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The Gospel according to Obama
President Obama is not just a racial trailblazer, but some say a religious pioneer as well. No president has ever shared his type of Christianity, historians say. Some say he may revive a form of Christianity that once dominated America.
October 21st, 2012
06:59 AM ET

The Gospel according to Obama

By John Blake, CNN

President Barack Obama was sharing a pulpit one day with a conservative Christian leader when a revealing exchange took place.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Christian who has taken public stands against abortion and same-sex marriage, had joined Obama for an AIDS summit. They were speaking before a conservative megachurch filled with white evangelicals.

When Brownback rose to speak, he joked that he had joined Obama earlier at an NAACP meeting where Obama was treated like Elvis and he was virtually ignored. Turning to Obama, a smiling Brownback said, “Welcome to my house!”

The audience exploded with laughter and applause. Obama rose, walked before the congregation and then declared:

“There is one thing I have to say, Sam. This is my house, too. This is God’s house.”

Historians may remember Obama as the nation’s first black president, but he’s also a religious pioneer. He’s not only changed people’s perception of who can be president, some scholars and pastors say, but he’s also expanding the definition of who can be a Christian by challenging the religious right’s domination of the national stage.

When Obama invoked Jesus to support same-sex marriage, framed health care as a moral imperative to care for “the least of these,’’ and once urged people to read their Bible but just not literally, he was invoking another Christian tradition that once dominated American public life so much that it gave the nation its first megachurches, historians say.

“Barack Obama has referred to his faith more times than most presidents ever have, but for many it’s the wrong kind of faith,” says Jim Wallis, head of Sojourners, an evangelical activist group based in Washington that focuses on poverty and social justice issues.

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“It is not the faith of the religious right. It’s about things that they don’t talk about. It’s about how the Bible is full of God’s clear instruction to care for the poor.”

Some see a 'different' kind of Christian

Obama is a progressive Christian who blends the emotional fire of the African-American church, the ecumenical outlook of contemporary Protestantism, and the activism of the Social Gospel, a late 19th-century movement whose leaders faulted American churches for focusing too much on personal salvation while ignoring the conditions that led to pervasive poverty.

No other president has shared the hybrid faith that Obama displays, says Diana Butler Bass, a historian and author of “Christianity after Religion.”

“The kind of faith that Obama articulates is not the sort of Christianity that’s understood by the media or by a large swath of Christians in the U.S.,” says Bass, a progressive Christian. “He’s a different kind of Christian, and the media and the public awareness needs to reawaken to that fact.”

Some Christians, however, still see Obama as the “other.” He doesn’t act or talk like other Christians, says the Rev. Gary Cass, a conservative Christian president of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.

“I just don’t see or hear in his accounts the kind of things that I’ve heard as a minister for over 25 years coming from the mouths of people who have genuinely converted to Christianity,” says Cass, pastor of Christ Church in San Diego.

Cass says he’s never heard Obama say he’s “born-again.” There’s no emotional conversion story to hang onto.

Obama talks about his faith and attends church, but Cass says that doesn’t mean he’s a Christian.

“Joining a church doesn’t mean you’re a Christian. “You can put me in the garage, but that doesn’t turn me into a car.”

The origins of Obama’s faith

The suspicion about Obama’s faith may seem odd at first because he’s written and spoken so much about his spiritual evolution in his two autobiographies, “Dreams of my Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.” Other books, like “The Faith of Obama” by Stephen Mansfield, also explore Obama’s beliefs.

The 1925 “Monkey” trial of John Scopes, a high school biology teacher who taught evolution, drove fundamentalists underground, some say.

Mansfield says Obama is the first president who wasn’t raised in a Christian home. Obama’s mother was an atheist and his grandparents were religious skeptics (Obama’s family has challenged the description of his mother as an atheist. Obama called her “the most spiritually awakened” person he’d ever known, and his sister called their mother an agnostic).

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Mansfield called Obama’s boyhood a “religious swirl.  He was exposed to Catholicism, Islam, and strains of Hinduism and Buddhism while growing up in Indonesia during the 1960s.

“In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology,” Obama said in Mansfield’s book. “On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.”

Obama became a Christian while he was a community organizer in Chicago. He joined a predominantly black United Church of Christ. The UCC became the first mainline Protestant denomination to officially support same-sex marriage in 2005.

