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In Obama’s first term, an evolving Christian faith and a more evangelical style
President Obama speaking from the pulpit of a Washington church in 2010.
October 27th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

In Obama’s first term, an evolving Christian faith and a more evangelical style

Editor's note: This is the last in a series about the faith lives of the presidential candidates, which includes a profile of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) – President Obama’s prayers for a strong first debate may not have been answered, but that doesn’t mean the prayers weren’t happening.

Before he stepped onto a Colorado stage earlier this month to face off with Mitt Romney for the first time, Obama joined a conference call with a small circle of Christian ministers.

“The focus of that prayer was, ‘Oh, Lord, you know precisely what the president needs to say,'” says Kirbyjon Caldwell, a Methodist megachurch pastor from Texas who helped lead the call. “'You know what this country needs during the next four years.’”

“'And so I would pray that your primary will and words that you want the president to say will fall from his lips,'” Caldwell goes on, recalling his prayer.

Obama, for his part, was mostly silent.

“There’s a profound and genuine humility in the presence of Christ himself,” Caldwell says, describing the president on such calls. “I think he recognizes it as a holy moment.”

It was the second time Caldwell and Obama had prayed by phone in as many months. The two had connected in August on a prayer call Obama has hosted on his birthday every year since coming to the White House.

Welcome to the intense, out-of-the-box and widely misunderstood religious life of President Barack Obama.

Though he famously left his controversial pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the year he was elected to the presidency, a handful of spiritual advisers close to Obama say that his time in office has significantly deepened his faith.

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Stephen Mansfield, a former Christian pastor who wrote the book “The Faith of Barack Obama,” goes so far to say that Obama has experienced a spiritual transformation.

“I think we do have at heart a new man, so to speak,” says Mansfield, who worked closely with the White House and with some Obama religious advisers on his book. “He has undergone a pretty significant personal religious change in his first term.”

Methodist minister Kibyjon Caldwell, right, has grown close to President Obama after serving as a spiritual counselor to President George W. Bush. Here, Caldwell and Bush share a stage in 2003.

Obama’s faith advisers say Mansfield goes a step too far, though they acknowledge that when it comes to his faith, Obama has changed.

“There is a deepening development in his relationship with God,” says Joel Hunter, a Florida-based pastor who has been in touch with Obama nearly every week since he took office. “He chooses to stay faithful in daily habits of study and prayer and consistent times of interchange with spiritual leaders.”

“I am not sure he did that before he came to the presidency.”

Whether or not Obama has been spiritually “reborn” in the evangelical sense, his spiritual counselors say the president’s faith has helped shape his first term in ways that haven’t been appreciated by voters or the news media.

And they say the presidency is bringing Obama to a new place in his faith - building on a system of belief and practice that helped bring him to the White House in the first place.

Talking like Billy Graham

These days, when the president talks about his faith, he sounds like a born-again Christian.

Addressing the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington this year, Obama recalled meeting the nation’s most iconic evangelical Christian, Billy Graham, and described his struggle to find the right words as he prayed aloud with the aging evangelist.

“Like that verse in Romans, the Holy Spirit interceded when I didn’t know quite what to say,” Obama told the gathering, invoking the New Testament.

It was hardly the only part of the speech where Obama was speaking “Christianese” – employing a lexicon familiar to evangelical Christians, who put a premium on quoting Scripture and communing directly with the Holy Spirit.

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At the same breakfast, Obama spoke of spending time every morning in “Scripture and devotion” and dropped the names of “friends like Joel Hunter or T.D. Jakes,” both well-known pastors of evangelical megachurches.

“He was talking like Billy Graham” at the breakfast, says Mansfield, who also wrote an admiring spiritual biography of former President George W. Bush.

Even in the more secular setting of the Democratic National Convention, Obama hinted at an intense White House prayer life, along with his need for God’s grace.

Some say President Obama sounds like an evangelical when he speaks about his religion, echoing the famous evangelist Billy Graham. The two men met at Graham's mountaintop home in North Carolina home in 2010.

“While I'm proud of what we've achieved together, I'm far more mindful of my own failings,” Obama said in his acceptance speech, “knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, ‘I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.’"

Such pious talk marks a departure from how the president discussed his faith life before his White House years.

