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Obama delivers very Christian message at Christmas tree lighting
President Obama and his family at the Thursday night tree lighting.
December 1st, 2011
10:12 PM ET

Obama delivers very Christian message at Christmas tree lighting

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered an unusually stark Christian message at the White House Christmas tree lighting Thursday night, saying Christ's message "lies at the heart of my Christian faith and that of millions of Americans."

"More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep," Obama said at the tree lighting ceremony, a longstanding White House tradition.


"But this was not just any child," Obama continued. "Christ’s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. He was a manifestation of God’s love for us."

Obama has been more public and specific about his religious beliefs since polls last year showed that only a minority of Americans know he is Christian. Last Easter, Obama got unusually specific about his beliefs on Christ's resurrection at a White House prayer breakfast.

Some conservative Christian leaders have questioned Obama's Christian faith, even though Obama got his start in politics through church-based political organizing and has written about accepting Jesus in his 20s.

Last month, South Carolina Christian conservative leader Bob Jones III told a reporter “I’ve no reason to think (Obama is) Christian."

“Some people will say whatever they think the politically helpful thing would be,” Jones said. “I say, ‘Where is the evidence that he is a Christian?’ ”

In his remarks at Thursday's tree lighting, Obama said that Jesus "grew up to become a leader with a servant’s heart who taught us a message as simple as it is powerful: that we should love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves."

"So long as the gifts and the parties are happening, it’s important for us to keep in mind the central message of this season," he said, "and keep Christ’s words not only in our thoughts, but also in our deeds."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Christmas

soundoff (2,184 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Get religion out of our politics. The 2 do NOT mix! All you religious freaks out there, go crawl under a rock and stay there!

    December 2, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • Tiffanie

      Dave that is were you will be hiding when the Lord returns to rapture his people... under a rock, praying God forgives you for being a moron..

      December 2, 2011 at 8:49 am |
    • Dave

      I promise that prayer will not even be on my list of idiotic things to do when/if that time comes. Thanks for your support. Nut job.

      December 2, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • Bible Clown

      "when the Lord returns to rapture his people" Yeah, don't hold your breath until THAT happens. Oh wait, it happened this year twice already. So, why didn't you go?

      December 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  2. Matthew

    He did not mention the divinity of Jesus Christ. Divinity is at the heart of Christmas season. Check his quotes once again. He only talked about the "love of God". I still find Obama's faith questionable.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Dave

      Who gives a rat's flying a hole?! This country was great whenever religion didn't mix into where it did not belong. It's you religious bozos who are f @#$&*^ it up for all of us.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • Bible Clown

      That's ok; I don't believe that you are a Christian either.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:40 am |
    • Arnold

      @Dave really? the Rev Martin Luther King Jr. messed it up for all of us? Not every religious person gets in the way of progress...

      December 2, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • Bob

      Matthew, he could well be lying about his beliefs. A lot of politicians do, just to get votes from stupid folk like you.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • 5150

      Dave – what are you talking about? The second sentence of our very own Declaration of Independence states that we have rights endowed upon us by our Creator. American was quite literally founded upon this principle. So when you state "religion", are you talking about belief in our Creator, or are you talking about organized systems of faith? Organized systems of faith can be frustrating because they are made up of people just like you and me (who are flawed, selfish, and shortsighted). But to blanket statement religion as the driver of the ills of society is just plan silly.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • FLIndependent

      I need one of you die hard Christians to explain why you so support the Jews/Israel when they don't believe that Christ rose from the dead and were the ones that did the dirty deed. Would you all be ok with a Jewish president? Please people...what difference does the religion of the President make? I would much rather have one that doesn't try to impose "religious" beliefs onto us than one that wants a theocracy.

      December 2, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Dave

      I cannot be so arrogant as to dismiss a higher creator completely out of hand...though I see no evidence for the existence of such. However, religion I can, and do, completely dismiss and blame for every moronic thing humans have ever done in the name of their god(s).

      Be spiritual, if you want...if that gets you through your day, whatever.. But, keep it to yourself and leave me out of it.

      December 2, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  3. Norm

    Last month, South Carolina Christian conservative leader Bob Jones III told a reporter “I’ve no reason to think (Obama is) Christian."

    “Some people will say whatever they think the politically helpful thing would be,” Jones said. “I say, ‘Where is the evidence that he is a Christian?’ ”

    Yes Bob...you're right. Some people will do that.
    You're quite disgusting and no Christian yourself.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • Bob

      Jones sounds just like a typical Christian. As do you: deluded and stupid.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • Curious

      Argumentum ad hominem – Are you getting a slow start today, Bob?

