader; who questioned his faith (I don't). We can find "reasons" in any President or party to "justify" our feelings but that doesn't make it fact. We are to pray for our leaders -not prey on them for "they are the ministers of God (in a general sense)" -Romans 13:6. No one searches the heart but God and many of the post here reminds me of what King David said -he'd rather fall in the hands of God than man b/c God might choose to be merciful.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • muhrvis

      Agreed BC. Can't wait for 2012! See you there. If you don't like the President because you think he is not "Christian" then you are a moron - you talk like a moron, walk like a moron... If you require your leader to be of the same faith as you are, then you are a coward, shallow, and ignorant.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      @ Mandy

      "If you are a Christian, your light shines for God".. Thats the lamest thing i have heard in 25 years of my precious life..I have seen nobody shine with a light except unless he/she has to clean gutters at night.. What else, a big bright halo and wings spreading out.. FAIL

      February 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Nick

      "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" John 8:7. I grew up in a Christian environment and found that about a 2% of the believers actually practiced.. love, patience, empathy. This blog proves to me that religion becomes a race to "heaven".. we love to judge each other and say "well I'm more Christian then him".. you are falling into a trap. Faith comes from within and has nothing to do with anybody other than you and your maker. With so many sects of "Christianity" who is to say who's right? With so many religions.. who is to say which one is right? So people who came before the birth of Christ all went to hell because they never new the faith? I don't think that we have the ability to judge without bias.. like in this blog.. republicans think he is a "Muslim" (like its a bad thing) or a baby killer! This is why I no longer rely on other people to lead by the Christian example because most of them are judgmental angry people who live in fear of going to hell and will do anything to secure their place in line at the pearly gates!

      February 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Obummer wouldnt be trying so hard to make you believe he was a Christian if he was'

      so let me see if I can get your logic right......

      He not a christian, hes a muslim!
      No, I am a christian.
      Aha! that proves it, if he was a christian he would not be trying so hard to convince you of it.

      Is that the extent of your nonsense?

      February 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Tish

      True Christians do not dibble and dabble in politics. Obama may mean well but unfortunatley he has a form of godly devotion but proves false to it's power . People of the nations like to have their ears tickled so they listen to it because it sounds good . They make their way of life fit their standards that is not a true christian.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      Tish,

      I need a book, chapter, and verse, please. You said TRUE Christians cannot dibble, dabble in politics! Can you tell me where that is in God's word? Thanks,

      February 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Res_Ipsa

      At all those who can't wait for 2012, I agree as well! I can't wait to go from trying to prevent the worst from happening, as the Democrats are deperately trying to do, to actively making things worse, as Republicans are trying to do and as they did from 2001-2008. Heck, maybe this is the nasty prophecy those crazy Mayans were speaking about!

      February 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • stejo

      @Mandy, actually, I believe it says that "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, thou shalt be saved." So just "shining" doesn't cut it. There are lots of wonderful people who aren't Christians. Take Gandhi, for instance. Great man, not a Christian. How do we know? He said so.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Nick,
      You asked, ‘So people who came before the birth of Christ all went to hell because they never new the faith?’
      No, What Jesus did on the Cross was for all sinners of all time. After His dying on the Cross [so that all might have everlasting life] He was buried; He descended into Hell and on the 3rd day He rose and ascended into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of God. Jesus Christ went down into Hell to release those who were being held in the ‘bosom of Abraham’…not those who were in Hell; Jesus had opened the gates to Heaven which had been closed by Adam and Eve’s fall. Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.

      February 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Valente

      When he says he believes in Jesus then I will believe he is a christian. Jews Muslims and Christians believe in the Lord, but only Christians believe that he send his Son to pay the price for our sin, and in turn he resurrected himself with no help from anyone because he was the Lord.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  19. Tafa

    I have been reading for years about skeptisism of the faith of a persident who is admired by all nation arround the Globe. if he is not a christian how he get marrried in the Church? baptiized his children?how he has been going church for 20 years? why we twist the truth America ? He is our Christian brother in Christ. God bless him again and again!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:31 am |
    • Matt

