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August 19th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

White House strikes back at 'Muslim' tag

The White House is responding to new polls Thursday that show an increasing number of Americans believe that President Obama is a Muslim.

"President Obama is a committed Christian, and his faith is an important part of his daily life," Deputy White House Communications Director Jen Psaki told CNN. "He prays every day, he seeks a small circle of Christian pastors to give him spiritual advice and counseling, he even receives a daily devotional that he uses each morning. The President's Christian faith is a part of who he is, but not a part of what the public or the media is focused on everyday."

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Islam • Politics • Polls

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  1. Sabrina Magwood

    Church WithOut Walls in Tampa Florida. You can also go to Kim Clement's website, at http://www.kimclement.com, he is a Prophet, and is well known from TBN Christain T.V. He fortold this about our next President in 2007, 2008. even before he moved hear to the U.S. Ask him.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
    • Reality

      Googling the "propheteering"/ profiteering K. Clement:

      "Kim Clement, False Prophets, and the Value of Truth
      April 1, 2007 ·

      "The other day in a con­ver­sa­tion with a ven­dor at work, the min­istry of Kim Clement was rec­om­mended to me. After real­iz­ing it was a guy she was talk­ing about, I remem­bered hav­ing seen him before on TBN. The five min­utes of his show I watched were enough to deter­mine that he was just another face in the per­son­al­ity cult that is pop­u­lar Christianity.

      Anyway, it was men­tioned to me that he had proph­e­sied that God was on the verge of some­thing big and that the warm weather we’ve been hav­ing this month is a sign of it.

      Ever curi­ous, I hopped over to his Wikipedia entry (linked above). On it are listed a small hand­ful of failed proph­esy. That is very inter­est­ing to me.

      You see, my Bible has a neat lit­tle pas­sage in it tucked away at the end of the 18th chap­ter of Deuteronomy. It goes like this:

      But the prophet, which shall pre­sume to speak a word in my name, which I have not com­manded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know when the Lord hath not spo­ken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing fol­low not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spo­ken, but the prophet hath spo­ken it pre­sump­tu­ously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
      Verses 20 – 22

      These prophets which speak pre­sump­tu­ously and fail to pre­dict the future are con­trasted with Jesus Christ, the Prophet like unto Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15 – 18).

      But even the com­ing of Jesus didn’t end the com­ing of false prophets, for the Lord warns in no uncer­tain terms, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s cloth­ing, but inwardly they are raven­ing wolves” (Matthew 7:15)! Don’t miss that verse, friends: false prophets are not going to stand out like a sore thumb! They are going to look like and act like sheep — like Christians!

      John, that beloved apos­tle of the Lord, warns his fel­low believ­ers as well, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spir­its whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

      Let’s put those pieces together, from Moses, Jesus, and John:

      False prophets are unable to pre­dict the future with 100% accuracy.
      False prophets will look like Christians.
      Christians are respon­si­ble for test­ing the words of every prophet, believ­ing only those are proven to be of God.

      Mr. Kim Clement has failed to pre­dict the future with 100% accu­racy. Regardless of any­thing else he says or does — regard­less of whether he has had some suc­cess with proph­e­sies or not — it is the Christian’s duty to reject him as a false prophet.

      Like I said ear­lier, though, pop­u­lar Christianity is a cult of per­son­al­ity. It is dif­fi­cult to warn against such indi­vid­u­als because there are many peo­ple who take it as a per­sonal insult to their own faith."- Beckman

      August 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  2. Sabrina Magwood

    President Obama is a Christain Messianic Jew. His name is in the Bible, and in the Messianic Jewish Bible, John King do your HOMEWORK. It was time for Obama to be President. Starting with the Children Of Israel. Every 400 years.Count from Moses time up to when Obama was elected. President Obama's Cabinet is Jews. A lot of people have missed it. The President and his family and the his Cabinet had the Passover Dinner together, this year and last year. God anointed him for such a time as this. To bring peace amoung the Nations. Ask Pastor Paula White, at Church WithOut Walls. We have Rabbi Messer ther teaching a class. The Jews voted for President Obama, they know who he is and what he is assigned to do for such a time as this in the U.S. A mix man, to bring peace in all Nations. That's why the Jews looked at Former President Bush crazy, because he did not know what President Obama's name stand for. Another Moses. Amen.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  3. FauxNews

    Huh, Barack Hussein Obama a Muslim? Next they'll be saying O'Reilly is an Irishman.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:36 am |
    • Selfish Gene

      I feel all hopey changey all of the sudden.