Back then, Obama cited his religion more as a basis for social action than for spiritual sustenance. He would temper declarations of belief with affirmations of doubt.

Asked in a 2004 interview whether he prayed often, Obama, then a candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, responded: “Uh, yeah, I guess I do.”

In a 2007 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama voiced skepticism about Scripture.

“There are aspects of the Christian tradition that I’m comfortable with and aspects that I’m not,” he said. “There are passages of the Bible that make perfect sense to me and others that I go ‘Ya know, I’m not sure about that.’”

These days, Obama forgoes such equivocations in favor of a full-throated Christianity.

To Mansfield, the evolution of Obama’s comments on religion bespeak a born-again experience, prompted largely by the president’s break with Wright and his arrival into a circle of spiritual counselors that includes many evangelicals.

The White House declined requests to speak to Obama.

But Hunter, the president’s closest spiritual counselor, says Obama has technically been a born-again Christian for more than 25 years, since accepting Jesus at Wright’s Chicago church in the 1980s.

But it's in the last four years that the president has become more evangelical in his habits.

He now begins each morning reading Christian devotionals on his Blackberry.

And then there’s the circle of pastors Obama has begun praying with before big events like the first presidential debate.

A circle of evangelicals

After landing in Washington following his 2008 election, Obama shopped around for a new church. But he wound up making his spiritual home instead among a circle of far-flung pastors that includes Hunter, Jakes and Caldwell, the minister from Texas.

Conference calls with the group started while Obama was still a presidential candidate, including on the night of his 2008 victory. The president-elect spoke by phone with Hunter and other Christian ministers, rejoicing in victory but also grieving the death of his grandmother, who helped raise him, just a few days earlier.

The migration from Wright – who almost brought down Obama’s campaign with videos that showed him sermonizing about “God damn America” and “the U.S. of KKK A” – to this new group, says Mansfield, has been underappreciated.

“[Obama] went into the Oval Office … questioning the only pastor he’d ever had,” Mansfield says. “Wright left him humiliated.”

“And there were deeper questions about the theology that [Obama] had received,” Mansfield continues. “Some part of Wright’s religious orientation had failed.”

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Where Wright is a liberal mainline Protestant, emphasizing liberation and social action, Obama’s new circle of pastors includes theologically conservative evangelicals like Hunter and Jakes, who stress God’s grace and personal transformation.

Mansfield notes that the chaplain who has presided for the last few years at Camp David, where Obama spends many Sundays, is also an evangelical.

Some of Obama’s spiritual counselors credit Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, with leading Obama to a more evangelical-flavored Christianity. Caldwell calls him the president’s personal pastor.

A former associate pastor at a Pentecostal church in Boston, DuBois is the one responsible for sending Obama Scriptures and scriptural meditations five days a week; Hunter does it on the other two days.

The evangelical pastor Joel Hunter, center, and White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Executive Director Joshua DuBois, right, are the President’s closest religious counselors. Here they are in February.

DuBois convenes a daily 8:15 a.m. conference call with pastors to pray for the country and the president, who is not on the call. (Lately, those calls have also included prayers for Mitt Romney.)

And it’s DuBois who organized the president’s circle of spiritual advisers. After graduate school at Princeton, DuBois talked his way onto Obama’s staff at the U.S. Senate, repeatedly driving to Washington to make his case after job applications were rejected.

When Obama launched his presidential campaign a few years later, DuBois was plucked as its faith outreach director.

The 30-year-old White House aide plays down his influence on his boss.

“He has always been on a Christian journey,” DuBois says of Obama, “and the challenges of the office, of being leader of the free world, provides a deepening and strengthening of faith, and that’s what you see with the president.”

“I remember working with him around the Scripture he would use at the memorial service for the miners in West Virginia,” DuBois says, referring to the 2010 tragedy that left 29 dead. “These are obviously moments when one's faith is strengthened.”

The unparalleled trials of the Oval Office have been known to deepen the religiosity of presidents ranging from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan.

Hunter says the same thing has happened to this president: “His faith has been growing as the challenges of the presidency have become more naturally the main part of his own everyday life.”

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One of Hunter’s first Oval Office encounters with Obama came shortly after the president took office, at a time when the economy was shedding 750,000 jobs a month.

