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September 28th, 2010
10:19 PM ET

Obama questioned on abortion, why he is a Christian

An event billed as a discussion on the economy turned personal Tuesday when a woman asked President Barack Obama about his Christian faith and views on abortion.

The question came at a town hall-style meeting in the yard of an Albuquerque home as part of Obama's public outreach to explain his policies and campaign for Democrats in the November congressional elections.

With a recent survey showing that only a third of Americans can correctly identify Obama as a Christian, the president gave a personal account of his conversion as an adult and how his public service is part of his faith.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Abortion • Barack Obama • Christianity • Politics

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  1. jodraco

    Obama is a beautiful and decent human being. His father was a very decent and loving Kenyan black communist Muslim and his Mother's Grandmother was was one of god's Chosen Jewish people. Obama's mother was born from/of a Jewish womb and that makes him also one of God's "chosen" people (Jewish). Communism was created by another one of God's "chosen" people, Karl Marx a son of a famous Gravest Jewish Rabbi. This Saint of a man Marx, was helped in his writings and thinking by other Jewish Gravest Rabbis. Sooo-actually Obama is also a good, kind, smart, black, Jewish, communist, and Rabbi. I love Obama.

    October 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  2. Hey U Of No Faith

    @CatholicMom

    My postings shouldn’t bother someone who is so sure of himself…sorry if you feel persecuted…are you sure it is me who is persecuting you?….maybe it is just your conscience….
    HAHAHA! LOVE YOUR RESPONSE TOO! A CLASSIC! 🙂

    October 1, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  3. Keith

    David Johnson, Oh boohoo, his family was insulted by racial slurs. Obama is the racist. Remember the PD responding "stupidly" to arresting his buddy(a black guy)? Obama had no clue what really happend at the time. HIS remark was racist. And I think Obama stated that he would abort his own grand-child if I'm not mistaken. Something along the lines of one of his daughter becoming pregnant out of wedlock, he would be in favor of aborting the kid? But I'm sure this would qualify under one of his rare cases. He's a hard left reprobate. That's why you love this guy so much. You're cut out of same bolt of cloth.

    October 1, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  4. Frank

    None of our so-called 'leaders' are true followers of any faith they may proclaim in order to make the brain dead feel like they are being represented. So that discussion is pointless.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Hey U Of No Faith

    David Johnson

    I think Obama is one of the best presidents in history. He has accomplished so much, while being saddled with the party of no. He has suffered from racism. His family, His family! was insulted with racial slurs.
    The funny part is, that Obama is smarter and more articulate than any of his detractors.

    I look forward to Obama's second term. But, we need to keep Congress out of the hands of the Republican bigots.

    OMG! This is really a stretch. Obama and his little band of bandits , Nancy Pelosi and the rest, hahaha!
    Obama is the WORST President we have ever had/ They have put us in a horrible economic situation. Yea, I know.omeof it was there from before, but man, nothing like when they all got done.
    I would not vote Democrat this year for nothing. I have been Democrat all my life. I am done.
    For your info, David Johnson. alot of Presidents have suffered Racist comments. Whats new?
    He is not so smart, he is a good at articulation.
    However, the people are tired of lipservice. They want action, which Obama has not given them.

    http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-supporter-im-exhausted-of-defending-you/

    September 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  6. Gary

    As an agnostic I am against abortion for scientific reasons. Obama is a socialist American hating President who cares what stupid religion he dose or dosnt adhere to.

    September 29, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Gary

      I am (sincerely) curious..... You said..."I am against abortion for scientific reasons."

      If you wouldn't mind elaborating on that a bit.... I would love to hear about those reasons...

      You said....."Obama is a 'socialist'..... How do you know that *exactly*....? Also, You said...."American hating"..... Please... how do you know that *exactly* as well....?

      Very curious... as this is about ideas and opinions.... I would love to hear more about your's...

      Thank you in advance..... should you decide to come back and respond to this...

      Peace...

      September 29, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  7. CatholicMom

    One other thing,
    President Obama did say this was ‘still’ a mostly Christ-ian nation…..What!, even with all the anti-God things that have been hap-pen-ing in this country….scan-dals which include abuse by clergy, pedoph!lia in all walks of life, abor-tion on demand, con-tra-ception, mur-der, forn!cation, lies, stealing, de-fam-ation of re-putations, greed….you can add more,..all these things ….and things left undone; perhaps he meant that it is ‘still’ Christ-ian, meaning ‘for now’…..

    September 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      It was mentioned that why do we have to have concern for abortions…and see that they are ‘safe, legal, and rare’ when you are, as some are claiming, only removing cells as if they were a cancer; so get rid of it as if it were trash, not human life…Aren’t you glad you are already born and not waiting to be born? We are so fortunate to be living in an country that is ‘still’ Christian.

      I do not think we need to ask about President Obama’s faith anymore. It was uncomfortable watching this video for me…think of how he must have been feeling…

      September 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
    • Luke

      Fornication? What does that have to do with anything? You are opposed to human fornication now?