      August 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  4. Annie

    CatholicMum

    I quote, "For babies are being killed, after all, not only by abortion, – which I’m sure eight years of Obama would significantly reduce – but also by indiscriminate violence in Iraq (and other places), by high infant mortality rates, by high rates of violence in our cities (and rural places), by economic distress at home and abroad, by lack of health care. There are lots of ways babies get killed, and the only one the religious right is concerned about is the one they can keep manipulating to pull in the votes of the religious right. And against that one particular way of babies getting killed they do nothing effective."

    August 20, 2010 at 6:24 am |
    • Luke

      Where is the quote from?

      August 20, 2010 at 7:04 am |
    • Reality

      A basic rule of the human condition set forth by the ancients such as Hammurabi:

      Thou Shall Not Kill!!!! And that includes "Thy Shall Not Kill" babies growing up in their mothers' wombs!!!! Or growing up in their mothers' houses, huts, tepees, or igloos!!!!!

      August 20, 2010 at 7:57 am |
    • CatholicMom

      A mother's womb should be the safest place for a baby.

      It used to be the disasters that afflicted the life of a baby, ….poverty, abuse, etc, were the things we had to battle, then man added murder to the list.

      August 20, 2010 at 8:57 am |
    • Luke

      CatholicMom – Actually, the womb is one of the most dangerous places in the known universe from a mathematical standpoint. Miscarriage rates are absolutely through the roof in most parts of the world. In some parts of the world, more than 50% of fetuses are lost naturally, even up to a few months. Even in first world nations with great healthcare, a huge amount of women lose their baby without even knowing that they are pregnant.

      August 20, 2010 at 9:38 am |
    • Reality

      So Luke you are saying because there are a large number of miscarriages in the third world, that this gives credence to the eradication of millions of growing womb babies every year by the horrors of abortion???

      Nature or Nature's God is the #1 taker of everyone's life. That gives some rational for killing growing babies or those suffering from dementia, mental disease or Alzheimer's or anyone who might inconvenience your life???

      We constantly battle the forces of nature. We do not succumb to these forces by eliminating defenseless children!!!!!

      August 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
    • Reality

      So Luke you are saying because there are a large number of mis-carr-iages in the third world, that this gives cre-dence to the era-di-ca-tion of millions of growing wo-m-b babies every year by the h-or-rors of a-bor-tion???

      August 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
    • Reality

      Nature or Nature's God is the #1 taker of everyone's life. That gives some rational for k-illing growing babies or those suf-fering from de-men-tia, me-n-tal disease or Alz-hei-mer's or anyone who might inco-nvenience your life???

      We constantly battle the forces of nature. We do not su-ccumb to these forces by eli-minating defenseless children!!!!!

      August 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
    • Luke

      Reality – No. It means that it is not a religious matter and that the religious do not get to force their will upon thee. And last time I checked, the bible says nothing of abortion, so I never really understood this in the first place.

      August 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
    • Reality

      Nature or Nature's God is the number one taker of human life. That gives some rational for k-illing growing babies or those suffering from de-men-tia, me-n-tal dis-ease or Alz-hei-mer's or anyone who might inco-nvenience your life???

      We constantly battle the forces of nature. We do not su-ccu-mb to these forces by eli-min-ating defen-seless children!!!!!

      August 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
    • Luke

      Dude, I can't read your posts anymore, hyphenated or un-hyphenated. No disrespect, but I'm skipping over you from now on.

      August 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
    • Reality

      There are some unwritten rules regarding this blog. One is the list of secret forbidden/filter words to include parts of words that are on the list. One such word is t-it. The word filter will automatically put any comments with this word in the "being moderated" category which typically will be eventually deleted. So be careful about using the words t-it, Consti-tutional, t-itle, se-x, se-xual, hom-ose-xual, any word with h-omo in it, Jesus Se-minar etc. Check any of your comments that get the "being moderated" "kiss" and simply rewrite with dashes in what might be a forbidden word or part of a forbidden word. The dashes/hyphens typically will get your comments approved by the filter.

      August 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  5. nycslicker

    This is unacceptable... Hitler, the German Nazi army, Mussolini and now Obama... what did they have in common? Christians all of them. See a pattern? Come on people isn't obvious that this so called religion is just trying oppress people, exterminate Jews, Muslims and even ponies. Ponies people! Wake up!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:51 am |
    • wat

      @nycslicker

      PONIES?

