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Why a president’s faith may not matter
We’re accustomed to presidential displays of piety but historians say a president’s faith is no sure guide to how he will govern.
June 30th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

Why a president’s faith may not matter

By John Blake, CNN

He called himself a “life-long Quaker and a church-going Christian,” and at first there was no reason to doubt him.

He played piano in the church, taught Sunday school, and praised Jesus at revivals. His mother thought he was going to be a missionary. His friends said he would be a preacher.

We now know this former Sunday school teacher as “Tricky Dick” or, more formally, President Richard Nixon. He was one of the most corrupt and paranoid men to occupy the Oval Office. Nixon gave us Watergate, but he also gave presidential historians like Darrin Grinder a question to ponder:

Does a president’s religious faith make any difference in how he governs?

“I don’t think so,” says Grinder, author of “The Presidents and Their Faith,” which examines the faith of all American presidents.

“If I asked George W. Bush what he thought about torture, I think outside the presidency he would say he hates it,” Grinder says. “But he’d do it for the country if he thinks it’s right in terms of American security.”

We elect a president every four years, but perhaps we also elect a high priest.  Ever since George Washington spontaneously added “so help me God” to his inaugural oath, Americans have expected their presidents to believe in, worship and publicly invoke God.

A presidential candidate who doesn’t meet these religious expectations won’t go far, Grinder says.

“It’s going to be a long time before anyone who openly admits that he or she is an agnostic or an atheist is elected,” Grinder says. “We tie character and religious beliefs together.”

Piety and presidential greatness don’t always mix

 History suggests, however, that piety and presidential performance don’t always match. Some of America’s most religious presidents have been its most brutal. And two of its greatest presidents wouldn’t even be considered Christians today, scholars say.

Consider Abraham Lincoln, who is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s three greatest presidents, along with Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But Lincoln, who never joined a church, was not a Christian, says Niels C. Nielsen, author of “God in the Obama Era.”

“Lincoln believed in an active God, he believed in providence. But if you asked Lincoln if he believed in the deity of Jesus, he would have said no,” Nielsen says.

Or look at Roosevelt, who is virtually a national saint. With his perpetual grin and a cigarette holder perched jauntily in his mouth, he guided the nation through the Great Depression and World War II. His legacy is built on his New Deal, an array of programs that protected the poor and elderly from the abuses of unrestrained capitalism.

But Roosevelt was no saint in his personal life. He rarely talked publicly about his Episcopalian faith, preferred golf over church (before he was stricken by polio), and likely cheated on his wife, scholars say.

Yet few presidents embodied the biblical concept of “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable” as much as Roosevelt, who once called the heartless business tycoons of his day “the money changers” in the temple.

Nielsen, the historian, suggests that it was Roosevelt’s suffering that drove him to look out for the most vulnerable, not his faith. According to his wife, Eleanor, polio taught her husband “infinite patience and never-ending persistence.”

“I think it made him more sensitive to the feelings of people,” Eleanor said, according to Nielsen.

Another contemporary president’s concern for others seemed to be driven more by his exposure to suffering than his faith.

Lyndon Johnson plunged America deeper into Vietnam. Yet his “Great Society” programs displayed a concern for “the least of these” in America. Under Johnson, the government launched programs to protect the civil rights of minorities, improve the educational chances of needy children and protect the environment.

Johnson saw poverty as a sin, something that should be attacked and defeated.

But Johnson never seemed to have any problem with a little personal sin. He grew up in Texas, where he affiliated with Disciples of Christ and Baptist churches. But he is widely believed to have stolen one of his earliest elections. He was a womanizer, historians say, and his speech was filled with such vulgarity that reporters had a difficult time quoting him on the record.

“He didn’t have any morality,” says Nielsen.

But he did have the experience of teaching in a poor, rural, immigrant school in Texas, Grinder says, where Johnson once said he learned “what poverty and hatred can do when you see its scars on the hopeful face of a young child.”

One of Johnson’s domestic advisers says in Grinder’s book that Johnson’s commitment to racial justice and eliminating poverty came from his teaching days in Texas.

“Equal opportunity became for him a constitutional obligation, and he pursued it with messianic conviction,” said Joseph Califano Jr.

Our first ‘infidel’ president

Some American presidents didn’t just seem indifferent to religion.  They were accused of being hostile to organized religion and dismissive of Jesus.