Obama’s faith showed many of the elements of a liberal Protestant church: an emphasis on the separation of church and state, religious tolerance and the refusal to embrace a literal reading of the Bible.

In a 2006 speech before a Sojourners meeting, Obama talked about his approach to the Bible:

“Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount – a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application?”

When many people think of Obama’s religious experience in Chicago, though, they cite his exposure to the angry sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and “black liberation theology,” a movement that emerged in the late 1960s and blended the Social Gospel with the black power movement.

Bass, the church historian, says another black pastor shaped Obama’s theology more: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

He attended liberal Protestant seminaries where he learned about the Social Gospel’s concern for the entire person, soul and body.

Obama has reached out to evangelical leaders like Rick Warren, seen here praying at Obama’s inauguration, but many still doubt his faith.

King once wrote that “any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them …is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.”

But King and the black church also fused the Social Gospel with an emotional fervor missing from white Protestant churches, Bass says. Other presidents like Franklin Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were influenced by the Social Gospel, but they weren’t shaped by the black church.

“This is the first time we’re hearing the Social Gospel from the perspective of the black church from the Oval Office. It makes it warmer, more emotive, more communal," Bass says. "There is less fear of linking the Social Gospel with the stories of the Bible, especially the stories of Exodus and Jesus’ healings.”

The emphasis on community uplift - not individual attainment - may strike some Americans as socialist. But the emphasis on community is part of King’s “Beloved Community,” Bass says.

King once wrote that all people are caught up in an “inescapable network of mutuality… I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be.”

“When I listen to Obama, I don’t hear communism, I hear the Beloved Community,” Bass says. “But a lot of white Americans don’t hear that because they never sat in those churches and heard it over and over again. It’s the whole theology that motivated MLK and the civil rights movement.”

Obama is not a Christian, some think

For some, Obama’s actions in the Oval Office seem to contradict Christianity.

Jesus was nonviolent. Obama has ramped up drone attacks in Afghanistan that have not only removed terrorists, but killed civilians.

The Bible talks about the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. Obama invoked Jesus when he came out in support of same-sex marriage. “The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule," Obama told ABC News during his announcement.

Jesus talked about helping the poor. But he never said anything about creating a massive health care law that taxed the rich to help the poor, some Christians argue.

But Wallis of Sojourners says Obama’s push for health care was a supreme example of Christian faith.

A situation where 50 million Americans don’t have health insurance is “a fundamental Christian problem,” Wallis says.

“Health is such a Gospel issue. Jesus was involved in healing all the time, and to have some people excluded from health care because they lack wealth is a fundamental Christian contradiction.”

Wallis has been one of the most persistent defenders of Obama’s faith. But no matter how much Scripture he and others cite, doubts about Obama’s faith have followed him throughout his political career.

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson once said that Obama distorted the traditional understanding of the Bible “to fit his own world, his own confused theology.” The Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, publicly questioned Obama’s faith, then later apologized.

Conservative Christian books and websites are filled with stories of Obama allegedly trying to suppress the nation’s Christian heritage.

The Rev. Steven Andrew, author of “Making a Strong Nation,” says Obama is trying to change the national motto from “In God we Trust” to “Out of Many, One,” and he’s ordered the Pentagon to remove biblical verses from its daily report.

“That’s the most serious thing someone can do to a nation, trying to separate a nation from God,” he says. “He seems to be trying to change the Christian laws our Founding Fathers made.”

Andrew says Obama is actually an enemy of Christianity. In his book, Andrew argues that the Founding Fathers were Christians who created a “covenant Christian nation” and calls for a “national repentance.”

“I think he’s an anti-Christ,” Andrew says.  Cass, of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, says Obama’s emphasis on helping the poor through social justice isn’t Christianity.

Christians who talk about “social justice” are often practicing “warmed-over Marxism,” Cass says.

“Do I believe in caring for the poor and oppressed? Yes. But you don’t do it along the lines of communistic redistributing.”

Obama’s support of same-sex marriage and abortion rights also disqualifies him from being a Christian, Cass says.

“It’s the most pro-abortion administration in the history of America.  On every social issue – the sanctity of life and of marriage between men and women – Obama is on the wrong side of every moral issue,” he says.

He says a progressive Christian is a contradiction.

“No Christian says I believe in Jesus Christ and I reject the Bible,” Cass says. “These progressives who say they’re Christians are liars. They’re using Christianity as a guise to advance their own agenda.”