      ZOMG! APOCOLIPS!!

      August 20, 2010 at 4:06 am |
  6. cmutton

    I don't know what is more disturbing: (a) that 20% of Americans can be thinking Obama is Muslim. (b) That Obama does a "daily devotinal". Christianity, like any religion, is a supernatural belief. Praying every day is as illogical as getting your astrological charts done. Scary that so many people find being religious is a favorable trait.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
    • USN Athiest

      Well said and I agree.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  7. Keith

    He kicks Franklin Graham out of the Pentagon on the National Day of Prayer. Students aren't allowed to quietly pray on the steps of the Supreme Court. Yet Obama with no birth certificate comes running to the defense of the Ground Zero Mosque. He's allowed to lie to the infidels. If it walks like a duck....

    August 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
    • Luke

      Keith – National Prayer day was started by GW Bush, and is not official doctrine of the USA. He merely didn't hold up someone else's tradition. I wouldn't either. Maybe he doesn't like to make a spectacle of his religion like Bush did. Remember, Bush invaded countries and used religion as a tool to do it. That's called a crusade. I don't think anyone is allowed to pray on the Steps of the Supreme Court. Causality buddy? Have to look into it. Have you ever even been to NYC? Do you know where Ground Zero is? Do you know where Park Place is? It is not a mosque too. I do love the media grabbing hold of something and indoctrinating the people; it smells of abuse of free speech causing panic. Like yelling fire in a crowded building. If you don't like his policies, that's cool. We can debate them rationally, but don't go running around making crap up. It makes you look laughable.

      August 20, 2010 at 7:03 am |
    • ttwp

      @ Luke: You are incorrect. It was not started by Bush. The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". The law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, and is being challenged in court.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:03 am |
    • Luke

      What did Bush do then? I know he did something. In any event, the president cant just cancel a law. If it was enacted by Congress in 1952, then it must go through the lower houses. I'll have to read up on this. If what you say is true, then my bad. But I know Bush started something and Obama did not keep tradition on. Do you know off hand?

      August 20, 2010 at 11:13 am |
    • ttwp

      @Luke: George W. Bush held events on the National Day of Prayer in each year of his presidency. Compared to others: Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush each hosted special events for the day only once during their administrations, President Bill Clinton did not hold any such events during his time in office and President Barack Obama did not hold a formal events but issued a presidential proclamations for the NDOP in 2009 and again in 2010.

      On October 3, 2008, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued President George W. Bush, Jim Doyle, Shirley Dobson, chair, National Day of Prayer Task Force, and White House Press Secretary Dana Perino at a Madison, Wisconsin federal court, challenging the federal law designating the National Day of Prayer.[15] The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is defending Shirley Dobson and the National Day of Prayer Task Force. The Obama administration asked U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to dismiss the case in March 2009. The administration argued the group has no legal standing to sue and that the tradition of the National Day of Prayer dated back to 1775.[16] The suit was then amended to include President Obama and Press Secretary Gibbs.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:35 am |
    • Luke

      ttwp – That is helpful. Thank you. I do find it rather interesting that a government has to tell people to pray together. I honestly don't understand why though.

      August 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      You are an ignorant bigot. Quack quack.

      August 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  8. Ross Hendricks

    Obama is neither Christian nor Muslim. His narcissistic and egomaniacal tendencies allow him to worship nothing more than his own ambition as he sees it through the eyes of someone who believes they have a divine, pre-ordained destiny.

    August 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  9. Sharon

    The Religion factor has escalated since Obama threw his support to the cleric Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and the mosque at ground zero! The scenario is: Obama empathizes with Muslims. Obama stated this with in the first few months of his Presidency! Obama was in Egypt addressing the Muslims on LIVE TV–Al-Jeezra–he reached out to them by saying He knew how they felt because he was one of them!

    Obama reached out to the Muslims during his inaugural speech when he said: "Today Muslims we will have a different direction towards you! Obama favors Muslims! His father was a Muslim!

    When you pay the cleric Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to travel abroad promoting Muslims and their belief–and you don't do the same with Christianity( who has been misunderstood all over the world)–then President Obama reveals his desire for the Muslim faith to be clearly known throughout the Middle East. Couldn't understand the Middle East–(Obama didn't mean a meeting with Israel–but to sent Imam to the Arab world. Especially with a message violence of the Muslim beliefs must stop! The true traditional Islam is peaceful! Quit talking hate–rather be a peacemaker!