“He acknowledged at that meeting what many may know but few remember: that by the time issues get to the president, there are no simple or clear answers or they would have been solved by others,” Hunter says. “So we prayed.”

A few months later, Hunter was in the Oval Office again, noticing that “the unremitting heaviness of the office was setting in.”

“I saw something that has been consistent ever since: He cannot just pray for himself and his family,” Hunter says by e-mail. “At least I have never seen it. His faith, his heart, always includes those who are being left out through no fault of their own.”

Despite the changes they’ve seen in Obama, both Hunter and DuBois are uncomfortable with the word “transformation” when it comes to Obama’s White House faith life.

“The president doesn’t deal in labels,” says DuBois. “He knows God’s grace is sufficient for him and beyond that doesn’t get into labels, evangelical or mainline. He’s a proud Christian.”

Loving God by loving your neighbor

When the Rev. Sharon Watkins and a group of fellow Protestant ministers sat down with Obama at the White House a couple years into the president’s term, she knew the pastors would get wonky about religion.

“You get a bunch of ministers in the room and we’re all church geeks – it’s theological,” says Watkins, who along with the other pastors had come to talk about poverty. “But the president got every biblical allusion and reference. … He’s just a person who is biblically and theologically literate.”

If Obama’s personal theology has grown more conservative, he is inclined to apply it toward liberal political ends.

“I’d be remiss if my values were limited to personal moments of prayer or private conversations with pastors or friends,” Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast in February. “So instead, I must try - imperfectly, but I must try - to make sure those values motivate me as one leader of this great nation.”

In signing laws that have increased Wall Street regulations and stopped health insurance companies from rejecting patients with preexisting conditions, Obama said at the breakfast, he wanted to “make the economy stronger for everybody.”

“But I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years,” he continued. “And I believe in God’s command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.’”

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

Obama went on to frame decisions as disparate as ending tax breaks for the wealthy and defending foreign aid as examples of biblical principles in action, quoting Jesus’ teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required” and invoking the “biblical call to care for the least of these.”

That last biblical reference also loomed large in another 2011 White House meeting between Obama and a group of religious leaders. They’d come to urge the president to protect programs for the poor amid his fight with Congress over raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

The Rev. Jim Wallis, a progressive activist, recalls the meeting:

In pressing Obama to take cuts to those programs off the table, one Roman Catholic bishop told the president that “the text that we are obliged to obey does not say ‘as you have done to the middle class you have done to me.’”

“It says as you’ve done to the least of these, you have done to me,” the bishop said.
“I know that text,” Obama responded. The passage is from the Matthew 25 in the New Testament.

“So there was this very rigorous conversation,” Wallis says, “and we pressed him on applying Matthew 25 to this decision about protecting those who were the least of these.”

Ultimately, the programs that the religious leaders were lobbying for were protected in the debt ceiling deal, though it’s unclear how big a role the religious leaders played.

For liberal Christians, such victories embody the justice of the social gospel, the idea that believers should do God’s work – even aid the Second Coming - by improving society.

“I do notice that sometimes, like on health care, when [Obama] says it’s the right thing to do, it’s him saying you love God by loving your neighbor,” says Watkins, who leads a mainline denomination called Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “He’s doing the best he can to be guided by God so he can be a faithful follower of Christ.”

Skeptics might write off Obama’s Bible talk as sanctimonious window dressing, aimed at no higher purpose than connecting with churchgoers in the purple and red states. But translating the Good Book into progressive politics has always been a mainstay of Obama’s political biography.

‘An awesome God in the blue states’

When Obama landed on Chicago’s South Side in 1985 as an idealistic 23-year-old, eager to start work as a community organizer, he was already a political liberal.

He was also a man without a religion, the son of a spiritual-but-not-religious mother whom he would later describe as “a lonely witness for secular humanism” and an estranged African father who was born a Muslim but died an atheist.

Obama’s work in Chicago, built around causes like tenants’ rights and job training for laid-off workers, was steeped in religion.

His salary was paid by a coalition of churches. And the job took him into many black churches, among the most influential institutions in the neighborhood he was organizing, including Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

After a lifelong struggle to fit in, set in motion by his mixed-race parents, Trinity felt like home.