Washington, the nation’s first president, was not a Christian but most likely a Deist, someone who believed in a divine, beneficent being who ordered the world. Clergy would often try to goad him into publicly stating that he was a Christian, but he refused to do so, Grinder says.

Thomas Jefferson, though, aroused the hostility of more religious leaders than any other president, except perhaps for President Obama.

The nation’s third president once said that he didn’t care if his neighbor worshiped one God or 20, and argued for the separation of church and state. His opponents called him a pagan and an infidel. New England farm wives buried their family Bibles in gardens because they heard Jefferson would confiscate them, Grinder says.

Grinder wrote that one pastor who campaigned against Jefferson’s election warned:

“If Jefferson is elected, the Bible will be burned, the French Marseillaise will be sung in Christian churches, and we may see our wives and daughters become the victims of legal prostitution.”

Most presidents, however, didn't speak out against organized religion like Jefferson. Some took on the high priest role of the office, and few did it as eagerly as our nation’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson.

Jackson was a devout Presbyterian who read three to five chapters of the Bible daily, built a chapel in his Tennessee home and publicly attended two Washington churches while in the White House. He is known as one of the most devout presidents.

Yet he was also known for his violent temper (he killed a man in a duel) and for being a rich slaveholder. Jackson’s claim to infamy, though, comes primarily from his treatment of Native Americans. Some historians describe it as genocidal. He slaughtered Seminole Indians and their families in Florida, and he is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Cherokees, who he forced from their homeland in Georgia.

How could Jackson reconcile his fervent religious beliefs with the mass killings of Native Americans? Grinder thinks he knows:

“He was brutal because he did not believe the persons he was being brutal to were human.”

 Obama and his faith

Anyone who doubts that a president’s faith remains important to the American people has only to look at the experiences of Obama.

Obama has declared his Christianity in his biography, and in many speeches. He evoked it recently when he came out in support of same-sex marriages. But arguably no president has had his faith so aggressively questioned. Many Americans still believe he is a Muslim.

Stephen Mansfield, author of “The Faith of Barack Obama,” is a political conservative who has written about the evangelical faith of President George W. Bush. He became curious about Obama and spent time talking to Obama’s spiritual cabinet, a collection of ministers who counsel Obama.

Mansfield says he has no doubt that Obama is a devout Christian. His belief has angered some fellow conservatives so much that he says he has had speeches canceled and received angry e-mails.

“I take him seriously as a Christian,” Mansfield says. “He’s a politically liberal Christian man who is making a deeper journey of faith all the time.”

Mansfield says Obama’s health care law is an expression of faith: his belief that Christians are obligated to look out for the most vulnerable.

“Barack Obama believes that the mechanism of the state ought to be used in service of the biblical idea of saving the needy and the poor and the oppressed,” says Mansfield.

For some, though, Obama’s faith will always be associated with the angry sermons of Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor. Yet Mansfield says Obama has embraced a more traditional form of Christianity since becoming president.

In his book, Mansfield tells a story about Obama ministering to a pastor who had experienced a death in the family. Mansfield says he was stunned that Obama could draw so easily from a deep well of scripture to minister to a minister.

“He is serious about his faith,” says Mansfield, also author of  “The Mormonizing of America.”   “He’s absolutely not a Muslim.”

Nielsen, author of “God in the Obama Era,” has a theory why some Americans believe Obama is a Muslim.

“They hate him so much,” Nielsen says. “He’s polarized the country.”

Nielsen says Obama’s unconventional religious background may arouse suspicion, but it’s an asset. Obama was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, where he was exposed to Catholicism, Islam, Buddhism and other religions. When he lived in Chicago, his Christianity was shaped by the black church’s emphasis on social justice.

“He knows more about world religions than anybody that’s been in the White House,” Nielsen says.

The persistent scrutiny of Obama’s faith, though, has helped his presidential opponent more than the president, says Grinder, author of “The Presidents and Their Faith.”

“If [Mitt] Romney had almost any other opponent than Obama, I think we’d be hearing a lot more about Mormonism,” Grinder says. “He would be in the same place that Obama has been in the last five years.”

Once Obama leaves the Oval Office, don’t expect the religious scrutiny of presidents to fade, Grinder says. We still want our presidents to act like a politician and a priest.

“The religious rhetoric gets louder each year,” he says. “That’s not going to change anytime soon.”

- CNN Writer

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soundoff (2,727 Responses)
  1. Blasphemy

    Piety and hypocrisy go hand in hand.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  2. James

    Thought for a minute CNN was saying/writting Romey's religion didn't matter. But wait, this is CNN, so it was about Obama. Romney's Mormon religion is still an issue?!?