Cass says he doesn’t know what Obama believes.

“He’s conflicted,” Cass says. “He has Muslim sympathies from his upbringing."

How progressive Christianity lost the public square

There was a time when Obama’s brand of Christianity would have been understood by millions of Americans, historians say.

Obama along with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha leave church after attending a Sunday prayer service.

The Social Gospel and progressive Protestantism dominated the American religious square from the end of the 19th century up to the 1960s. At times, the traditions blended together so seamlessly that it was hard to tell the difference.

The Social Gospel rose out of the excesses of the Gilded Age in the 1880s, when urban poverty spread across America as immigrants crammed into filthy slums to work long hours in unsafe conditions.

Walter Rauschenbusch, a Baptist pastor in a New York slum, urged the church to take “social sins” as seriously as they took individual vices. Churches began feeding the poor and fighting against other social ills.

“The notion that religious people should be about feeding the poor and helping the homeless is a carryover of the Social Gospel,” says Charles Kammer, a religion professor at Wooster College in Ohio. The Social Gospel was adopted by many Protestant churches in the late 19th and early 20th century, says Bass, the church historian. Some of the Social Gospel churches grew popular because they provided the poor with everything from English classes to sewing instructions and basketball leagues.

“The first American megachurches were liberal, Social Gospel urban churches,” Bass says.

The Social Gospel, though, sparked a backlash from a group of pastors during World War I. They were called fundamentalists. They published a pamphlet listing the “fundamentals of the faith:” Biblical inerrancy, the virgin birth, Adam and Eve.

But the fundamentalists lost the battle for public opinion during the “Scopes Monkey Trial” in 1925. John Scopes, a high school science teacher, was tried for violating a Tennessee law that prohibited the teaching of evolution.

Though Scopes lost, fundamentalist Christians were mocked in the press as “anti-intellectual rubes,” and a number of states suspended pending legislation that would have made teaching evolution illegal, says David Felten, author of “Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity.”

The trial drove fundamentalists underground where they created a subculture, their own media networks, seminaries and megachurches, he says.

That subculture thrives today, Felten says, and has infiltrated the political arena. It has created an “alternative intellectual universe” that denies science, rational thought – and any beliefs that violate their definition of being a Christian, Felten says.

“They have millions of adherents who believe in a literal six day creation and a literal Adam and Eve – so it’s not a stretch to believe that President Obama is a Kenyan-born secret Muslim bent on destroying the country,” Felten says.

Progressive Christians eventually lost the messaging wars to this fundamentalist subculture, Bass says. Their nuanced view of faith couldn’t compete with the “spiritual triumphalism” of conservatives.

“If you get up and say we’re right and we have the truth, then you have a powerful public message,” she says. “They have a theological advantage in the public discourse. It’s comforting to have things clear, to have things black and white.”

The result today is that the Protestant tradition that shapes much of Obama’s Christianity is fading from public view.

The share of Protestant Christians in the United States has dropped below 50% of the population, according to a recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

White mainline Protestants make up only 15% of the nation’s population, the survey revealed. The study also found that the fastest growing "religious group" in the country is people who are not affiliated with any religion.

Another generation of Christians, though, may bring a new version of progressive Christianity back.

The lines between younger conservative Christians and progressives are blurring, says Marcia Pally, author of “The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good.”

Pally spent six years traveling across America to interview evangelicals. She says her research revealed that more than 60% of young evangelicals support more governmental programs to aid the needy, as well as more emphasis on economic justice and environmental protection issues.

“What’s interesting is that these values, associated with Obama and the black Protestant tradition are now also the values of a growing number of white evangelicals,” she says.

Her perspective suggests that Obama’s faith may be treated by history in two ways:

He could be seen as the last embodiment of a progressive version of Christianity that went obsolete.

Or he could be seen as a leader who helped resurrect a dying brand of Christianity for a new generation.

- CNN Writer

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  1. Laurie

    the "wrong kind of Christian?"....NOT CHRISTIAN AT ALL! Let's call a spade a spade please.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • == o ==

      The only kind of "trickle-down" that actually works:

      "Laurie" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
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      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this extreme homophobe as
      the disgruntled Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer boot camp flunkie.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Laurie

      " the "wrong kind of Christian?"....NOT CHRISTIAN AT ALL! "

      What a fvcking ridiculous comment.