“I came to realize that without a vessel for beliefs, without an unequivocal commitment to a particular community of faith,” he wrote later, “I would be consigned at some level to always remain apart.”

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who brought Obama to Christianity, ignited controversy that almost brought down Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

The changes that Wright’s church wrought weren’t just personal. Baptism and active membership there equipped Obama with an ability to connect with churchgoers he was trying to organize – and, years later, with religious voters he was trying to win over – in a deeper way.

Wright, who did not respond to interview requests for this story, gave Obama a moral framework for his liberal politics. The pastor espoused a black liberation theology that equates Jesus’ life and death with the plight of those who Wright saw as disenfranchised, from African-Americans to Palestinians.

“Wright is the religious version of almost everything Obama already believed without religion,” says Mansfield, who spent time at Trinity for his book. “It’s a support of oppressed people anywhere in the world.”

When Obama emerged on the national stage, his comfortable religiosity and sensitivity to the concerns of churchgoing Americans helped distinguish him as a Democrat.

“We worship an awesome God in the blue states,” he declared to huge applause in his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, catching the attention of young Christians like Joshua DuBois.

But at that same convention, Obama’s party nominated John Kerry, a candidate who eschewed God talk and who lost his own Catholic demographic on Election Day.

Four years later, Obama hired religious outreach staffers like DuBois for his presidential campaign and made a point of meeting with Christian Right leaders who’d never before heard from a Democratic presidential nominee.

Obama went on to win in places like Indiana and North Carolina, evangelical-heavy states that a Democratic presidential nominee hadn’t taken in decades.

If the Rev. Wright had almost brought down his presidential campaign, the controversial minister had also long ago laid the groundwork for Obama to connect with the churchgoing voters who had turned their backs on Kerry.

The politics of confusion

As president, the line between Obama’s personal convictions and his political prowess on religious matters can sometimes be hard to discern.

Obama invited the conservative evangelical megapastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his 2009 inauguration, ruffling liberal feathers. He introduced an annual Easter prayer breakfast as a new White House tradition. He gives shout-outs to young evangelical leaders in major speeches.

Obama asked evangelical pastor Rick Warren to pray at his inauguration, riling some of the president's liberal supporters.

All can be seen as genuine reflections of Obama’s faith and his appreciation for the role of religious leaders in public life. And in a nation where more people believe in angels than in evolution - a fact that the president himself has publicly noted - all promise political benefits.

The same could be said for Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, and for presidents as diverse as Jimmy Carter and Reagan: All had deep spiritual streaks that enabled the political art of courting religious Americans, especially evangelicals.

The irony, in Obama’s case, is that despite his orthodox utterances - there’s “something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective,” he said at this year's Easter breakfast - polls continue to show widespread confusion about his faith.

Only half the country can correctly identify Obama as Christian, according to one recent Pew poll, while 17% falsely believe he is a Muslim.

“He’s a Christian and he professes his Christian faith - I don’t know what else this man has to do to get that into folks’ ears,” says Caldwell, who was also close to George W. Bush.

President Obama at the 2011 White House Easter prayer breakfast, an annual tradition that he started.

But Obama’s public piety has helped him bond with young evangelical leaders, who are less tied to the GOP than their parents’ generation.

“I was struck by the specificity of what he described in terms of theology and what it means to him,” says Gabe Lyons, one such leader, describing a White House Easter breakfast he attended. “His message is very specific and very orthodox.”

Where exactly that new orthodoxy comes from – the pressures of the White House, a new circle of religious advisers or, to a certain degree, from political calculation – may become clearer after Obama's presidency, if he opens up about such matters.

Until then, the president is likely to keep speaking "Christianese" - and resisting Christian labels.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Politics

soundoff (4,988 Responses)
  1. GOD spoke to me.

    GOD is an atheist, that way he doesn't have to talk politics at parties.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:45 am |
  2. gius

    If Romney is elected we must not go to war with Syria because zMitt doesn't know where it is!