      A religion's rule only applies to people within a particular religion. Even if he were born a muslim, and converted christian, he would be a christian nontheless, because he believes in the christian religion. I personally think he is neither, and rather an agnostic, who knows that he must fake faith to hold the presidency. I wish that it were possible for we agnostics/atheists to come out of the closet and show the world that many people that they hold to be truly good are non-believers.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Lee

      PJ, he was no more born a Muslim, then you were born a Christian, or I was born a Christian, or Netanyahu was born a Jew. We are all born of parents who might belong to a particular faith but until we become of an age where we can make our own decisions we are not of any particular faith, only brainwashed to believe we should believe as our parents believe. I'm an athiestl, born of Christian parents. I respect peoples belief in the Bible though I think it's a mistaken believe, I respect their right to be a Christian and I recognize that Christianity is a legitimate belief. I am still an athiiest despite all that. What I am not is an ignorant fool.

      February 3, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • JW

      President Obama's speech may educate people who do not know due to the misinformation that is so widespread. There are others who would not believe anything he says regarding his religion because they have bought into all of the false information that has been spread. The audacity of these people is overwhelming. For example, someone replying to this post stated an untruth about the Quran. He likely heard this from someone but did not take time to verify it. There is no verse in the Quran that says "once a Muslim, always a Muslim". That statement makes no sense and I challenge the person who posted it to be intellectually honest and retract what he said. George W. Bush quoted the Quran on a couple of occasions and met with a Muslim "cleric"... does that make him a Muslim? Finally, as Colin Powell said a while back, the real question should be: "so what if Obama was a Muslim?"

      February 3, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • PedroPetePIerre - citizen of the world

      PJinChicago (and any other "Obama is a Muslim") character is a true Blindman. Just because some book says that if you're born a Muslim you're always a Muslim does not mean anything (does it really say that?). I could write a book, along with the help of some free-flowing poetic friends, and start convincing people that that is the real truth. With a little luck and lots of persistence it could possibly rival some of our modern day faiths at some future time.
      Why is a religion that started in the 6th or seventh century AD the only true religion?? Does that mean anybody who lived and died before then is an infidel? How about those that lived before Jesus' time? Are they condemned to hell?
      In short, my point is that at some point or another someone comes up with a new religion that has enough good points and theories for a whole bunch of people to start following it. I can't go as far as to say they're all wrong, but they certainly are all mistaken and misguided if they declare themselves as the only 'true' option.
      For a rational person, the true purpose of religion is to provide a path through which a person can find happiness and spread benevolence. It is to help provide a sense of purpose and of community. To help provide answers which no mortal man can be certain of. To help us think, reflect, and act as what we are, a marvelous, intelligent species.

      I'll end with a favorite quote of mine, since I think I'm a good person and I don't use religion as a front...
      "My karma will run over your dogma" – (unknown?)

      February 3, 2011 at 5:01 am |
    • Cyrus

      Dear PJ inChicago:

      Sorry to say this, NO ONE is born a Muslim. Like all Abrahamic faiths, Muslims (both men and women) have to be "baptized", so to speak, to Islam (minus the dunking in the river stuff). There are millions of Muslims around the world, whose parents were neither, and there are many non-Muslims around the world, whose parents were. It's not that simple, as you think it is. So, get off the ignorant wagon and read a little. Better yet, practice each of these faiths.

      February 3, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Julibear

      PinChicago, just because the Koran says that you're a muslim for life, obviously does not make it so. All those books are a set of opinions and made up customs. He is certainly NOT a practicing Muslim, he practices Christianity. Just because my parents, grandparents and Ggrandparents were Catholic, I went to Catholic school and University my whole life, does NOT make me a Catholic!! In this nation you get to choose which religion you practice.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • Joe

      First of all no one is born Muslim, my best friend father was a muslim & his mother a Jew & he is Jew. actually if you really knew about koran, it not only covers Judaism & Christianity, but it asks you as an adult to study other religions, as it says they are all gods religions. " The true Muslim is the one that choices to be a muslim, not the one that feels he has to"
      By the way I am not a muslim.

      February 3, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • James

      don't read too much into him attending a "church" he attending a racist, U.S. hating, organization that disguised themselves as a church. Furthermore, you don't have to be Christian to be married in a church. If all of the other countries around the world love this guy, please take him...he's ruining this country!!!

