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.
I can not say if Obama is or is not a Christian. Many of the things that he has done seem to go against Christianity.
One thing that I can say is that Obama is a blasphemer against Jesus. Obama has the idea that there are many ways to get to heaven but Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me."
By Obama saying that there are many ways then he is calling Jesus a lier.
I think you just answered your own question.
what the hell is Christianity, hindu pagan.
If Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan today, the Samaritan would likely be a Muslim or Hindu person and the people who pass by the wounded man a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, etc.
The Good Samaritan might be an atheist.
ATTENTION ALL IDIOTS: I respect the fact that you have belief in a religion, HOWEVER it does not give you the right to plaster someone with negative press because they have different beliefs than you. This country WAS NOT FOUNDED ON CHRISTIAN VALUES OR GOD. So stop trying to make it so. Separation of church and state have been mixed and it needs to end.
Rainer Braendlein is a forum hog.
is the best cnn can do on their sunday moring faith blog is to use it for a hack job campaign commercial for the election of mitt romney...
maybe they should do away with it...
this isn't faith of any kind...not of the religious kind
what a hate filled biased rant
Mitt Romney and the Republican party represent the exact opposite of what Jesus preached; therefore, they are anti Christ's teaching.
Jesus told his followers to sell ALL their possessions and give the money to the poor.
Anyone seeing/hearing that from the right? Nope. It's just mine, mine, mine. Me, me, me.
I read this article as being critical of those who are questioning President Obama's Christianity. It also is wondering how the rise of self-aggrandizing Christianity took over the throne as the "right" kind of Christianity.
It seems like the comments are mixed up, or maybe you didn't read the blog. It's not that long and it doesn't use a lot of big words.
I don't see the hate part, or the ranting part. Nothing about Romney either.
Does Obama claim that Jesus is the Son of God? Does he submit his will to the teachings of the Master? Christianity for 2,000 years has a clear definition of who is and is not a Christian. Does Obama's faith fall within that definition? One thing that all Christians should be doing is growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. There are a wide variety of Christains because they are not all at the same point along that Way. Just because some are ahead and other behind doesn't mean they aren't following along the same path.
who the hell are you to ask, hindu pagan Christian.
So you are playing God, deciding who has/has not called upon him?
The Bible says that God will answer anyone who calls on him.
You are saying that only you and people like you get to judge.
There isn't a 'right' kind of christian. Organized religion is a cancer on society.
It doesn't matter if Obama is a Christian at all, let alone the right kind. The conservative Christians are going to vote for a man they believe follows a cult (Mormonism, in other words) over Obama.
One thing I have to say about Mormons is they are family oriented and they do believe in God, unlike the muslims who believe in allah. I will vote Mormon any time. They are good people unlike Muslims who will kkill anyone not a Muslim.
I'm with Rev. Billy Graham on this one. Vote the incompetent fake Christian out of office.
I didn't know that Franklin Graham held an office.
Dinesh D'Souza already resigned.
I can smell the love flowing out of you.
A message from a hindu, denier of truth absolute GOD.
Yeh im with you we dont need no mormon in the white house who believes God comes from the planet Kolob. Baptized adolph hitler and muhammed.
Is CNN the 'wrong' kind of news media?
Whoring to incite fear in good people, simply to raise your ratings, is just ugly and won't appeal to America going foward.
We'll all find our spirit and soon. I know what Obama is delivering, and no it's not making me angry. When I hear outright lies and double-talk from Romney, that does anger me. After this election, this country as whole will move forward. The only question is against what type of headwinds. WIth Romney at a helm, greed is blowing back in your face and it's a strong wind.
Obama is a real Jesus-following/emulating Christian.
Romney represents exactly the opposite of what Jesus preached. He is pro greed, anti poor, anti empathy/compassion and lies like the devil.
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Fartz are spiritual emissions from soul.
Obama only distracts us from the things which really matter.
Don't let us focus too much on Obama, the man of confusion, but on the things which really matter because if we clarify the basic misconceptions concerning the Christian faith, we will proceed, and understand everything of the current course of time.