    Clearly Obama stepped out away from the separation of Church and State! Obama is Obama! Yes, there are confusing signals coming from the White House–what Americans are afraid of is trying to make or to fulfil Prophet Mahuumad's desire to see everyone convert to Islam! It is the only way!

    Get a Qur'an and read it–it comes in English! That way you can understand the real issues and make your own decisions!

    August 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Pew conducted its survey before the president's comments last week about the right of Muslims to proceed with a controversial proposal for an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero.

      August 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
    • Luke

      You don't empathize with more than 1 billion of your fellow human beings? Bigot.

      August 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      The sky is falling.

      August 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
    • ImpudentRadish

      @Selfish Gene

      The sky is falling! OMG! Rain!

      August 21, 2010 at 1:40 am |
  10. Shaun Sells

    Policies and decisions are affected by core religious beliefs – so his beliefs matter.

    That being said, I have been convinced of his Christian faith from the beginning. I would be interested to know who his pastoral advice team is (I am assuming they are Christians) – that would also give light to his religious viewpoint.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  11. Reality

    Obama rode to the Blood-Red House on the backs of 35+million aborted womb-babies!!!

    (The fastest growing USA voting bloc: The 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year.)

    i.e. the Immoral Majority now rules the land and will do so in the foreseeable future. How very sad and disturbing!!!
    Popular vote

    69,456,897[1] for BO

    59,934,814[1] for JM

    BO would simply add more stain to any church he attends. He is definitely not a true Christian no matter what his press corps has to say.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      I am staunchly against abortion, but for it being legal. Making it illegal only makes it go underground, where it is inherently more dangerous for all involved. Prohibition should have taught us that lesson. Abortion hasn't ever been non-existent. Ancient Romans induced abortion, for pete's sake! Blaming it on Obama is just silly.

      What I would like to see is fewer unwanted children. More women choosing to offer their children for adoption rather than aborting them. More support for those who unexpectedly wind up pregnant and keep their kids. More education for kids before they become sexually active so they don't wind up in those difficult situations. This is exactly the kind of common ground the POTUS spoke of not too long ago.

      August 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
    • USN Athiest

      I should hope not. Why would anyone in their right mind want a governing leader to be so biased towards one religion...or race...or for that matter, bath soap etc. etc. Religion has no place in government hence sep of church and state.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  12. Fayrouz

    Alright. He's a Muslim. What are we going to do about it? Impeach him? At least he isn't waging a 'crusade' or saying that God is on his side (Bush).

    August 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Yes, he is waging a crusade against the unborn. God will be on his side when he stops the push for abortion. We are praying for him to come to his senses and start portraying abortion for what it is....evil.

      August 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • Luke

      CatholicMom – Nonsense aside, what exactly has Mr. Obama said about abortion? I really don't know what you're talking about.

      August 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Post-Election / Pre-Inauguration

      November 5, 2008 – Obama selects pro-abortion Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel has a 0% pro-life voting record according to National Right to Life.

      November 19, 2008 – Obama picks pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle as his Health and Human Services Secretary. Daschle has a long pro-abortion voting record according to National Right to Life.

      November 20, 2008 – Obama chooses former NARAL legal director Dawn Johnsen to serve as a member of his Department of Justice Review Team. Later, he finalizes her appointment as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel in the Obama administration.

      November 24, 2008 – Obama appoints Ellen Moran, the former director of the pro-abortion group Emily's List as his White House communications director. Emily's List only supports candidates who favored taxpayer funded abortions and opposed a partial-birth abortion ban.

      November 24, 2008 – Obama puts former Emily's List board member Melody Barnes in place as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.

      November 30, 2008 – Obama named pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Clinton has an unblemished pro-abortion voting record and has supported making unlimited abortions an international right.

      December 10, 2008 – Obama selects pro-abortion former Clinton administration official Jeanne Lambrew to become the deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Planned Parenthood is "excited" about the selection.

      December 10, 2008 – Obama transition team publishes memo from dozens of pro-abortion groups listing their laundry list of pro-abortions actions they want him to take.

      Pro-Abortion Presidential Record – 2009

      January 5, 2009 – Obama picks pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the chairman of the Democratic Party.

      January 6, 2009 – Obama chooses Thomas Perrelli, the lawyer who represented Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife, as the third highest attorney in the Justice Department.