      February 3, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Sean

      Sorry, but I seriously doubt the guy is a christian. No christian would ever call the quran holy as he did on "burn the quran day." If you are a christian you believe that Jesus is the only way and all other faiths are apostasy. Calling the quran holy is a sign of his weakness of faith in Christianity.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • derp

      "if he is not a christian how he get marrried in the Church?"

      You don't need to be christian to be married in achurch. I'm athiest and got married in church. We just liked the setting.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Craig

      Sean, I can't believe how narrow-minded and bigoted you nare. You have all the answers to life, right, because you're a Christian. Well, God help you. Jesus condemned more than anyone else the religious hypocrites of his day, who didn't practice charity and love for all of God's children. It seems obvious that you have no love for Muslims, or anyone else who disagrees with your narrow religious views, so how Christian are you, really?

      February 3, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Chris R

      Sean,

      Sop what you are saying is that the Pope isn't a real Christian? I bet he'll find that news shocking.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Todd

      Obama is a christ eater. Whoopie. I'd appreciate it if you kept your values out of my life. I hate it when other people tell me who I can marry and how I am supposed to live.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • JHARRIS

      JUST HOW MANY TIMES YOU THINK OBAMA HAS BEEN TO CHURCH SINCE ELECTION DAY???? ONCE??? TWICE??..NO MORE.....THE IS THE 1ST TIME HE HAS EVER SPOKE ON BEING A CHRISTIAN...WHEW....AND HE WAITS UNTIL A PRAYER LUNCHEON GROUP TO TALK ABOUT IT...HOW NICE...

      February 3, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Jacob Good

      Also, 'Joe' Allah REFUTES your nonsense again by saying: "Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are disbelievers." [5:44]

      "Whoever did not judge by what Allah revealed, those are they that are the unjust." [5:45]

      "Whoever did not judge by what Allah revealed, those are they that are the transgressors." [5:47]

      So "Joe" you are GUILTY of committing Kufr, so may Allah give you Hudah or destruction.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • civiloutside

      Actually, he's spoken about his Christian faith many times. Personally, I wish he'd do it less. I'm tired of hearing about it.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Sean

      Craig, Well its funny that you say that I am bigoted, when you yourself are utterly intolerant to my opinions or beliefs. That by definition is bigotry. Now, secondly, I am definitely narrow minded because Jesus is narrow minded. "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," John 14:6. Not Mohammad, not Buddha, not Joseph Smith, not confucius, not oprah, not tom cruise, not charles darwin, not christopher hitchens. Only Jesus. I'm not narrow minded, Jesus is. Jesus is the most exclusive savior (being the only one), and the most inclusive savior (being that he will accept ANY person that believes in him). If you are a Christian, you dont accept any other creed or faith as "holy" because it is false. I dont have all the answers, Jesus does. And we are not all God's children, only those who believe are part of his family, and adopted as one of his children. Those who dont believe are his enemies.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Sean

      Craig, you know on another note, all I did was make a simple comment about my beliefs (which you so hipocritically called me a bigot for), and here comes the "tolerant" police riding in on their white horses. You want to talk about the pharisees??
      The pharisees constantly criticized Jesus everywhere he went on everything he did, because they just wanted to fight him and prove they were right and he was wrong. You and everyone else who rides under the white flag of "tolerance" are all the same. You're religious pharisees. Everyone is a fundamentalist in some way, and you are no different. Dont come to me looking for an argument, because I dont care. You're not going to convice me otherwise. And before you call someone a bigot, know what it means before you expose yourself to your own bigotry.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • john

      Tafa; I am in agreement. I am what you all refer to as a dreaded conservative Evangelical Christian, I did not vote for Obama nor do I agree with much that he stands for, at least the way he is going about making "Change". Even so from early on when I read his Christian testimony I believed his sincerity. All you that don't. A Muslim would not sit for 20 years in a Church of Christ congregation as he has done. I also believe he is living his Christian walk in the best way he understands, and is doing what HE believes is right for the country and the world. For that I give him my respect. I believe he is a citizen of the U.S. and was elected properly. Yet I still do not agree with his polotics. That is what is great about America is that we are able to express our selves...peacfully and with due respect.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Jacob Good

      Also, there is no school of Islamic thought called "Wahabism". Muhammad Abdul Wahab was a man who lived and died. Simple, Al-Qaidah doesn't look to him as often as one may think, they talk more about the Caliphate in Turkey or Palestine first.