    July 1, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  3. John

    The Mormons believe in the "White Horse Prophecy". IMO, they are as nutty as Scienctology nutters.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Horse_Prophecy

    July 1, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  4. pork&beans

    Faith doesn't matter to me.
    Resolve to fix this country does.
    I can't stand Romney. No because of his presumed faith.
    Because he is a self-serving idiot, period.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • worldlypatriotusaveteran

      So, you actually believe Obama is NOT self serving? Or any politician is NOT self serving?

      Get a grip on reality!

      July 1, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • Blasphemy

      Self serving Politicians love religion.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  5. Elizabeth

    I don't particularly think that the religion of the candidate in line for office matters. I hope that they would be Christians and know and believe in God but if they don't they should still be given a chance to show how well they can govern and not be thrown under the bus so quickly

    July 1, 2012 at 8:57 am |
  6. LosAngeles

    Faith cannot be transubstantiated, so any consideration thereof is extraneous.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:57 am |
  7. oyvey

    Thats a Load of Bull. Off course it matters. Point is You must know the presidents beliefs because it would effect his decision making. This Prez is great example fkd up belief system. Stalin had a belief system, I guess it didnt matter. HA!

    July 1, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • rdeleys

      And Hitler was a Catholic in good standing. Your point was..........?

      July 1, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • Hammerdown

      I just want a good man in the White House,
      looking out for Americans.
      We have one, lets keep it that way.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  8. John Smith

    Food for thought:

    http://www.levitt.com/news/2011/09/24/islams-method-of-global-conquest%E2%80%94video/

    July 1, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  9. Dan

    Society has progressed throughout the centuries with religion always tailing behind, finding ways to make excuses for dated beliefs and practices, then trying to take credit for positive movements in society. A president's faith should not matter, but unfortunately, for those still drinking the church's cool-aid, it does.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  10. Get a Grip

    It's funny how everyone pretends to be all inclusive, except when it comes to someone being a Mormon. You'd think they were Satanists given the derisiveness and bashing of their faith. (I'm not a Mormon.) Good grief people. Get a grip. it didn't matter when Obama got elected, because many people weren't clear on what Obama was, and it's not going to matter now.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • DeTamble

      Hey Grip,
      it should not matter, unfortunatly it does.
      You are not going to find many Christians votong for Romney, because
      of his religion.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  11. voiceofreason6

    People are people. Just because a person claims Christ does not make them accountable to society for a higher plane. Only God does that. Christians are just like everyone else except they are forgiven their sins and have eternal salvation. That's it. Should they act differently in terms of moral standards? You would hope but that is not always the case. Big deal.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      "Christians are just like everyone else except they are forgiven their sins and have eternal salvation. That's it"

      that is definitely the delusion christians share.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Tired

      Spoken straight from the voice of sanity and morality, Bootyfunk.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • DeTamble

      Soon there is going to be fast food christian drive in.
      With a three sins or less lane.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  12. Jal

    To suggest that Abrham Lincoln is not a Christian tells me that ether this man has not truly research, or he is trying to perpetuate an agenda.
    Google the "The Decline of a Nation" I found it very interesting, with regard to what history shows the (10) stages of previous great Civilizations.
    The only that stands today, and will stand forever is the "Word of God" .

    July 1, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      you know that lincoln never joined a church? never. thought good christians went to church...

      July 1, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Josh

      @Bootyfunk
      From Google: "Cyberbullying 'involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior...'"

      July 1, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      oh noes! am i bullying you? everyone who disagrees with you is a bully, right? don't you just hate that people can have opinions that differ from yours?

      July 1, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • Josh

      Name calling isn't essential to disagreeing.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • Josh

      @Bootyfunk, who told you that Christians go to church? Some do, some don't. Some vegetarians shop at Target; some don't.
      You make too make claims against a way of life you definitely do not understand.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • BW

      Thank you

      July 1, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  13. HenryMiller

    “He was brutal because he did not believe the persons he was being brutal to were human.”