      December 2, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  4. MARLENE MARTINO

    I'M SORRY, BUT JUST BECAUSE ONE PERSON THINKS DIFFERENTLY ABOUT ABORTION DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS.. JUST BECAUSE ONE PRESIDENT DOESN'T THINK THE WAY YOU DO DOESN'T MAKE HIM A BAD GUY. THAT IS WHY HE IS OUR PRESIDENT, TO MAKE THE BEST CHOICES , AND WE SHOULD GIVE HIM OUR SUPPORT. UNLESS THIS BOB JONES CAN PROVE HE IS A CHRISTIAN WITHOUT JUST SAYING IT, THEN SHUT YOUR MOUTH. PROVE THAT OUR PRESIDENT ISN'T A CHRISTIAN, UNTIL THEN KEEP YOUR OPIONS TO YOUR SELF.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • Mark

      No, I am sorry, it is not a matter of opinion, and a Christian does not have to keep an opinion to himself any more than you do just because you think he should. Christians do think differently about abortion because it is murder. Just because one person thinks differently about murder, does that mean they are not Christians? Yes. Not because he doesn't agree with me, but because he thinks murder is acceptable. If legislating murder doesn't make one a "bad guy" then what does? Yes, as president he is expected to make the best choices, but anyone who thinks murdering our fellow Americans is acceptable just because they haven't been born yet is far from making the best choice. And I will never keep this opinion to myself because it is my civic right and my civic duty to do everything I can to stop the madness. It is still a free country, and I am sorry, but we Christians are not going back to the catacombs as would apparently make you very happy.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • evandermole

      Important to note that Jesus and the Bible said nothing about abortion (or gay marriage). These are constructs that church leaders have admitted publicly are wedge issues that get butts in their seats and money in their coffers.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • FLIndependent

      @ Mark – Did you support "Christian" Bush? How many people did he murder with his unjust wars? Please enlighten us? Abortion is a personal choice and is legal. You "Christians" have been fighting this for over 30 years and just won't stop until you have everyone believing the way you do. There are many reasons a woman chooses to have an abortion and I am quite sure it is an extremely difficult decision. But, you know what, if there is a God, He will do the judging, not the peons on this Earth!

      December 2, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Mark

      FLIndependent
      Actually we've been fighting it for over 40 years, ever since Roe v Wade. And if need be we will fight it for another 40, 80, 120. You take your side, and we will take ours. We will fight as long as it takes to stop the holocaust. Although there may be many reasons a woman chooses to have an abortion, none of them are valid. There is no good reason to kill another human being. The Christian approach is to do everything humanly possible to save the life of the mother and the child, not intentionally kill either. When Roe v Wade was passed the justices presumed it would be a very rare occurence indeed that it was EVER needed. But that turned out to be a lie, because it is not a rare occurence, it is in almost every case for the sake of convenience, and nothing more. And that is an extremely sad reflection on our culture. You choose your side, I choose the side I think is right, and that I will fight for until I die. And that my friend is my right and duty as an Catholic American, of which I happen to be very proud.

      December 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  5. Carlton

    Only political correctness and expediance, not genuine! You shall know them by the fruits that their lives bears!

    December 2, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • TheWiz71

      You shall know them by their fruits – okay, how about opening up access to health care for more Americans? Or how about ending discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the military, or how about putting an end to combat operations in Iraq, to just name a few. G.W. Bush, of all people, comes off as the hypocrite, proclaiming Christianity while CHOOSING to go to war in Iraq (a Christian leader must only go to war if there is no other alternative), allowing torture of prisoners, enacting policies that further degrade God's Creation on this Earth. BY their fruits you shall know them indeed.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • evandermole

      Good point. Jesus was all about universal health care and ending wars and controlling greed (Wall Street regulation). One need only look at Obama's daughters and loving wife to see his true fruits. So I agree with you, Carlton – Obama is a great Christian man.

      December 2, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  6. Kemuel

    To all you atheists, can you guys not bother us with our beliefs? I for one, do not bother anyone who doesn't believe in God, why pour into in a cup that is already full? There is no use.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Mirosal

      Quit knocking on our doors, take down your billboards, get rid of every evangelist on TV, keep your holidays to yourselves instead of making a world-wide effort to "spread your word" .. in other words, keep your faith to yuorselves, and we'll be quiet as well. But as long as you proclaim in your loudest voice that atheists will "burn forever" simply because we do not share your beliefs, we'll continue to be amused by your gullibility about a 2000 year old book filled with 3000 year old stories.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Kemuel

      @Mirosal but if there is no God, Devil, or hell, why do you care of people telling your going to burn in hell?