      Maybe just because Abu Muhammad al-Maqdese reads Abdul Wahab's books that makes him a Wahabi? I don't think so, he also reads Ibn Taymiyyah who was in 13th century and was a companion of Ibn Kathir who is the FOREMOST scholar on Qur'anic exegsis. They also study Ibn ul-Qayyim who is a writer on the Islamic doctrine of Tazkiyyah, that is purification of the soul before Allah.

      Also: you mentioned that nobody is born Muslim. This is FALSE according to the shariah of ALL SCHOOLS OF ISLAM.

      In fact WE ARE ALL MUSLIMS! We ALL have been born Muslim but we were BRAINWASHED by our parents to be non-Muslims, we REJECTED Islam. It's called FITRAH sir, when the ENTIRE WORLD is born Muslim.

      Don't believe me? Search: "Islam is your Birthright"

      I'm done playing child's games with you Cyrus.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      JW,

      You have a good question: ‘George W. Bush quoted the Quran on a couple of occasions and met with a Muslim "cleric"... does that make him a Muslim?

      You could also ask: ‘ B.Obama quoted the Bible on a couple of occasions and met with a ‘Christian’ pastor….does that make him a Christian?

      PedroPetePIerre – citizen of the world,

      You asked, ‘How about those that lived before Jesus' time? Are they condemned to hell?’

      No, What Jesus did on the Cross was for all sinners of all time. After His dying on the Cross [so that all might have everlasting life] He was buried; He descended into Hell and on the 3rd day He rose and ascended into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of God. Jesus Christ went down into Hell to release those who were being held in the ‘bosom of Abraham’…not those who were in Hell; Jesus had opened the gates to Heaven which had been closed by Adam and Eve’s fall. Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.

      Derp,

      Why did you get married in a church? Because of the ‘setting’? What does that mean?

      Sean,

      Are we not children of God in that He is the One who knew us from all time and knit us in our mother’s womb? Is this not where every human receives his conscience to return hate with love….and a guilty conscience when we do other? What is that seed that causes man to seek His maker? Is it not the child who seeks comfort from his Father?

      I will agree that there are those who can ‘kill’ their conscience and strip themselves of this desire for belonging to the family of God and can walk away from Light and walk into Darkness out of free will…such as a run-away child. They can be completely ‘cut-off’ by their own doing and not by the desire of the Father…for the Father desire that all be saved.

      But we receive our very life and breath from God, our Father, who allows us to remain in Him and Him in us….if we so choose.

      Those who have not heard the Gospel but who seek their Maker are children of God…. those who have yet to hear the Good News. Those who hear but do not abide in it are ‘cut off’ as a branch from the vine which produces no good fruit and are tossed into the fire.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • stejo

      @matt – truth be told, we're all agnostics. Can you be an agnostic and a Christian? I say, yes! Agnosticism has everything to do with whether or not we can know for certain there is a God – we can't, at least not on this side. Faith has everything to do with believing something that is unprovable. It takes no faith to believe in something for which there's evidence – sorry for those of you who like to purport that getting into a car and knowing it will start requires faith – no, it doesn't. There's lots of evidence that the car will start. However, there is no irrefutable evidence for God. That's where faith comes in. I don't KNOW there's a God. I don't even hope there's a God. However, I have faith that there's a God, and when I'm living my life as if that were true, I get different results than when I'm not living that way.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Catie

      Dont be naive

      February 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • Joe

      Money can buy anything and so can power or have you forgotten the Catholic Church's track record for corruption.

      February 4, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • Lightning

      If your really interested in the truth, than google,,,Barack Hussein Obama mocks the Bible. No God fearing 'Christian' would mock the word of God. Muslim Barack Hussein Obama is 'anti-christ,' but not 'thee anti-christ.'

      February 5, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  20. Mark from Middle River

    Isn't this the same "lean forward singing" picture that the belief blog used a few weeks ago when Obama went to church?