Recently I have occupied myself a little with Frederic the Great, King of Pruzzia, and Benjamin Franklin which were both leaders of positive Englightenment and hence belong to the Fathers of the modern Western World. They spoke out very much in favour of virtue (which even actually means manhood in Greek or Latin language). They said everybody should aspire for a life of virtue.
I extremly appreciate Frederic and Benjamin for their promotion of righteousness and virtue, it is only that they neglected a little (at least I got the impression) to explain completely the way to virtue. One reading scriptures of Frederic or Benjamin could conclude that he could become virtuous just by some special training.
Of course, training as described in Franklin's Autobiography is very important but the absolute foundation for an improving life is the faith in Jesus and the sacramental baptism.
The great issue is that our "grandfather" Adam once forsake God, the Life, the Light, the Peace and the Community. Everything which awakens in us the associaton of joy is in God, God himself is the Joy. Hence, when Adam forsook God, he forsook all which could make him happy. Adam was once made in the image of God but regretably Adam voluntarily and without any reason left that marvellous and glorious state, subordinated himself to the powers of death and degenerated. Hence, we have biologically inherited the degenerated nature of Adam.
God gave the commanments or the law of the Torah. With that he expresses that he is not pleased with much of our behaviour. Now, if we would be perfect by birth, we had never broken any divine law. Yet, the reality is that we break the divine laws nearly every moment because or core essence is corrupted. Of course, we still resemble God in some respect because he at first made us in his image but we also have an evil germ in us which wants to prevail more and more, and can destroy our life, if we don't start to suppress it.
The basic requirement to dampen this evil germ in us is the faith in Jesus' death and resurrection which convinces us again of God's love towards us. Through faith in the gospel we return into the confident community of the eternal God, the Life. Yet, Jesus Christ died for us not only in order to gain forgiveness for us but also redemption. It seems according to the Epistle to the Romans by St. Paul that everybody easily undestands the we can have forgiveness through Christ's sacrifice when we regard it as an atonement for our sins but only a few people or actually nobody understands that it is also a work of redemption.
This problem is solved by the Holy Sacramental Baptism of the Christian Church, insti-tuted by Christ himself. There we get metaphysically connected with Christ's death and resurrection. Through baptism we die for the sin and "enter" Christ because we have resurrected with him through the marvelous baptism. After baptism we are in Christ who is then our righteousness. It is only that the biological body remains sinful in itself, and we have to fight against it/him our whole life. Our life improves when it becomes a habit for us to overcome our body daily by the power of Jesus' death and resurrection.
Having that divine knowledge of releasing baptism we can also apply the special method of Benjamin Franklin which begins with a reduction of food intake which was also recommended by Jesus and the Apostel, and also Martin Luther.
Recently I have occupied myself a little with Frederic the Great, King of Pruzzia, and Benjamin Franklin which were both leaders of positive Englightenment and hence belong to the Fathers of the modern Western World. They spoke out very much in favour of virtue (which even actually means manhood in Greek or Latin language). They said everybody should aspire for a life of virtu
Cliff Notes version, please.
Nice Novel dude, bit o' advice: your commentr shouldn't be twice as long as the article you read.
Sally – well said!!!
This "article" is ridiculous in so many ways. Shame on you CNN.
I am reporting this as abuse simply due to the number of times you have posted it.
Reblogged this on anglicanboyrichard and commented:
RICHARD'S THOUHGHTS HERE: NO MATTER WHICH YOUR POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS VIEWS HAPPEN TO BE, THIS IS THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND, I BELIEVE, QUITE ACCURATELY STATED ARTICLE. WORTH A READ– AND DEFINITELY ASKING OURSELVES THE SAME QUESTION–ARE EACH OF US, "WE," THE RIGHT OR WRONG KINDS OF CHRISTIANS? ONLY EACH OF US CAN ANSWER THAT WITH OUR GOD. BUT IT STARTS WITH SEARCHING INTO OURSELVES AND THEN ASKING HIM TO SHOW US TO US. I MORE THAN ONCE HAVE SURPRISED MYSELF WHEN DOING SO.
NO NEED TO SHOUT!!!!! Turn your caps lock off.
GAW–instead of worrying about my typing skills, might I humbly suggest your "hear" my thoughts and heart here? THANKS–
Caps-lock is bad internet etiquette.
