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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bow their heads in prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.
February 2nd, 2012
12:28 PM ET

Politics and Prayers

By Lesa Jansen, CNN

Washington (CNN)–Speaking at the 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast inWashington on Thursday, the president said, "We know that part of living in a pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone can't dictate our response to every challenge we face. But in my moments of prayer, I'm reminded that faith and values play an enormous role in motivating us to solve some of our most urgent problems, in keeping us going when we suffer setbacks, and opening our minds and our hearts to the needs of others."

Addressing the divisive partisanship in Congress and relations between the White House and the GOP leadership, the president cautioned leaders should not "get caught up in the noise and rancor that too often passes as politics today, these moments of prayer slow us down. They humble us."

The president spoke about how his values continue to influence and "motivate" his leadership when addressing one of the most divisive issues between Democrats and Republicans, the elimination of some tax breaks for wealthy Americans.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Church and state • Politics

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  1. Iliya

    si, iata, inca un articol cu caomnterii de zece ori mai geniale decat articolul in sine. Well, despre asta e vorba, cam asta zic eu ca inseamna blogurile. 🙂

    March 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  2. Muneef

    bellow is a wonderful website of tafseer al quran alkareem by all schools of Islam  

    http://www.altafsir.com/

    February 5, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • Reality

      What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

      Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

      February 5, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • Muneef

      Poor guys they took it thinking they were the twin horns of the devil...

      February 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Muneef

      Reality.

      Couldn't it be because they knew what your people's thoughts of the future?
      Make your search and read;

      Henry Kissinger: "If You Can't Hear the Drums of War You Must Be Deaf"
      By Alfred Heinz 27/11/2011 09:40:00

      February 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  3. Brett

    There needs to be a separation between church and state. In other words, the state needs to stay out of the church's business and allow the church to set the morals in this country.

    February 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Nope

      ~~The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.~~~

      February 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Prayer is Godly
      Prayer is good
      Prayer is great
      Prayer changes things

      February 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Nope

      "~~The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.~~~

      February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • just sayin

      Don't study studies studies are useless study God

      February 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • ......

      Alfred E Neuman = Prayer changes things=just sayin = Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      You are contributing nothing to this blog except for some immature trolling. Your constant posting is really showing us you suffer from low self esteem issues and abusive behaviour. Why don't you look up the reasons for your continued need to troll.

      February 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      February 4, 2012 at 7:02 am |
  5. Peace2All

    @BUCKY BALL

    Sent you 2 emails, dude... Didn't you get them...?

    Peace...

    February 3, 2012 at 2:43 am |
    • J.W

      Peace2All wow I havent seen you in a while.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  6. The Phist

    This is another reason I won't vote for this jerk-off. Religion does not belong in politics. Religious belief should not be used to solve problems. Otherwise, you end up with lots and lots of murder.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • sam

      Yeah, by all means...vote for an even more religious jerk-off (which is the only other choice). That'll show 'em!

      February 3, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • periwinkle

      sam, I think i know who you are....

      February 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  7. Reality

    Our War on Terror and Aggression:

    An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

    The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent and Not So Recent Body Count

    And the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

    22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

    23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "
    Continued below:
    Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

    -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

    – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

    – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

    – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

    – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

    – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

    – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

    – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

    – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

    – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.
    – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

    The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

    – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

    – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

    – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

    February 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  8. Reality

    Romney believes that the horn-blowing angel Moroni appeared to the con artist Joseph Smith. Not good for someone who wants to be president of any group !!! Obama "mouths" that he is Christian i.e. believes in gay Gabriel and war-mongering Michael the Archangel and Satan. BO's support of abortion however vitiates has Christianity as he is the leader of the Immoral Majority who are now the largest voting block in the country. Immoral Majority you ask??

    The 78 million voting "mothers and fathers" of aborted womb babies !!! (2012 -1973 Rowe vs. Wade = 39. 39 x 2 million = 78 million. Abortion rate in the USA as per the CDC is one million/yr.

    And the presidential popular vote in 2008? 69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM. The population of the Immoral Majority in 2008? ~ 70 million !!!!!!

    February 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  9. @Muneef can you answer these

    1] Who were the people that were being led by Moses from Egypt?

    2] Where were they going to?

    3] Who was with Moses as he led the people out of Egypt?

    4] Whose will was being fulfilled in all this journey?

    February 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • @Muneef, waiting for the answers

      have you runned away???

      February 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • The Amazing Doom Kittens Are GO ! ! !

      1] Who were the people that were being led by Moses from Egypt? They weren't people; they were The Fluffy Cuddly Kittens Of The Apocalypse.

      2] Where were they going to? They went in all directions. Don't you know anything about cats?!?!?!

      3] Who was with Moses as he led the people out of Egypt? The cast of Hogans Heroes! Special guest appearance by the Rockettes, doing their amazing eye-high synchronized dance kicks!

      4] Whose will was being fulfilled in all this journey? Lindsay Lohan, of course. Everyone knows that. They were out looking for vodka and a kicking party, which is pretty darn hard to find in that part of the world.

      Any other questions?

      February 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • MCYAT

      I have one more question Muneef a.k.a amazing doom kittens... when was your "aha" moment of enlightenment to come up with these brilliant answers , after you watched the videos you have posted below?

      February 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • The Amazing Doom Kittens Are GO ! ! !

      "Muneef a.k.a amazing doom kittens"?!?! Your powers of deduction are trupl amazing, Sherlock!

      The Amazing Doom Kittens speak English far better than Muneef . . . because he is from Yemen. And they have a sense of humor, which Muneef does not. And they do not believe in any invisible friends – who needs them when you are so fluffy and cuddly?

      When was our "a-ha" moment of enlightenment? We were not aware that Norwegian 80s pop band that sang "Take On Me" was a path to enlightenment. We had a "Devo" moment of enlightenment a few decades back at a concert, but it we may have just been tripping on too much catnip.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • The Phist

      NECK BEARD.

      That is the answer they have for you.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • @MCYAT

      Ah, I see, unlike Muneef who has runned away, the doom kittens are back with their kitten stories.
      I was beginning to wonder if those videos below had some thing to do with those brilliant answers?

      February 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • Muneef

      Hi. I didn't know that I was missed so much here..I wasn't running away but rather been busy making my living...
      As to the questions that were put forward can easily be found in the Quran stories of the Prophets of GOD... Bye again I will be traveling away for few weeks... GoodBye

      February 5, 2012 at 2:01 am |
  10. Muneef

    For easy reference

    Quran & Logic_Part I – The Source of Quran

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCtqazfyMDs&w=640&h=360]
     

     The Second Video:
    The Quran & Logic _Part II – The challenge

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLihN1vjFk&w=640&h=360]
      
    The Third Video:
    The Quran & Logic _Part III: The renewable Miracle

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sme2X3xFcc&w=640&h=360]

    February 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • The Phist

      Logic does not exist in the koran. You're welcome.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
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