    February 3, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Jc Ohio

      Well since the article ran at 12:01am, its kinda hard to have a picture from an event that hasn't happened yet!
      So you use a "File Photo" ...

      February 3, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Eric

      As long as the Obamas accept Jesus Christ into their heart as our Savior, which means believing that Jesus died for our sins and rose 3 days later, and accepting that we have been renewed through Jesus makes them Christians. Whether or not the world believes it or not does not matter because its all about each individual persons relationship with our Lord.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • joe johnson

      I can't believe it-well yes I can. He is talking about his personal faith off of a script! Why can't he do this off the cuff? If it is so personal, why make it look so unauthentic? Probably another way the Democrat party is trying to get the Presidnet 'in touch' with the American peope. Mopst likely that won't happen until he leaves office.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Phranque

      If Obama is truly a Christian, then can someone explain to me why he had religious relics and statues covered when he spoke at Georgetown University?

      February 3, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • maine liberal

      @ Jesus

      that makes the two of you not being "Christian"

      February 3, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Silence Dogood

      @Mary: Maybe YOU should be out there saving one unborn child at a time instead of sitting on your duff pecking keys. Go hold a sign with the other Westburro Church vermin...

      February 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • MCArmstrong

      @Mary

      "even those in the last trimester or who have been born alive and left to die?"

      You know those make up less than one percent of all abortions, right? It's hardly indicative of abortion as a whole.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • NoOceanInKansas

      Obama went to church?

      February 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Bradd

      This is the problem today, The Man sat there and told you what his faith was and you WASTE this time and money on this crap when all through AMERICA there are TENT CITIES everywhere. My wife and I had the pleasure of being in one (Camp Quixote). On top off that were sending other countries BILLIONS of dollars and US IN AMERICA can’t afford to buy food no less. THEN you know about all the chaos in EGYPT. Come on now you’re in a big position to report more important things than this. Feel free to respond at your convenience

      February 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Mark

      Pants on fire Mr. O

      February 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'If Obama is truly a Christian, then can someone explain to me why he had religious relics and statues covered when he spoke at Georgetown University?'
      He didnt, its just more nonsense spread by those that dont like Obama. What they did was cover up the background behind Obama to make it a solid color and to display the flags. There were plenty of other 'religious relics and statues' dotted around the room in plain view for all to see.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Jim

      This explains Obama's lack of coherence. The Christian religion is full of hypocricy and double speak. He ought to start looking at what is real rather than an illusion

      February 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • LetoAtreides

      I applaud the president's sharing....but I'm still unclear about what "Christian" means to him. My questions for him include...Is Jesus not only his lord and savior but the only truth and means of salvation for all mankind? Does Mr. Obama believe in the Trinitiy (father, son, Holy Spirt)? Does Mr. Obama believe that the Bible is the word of God? Is God a compliment to Mr. Obama's will or is Mr. Obama submissive to the will of God? Does Mr. Obama believe that Jesus Christ and only Jesus Christ is whom the world should follow? These questions address theology (what you believe) and so far I've yet to hear the president address any of these questions. Christianity can't be anything to anyone. Doctrine is not a bad word. Doctrine defines faith and makes true commitment possible. What does our president really believe. If he's going to share, he should share completely and conceal nothing. In the meantime, I appreciate his candor.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Rick

      If Barack says he is a Christian, I take him at his word. Now, if we could get to hear him say he is a socialist..............

      February 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Fleagle1

      Obama confessed his Muslim faith in a nationally televised interview with George Stephanopoulos in 2008. So, which is it?
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKGdkqfBICw&w=640&h=360]

      February 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Sarah

      @Leto

      Umm...who made you the judge of what it means to be Christian? Judge not lest ye be judged.

      If someone tells me they're a Christian then who am I to say they're not? That's between them and God. I don't have the right (and neither do you) to give them the third degree and I CERTAINLY don't have the right to judge whether or not they're telling the truth.