As for your statement, I spent a long time thinking about what I believed and why and concluded that there is no logical reason to believe in any god, because there is no proof for any god, nor is there any need. It was kind of sad to lose the loving supernatural father figure of my imagination, but I'm an adult. It's time to put childish things away.
I was simply reblogging and wanted my comments to stand out on my blog page–I had no idea that when one re-blogs a post it appears as a comment on this page also. Live and learn. All I was saying was that I thought the article was fair and thought-provoking. Ironically that was in agreement with the person who then "yelled" at me for the caps. I don't exactly think that my statement called for rude replies. Having said that...
Talulah we disagree–but I do not think that makes either of us "childish" and am sad that you do. I fully respect your right to disbelieve, and would ask you to re-consider calling those of us who do believe childish.
Again as to the "caps," as I just said I was not aware this was even being posted on the CNN page. But why make a bigger deal about caps than content?
"Caps-lock is bad internet etiquette."
It is probably also poor etiquette to tell someone else that they have poor etiquette.
otoh, it is probably poor etiquette for me to be telling you this!
p.s. your other statements rock, though!
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I AM the voice of the corporate conservative media
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The only two things that really matter are the service you provide to others and love. That's it. The huge mansion on the hill is BS. The huge megachurches whose ministers tell you that God wants to to be rich are full of self-aggrandizing BS.
Any of you out there who profess to believe that the Bible is infallible and must be taken literally are full of BS if you don't also believe that our troops should be brought home NOW, and our military disbanded for that matter. The Lord said thou shalt not kill...period. There are no exceptions. So, if you ever use the words of the Bible to back any of your public policy positions, you yourself are picking and choosing if you support our military in any way. I am not arguing for the getting rid of our military, I am merely saying that I am tired of people lambasting others for picking and choosing words from the bible, all the while doing the very thing they are accusing others of. Hypocrites!
You might want to take a course on Hebrew. The verse you quoted about not killing is best translated "You should do no murder." We do not live under the Mosaic Law in this country. If you want to quote it to defend your position then you better not lie, commit adultery, dishonor your parents, or all of the other 600+ laws contained within the Law of Moses. I hope you don't pick and choose which traffic laws you keep while driving.
What's with your headline. It doesn't fit the article but seems designed to pander to the right wing nuts who like to label Obama a muslim or anti-christian. Your pandering to these nuts makes it increasingly difficult to take your coverage seriously.
The article was fair in it's telling of both sides.
The fact that the word "wrong" is in quotation marks should tell you before you read it that the article is not questioning President Obama's Christianity, but is in fact questioning those who do.
"...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
I am not convinced Obama or Romney can help get our country back on the fight track with God. I have never seen our country more divided or angry in all my 50 years of living here. All we do is fight each other now. If someone doesn't agree with you, you must insult him/her. All of us are so mean and evil now. My spirit hurts terribly.
This article is WAY too long to hold my attention. Bottom line is: God decides if I'm a true believer. Man doesn't.
Obama is no christian at all. Muslims are not Christians and the sooner people recognize that the better. Michelle even told Obama to say he was Christian and not Muslim so he did. he has no mind of his own. Soros, Michelle, Ayers, Salinsky, Jarrett, Axeldrod, Plouffe, et all are all communists and they are the ones that tell Obama what to do. He has no brains otherwise.
Poor Pitbull. He/she seems to have lost touch with reality a long time ago. That's what happens when you watch too much Fox News.
Obama is a Christian and CNN is an unbiased news source. Well, so much for two of the misrepresentations I have ever heard. Can we say "IN THE TANK for Obama?"
Obama +100 in electoral college.
Romney is dead. Rove has already abandoned him.
The article was fair.
What an article, just proves that the "right kind of Christian" shows their hate for anyone who does not believe as they do. Was this the right kind of article, I don't believe so. Why do you single out Obama, Why do you judge him and his family, why do you carry such hate in your hearts, why do you not like blacks. Is this the kind of thing the < "the right kind of Christian does?" If that being the case, I don't want to be ,"the right kind of Christian" Shame on you John Blake and CNN for allowing such an article in the first place.
I read this article as being critical of those who are questioning President Obama's Christianity, not the other way around.
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