      September 30, 2010 at 11:52 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Luke,
      When did I ever say that any sin was okay?

      September 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
    • Luke

      CatholicMom – Sin in your religion is not sin to me. Are you suggesting that no one free to live their lives free from your persecution unless they follow your rules? Furthermore, evolution proves there was no Adam and Eve, therefore no original sin, nullifying the basis of your religion and point. That's besides the point though, isn't it?

      September 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Luke,

      If you feel you need to fornicate who am I or anyone else to stop you? My postings shouldn’t bother someone who is so sure of himself…sorry if you feel persecuted…are you sure it is me who is persecuting you?….maybe it is just your conscience….

      September 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
    • Luke

      CatholicMom – hey, you're the one calling it a sin. I call it healthy, natural and fun.

      September 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
    • Frank

      "sorry if you feel persecuted…are you sure it is me who is persecuting you?….maybe it is just your conscience…."

      Lol. That was good.

      October 1, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  8. Keith

    He's a professing Christian. "But whoever causes one of these little one who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. " Matt 18:6. God destroyed nations for practicing child sacrifice. Who the heck are we to think America's going to get a free pass on this? Sooner or later, God's patience will reach its end with this arrogant nation.

    September 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Keith

      Spoken like a true evangelical christian biblical literalist.... Waiting for the "End of Day's...are we ...?

      Because you know the 'rapture' with Jesus coming back to slay all of the devil worshipping non-believer's is coming soon..!

      Do you ....'really'.... believe that..... really.....?

      Peace...

      September 29, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
    • Keith

      Peace2all, I don't know how you read the rapture into my comment. And I'm not sure I would agree with what you think the rapture is.

      October 1, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  9. CatholicMom

    Another thing…
    The comment was made that President Obama hadn’t been to church for six months. Does that make him non-Christ-ian? There are many who call themselves Christ-ians but only go to church once or twice a year…maybe during Christ-mas or Easter time…so he cho-oses this time during the November congres-sion-al elections to go to church instead of a known Christ-ian holy day….does that make him any less Chris-tian? So he doesn’t keep the Lord’s Day holy by going to church regularly….how many Christ-ians do?

    September 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
    • peace2all

      @CatholicMom

      Very nice.... 🙂

      Peace...

      September 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  10. CatholicMom

    A picture is worth a 1000 words. What is a video worth?

    September 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  11. joe08

    This maybe off topic, but as someone very much disagrees with most of the President's policies and politics, I do want to say thank you for doing a very difficult job.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  12. Benjamin

    "Killing your unborn child (Abortion) should be legal, safe and rare." Obama is so inspiring! He give me hope!

    September 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  13. David Johnson

    @Jochebed

    I am totally pro-choice, but I don't want abortion to be "birth control". We must respect human life.

    September 29, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  14. ICEMAN

    They think he is the worse president in history, and that is funny cause they say he is even worse than Bush who lied and decieved the Country. Obama could save their families out of burning towers and they will say, " why didn't you save the towers, who are you clearing land for evil aliens. Oh yall aint know Obamas going to be an alien next, that's when they throw-out the anti- christ........

    September 29, 2010 at 5:43 am |
    • David Johnson

      I think Obama is one of the best presidents in history. He has accomplished so much, while being saddled with the party of no. He has suffered from racism. His family, His family! was insulted with racial slurs.
      The funny part is, that Obama is smarter and more articulate than any of his detractors.

      I look forward to Obama's second term. But, we need to keep Congress out of the hands of the Republican bigots.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  15. Jochebed

    "my brother's keeper" – PLEASE stop quoting this! He says it like it's some core tenet of Christian faith. He's obviously oblivious to the fact that it's a reference to CAIN, the first MURDERER in the Bible. Oy. I realize that it's a nice little catch-phrase for the oh-so-religious American populace.

    HOW do we help others find their own grace? HOW does one receive that grace of God? Obama just fumbled around for 3 minutes without a clear definition of HOW he made that decision to become a Christian. I don't believe this man is a Muslim, but, like the vast majority of "Christian" Americans, he is not a Christian either.

    September 29, 2010 at 5:36 am |
    • Frogist

      @Jochebed: But do you think Catholics are christians? How about Mormons? Or baptists? Or evangelicals? How about TimMcVeigh? I'll bet most people who are so hell bent on saying he's not a christian, don't consider some other christian group or person chrisitian enough either. It's the same pathetic divide that we always see. Christians can't see the forest for the trees.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:06 am |
    • AiDeng77

      I agree, he really seemed to fumble around with the answer to why he is a Christian. My guess is he is moderate in his Christian views, for example taking certain aspects of his faith symbolically instead of literally, and trying to respond in a more traditional way with fundamental catch words to a more literal crowd. Personally I'd prefer he leave the whole Christ died for our sins thing at home, it seems slightly pretentious.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:07 am |
    • peace2all

      @Jochebed

      Wow.... Now that was a 'big leap' don't ya' think...? Wow... the ignorance from some is just astounding on this blog...