      This is SUCH a silly discussion anyways. There are good people who aren't Christians and there are bad people who identify themselves as Christian. In judging the worth of a person the most important thing is what they do. Leave the rest to God.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • ScottK

      @Daddy5 – Why not try to use your energy by helping out already born people who need your help instead of harras sing women who have been ra ped or have medical problems. Or head on down to the orphanage and take home some unwanted children that you & your ilk forced into, for them, an unloving and uncaring world. If just half the money and time the "right" spends standing on corners throwing verbal & sometimes physical stones at hard working doctors and women were spent on aiding women and children and providing s e x education in impoverished communities you might actually make a difference, as it is you're all just blowing smoke.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Liberalism is the absent of God....'
      Yeah because being a conservative is so godly, lol.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • BR

      If this is a country founded on freedom of religion and freedom of speech does it really matter what Obama believes. Get real people, this is about leading the country not what your personal beliefs may be. The Christian religion is so strong in this country that no matter what your credential are you would not get elected unless you bow to the believers. Very sad time in this great nation.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Mr Phil

      @ Mary – And how many unwanted babies have you adopted? Now who's the hypocrite? All you guys do is go out and hold signs but you don't really DO anything at all.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • doobison

      Elliott Rodriguez is the absence of intellect.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • doobison

      @Fleagle, you're an idiot. Plain and simple. This video was taken out of context. HE misspoke and said muslim instead of christian, as he corrected himself immediately after. Take off your tin foil hat and replace it with a thinking cap... idiot.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • cmjt

      " My Christian faith has been sustaining....." Just because Obama says it does not make true!

      February 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • just wondering

      If he is a Christian why didn't he stand by Franklin Graham and allowed him to speak at National day of Prayer when Franklin was disinvited by the Army from speaking at the Pentagon May 2010! why did he have a statue of a cross covered at Notre Dam. why does his speech sound insincere why do u need to read how Christianity is your faith you should be able to speak from your heart !! Could it be he needs the Christians to back him up in 2012. I truly pray he is being honest and that he has a true encounter with God! May God line him up with good Christian people, advisers to speak to him the TRUTH !!!

      February 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Sarah,
      First you say…judge not lest ye be judged…then you say ….in judging the worth of a person the most important thing is what they do. I agree, we have to judge ‘what they do’ and leave the soul judging up to God, if that is what you meant.

      BR,
      If it doesn’t matter what a person believes why do we have debates before elections?

      February 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Steve

      @Fleagle1:

      "Obama confessed his Muslim faith in a nationally televised interview with George Stephanopoulos in 2008. So, which is it?"

      Complete and utter nonsense. Do your research before you make statements like this. http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/muslimfaith.asp

      February 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Joy

      Doesn't look like he's singing to me. Looks like he does when he's giving a speech on something.

      February 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • sean

      THE RIGHT QUESTION TO ASK OBAMA IS WHETHER OR NOT JESUS CHRIST IS HIS LORD...WHATS A "CHRISTIAN" ANYWAYS. ITS A RELIGIOUS TERM AND DOES NOT DEFINE A PERSON'S RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. ANYONE CAN SAY THEY ARE A "CHRISTIAN" BUT HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN PROCLAIM THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THEIR LORD??

      February 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • letoatreides

      SARAH: In response to your statement that Christians should not judge if others are Christian or not...the "judge lest you not be judged" refers to judging a person's eternity. The Bible (Jesus specifically) makes it clear that only God can determine or judge our eternal destination. As Christians however, we are called by Christ to discern our faith and hold each other accountable. This is an important purpose of the church,,..to maintain correct belief. As humans, we have the capacity to twist truth and believe the wrong things. Many call themselves Christians, but if Christ isn't central to their faith and they reject him and/or key aspects of Christ's gospel, their faith should be questioned. Some claim a Christian faith but have no substance to their belief, no theology. As a believer, I count on my fellow believers to share with me and offer correction for me if needed. I may not like it at times (and haven't by the way!) but if this correction is done in love and gets me back on the correct path with God, then it's actually a blessing. Humans can have good intent but still go in directions counter to God's intent. Our faith should be questioned and clarified. If Christ is the truth, no challenge how clever it may be will stand up to His truth.

      February 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • RHHaith, Houston, TX

      I'm am glad to hear President Obama talk about his faith, but would be more comforted if he declared to all the country that Jesus is the Christ, the Son, of the the living God and that he died on the cross that all who believe in him will be saved so that all will glorify God for his abundant mercy. That is the heart of Christianity. Praying for humility and for those in need are fine and wonderful things, but even universalists and muslims pray for such things. If the President wants people to accept his Christianity, he must declare if fully.