    That, in varying degrees and in various forms, is the curse of religion. It's invariable divisive, often lethally so, and the sooner the human race grows up enough to realise that religions are destructive menaces, the better.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • rand

      Oh please.spare us all.........................in the name of religion, people have helped others around the globe, in nations looking for freedom and people needing help from natural disasters. The main purpose of religion and the majority of those with faith......... mostly do GOOD DEEDS for the rest of humanity. OH............ and this is coming from an atheist by the way.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  14. wright, jackson, farahkhan, obama

    where's jeremiah wright? or angry michelle? or louis the jew hater farahkahn, who is unbelievably, a friend of obama...

    July 1, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • awasis

      The Christian right is filled with hate mongers too. So what's your point.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • lsgyrl

      Where's the kkk with a Bible in one hand and a noose in the other. Keep trying.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  15. Mary

    Psalm 69:28 May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.
    ALL THIS SAYS , IS THAT IF YOU DONT WATCH OUT HOW YOU CONDUCT YR LIFE AND MIND AND BEHAVIOR WHEN GOD IS ABOVE YOU AND CAN WIPE OFF YR NAME FROM EVERLASTING LIFE. Keep refusing God and tomorrow will come and you will face HIM who can blot your name off the book of life and cast you into the fire....so go on ...mock HIM...and make fun of HIM...and believe whatever you want to believe. THE WORD IS OUT and fools die for their own stupidities, including ignorance that they are not the only monkeys jumpin around which God made and need His help. Then when you realize . o h oh God does exist....it will be too late for your name to be anywhere.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      what about the tooth fairy? she seems much more powerful than god.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • 4commonsensenow

      Amen

      July 1, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Brandon

      nobody that believes in magical sky fairies should have the keys to the nuclear codes

      July 1, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Josh

      @Bootyfunk: Here is the first definition of cyber-bullying that Google brings up.
      "Cyberbullying 'involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior...'"

      You should learn not to name-call and cyber-bully people. It's not flattering.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • John the guy not the baptist

      Intresting. Most people percieve god as they see him/her that explains why there are so many different religions with so many different gods; you seem to be fixated on just one and him/her being the most vengeful of the lot. The same goes for your satan, people may have a unique vision of him, eg. A young se*xually abused boy's vision of him may wear a black suit with a turned around white collar spouting bible stories, don't you think or don't you think at all.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Dan

      Leviticus 15:19-30. Tells us that after a woman menstruates, she must bring pigeons to a priest for animal sacrifice in order to cleanse her of her sin. Should we believe that also?

      July 1, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Dan

      @Josh. Hostile behavior? How about Mary threatening eternal damnation! Funny how the religious get a free pass when it comes to threats, but anything in return is deemed inappropriate.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Tired

      Dan, the fact that you are ignorant of theology explains why you would bring that up from leviticus. It's no wonder some leave Christianity. They never tried to understand it, or couldn't.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Roger

      How do you know a Christian God exists? Is it because people wrote the bible 2,000 years ago and you assume it's the word of God? Why do you assume the bible is the word of God? What is your proof? The way you describe your God makes him sound more like a terrorist: "If you don't believe in me – even though I don't provide any proof of my existence – I will destroy you!" That doesn't sound like something I would want to worship. There are several religions in the world – many of which the Bible stole its story from. Why do you assume your beliefs are the right beliefs? Just because you believe something, doesn't make it true.

      I don't see how what religion someone calls themselves determines how good and moral they are, what matters is the person's actions. History is full of supposed holy people who by any judge are completely evil.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Dan

      Ignorant on theology? Let me guess, you're invoking the "it was a different time" argument? Perhaps not, but in case you are, I think that the morality in the Bible does reflect the time in which the books were written. I can accept that man didn't know any better, and felt it necessary to implement laws we see as immoral today. But I can't accept that an omnipotent god didn't know any better.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • DeTamble

      There is no God.
      But if there is, he will forgive me.
      It says so in your book.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  16. another CNN shill for obama? how surprising....

    Obama's faith points east....make no mistake...only the network media hides this..... who? cnn, nytimes, abc, nbc, cbs, etc...

    July 1, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • midwest rail

      Delusional nonsense.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      U R Crazy.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • Christians Are Fools

      "Pointing east" would also cover, oh, say, Jerusalem. Ever hear of that place?

      July 1, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • Jonline

      Dear God, who gives a flip. I don't care if you worship a head of cabbage. Your beliefs are your own. If you are overly religious, I won't vote for you. I haven't been faced yet with voting for someone with no faith so I don't know if that will bother me but I kind of doubt it. I am electing you based upon your ideas and not your willingness to blather on about something that happened 2000 years ago.