    October 29, 2012 at 3:26 am |
    • Joe

      . Biden thinks we are at war with Iran, and his Democratic cronies all know people killed fighting there : ) I am in a Union, and my health care costs have tripled, my wages have been cut by 17%, upper management has given themselves 300% raises, and due to "uncertain economic times" the Union can do nothing. We can't strike because there are no jobs. I work for a large manufacturing co. 30,000 employees are about to lose their jobs. We don't want Obama to bail out upper management with our children's money, made in China. If the economy were better we could strike and fire the people who are driving us into the ground......Obama and his Wall Street biddies. At least 4 trillion in bailout money went to Bankers, Wall Street etc. These are the people Obama is helping.

      October 29, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  3. gius

    Republican liars all over this blog.Whats the matter poor little rich guy?Afraid you will lose your tax cuts if Obama gets elected again.You certainly do your best to twist the facts and mislead the gullible.Junior need a yacht just like daddys while you ship our jobs to China and blame the president.S vote for Mitt is like a bote for the Taliban.And he'll get around to you too.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:42 am |
  4. Joe

    It's so sad that CNN is such a part of the dishonest "smear Mitt" and "exalt Obama (it wasn't his fault)" campaign. He has done such damage to our country, and we know he plans to go wild nextg term, once he has all the little voter people out of his way.

    I just want to ask one Obama fan to tell me why they would vote for his this time around. I supported him before, but that was because the media has intentionally shirked the job of telling us the truth about him. It is so wrong what CNN is doing, and it is hurting the entire world, especially me and my family. My Union wages have been cut and cut, health care costs have tripled etc. and that's just one issue.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • gius

      Healthcare costs have gone up because of greedy insurance companies the kind of people who pay off Ryan and Romney.How foolish can you be?Or are you one of the people paid by the wealthy to lie about the president?

      October 29, 2012 at 2:46 am |
    • gius

      The media doesn't spread the lies you must get paid to spread.Except for Fox News who whe taken to court said they don't have to tell the truth because they're an entertainment program not a news program.I'll bet you don't belong to a union or pay for health insurance!

      October 29, 2012 at 3:04 am |
  5. seriously

    Way to go CNN keep the religious right in front of the minds of the stupid therefore ratings during the remaining days of the Presidential race. IF Romney wins and has a news during his presidency asking for another 700 billion as did his republican predecessor then look at back at article as useless and lame as this one for the cause. No wonder our country continues to want to suck now. Makes for a great profit had by someone already rich I guess.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:23 am |
  6. JimmyAlex777

    Whatever the case may be, it is my hope and prayer that my president understands, it is not through man that the spirit of heaven's host be delivered but by one's personal connection through his own personal faith, shall the utmost of his highest majesty be granted. Seek not, that which man seeks to deliver but seek the spirit of his highest majesty personally and ye shall be blessed as well as all that ye may pray for. In other words, it is not organized religion that brings the utmost spirit from on high but an inner connection to it that rewards most greatly.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:23 am |
  7. Just_realistic

    Obama flows as the tide ... whatever direction provides him the greatest flexibility to be wishy-washy depending on the audience is critical. His primary Christian values were trivial based on his age prior to his mother marrying a Muslim and moving to Indonesia where he was fully indoctrinated into Islamic doctrine until his latter teens. This is significant. He is not stupid, rather he is very adept at cloaking his ultimate goals in rhinestones and glitter calling such democracy and choice while all the time curtailing those exact things. Shame on him and all that support such!

    October 29, 2012 at 2:23 am |
    • gius

      Spreading a lot of false information will send you straight to hell.And it's much worse for Republicans down there.Torture twice a day and a lot of lectures on honesty.Plus all the poop jobs.So let's try to be nice.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:10 am |
  8. rinsac

    It's his business. If the Democrats brought up Mitt's Morminism the GOP would scream their heads off. Frankly, I wouldn't even care if he was a Muslim. Eventually we will have a Muslim President.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  9. twiz123

    In the famous words of a famous man (yes way more famous than Obama): "A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side." Aristotle

    By the way this probably applies to Romney equally as much as Obama...but at least Romney sticks to the same story. I loved that bit Obama tried to pull...oh I never heard Rev. Wright say racist and anti-american things...not even once in the TWENTY YEARS I attended his church. Ridiculous...