      February 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • leo costa

      Religion from government is encroaching my right to be free from religion. He is the president of every and each American: Jews, Christian, muslin, budhist, atheist; is it improper to uses the president stage to promote any particular religion. If we do no separate the state and Religion soon or later some body from the government will tray to impost a sort of gugudada believe

      February 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • wf

      My christian belief keeps me going while I am against the core teachings of the Bible such as gay marriage, killing the unborns calling it women's right to choose. My christian faith keeps me going while my hate crime bill targets christian religious freedom, those who speak out against gay and lesbian life style. My christian belief keeps me going in tough times while I am planning to do away with DOMA – telling God that He is wrong about marriage. I am against God's standard of living but I am still a christian. One has to wander what kind of christian is he? In the words of Jesus, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven, Mat. 7v21.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • jono

      funny how all these so-called christians profess to have a deep faith, but none of them read their sacred bible. http://www.whywontgodhealamputees.com

      February 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Dona

      I am glad Obama has Faith – I don't really care what his religious views are. the United States is not a Theocracy – therefore the religion of my president doesn't make any difference to me. Even if he didn't believe in God – I would be ok with that. As long as he has understanding of the diversity of our nation and the beliefs of the people within.

      I don't pick my friends based on their religious beliefs, I don't give people a hard time if their beliefs aren't the same as mine.
      While I don't mind him talking about his faith – and I am glad his faith helps him make it through the good times and the bad times – I don't want the US to be governed by it. Bush talked way to much about his faith and how it guided us – to me that was wrong. Faith is personal it is between you and God; its none of my business!

      February 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • stejo

      @Eric – well-said. That's the bottom line of what makes you a Christian – not your actions. There is no grace through works – the grace has already been given, and you just have to accept it to be a Christian.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • frank

      When he's talking to Christians: "faith sustains me".

      When he's in San Fransisco : "they cling to guns or religion".

      February 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Kip Swann

      DId we forget the whole preacher mess during the elections?

      February 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Rev. Wrong?

      Which is it, Mr. President? Were you so oblivious to Christianity that you were just sort of following along blindly when Reverend Wright was delivering you sermon after sermon of hate and bigotry? Or do you take it so seriously that you speak daily and nightly to "the Lord", and you wait on his blessings and teachings?

      Which is it, son? Because we all know it can't possibly be both.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • jesus

      This nation will "grow up" as Joan Rivers says when a President comes out and declares that he is an atheist instead of feigning a religious affiliation. I have spoken to many elected politicians who in private are atheists, but in public attend Church and "pray".

      February 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • R

      Jesus Christ (the Son of God) said–"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." (Matthew 7:1-5)

      February 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • K from Chicago

      I attend the president's former church in Chicago and I can tell you with certainty that the presdient and first lady are both devout christians. For those of you who dislike the president, for heaven's sake, atleast be accurate in your criticisms. Americans are so un- informed today because they get all their news from blogs and don't bother double checking the facts.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • joemckerns

      What I see here is the beginning of a 2012 Presidential race "character reinvention". I remember his Marxist comment that we should be saddened that the poor are "clinging to their guns and religion". I don't buy this for a minute. Also, he is an abortionist who supports the slaughter of innocents. For shame.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Dan

      Well, if he is God bless him. I pray for him either way. He is just a man after all, just like me.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • jpeditor

      If he's such a big Christian,why is he helping the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt? He invited 10 of them to his speech in Cairo, he has been "training" them to overthrow Mubarak. When the Muslim Brotherhood takes over Egypt and continues to slaughter Christians and closes the Suez Canal, is he going to continue to say he's a Christian? His own minister Rev Wright is a "former muslim" – Why are all these supposed "former Muslims turned "christians"" are supporting the enemies of the Judeo-Christian West.

      he may say he's not a muslim, but he might as well be one.

      February 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Freedom includes the right to be stupid... sadly

      jpeditor, you are a loony tune. Have another beer or hit of acid. Regardless of his faith, he is not "training" anyone. The muslim brotherhood is not violent, for one. Two, the reason they would be invited to his speech, is they are a popular party in Egypt. Get over your irrational fear of islam, and get an education. While your at, shut up and go to sleep.