      Of course to all of you complaining that Obama is a Muslim (boring). Remember – Romney is a Mormon. About 100 years ago, you were shooting them and passing laws against them. As of today, you still don't trust them. Got yourself a real pickle dontcha? A Christian you know who may be secretly muslim (unlikely) or the Mormon you know. Has anyone explored the face that a President Romney could potentially disappear into a Mormon Temple and have no one around him to monitor the presidency but his own brothers in faith? No other religion has that restriction. I don't like that.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • Justthefacts

      This is once again a comment based on hearsay, innuendo, delusion and not the facts. It is the single most disturbing aspect of the tea partiers and extreme right wing of the Republican Party. They represent a significant threat to the bests interests of this nation. I am a Republican.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • chiniquy

      Obama' faith points East!!! Just like every other Christian American.
      In case you didn't know it, the birthplace of Jesus the Christ is east of America in Nazareth, Palestine. Village idiots today are really proud of their ignorance.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      You just may be surprised if you googled the owners of those
      stations.
      They dont appear to be the kind to support Obama.
      But some people see conspiracies everywhere.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  17. Martin

    The reason America is great is that we were founded during the Enlightenment, when there was a growing respect for science, reason and humanism and a questioning of religious authority. Many of the founding fathers, like Washington and Jefferson, were deists, and some, like Payne, were agnostics and atheists.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      "As the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [Muslims] ... it is declared ... that no pretext arising from religious opinion shall ever product an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.... The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation."
      - Treaty of Tripoli (1797), carried unanimously by the Senate and signed into law by John Adams (the original language is by Joel Barlow, US Consul)

      July 1, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • Kill The Wabbit

      The United States Of America is not a country.
      Its a "corporation".
      Every four years you get to vote for a new CEO.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  18. An Atheist

    i would seriously do just about anything, to have a president who didnt believe in mystic magical beings. id give anything to one day have my country led by someone whos ideas were in line with pragmatism, and an idea of truly secular nature. religions, all of them, need to die, our species has advanced to a point where our next big hurdle is fear, and religion does nothing but propagate, fear. we have no need for this anymore, further, we have need of a freedom from it, this can only be accomplished by throwing off the old ways of thinking and behaving. if the world end in fire, it wont be due to some holy god returning to claim what is his, it will be due to a guy who believes that pushing a red button.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      i'm with you, brother. religion - go away.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Nope

      atheism-go away

      amen

      July 1, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • vulpecula

      @Nope
      People that didn't believe in gods probably existed before your christian god was ever even thought up.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • rand

      Oh please.spare us all.........................in the name of religion, people have helped others around the globe, in nations looking for freedom and people needing help from natural disasters. The main purpose of religion and the majority of those with faith......... mostly do GOOD DEEDS for the rest of humanity. OH............ and this is coming from an atheist by the way.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • Tired

      I'm so tired of atheism's new upswing. Folks, atheism has the morality problem, not religion.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • Roger

      Tired –

      What facts do you have to support that Atheists have "a morality problem?" Most Atheists I know are honest, treat people with respect and display good character. Are you implying that if people don't believe in a God – no doubt your God – are immoral?

      July 1, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  19. You Don't Say?

    It obviously doesn't seem to matter much to the American people. And I don't think any future Presidents' faiths are going be concerns either, well, probably short of them being 'satanic'.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Bob

      Sadly, It matters a lot what a president's religion is. Probably more so to the Right than to the Left. But still, good luck trying to win any state south of the Mason-Dixon line as an Atheist. You would lose every state for the next hundred years.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • SYiRE/RADIO

      obama is satanic, so expect him to take all your human rights away in the near future

      July 1, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  20. Ben

    I don't mind the article so much as the ridiculous idea of having Obama, with head bowed, be the teaser for the article. CNN are just more and more disgusting and don't even try to hide their agenda anymore...

    July 1, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • midwest rail

      Good grief. He IS the sitting President, who did you want them to use ?

      July 1, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      @ben

      lol. you're a nutjob.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Josh

      @bootyfunk is so intent on cyber-bullying and name calling.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • SYiRE/RADIO

      Everyone thinks hes the devil, Obamas just a puppet of the devil. CNN no one trust you or fox news. You get paid to lie to Americans. Hes already a murder and he can never take it back, hes the ceazer of are time

      July 1, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      Fox Psycho on the loose.

      SYiRE/RADIO

      obama is satanic, so expect him to take all your human rights away in the near future

      July 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
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