      January 22, 2009 – Releases statement restating support for Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions and has resulted in at least 50 million abortions since 1973.

      January 23, 2009 – Forces taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. Decison to overturn Mexico City Policy sends part of $457 million to pro-abortion organizations.

      January 26, 2009 – Obama nominee for Deputy Secretary of State, James B. Steinberg, tells members of the Senate that taxpayers should be forced to fund abortions. Nominee erroneously says limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.

      January 29, 2009 – President Obama nominates pro-abortion David Ogden as Deputy Attorney General.

      February 12, 2009 – Obama nominates pro-abortion Elena Kagan to serve as Solicitor General.

      February 27, 2009 – Starts the process of overturning pro-life conscience protections President Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions.

      February 28, 2009 – Barack Obama nominates pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.

      March 5, 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, made the invitation list as did other pro-abortion groups.

      March 9, 2009 – President Barack Obama signed an executive order forcing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.

      March 10, 2009 – Obama announces the creation of a new foreign policy position to focus on women's issues. He names Melanne Verveer, an abortion advocate, to occupy the post.

      March 10, 2009 – Reverses an executive order to press for more research into ways of obtaining embryonic stem cells without harming human life. The order Obama scrapped would have promoted new forms of stem cell research.

      March 11, 2009 – Obama signed an executive order establishing a new agency within his administration known as the White House Council on Women and Girls. Obama's director of public liaison at the White House, Tina Tchen, an abortion advocate, became director of it.

      March 11, 2009 – Obama adminitration promotes an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nations meeting.

      March 11, 2009 – Obama administration officials deny negative effects of abortion at United Nation's meeting.

      March 17, 2009 – President Barack Obama makes his first judicial appointment and names pro-abortion federal Judge David Hamilton to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

      March 26 – President Obama announced $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that has been criticized for promoting abortion and working closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.

      April 7 – The Vatican has rejected three Obama ambassador nominees because of their positions in favor of abortions.

      April 7 – Obama has named pro-abortion law professor Harold Hongju Koh as the top lawyer for the State Department.

      April 7 – Put more abortion advocates on his White House advisory council for faith-based issues.

      April 8 – Obama nominee for assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, Ron Weich, is pro-abortion.

      April 14 – Obama administration releases document that claims pro-life people may engage in violence or extremism.

      April 17 – Obama administration releases the proposed guidelines that implement his decision to allow taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research that involves the destruction of human life.

      April 23 – Refused to appeal a ruling requiring the FDA to allow 17-year-old girls to purchase the morning after pill without either a doctor visit or parental involvement beforehand.

      April 27 – Obama's women's ambassador Melanne Verveer touted Obama's decision to send $50 million to the United Nation's Population Fund.

      May 5 – Details emerge about a terrorism dictionary the administration of President Barack Obama put together in March. The Domestic Extremism Lexicon calls pro-life advocates violent and claims they employ racist overtones in engaging in criminal actions.

      May 8 – President Obama releases a new budget that allows the Legal Services Corporation to use tax dollars to pay for pro-abortion litigation.

      May 8 – President Obama's new budget calls for taxpayer funded abortions in the nation's capital.

      May 8 – President Obama's budget eliminates all federal funding for abstinence-only education.

      May 15 – Appointed pro-abortion New York City health commissioner Thomas Frieden as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      May 17 – During his commencement speech at Notre Dame, Obama deceived listeners into thinking he wants a conscience clause, promoted embryonic stem cell research and misstated his pro-abortion record.

      May 26 – Appoints appeals court judge Sonia Sonotmayor as a Supreme Court nominee. Sotomayor agrees that the courts should make policy, such as the Roe v. Wade case. Sotomayor is later opposed by pro-life groups and supported by pro-abortion groups and those who know her say she will support abortion on the high court.

      July 2- Calls for an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nation's meeting.

      July 7- The Obama administration admits it ignored the majority of Americans who opposed the proposed guidelines that would implement Obama's decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.

      July 14 – Obama science czar nominee John Holdren is revealed to have written before that he favors forced abortions.

      July 30 – Awards several pro-abortion activists with the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

      July 31 – Tells the National Institutes of Health to adopt rules that allow embryonic stem cell research.

      August 4 – Information becomes public that Ezekiel Emanuel, an Obama advisor at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research, supports rationing health care for disabled Americans that could lead to euthanasia.