      " Let's call a **spade a spade** please. " 8O

      And then your unconscious let that little racist nugget slip out. Well done.

      Peace...

      October 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • lee

      there is nothing Christian about racism you ignorant fool

      October 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  2. SugarKube

    If Obama is such a devout Christian, Why do all the atheists support him?

    October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • JM

      Because they are finally seeing what a true Christian looks like: one who cares, loves, serves and isn't driven by hate, greed, self-centeredness, racism.

      He's admirable.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  3. CJH

    The USA is not a Christian nation and it's ridiculous that people like "petemg" keep insisting that it is. Go back to your elementary school history books, my friend, and you'll see that the country was founded on religious freedom. Christianity is not the only religion here. I"m sure there are nations on this earth that are "Christian" nations and you're welcome to live one of those. If an exclusive "Christian" state is what you're looking for, you're in the wrong country.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • JM

      These people have not a clue.

      If this was a Christian nation, slavery would never have existed; the country would never have existed because we wouldn't have stolen the land from the Native Americans and then murdered them.

      Thou shall not steal; thou shall not murder; thou shall;not commit adultery (I'm pretty sure raping slaves falls into that category); thou shall not covet thy neighbor's house (land).

      Christian my eye.

      Racism? Sunday morning is still the most segregated time of the week.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  4. Lifetraveller

    Stop the madness!

    October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  5. Mike B

    Islam doesn't allow someone to secretly practice the religion while publically saying you are not anymore than Christianity allows one to deny that belief and still be considered a Christian. Pres. Obama has said on more than one occasion that he believes that salvation comes through grace and that Jesus died for our sins. He's made that proclamation on a world's stage in front of potentially hundres of millions of people. Doubting what he says only sets someone up to have their faith doubted as well. By the way, if Romney is elected President and then decides to announce details of what he believes is the path to salvation, it's going to differ GREATLY. However, it will make the Mormon missionaries jobs much easier. I'm not against Mormonism anymore or less than I'm against any other religion but many, many Christian denominations have labeled it a cult until recently.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  6. tao

    President Obama is such a good man. I love him and I am so proud he is the leader of the free world.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  7. Carlder

    You want people who are doing Christian "wrong"? Look at James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Sam Brownback and Gary Cass. Evil men spreading hate and division, and they claim to preach the gospel of Jesus? They should go back and look at the source material again. Untl then they should SHUT UP.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  8. Tina

    THANK-YOU CNN FOR ADDRESSING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM......OBAMA IS NOT A CHRISTIAN TO MOST WHO ARE CHRISTIANS....WHY IS THIS??? WELL WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWERS...AND THERE ARE A FEW

    October 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • lee

      Tina, where have you learned about Jesus? The KKK?

      October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • BenReal

      Thank you Tina for showing a great example of ignorance.

      Take your elephant and ride off into the world you live in.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • RALPH

      Obama is not a christian and he should come out of his closet and stop lying. He is an Islamist who likes the teachings of Jesus!!!

      October 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • == o ==

      The only kind of "trickle-down" that actually works:

      "Salvatore" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" degenerates to:
      "Taskmaster" degenerates to:
      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "Tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this extreme homophobe as
      the disgruntled Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer boot camp flunkie.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • tao

      Wow Tina. I am pretty sure that Jesus does not agree with you. And you consider yourself Christian????

      October 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  9. lee

    The white pastor in this article that tried to embarrass president Obama doesn't know who's house he was in. God's house see's no race.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • JKnight

      It was a joke. It sounds like you live a life without humor. You should try some. Who knows you might actually smile.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • lee

      you mean sarcasm, because obviously many preachers are uncomfortable around a man who knows Jesus

      October 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • tao

      Jknight, it was not a good joke. Implying that Obama is not at home in a church. Or that God favors one party over the other. oh yeah, he actually does. Remember that the Catholic leadership called Ryan's ecomomic plan evil and immoral?

      October 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  10. candes888

    If he was a christian, he wouldn't be spending night and day tearing up his opponent.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  11. Christopherus

    And who are the "Some"?

    The Robertsons, the Hagees, the Grahams?

    Frankly, I don't care what these people think, they represent a type of Christianity that creates money for them.

    In case you did not know. Billy G. has taken down the part that declares that Mormons are not Christians.

    My guess: being against Obama make you a Christian (their type of Christian).