      December 2, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • Mirosal

      Kemuel asked why do atheists bother them with our beliefs ... we don't. We only react when the Xtians try their best to convert us and force their mythology down the world's throat and present it as fact. There are no facts, only unverified stories thousands of years old. Even the so-called "scholars" of that mythical book cannot decide who the authors are.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  7. MN Man

    Doesn't anyone fact-check his speeches? The nativity story is clearly mythology. The only scholars who cling to it are fundamentalist apologists.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Reality-Check

      How amusing. All the biblical events have been record by secular historians alike. I also find it amusing that we've "progressed" past these "outdated beliefs," while at the same time praising the works of Aristotle and Socrates in colleges across the world. They are a bit dated too don't you think? I love ignorance, it help people sleep at night.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:40 am |
    • Roger Goldleader

      So you admit they are scholars? Also, please provide proofs that the nativity story is a myth.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Stopblock

      Provide proof of "All the biblical events have been record by secular historians alike."

      Because there are virtually none. You are a liar. Prove me wrong..

      December 2, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  8. BobbyGB

    But wait! The large majority of CNN's articles on Christianity demonize the religion and the followers. So suddenly when the President mentions his faith it is reported as a rebuttal to Christians. Rise above the bias quack journalism for once...just once!!

    December 2, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  9. Emmersome Bigguns

    Obama speaking about Christ is like the Devil trying to sell Bibles.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • John B

      Thou shalt not bear false witness.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • story55

      I will pray for your lost soul. What a horrific statement to make about a loving father and husband. Shameful, sinful behavior.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • Emmersome Bigguns

      Sorry I did not say what you wanted to hear but sometimes the truth is a bitter pill.
      He is not a Christian, so him speaking of Christ is blaspheme!

      December 2, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  10. Don

    In the First Lady's festival article she was wearing black while the children where dress in Christmas colors (ie, red & green), I thought she was going to a funeral.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Vynn, Milton WA

      She was...Jesus'

      December 2, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  11. achepotle

    I am furious about how they try to take the Saturn out of Saturnalia.....it is a 3000 year old Western tradition, and those people come in with their foreign Middle Eastern "god" and think they can change it...well, I for one am tired of the war on Solstice Celebrations.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  12. What The

    Wait just one doggone minute here kids, you right wing nuts told us that Obama is a muslim! What's going on here?

    December 2, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • MikeHuntEsq

      No, no, no. He's a secret Muslim. This Christian speech is part of his charade.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  13. Colin

    Christianity is the belief that a god impregnated a virgin with himself to give birth to himself, so he could grotesquely sacrifice himself to himself to "forgive" an original sin we now all know never even happened. Sad that so many still by into this nonsense that the POTUS has to feign a similar belief to keep the Christian voting sheep happy.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Denial Police

      hahaha keep telling yourself Obama is faking it

      December 2, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Kemuel

      More than you can imagine, MILLIONS! Praise God to those who stand firm.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  14. Colin

    I long for the day when the US President does not feel the need to feign belief in the Judeo-Christian sky-god. That is the litmus test for determining when we have finally advanced as a society enough to shake off our dwindling, but lingering belief in Bronze AgeMiddle Eastern mythology.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • carlos alvarez

      HERE HERE!!!
      so true

      December 2, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Parkerman

      Ah, just go away, you are in the global minority. He can believe in what he wishes at least he has some moral beliefs which doesn't sound like you have any.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • JFT

      I'm with you on that, Colin! Reading most of the comments here just reinforces to me that there is nothing so un-Christian as a good Christian. Time for it all to stop.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:14 am |
    • Colin

      Pakerman – and how do you extrapolate immorality from an honest and reasonable skepticism about the supernatural beliefs of Christianity? Look, people are not immoral because they have a different religious perspective to you.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • Josh

      How miserable you must be. The "Judeo-Christian sky god?" Perhaps you should look at the "Judeo-Christain bible" and study our country's history. This country was founded upon the belief that man was born with the right to live free and the "message" is freedom from sin. Within your pathetic little vacuum you must feel superior, however, you are unable to see yourself as God sees you. If that were to happen, you would know for certain what "lost" means. All that Obama did was to prove he doesn't understand what it means to be Christian otherwise he would not have had such a carefully worded speech prepared. I pray that God sends him, as well as you, the "message."

