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.
You are about to see the fruition of the moral majority. In just over a week the mandate will be in and it will be tea and righteous leadership for a glorious American Revival of prayer and holy living. Romney over obama 70/ 30 you heard it here first ! Romney / Ryan 2012
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This troll is not a christian .
From the way the right wingers are talking here, you'd think Obama had initiated government programmes that actively solicit citizens to become gay and/or have abortions.
Either way it is not the buisness of some butt faced butt in foreigner to tell US how to live. There's your sign
From the way they vomit on here, one would think they had no faith in the power of their almighty Jeebus. After all, doesn't their god already know the outcome? Won't the election simply confirm his choice anyway?
I thought his will would be done.
@Cap'n Sayin Atheism Truth Isn't An Angry Pervert Reangerfield Regonzo
I'm heartened to see that you've finally remembered which of your many Troll handles to use when deni.grating Canadians.
Heck, a Democrat a Christian? I am shocked! I thought only Republican's are Christians....then again, only the Lord knows the state of our hearts. God has no grand-children and President Obama obviously made this decision on his own since he was not brought up in a Christian home. Good on him for that! Way to go, Sir!
The USA deserves the hell to come if we let these sick Talibangelicals win. The Taliban is our enemy, and the GOP is now a true enemy to our democracy. Any vote for the GOP is based in IGNORANCE, by people who actually believe all the BS on Faux News. The GOP makes me want to puke.
Obama represents the audacity of hypocrisy:
He said he would close GITMO, but he didn't.
He said he would pass comprehensive immigration reform, but didn't.
He said he opposed executive privilege but used it on fast and furious.
He said he would be transparent, but the health care bill was debated in private.
He said he would not pursue the single payer option, but did.
He said the health care bill would reduce costs, but they increased.
He said he would cut the deficit in half, but didn't.
He blasted Bush for debt, but then increased it by $6 trillion.
He said he would unite the country, but divides it along income and race.
He said the stimulus would save the economy, but it didn't.
He blasts Romney for outsourcing, but the stimulus outsourced jobs.
He said green energy would work, but his investments have failed.
He said his plan would reduce unemployment to 4%, but it is still nearly at 8%.
He opposes torture such as waterboarding, but he is willing to drone strike terrorists.
He bashed Bush for his foreign policy, but Obama can't get his story straight on Libya.
And you're terrified he might win, Dave. Why is that?
Your statements are lies, half-truths, and outright silliness.
Yet it's Romney that wants to do away with FEMA and move the costs of natural disasters to the states. Hurricane Sandy is suppose to cause 35 Billion dollars worth of damage and if Romney has his way all that costs will go to the States. Now that is just plain stupid.
please stop beating around the bush and tell us what you really think.
THE GOP IS NOT CHRISTIAN They are using the guise of religion to deny rights to women, children, the poor, in order to benefit the rich. Our democracy is dead forever if these sickos win.
You say those things like they are bad things. Romney / Ryan 2012
You are SO,SO, SO lost....
Both sides are acting out the desires of the global elite.
Romney, Obama...it does NOT matter.
Romney and Obama are P U P P E T S
Global banksters and corporate interests are the P U P P E T E E R S
Romney or Obama will do the same things if elected, because they both have the same Master. (and it ain't Jesus)
He hung around Jeremiah Wright. That's all I need to know.
And you hang around here posting idiocy under multiple names. That's all I need to know about your opinion.
so what would you say to Jeremiah if you make to heaven you Hippocratic
The Christian faith is solid and should NOT evolve. Obama is not a Christian no matter what he says. The proof is in his actions.
A b s o l u t e l y .
A person isn't "Christian" by claim, it's by DEED.
Obama's deeds have been S A T A N I C and Obama (Frank Marshall Davis Jr.) seems very happy with himself. Most Satanists are like that.
Remember... Obama lies.... so if he says he's Christian, we should have EXPECTED that LIE.
No he is not your type of christian with a little c thats, I hope GOD with a big G opens your eyes go and vote for the one that worship the fake christ with a little c they are both really closed friends with the anticrist yes there you go be like Israel they turn their back to GOD to a false god with a little g Romney worship their little christ a christ that Jesus said not to believe at Least Obama believes in the real Christ with a big C you are a !!!!!!!! nahhhhhhhhh I will leave this part for God deal with your heart, stop the hate in your heart
Right, because the Christian faith has never changed since it began, except for almost every single tenet of their faith, but other than that, it's been rock solid for at least several years, or at least since the Pope made his last announcement that prostltutes can use contraceptives...