    October 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Bayousara

      Yep, Billy Graham sure did declare that Mormonism is no longer a sect. Then Billy Graham gave Romney's campaign a huge amount of advertising money. I have lost all respect for Billy Graham.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  12. yahmez

    Obama is not in everybody's face about religion, which makes him the right kind of christian for me.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Bayousara

      One of our biggest dividers of Americans is religion. But then that has been the case worldwide for more than two thousand years. I guess we should be grateful we don't have the Christian Crusades happening now. Well, we do have the Muslim Crusades, and lots of others, so I guess religion is still ruling the world. I get so sick of it. It is entrenched in the US and it will be so long after I am gone (I am 71). So sad.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  13. alamb

    Obama's "collective salvation" rhetoric is NOT christian. My salvation is a very individual thing, it is not predicated on the salvation of others. This redefining of the Christianity is merely a political high jacking of Christianity to make it sound christian when really Obama's intention is to politicize Christianity for social engineering aims. It is a disgrace, Obama is opportunist who is USING Christianity to further a socialistic agenda. In that sense Obama is NOT a Christian, he's a heretic!

    October 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  14. candes888

    If he was a christian, he wouldn't be spending night and day tearing his opponent up.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  15. David Evan Karasek

    Things didn't turn out well for Jesus when he challenged the religious and political status quo in his time. Of course the narrow spirited, modern day Saducees and Pharisees would condemn the thoughtful Christian theology of the President, just as they would condemn Jesus himself if he showed today on the streets among the rich and poor, performing miracles.

    Such a modern day Jesus is the premise of "The Grand Inqisitor" chapter of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazof. If you want to understand the struggle between sacred and political authority in any age, read at least this short chapter, where Jesus returns to Seville in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition, is locked up and scolded by the Church Leader in nevof the most amazing lectures ever written.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  16. jerrylax

    and there are really people who think obama is a Christian...or even and American? Hard to believe.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • == o ==

      don't give up your day job for comedy, jerry – your material stinks

      October 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • barbraS

      Wow......no wonder this country is in the dumper with unintelligent remarks like this!

      October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  17. Barbara P

    As a devout Catholic that attends Mass every Sunday and often go during the week I find your headline very offensive. In addition I find it offensive that you would characterize social justice as being the wrong kind of Christianity. I also find it offensive that you make no mention of Catholicism is this article. please write the real story that the President is being persecuted for his religion and faith by right wing fundamentalists.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  18. cindy

    you all should be in church...
    it is sunday morning..
    if you are all so christian...
    you should be at the alter asking for forgiveness
    instead of leaving hate filled comments
    you should practice what you preach
    placing judgement
    on another mans faith..
    is disgusting on a sunday morning..

    October 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Toya Gibson

      HEAR HEAR!

      October 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • T-Max73

      Because "faith" is belief without evidence, I applaud anyone or anything that questions this nonsense. Religion is no more "off limits" from scrutiny than politics; it's fair game. And for those who make such enormous and ridiculous claims as the religious, you will be called out on the childish nonsense.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • RobM

      Good thing you got all your asking forgiveness out of the way so you can come here and cast judgement on others... on a sunday!

      October 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  19. Mike

    Well this now officially opens the door to look at Mitt Romney's religion. The same question demands to be asked about Mormonism... Is Mitt Romney the right kind of Christian? The answer is simple, no. Please read about Facts on Mormonism... Besure to avoid the propaganda from the LDS Church.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • jerrylax

      oh Romney is Christian...and you are goofy.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • NoWingNutsAllowed

      More of...........He is because I said so

      October 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  20. Toya Gibson

    AND BEFORE HIM WE HAD THE RIGHT CHRISTIAN? SINCE WHEN HAS CHEATING BEEN CONSIDERED CHRISTIAN? IM NOT ABOUT TO MENTION WHAT WE ARE STILL DEALING WITH WITH THE RIGHT CHRISTIAN IN OFFICE.
    PRESIDENT OBAMA 2012....
    SIGNED,
    A CHRISTIAN

    October 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • NoWingNutsAllowed

      Incoherent Babble..........................

      October 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Toya Gibson

      Well, from what I could decifer from your post... we can count on your vote for Obama on November 6th.

      Peace...

      October 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • cc3

      @Toya Gibson: I think you missed the point of everything in this article. Then again, that's just a guess because I have seen drunken text messages with more coherency.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
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