      December 2, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • MikeHuntEsq

      I long for the day when the president gives a speech stating that the true meaning of Christmas is presents.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Colin

      Josh – me miserable? Becuase I don't believe in the Judeo christian god? That's quite an extrapolation.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • james Oreily

      Its called faith no matter what religion someone practices. You probably being a non believer have faith in your choice. I consider it a degradation in society and our country to turn away from any belief. Religion is from man, faith in God is internal. As I cannot prove to you there is a God , you cannot prove there isn't and it is the duty I believe of Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc to tell about God but not push you to convert to something. Fortunately the majority still believe and while we have a leader of the country, I hope he brings faith with him rather than being just faith in man alone which is a fleeting belief. One of the best parts of our country is our ability to disagree, discuss, and make choices that many other countries don't.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Doug

      Hey, Josh.. I've read how this country was founded. Even read the bill of rights and declaration of independence. NOT ONE BIT OF CHRISTIAN GOSPEL!

      Of course, it's all in what you take away from it. Sort of like the bible you love so much. It's not what it says, it's what you want it to say, right?

      December 2, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • MikeHuntEsq

      @JFT
      Agreed. Given how much I hear Christians complain these days about how they are supposedly being persecuted for their beliefs by atheists and secularists (which in itself is completely ludicrous and ironic), it's hilarious how effective they are at doing it to themselves, as evidenced by some of the comments here.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  15. Kathy from No. VA

    Kudos to Obama and Happy Birthday Jesus!

    December 2, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • Shannon

      Jesus is the Son of God and his birthday is not on December 25th.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  16. hmmm...

    "...who taught us a message ...we should love ... our neighbor as ourselves."

    That does it for me, as President Obama has a litmus test of wealth in determining how he treats people it proves he did not listen to Rev. Wright. He may know the words but not the actions. Interesting note as far as wealth...God teaches us we do not need wealth to be happy. For some to learn that lesson they need to have incredible wealth and find the emptiness in it. Then again, those who do not have wealth are certainly not happy and seek the wealth or at least wish those with wealth to be 'lowered' to their level. Based on what I see, I want to experience the emptiness of wealth becasue I do not want to be a begger of that emptiness Either way, I find it interesting to hear a man talk about loving all people as he drones those he does not agree with or cause him political harm. Lessons are easily learned...hard to live. I know becasue I am no better unfortunately so I shouldprobably siply quote Obama as that gives me more flexibility. But who knows what is in his heart? He may not even know.

    December 2, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  17. Hal

    If you do not believe that Jesus the Christ IS God then you a not a Christian.

    December 2, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • John

      Jesus did not learn to become a leader- He IS both God and man. His diety is undeniable- Amen!

      December 2, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • Vynn, Milton WA

      And there have been a lot of presidents who are not Christian...

      George Washington
      Thomas Jefferson
      James Madison
      John Adams
      John Q Adams
      Milliard Fillmore
      Howard Taft
      Abraham Lincoln
      Andrew Johnson

      None of them believed Jesus to be God.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • Felix The Navidad

      Vynn you have no first hand knowledge of the beliefs of any of the Presidents you mentioned.You really do not know what those men had in their hearts throughout their lifetimes. Your statement cannot be proven or unproven and leaves both it and you suspect .

      December 2, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • TheTruthFairy

      @Felix
      ... "cannot be proven or unproven and leaves both it and you suspect ."

      Kind of like the bible right?

      December 2, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • Vynn, Milton WA

      Felix....I have their own words recorded in their letters and writings, which are housed in the Library of Congress. Those men either denied membership in a Christian faith, or claimed to be Unitarians (who do NOT believe that Jesus was God) or Deists.

      Here's a quote from old Abe...

      "The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession." -Quoted by author Joseph Lewis in "Lincoln the Freethinker"

      Shall I dig up the rest?

      December 2, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  18. Kregg

    0bummer got it wrong again. The Bible clearly states just 3 wise men came, and that was only because wicked king herod commanded them to witness the birth. 0 is more like herod and he will do and say anything to get that 2012 vote, but doesnt undo the years he messed up, nor the lie he just said for Christmas how he supposedly believes.

    December 2, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • Matt

      Why are you so offended by him speaking truth about something you probably believe in anyway?

      December 2, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • JFT

      Could it be, Kregg, that you're showing your Christian values by rejecting PRESIDENT Obama's brief and correct summation of the Christmas story because – oh horrors! – he's black? Your Christianity is really showing today. Rather than nitpick about the Bible story, why don't you go read that stuff about loving your neighbour, where nothing is said about being able to despise your neighbour if they're a colour you don't like or their philosophy or politics aren't in line with your own. THAT, Kregg, is Christianity, and until the day that you can unconditionally love and be in charity with your neighbour, whoever they may be, you are a hypocrite, NOT a Christian – only a wolf in sheep's clothing.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • j

      The Bible doesn't state how many wise men there were. Church tradition claims 3, but search the Bible...it doesn't show any specific number.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • breakmyrustycage

      Umm... the TWO travelers were Mary and Joseph. You do realize this, right? They had to travel to Bethlehem for the Roman census.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • Matthew2:1++

      Actually, just to avoid any confusion, the Bible does not say how many came. But it does say that they came to worship Him because they saw the star, not because King Herod ordered them to witness the birth.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Scott

      Actually, the bible never mentions the number of wise men, just the number of gifts.
      And it also states that the first visitors were the shepards "told" to come.