      August 6 – Obama criticized for asking for people to "snitch" on groups and people who oppose the pro-abortion health care bills in Congress.

      August 13 – Obama wrongly said a senator backed the pro-euthanasia components of the health care bill.

      August 23 – Said pro-life advocates were making "phony claims" about the health care bills. Also said the claims were false.

      August 24 – Releases veterans guide promoting euthanasia.

      September 13 – Misleads on the federal conscience clause in a health care speech and misleads on abortion funding.

      September 13 – Obama waits two days to comment on shooting of pro-life advocate whereas he commented immediately on shooting of abortion practitioner.

      September 15 – Senate confirms Obama's new regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who is pro-abortion.

      October 5 – Selected pro-abortion lawyer and Georgetown University law professor Chai Feldblum for the EEOC.

      October 5 – Anounces he will give the keynote speech for pro-abortion group Human Rights Campaign.

      October 19 – Obama's serve.gov web site promotes the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

      October 21 – Obama administration web site promotes pro-abortion health care bills.

      November 6 – Endorsed the House version of the health care bill that, at the time, contained massive abortion funding, rationing and assisted suicide promotion.

      November 26 – Copies Thanksgiving proclamation of President Bush but leaves out pro-life message.

      December 2 – Authorized taxpayer funding for embryonic stem cell research that kills days-old unborn children.

      December 3 – A pro-abortion Obama judicial pick, Louis Butler, is approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

      December 7 – Announces his endorsement of the pro-abortion Senate health care bill.

      December 16 – Obama administration forces Americans a second time to spend millions more on embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.

      December 17 – Signed a bill that overturned the 13-year-long ban on funding abortions with tax dollars in the nation's capital.

      Pro-Abortion Presidential Record – 2010

      January 18, 2010 – Gives speech supporting pro-abortion Senate candidate Martha Coakley.

      January 26, 2010 – Renominates radical pro-abortion activist Dawn Johnsen to a top Justice Department position.

      January 28, 2010 – Promotes the pro-abortion health care bill in the State of the Union address.

      February 2, 2010 – Submits new budget calling for taxpayer funding of abortions and more money for Planned Parenthood.

      February 5, 2010 – The Obama administration issued a new order for the U.S. military requiring all military hospitals and health centers to stock the morning after pill.

      February 8, 2010 – The Obama administration admitted it improperly conducted a threat assessment on pro-life groups in Wisconson who were preparing to rally against a new abortion center at a University of Wisconsin health clinic.

      February 16, 2010 – White House visitor logs reveal Obama has given Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards frequent access to top staffers.

      February 22, 2010 – Unveils changes to the pro-abortion health care bill that keep abortion funding, expand abortion funding, and require a monthly abortion fee on Americans.

      February 24, 2010 – Obama administration proposes expanding embryonic stem cell research further.

      February 26, 2010 – Obama has selected pro-abortion magistrate judge Timothy Black for the District Court Bench for the Southern District of Ohio. Black gets the endorsement of NARAL.

      March 3, 2010 – Officially decides to use the controversial reconciliation procedure to pass the pro-abortion health care bill over the filibuster rights of those opposed.

      March 22, 2010 – Signs the pro-abortion health care bill into law that contains massive abortion funding, no conscience protections and rationing.

      March 24, 2010 – Signs executive order purporting to ban abortion funding that leaves taxpayer funding of abortions in place.

      March 26, 2010 – White House visitor logs show pro-abortion NARAL activist Nancy Keenan meeting with key Obama staffers frequently and invited to social functions.

      March 29, 2010 – Uses recess appointment to name pro-abortion activist Chai Feldblum to the EEOC.

      March 30, 2010 – Signs the reconciliation health care bill that does not contain any fixes for the massive abortion funding.

      April 6, 2010 – Battle begins over pro-abortion Obama appeals court nominee Goodwin Liu.

      April 7, 2010 – Obama administration pressures Kenya to adopt a new constitution that would legalize unlimited abortions.

      April 15, 2010 – WHO applauds Obama administration for promoting abortion worldwide.

      May 8, 2010 – Obama's federal budget eliminates abstinence education funding.

      May 10, 2010 – Names pro-abortion activist Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court; she is strongly opposed by pro-life groups.

      May 26, 2010 – Congressman Chris Smith reports the Obama administration has spent $10 million potentially illegally promoting a pro-abortion constitution in Kenya.