      February 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • America is agnostic

      To everyone racking their brains over the President's faith: WHAT DOES IT MATTER? America was founded on values protecting the religious equality, beyond christianity. I know all you christians love the kickbacks from the government. You just hate it when those kickbacks go to other religions. You call them crazy. Well, hypocrisy is alive and well in the christian faith. The president's faith is not the issue. The issue is questioning a man's faith, and faulting him for it not being your own... open your eyes, you sanctimonious buffoons.

      February 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Donna

      This was a photo op. He wanted to be seen at the prayer breakfast because Capt. Kelly was speaking and it would look good to support Rep. Giffords. obama has not got to these breakfasts before. I didn't realize a muslim can stop being a muslim. He was a muslim as a ypung man. Does this mean he will actually go to church now. He uses his ability to make a great speech to snow the American public again. Time will tell.

      February 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • chris

      damn it, i wish he had come out an said he was a muslim . that would have been funny. i personally think religion is a controlling tool , an any good decent person , with a brain , needs no religion. this my god is better then your god is kinda childish . grow america !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Jatay

      Thank you Mr. President for mentioning and sharing your faith with us. Amen.

      February 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • mickey1313

      the fact that in america in 2011, we still hear this kind of thing, and take is to heart is sad. why would you vote for a man who believes in magic, it is a tragdy. up it athiesism, down with theism

      February 4, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • carlinism

      I've never met a Christian.I don't think they exist.

      February 4, 2011 at 7:12 am |
    • Joe

      I blame the Catholic Church for all this Jesus garbage nothing but mind control the WHOLE book mind control. We have absolutely NO proof what so ever that anybody wrote this book. I can't believe that some of this is actually being taken seriously rose from from the dead after three days, farted and created the universe. You don't believe in Evolution then WHY did that APE walk UPRIGHT. Or perhaps that was GOD or something too right?!

      February 4, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • B from MI

      I voted for Obama. Unfortunately now I can't vote to put him back in office. Putting anyone who honestly believes in fairy tales in charge of one of the most powerful countries in the world is retarded. Sure I understand a candidate has to take sides so that the sheep out there vote for him, but thats different than actually believing. Sucks that I can't support an otherwise respectable candidate.

      February 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • Name*Didn't vote 4 Obama

      Another attempt to gain votes. He rarely goes to church. He speaks at a Christian University, yet approves and votes for abortions. He will not condem radical Islamists. Won't use the word terrorist, but will bow down to Muslem leader.
      Where are the Fruits?

      February 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Frank G

      How do you make sense of the world? We share many things in common, being human. Obama's defense of a basic Christian belief is awesome, as accountability to a God who judges yet shows mercy in Christ has historically delivered universities, science, hospitals, a sense of reliability in the order and meaning of building a common home together that is a blessing to all...thank God for Obama standing for Christ, the best gift the world ever received.

      February 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Lightning

      Barack Hussein Obama isn't any more 'Christian' than I am an atheist. He is secretly a 'Muslim'. What is the matter with you people? How does one slip when asked what is your religion? He told ABC's George Stephanopolos, "my Muslim faith," during his interview. Google it! He mocked the Bible...Google it...and calls the Koran..."holy Koran." Barack Hussein Obama is a deciever in the process of ushering in Sharia Law. Wake up-America! Also google, Barack Hussein Obama admits he is Muslim.

      February 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • Lightning

      Barack Hussein Obama is a liar and told ABC's George Stephanopoulos the truth when he said,,,,"my Muslim faith."
      He admits he is a Muslim
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AthT4haUerQ&w=640&h=360]
      slips and reveals his "muslim faith;
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQqIpdBOg6I&w=640&h=360]

      February 6, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Lightning

      Barack Hussein Obama is a liar and told ABC's George Stephanopoulos the truth when he said,,,,"my Muslim faith."
      He admits he is a Muslim
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AthT4haUerQ&w=640&h=360]
      slips and reveals his "muslim faith;

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQqIpdBOg6I&w=640&h=390

      February 6, 2011 at 12:22 am |
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