    October 29, 2012 at 2:21 am |
    • gius

      Romney sticks to his story? What channels are you watching?The guy changes his story by the minute.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:50 am |
  10. Joe

    Oh, come on. This is so sad, in an almost funny sick sort of MSM dishonest way. We all know that Obama plays the religion card even better than he plays the other cards, as much as he flips and flops, yet accuses Mitt of it. In one interview he claims he's a Christian, raised by a Christian mother. NExt interview, he was raised to doubt religion, religion is bad, he prays to himself, etc. His Spiritual Leader, the Reverend Wright, says Obama tried to bribe him into silence, Wright turned the money down. Obama told Wright that honesty was Wrights' problem. Wright says Obama still clings to Islam. . When will we get the truth? NEVER, not from CNN, not from Obama. It's all about power and control. No matter how bad it gets, CNN and liberals will defend this man's right to take our country down.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • gius

      Where do you get all this false information?

      October 29, 2012 at 2:54 am |
  11. joemag67

    CNN's propaganda is truly disturbing. They did a real smear job on Romney tonight. They call themselves "journalists", but I think they're just the banker's dogs.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • Joe

      I agree, I watched it just before the Obama Revealed one. They did let Mitt and Ann talk, but tried to smear it at every chance. It is sad that, once again, CNN shows that MSM bias that tries to appear neutral but certainly is not. For example, I'm sure there were hundreds of women in Mitt's congregation who loved him and felt he was a wonderful leader, but CNN finds one who is an anti-Mormon feminist, liberal activist. No other voices are heard. Same with everything else Mitt did, they tried to cancel it out by finding a liberal etc who would say something bad about Mitt, Mormons etc.

      In "Obama Revealed": they skipped his controversial past, his constant lying, chronic flip flopping, trying to bribe Rev. Wright into silence etc etc etc etc. And go straight into "he had it so hard" Bush handed him this and this and this" (nothing about democrats like Hilary pressing us to go to war into Iraq, claiming they had nuclear weapons etc etc) nothing about how Obama was a leading attorney pushing the legislation that pushed us into the housing crisis, nothing about how he followed Bush's policies, the ones that worked, Obama took credit for, the ones that didn't are still blamed on Bush "we tried it his way." I just wish CNN and the MSM would start doing their job and tell us the truth, and let us decide.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • gius

      You don't have to do a smear job on Romney.zHe is one.Tbe guy either lies or keeps all his plans a secret.Be afraid,be very,very afraid of this man.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:27 am |
  12. Mike

    WE DON'T NEED A MUSLIM TO LEAD US. I AM OK TO THE COMMUNITY BUT THE PRESIDENT. OBAMA IS ENEMY OF ISRAEL. CHINA WILL SURPASS US IN DEFENSE VERY SOON. THEY ALREADY PASS US IN ECONOMY. OBAMA FAILED HIS 7 TRILLION DEBT FOR NOTHING. NO JOBS, HUGH FORECLOSURES, HIGH GAS....OBAMA CHEATS: he paying pizza to student in Ohio to vote for him,,,,,THAT'S NOT RIGHT. IF HE ACTS LIKE THIS, THINK ABOUT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY

    October 29, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  13. Mike

    OBAMA RUINED THE COUNTRY. I voted for him in 2008 but it was a bad choice. I haven't grown since them. China bought most of our debts. We owe CHina now. WE ARE IN DEBT WITH 7 TRILLION DOLLAR FOR WHAT???? NO JOBS, HUGE FORECLOSURES, HIGH TAXES TO EVERYONE IN 2013, HIGH GAS PRICES....PENALTY FOR NOT HAVING HEALTH INSURANCE, ETC......WHY RISK 4 MORE YEARS OF OUR LIFE....THE ONLY SOLUTION IS: ROMNEY.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • gius

      Where were you when Bush ruined the country?And it'sRomney and his ilk who sent all the jobs to China. Wake up dude or dudess, your watching too much FoxNews. GOD. help us when an uniformed public goes to vote.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  14. Peter

    So what if you think its cult? Catholics are not Christian either, they are pagans. And many other so-called Christians churches simply follow the doctrine of the Catholics so stop looking down at us Mormons. I beg you please look up the word cult in the dictionary. You might be surprised, you might belong to a cult organization yourself.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:04 am |
    • Nii

      Peter
      Cult has about three major definitions including a system of ritual, a religious organization and the one that is used on Mormons, and some other churches and religious organizations. In this sense it means a spiritually abusive religious organization. This is because some former Mormons have needed psychological and psychiatric help to overcome spiritual abuse encountered in some of your congregations. It has nothing to do with your religion's doctrines and ritual.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:13 am |
  15. Matt

    Not sure about his faith. The way he mentions God more now just seems to be an attempt to combat the nutjobs who say he's a Muslim or waging a "war on religion".