      May 27, 2010 – Obama selected Donald Berwick to become the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the office that oversees government health care programs. Berwick supports the rationing components of the British medical system.

      June 17, 2010 – Obama administration, via FDA panel, approves the use of the new abortion drug ella.

      June 23, 2010 – Obama administration approves more federal taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.

      July 7, 2010 – Obama uses a recess appointment to name rationing advocate Donald Berwick to become the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

      July 13, 2010 – It is discovered that the Obama administration planned to fund abortions in Pennsylvania in high risk insurance programs created through the national health care law Obama signed.

      July 13, 2010 – It is discovered that the Obama administration planned to fund abortions in New Mexico in high risk insurance programs created through the national health care law Obama signed.

      July 16, 2010 – The Obama administration also planned to fund abortions under the national health care plan in Maryland.

      July 19, 2010 – A new report indicates the Obama administration has spent as much as $23 million to influence residents of Kenya to vote for a proposed constitution that essentially legalizes abortion.

      July 22, 2010 – President Obama's ambassador to Kenya openly endorses a proposed constitution that would essentially legalize abortion.

      August 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Luke,
      It is just a matter of record, Post-Election / Pre-Inauguration, that shows his stance. They wouldn't let me post the huge list as it would have taken up all the space allowed for this comment! You will just have to google it for yourself, ‘ President Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion Record’.

      August 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
    • Luke

      What's pro abortion? That sounds like you are twisting pro choice into something it is not. Being on the pro means to be for something. I am pro ice cream. I think it's seriously awesome! But you might not like it. I am not pro abortion. I, as well as mr. Obama, am not for abortion. I do not think it's awesome like ice cream. However, I am for choice. I believe in freedom. Since abortion is not strictly a religious debate, religious ethics are not taken into account. And furthermore, we live in a secular democracy made of secular laws, religious beliefs are not used in the abortion debate. In Rowe v Wade, long before Mr. Obama, was involved in any national debates, it was decided by the supreme court that freedom trumps religious values.

      August 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Luke,

      You are wondering, what is ‘pro-abortion’? A man-made assumption that it is okay for a woman to kill her baby while it is in her womb.

      If you get your girl friend pregnant, get mad at her for any reason, punch her in the stomach and they find her baby is no longer alive, no heart beat…it is called a homicide. You go to prison.

      Oh, if they find that the baby is alive after your punch, she can decide to sock it to her baby in the womb by using an abortionist and it is not a homicide, all the while you are in prison for the assault.

      There will be no ice cream for you in your cell. [If this happens in Maricopa County, Arizona]

      August 20, 2010 at 8:43 am |
    • Luke

      You falsely answered my question. I blatantly said I am not for it. I am for personal choice. You made that phrase up to persecute people like me to make yourself feel better or you read it somewhere it made you feel all warm inside because now you have a new phrase to spit on the pro-choice crowd. in other words go get knocked up 17 times for all I care. Just don't take my wife's freedom away.

      Question – since you seem to be so concerned about the unborn, will you make a donation to a charity I help out with? We send money to foreign lands that don't have proper healthcare and have incredibly high infant mortality rates. The bulk of the money goes to Africa and the Middle East. Interested?

      August 20, 2010 at 9:35 am |
    • USN Athiest

      Zing!!! Luke – 1. CatholicMom – 0.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:42 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Luke,
      You have a heart because you can see the bad in abortion. Why can’t you feel more than ‘luke’warm about it? Where lies the passion in your life?

      August 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Luke,
      We donate to Catholic Charities all that we can. They do an enormous amount of good around the world without discrimination of any kind. Catholic Charities USA is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies and affiliates nationwide. As a professional association and social justice movement, Catholic Charities USA supports local Catholic Charities as they provide help and create hope for over 9 million people each year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds.

      August 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      This was decided by the Supreme Court 30 + years ago. This is not up for debate.
      The President could be pro ice cream, it does not effect sales of Ben&Jerry's.
      There are people in America who do not agree with your single issue stance. Sorry.

      August 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
    • Guest

      @Luke

      Only a coward would vacillate on a fence like you, are really that scared to defend the Innocent that can’t defend themselves?

      Do think everyone that reads the hate fill comments that you spew can have children…let alone 17 times?

      People with humility, don’t broadcast to everyone about what they donate either….