If you are White, male or female, you have NO business voting for Obama.
Wake the hell up....when has a n1gger ever done anything at all, in all of history, for anyone but other n1ggers?
You think this chimp has your best interests in mind?
Troll, your statement are disgusting.
The Big O is white just like Stan, you idiot.
Truth you have a small pee pee right? That's why you are mad at the other race. Admit it.
Muslims do not consider themselves Christians.
Neither do Mormons.
Why would they?
Mainstreaming Mormonism is dangerous - it's a cult. Shame on you Billy Graham, shame on you. When did you and the Southern Baptist Convention decide to mainstream Mormonism? Billy Graham, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Evangelicals voting to mainstream Mormonism is the mother of all flip-flops!
YOU ARE AN IDIOT
They put their men in dresses?
Compared to what...The mother of all EVIL?????
The Big O cares about your health as much as he cares about his own grandkids.
Why are you so frightened at the idea that Obama may very well win a second term? You seem to be just terrified. Why? What is it you imagine will occur? After all, if it happens, isn't it your sky-daddy's will? Doesn't he know everything that's going to happen anyway? Do you have so little faith in him that you're scared as a little girl?
Prayer changes things .
This troll is not a christian...
Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.
An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.
The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.`~
Obama as Christian is obviously:
E l e c t i o n – t i m e P R O P A G A N D A
His actions (Kill List, NDAA, drones (joystick assassins), monopoly-building, etc.) show that he most certainly is not a Christian, unless the new, hip, trendy version of Christianity doesn't need anyone to try and be Christ-like.
so he is going from anti christ to devil ?!
Visit Chimpout.com or N1ggermania.com to find out the TRUTH on n1gger Obama and all other n1ggers terrorizing your communities today.
For humans only.
Guess it's not if you got on it.
You have a secret desire to be with black men.You need to see a therapist and get it all out.
either his/her desire is to be with a black man or he has a small pee pee (if hes a man). @truth
So- he's flip-flopping again. Another attempt to get a few Christian votes? THAT ain't happening! Everyone knows better and doesn't buy his bullcrrap.
I don't see anyone practicing Christianity here! Anyone here have any idea of what Jesus said?
Yeah. He said pretenders succk. He was pointing at ohole as he spoke.
Dudette, watch out for that tree.
This Article name drops a lot of Christians and suggests Obama has Christian support. For instance, name dropping Billy Graham from 2 years ago when the election wasn't going on... of Course Billy Graham was going to try to be a light to Obama... But now, Billy Graham has shown his support of Mitt Romney because he actually shares morals. Also, if you've read the bible you'd understand Christians are called to judge other Christians, and disciple them, and test them. If Obama wants to claim to be a Christian he needs to expect judgement
At least we know what Obama stands for. Romney seems to change position every few months on many key issues.
The commander in chimp stands for islam.
@ Truth... I think it's nice that your trailer park manager lets you play with his computer.
To you, hell I might as well be God.
Truth admit what your problem is – small pee pee? So you hate other races? Or you want to be with a black man?
If you put bunny ears and a bunny tail on your dog, it's still a dog.
Saying Obama is Christian doesn't take into account the SATANIC things that he does. (Authorized himself a Kill List, signed NDAA, allowing indefinite detention with no due process, sent 30,000 more troops to fulfill the goals of his crony-capitalist friends, uses drones (joystick assassins) to kill people, 80% of whom are INNOCENT)
CNN wants Obama to LOOK Christian. True Christians recognize the snake when they see it.
Didn’t Bush do exactly the same things? So why is Bush a Christian and Obama is not?
Because n1ggers cannot be religious. That requires a soul. Only human beings have souls.
Truth – u lack a soul.
Vote Obama America! He gave me my free obamaphone so I can call all my homies. Obama gives me and my 8 kids all these handouts so I dont have to work! Obama is da shizzle! I would vote for him but I'm a convicted felon.
It's ok, my n1g!
The NAACP (n1ggers are always causing problems) are begging the United Nations to undo that law, where n1gger felons can vote again!
You will have your reparations from slavery soon, young brotha!
Both you guys, don't you ever get tired of boinking your sisters?
Convicted moron is more like it.Obama has done more for you than the ladt 10 presidents.Read up and stop watching Fox News.They are an entertainment channel,not news.They dont have to tell the truth.Thats how they beat a lawsuit.Get with it.
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