    October 29, 2012 at 2:01 am |
  16. thebes42

    Obomber worships the Great Corporate Profit.
    Just like his opponent.
    Anyone who thinks otherwise watches too much tv...

    October 29, 2012 at 1:53 am |
  17. Western_Elf

    Will someone just throw a prayer rug at him and let's be done with it already?!

    October 29, 2012 at 1:49 am |
  18. Truth will Prevail

    FAITH...what faith??? he said he was a Christian...really?? how can you say you believe in a CREATOR then do everything in your power to destroy his CREATION???....NO OBAMA is a very confused angry man and he will take us all down if we re-elect him....haven't you had enough people...how many more of us does he need to destroy in order for us to wake up from this nightmare!!!

    October 29, 2012 at 1:37 am |
    • Nii

      Which part of Obama is angry? YOU ARE ANGRY!
      His beautiful in intelligent wife is happy at his side and his daughters adore him. \The whole world respects him unlike Bush. He is a member of a |christian Church.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  19. gius

    When the poor and middleclass get help if needed this country prospers as before the Bush tax cuts.Now only the wealthy prosper.Just like the middle ages.The wealthy are now creatinng their own dynisties.Now they are better than the rest of us.Even though their kids didn't"build anything" they get handouts from mom and dad and don't go to war like the rest of us,alla Romney and his kids.Send us off to war,tax us, pay us slave wages, brand us "victims looking for a hand outand send allour jobs to China.Real Christian of them!

    October 29, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  20. SPQR

    If you are ok with Polygamy vote for Mitt W. Romney.

    Mormonism is a cult.

    Research it for yourself.

    God lives on a planet called Kolob.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:26 am |
    • AussieDude1276

      Kolob is a star not a planet. If you're going to bag out a religion, get your facts right first.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:39 am |
    • thebes42

      Both Mormonism and Evangelism are death cults centered on a guy whose name was basically Joe Savior who got nailed to a tree but then the body disappeared.
      Both believe that relationships ought to be governed by the words of the priests of the invisible man in the sky.
      I'm really NOT ok with either of my two, VERY limited possible "valid" choices for Dear Leader being part of a warmongering death cult.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:57 am |
    • leggs

      @Aussie Kolob is a star or a planet according to wiki -

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

      October 29, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • Joe

      Blind love of Obama and liberal anti-Mormon hatred is really a dishonest cult that would destroy our Country,

      Obama's family is polygamist (including his father, and the rest, and they are Jihadists)..

      I looked up the Kolob thing because liberals keep trying to use it to stir bigotry against Mormons (even on Hannity, an Obama campaign guy threw it in with a laugh). Kelob is an ancient Semitic word meaning heart of heaven, it was probably associated with Isaiah's House of the North (the place symbolizing where God resides, or where His throne is). It is probably also associated with the Biblical "bosom of Abraham."

      If you want to know about religion, or what Mormons believe, they have websites (mormon.org) missionaries etc. For questions about anti-Mormons check Maxwell, FAIR lds and Black lds, they are Mormon versions of the Jewish anti defamation league.
      Wiki is also not honest about Mormons. If you want to know about Mormons, ask a Mormon, that makes sense.

      Stop the liberal hate. : )

      October 29, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • Bob

      A Christian does not declare that he does not believe Christ is the Son of God! Obama did. Obama is a Muslim pretending to be a Christian to get the votes.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:40 am |
    • Nii

      BOB
      Do you know how many Christians do not believe in the Son of God? None. Do you know how many doubt He is the Son of God? All. Otherwise faith would not be a word.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:03 am |
    • Nii

      BOB
      Do you know how many Christians do not believe in the Son of God? None. D.o you know how many doubt He is the Son of God? All. Otherwise faith would not be a word.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:07 am |
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