      August 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  13. Delance1000

    Macon,Georgia anti-christs now what !I betcha Macon,Georgia will illegal monitor a innocent person /victim no damn more and except not be prosecuted and sued !OH! the public computer access places are partners and shareholders with people involved Terrorism-Treason-Bribery-Breach Of Peace-Sexual Abuse of a ward of Court under age 12- false and fabricated statments-lying on Barack Obama saying he's with and he's not -Stalking,Harassment and Communication-Conspiracy to murder-Criminal Defamation-Hindering the Apprehension and Punishment of a Criminal -(they don't want they damn children-wives-husbands-false informants')-and etc... for years within Macon,Georgia !I wouldn't represent Macon,Georgia lying to people about it takes money to get justice,the law enforcement,prosecuting attorney,governmental agencies(Except Me and barack obama and his adminstration)-false witnesses citizens and informants hindering the apprehension and punishment of a criminal!They're anti-Christ!CGTC mad because they got set up using their public computer a party to crime/conspirators/fugitives fleeing from justice !The beauty is only Staff and faculty are viewing with the adminstration so it how it gets out /the root!

    August 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  14. Delance1000

    I'm not going to digress off of the subject but No! Barack Obama isn't no Muslim ! I mean look at Malcom X !I mean ask Macon,Georgia /Middle Georgia individauls especially council members -board of commissioners -and etc... because they're turning out to the anti-christs'.God -Jesus is LORD and I and mines always knew they were !Damn trying to conceal Sexual Abuse of a Minor a ward of Court under age 12 to bad all internet comments are investigated Constitutional law.failure of Justice!I'm just saying as God fearing people why would a God fearing person pervert justice against himself-his family-his extended family-Olgethrope Community?Why would they support a person that gave probable cause verses people that didn't give probable cause?Why would they church members to pervert justice and break God commandments and testimony of Jesus working the NAACP and Black Organization ?It's more but Treason of Barack Obama and the accusations should be directed at the Macon,Georgia /Middle Georgia Local Government-Emergency Resposne providers – Critical Infrastructure-Appropraite Congressional Committee-Deadbeat fathers and their family and friends-Diontae A.Hill ex in laws and In laws-gangs and organizations-Medical Center-Department of family and Children Services-and etc... They still looking for a human scarifice and mad because I'm not forgiving they dumbasses to the point where I don't prosecute and sue them and believe Renea McGehee case is still opened and not closed!I don't do confusion!I do the truth all day and everyday!
    1 Corinthians 12
    1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

    2Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

    3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

    4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

    5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

    6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

    7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

    8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

    9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

    10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

    11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

    12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

    13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

    14For the body is not one member, but many.

    15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

    16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

    17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

    18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

    19And if they were all one member, where were the body?

    20But now are they many members, yet but one body.

    21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

    22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

    23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

    24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.

    25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

    26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

    27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

    28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

    29Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

    30Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

    31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  15. Saladin

    I don't care if he's a Chicken McNuggetarian as long as he serves the citizens of the United States. His faith is not my concern. His policies and decisions are.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
    • Luke

      yeah, the way it should be. But you shoudl check out the South. Holy crap...

      August 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  16. Karen

    Thanks, Luke. It's really nice to "hear" you say that.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  17. Luke

    Bill, I actually I have an issue with the numbers from yesterday's poll, and I am not yet sure what to make of it. I can see the 63-27 margin for those against the mosque thing in lower Manhattan, but I really don't understand the 64-28 of those that think Mr. Rauf has the right to build this community center. Clearly, the second set of data should be 100-0. Seeing that the set of people were asked both questions, I question the accuracy, from a statistical standpoint, of the first set of numbers. That is, those that don't understand that he has the right to build the community center are not mentally fit to answer the second question unbiasedly. From a mathematical standpoint, these numbers mean nothing.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  18. Bill

    I agree with you Luke. This polls are the work of the Right Wing diversion team.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  19. Luke

    Ya know, it's just really sad that the White House had to release this statement on so many levels.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
    • VonMoore

      @Luke

      You got that right. Mass hysteria deliberately fostered upon the public is an abuse of free speech rights. Someone should be held accountable. Oops, there's that money thing again...

      August 20, 2010 at 2:55 am |
    • Bob

      It's doubly sad because not only is it released to appease morons who can't deal with the fact that one of their own could be a Christian, but also because it has to be released. Why does someone's faith matter at all? Would you not trust a muslim doctor who is renouned around the world simply because of his faith? Do you quake in fear if the pilot on your airplane is an atheist?

      August 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
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