      Do the research before striking out at people. A lot of us know your religion better than you do, because we have to deal with you.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:14 am |
    • j

      Umm...I'm not questioning that Joseph+Mary equal two people. You are obviously correct in that regard. The Magi (Wise Men) from the east were and are not numbered in the Bible.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • dina

      ...and I bet you prefer someone like Bush, who started a war that killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of men, women, children, and yes... fetuses.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • Vynn, Milton WA

      More bad news....the bible claims that when Jesus was born, that shepherds tended their flocks by night (Luke). They only do that in the lambing season....that's April thru May, not December. Oops!

      That's right. Jesus wasn't born on Dec 25th. That is actually the birthday of the Sun - a Roman pagan feast day. The church coopted this day to make the transition to Christianity easier for the pagans. So remember, you are really worshipping the sun, not Jesus, when you celebrate your Christmas.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Beth

      He wasnt wrong in his description. Only one of the stories of the birth of Christ mentions the Magi, but the others do not.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  19. Matt

    There are no pleasing some Christians. Why can't you celebrate what he is saying? Why do you have to attack him immediately? Let he who has no sin cast the first stone, right? We should consider it a blessing that we have a President who proclaims this good news. Whether he has a relationship with God or not is his own deal. I'm thankful that he made this statement.

    December 2, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • Matt

      oops, there is no pleasing*

      December 2, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • Kregg

      your passive aggressiveness is shining through behind your contempt for America buddy 🙂

      December 2, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • Matt

      I love my country man. And despite my dislike for a lot of our President's actions, I have to remember that God allowed him to be president, much like he allowed Herod to rule in Jesus' day. Don't judge my love for my country based on something I say about a statement our president made.

      December 2, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • lisa

      Agreed. Don't like Obama as a president but glad to hear anyone talking about the meaning of Christmas as being something more than parties and shopping.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • hmmm...

      talk is one thing but when behaviors and motivations are empty, those words are empty and shame on us if we allow the uttering of empty words to sway us away from honesty. I like his words...I give him credit for using them...now I want him to show us it is possible to live them longer than it takes to flip a switch.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Amen, Matt. I agree 100%. Besides, we are not here to please others, but to be mindful of others. We are here to please God.

      God Bless you richly and have a wonderful day, my brother.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • Kathy from No. VA

      I agree with you, Matt.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • JFT

      Matt, there is no explaining to these people – if President Obama had given a secular message at this ceremony, they would all be here fussing and being very unChristian, saying that he's godless. They are about as far from being Christian as you can get. No wonder church attendance is falling all over the country – some of the meanest, most hateful people I know are pillars of various Christian churches, hate everyone who is not just exactly like them, and will not listen to or respect any opinion other than their own.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • Vynn, Milton WA

      Because Christians are happy worshipping God. They feel a need to become God, capable of judging the character of a man's heart.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Vynn, Milton WA

      @Kregg

      "Passive-aggressive"....someone is seeing a therapist...

      December 2, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  20. JCD

    I wish he didn't feel the need to prove he is Christian, he shouldn't have to. One doesn't need to be religious to be president or to make moral decisions, one just needs to be a good person. A president of a country like the US should not feel like he is being judged on his faith.

    December 2, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • lisa

      Maybe it's what he believes and he's not trying to prove anything.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • hmmm...

      I do not care about the relationship the President ha with God, I only wish he could demonstrate that which states as important. How can one be so divisive and make a statement about loving neighbors as oneself...based on the Presidents actions, neighbors is not inclusive but quite exclusive.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • JCD

      He can be a Christian. I just feel like because of the things the media says and the nutjobs who think he's muslim, as if that was the worst thing in the world, the family feels the need to prove it and justify it. Faith is very personal and one should not be forced to prove or proclaim their faith to keep people happy.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • John

      Jesus said " you will know them by their fruits"......Actions speak louder than words

      December 2, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • Vynn, Milton WA

      Sadly, a non-christian cannot get elected by proclaiming his own truth. He must feign Christian piety to receive the votes of Christians...this in spite of the fact that Article VI prohibits a religious test for office.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:31 am |
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