      Peace...

      September 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  16. peace2all

    What is the problem...!

    From the sound of it..... He answered the questions as asked truthfully and honestly. So... What's the problem with you people complaining about him.....?

    I understand the need and the blessing of this great country of ours for differing opinions on *policy* issues.......... But, give me a break..

    What is it you want to hear from him....? No... I am 'not' a christian....I lied..? Aha....! Now we got him...? No.... I am really 'not' a U.S. citizen.... Aha....! Now we got him again..... See I knew that somehow..(the single most *vetted* and *scrutinized* man in history) our President, somehow made it past all of the people, including the republicans out to make sure he wouldn't make it to the White House. Yes... Somehow he has fooled the American Public.

    You know... I get some of the Tea parties focus, which is on fiscal policy... and wanting to change it. That I understand as being an issue that has *direct* consequences and effects on everyone. But, making your *main* issues about Gay Marriage, and freedom of choice on abortion..... I truly don't get it... I have yet to hear one single cogent debate or argument that makes any sense against these issues.

    And please...... If you can't make an argument without quoting bible verses...... Please spare us.. or me..at least. I am sick and tired of the so-called 'religious-right' trying to make these things an issue.

    And by the way... even some Christian's are accepting of a woman's freedom to choose.

    Come on people give it a rest... Foreign policy, Fiscal policy, etc... I get.... the rest I believe, to be ridiculous concerning matters of Government, and how they truly effect our day to day lives.

    Peace...

    September 29, 2010 at 1:01 am |
    • Frogist

      @peace2all: I don't think the tea party is about fiscal responsibility at all. I think that's what they say they are about. But it's really just a red herring. The majority of them are focused on social conservatism instead of financial reform.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:02 am |
    • peace2all

      @Frogist

      I agree with you re; 'Tea-Partiers'...... But, the whole majority of my post was about someone please come up with something of substance....!!!!

      And I see.... As of yet.... No one has challenged my post...! Hmmmm...

      Well, now that I have said this.... hopefully, a fundie or republican will come along and make their assertions now...

      Peace...

      September 29, 2010 at 11:07 am |
    • Frogist

      LOL@ peace2all: Something of substance from a fundie? Oh now you are asking too much... 🙂

      September 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Frogist

      Well.... O.K... So, I wasn't getting any takers here... So, I had to go and debate the 'radical fundies' with David J.... over on the "White House and pregnancy aid" article....

      Peace...

      September 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • Jim Murphy

      OK! Mr. peace2all, I don't know any bible believing chrisitian who would say that a woman has a right to choose when it comes to abortion or life, when gods word clearly states that abortion is a sin! even though you do not want to hear about god or bible verses, that is a personal issue with you, and i feel sorry for you. Let me ask you a question? what did that innocent baby in the womb do to be killed, as you and your President Obama have said, that abortion should be "safe,legal and rare...and the president still stating to be a chrisitian, his moral compass is tilted and your way of thinking is disturbing. Jesus loves the children and thank god that all of those children that have been aborted , will be in heaven with a new spirtual body. I have to ask you a question where will you be going when you die?

      October 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  17. Reality

    Safe, legal and rare" says nothing about the basic tenet of proper human conduct i.e. Thou Shalt Not Kill. And where is O'Bama's sense of indignation that abortions are not rare and that these acts of horror demean the Golden Rule and the name of Jesus considering that he says he is a Christian. And where is his sense of indignation that women who use the Pill do not use it properly resulting in an failure rate of 8.7% as per the Gu-ttmacher Inst-itute statistics. Using these and other Gu-ttmacher Insti-tute data, this failure of women to use the Pill properly results in ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year. And the annual abortion rate in the USA is?? ~1,000,000 as per the CDC.

    And do males use co-ndoms properly? No, as said failure rate for this birth "control" method is 17.4%!! Again using Gu-ttmacher data, said failure rate results in another ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year.

    The Gu-ttmacher Insti-tute (same reference) notes also that the perfect use of the pill should result in a 0.3% failure rate (35,000 unplanned pregnancies) and for the male condom, a 2% failure rate (138,000 unplanned pregnancies).

    Bottom line: BO is still not aware of the basics of birth control and still remains the leader of the Immoral Majority and will remain so until he becomes a true Christian and/or one who respects and protects human life in all its forms!!!

    September 29, 2010 at 12:05 am |
    • Frogist

      @Reality... To equate those stats with Mr Obama not being aware of the basics of birth control is quite a ridiculous leap. The stats you quote only prove that people need to be better educated on different methods of birth control.

      September 29, 2010 at 8:58 am |
    • Reality

      Frogist,

      BO makes a lot of comments about the education or lack thereof in the USA but somehow conveniently forgets to note this with respect to the high rates of abortion in the USA? There is only one conclusion, he is clueless about the failure rates of the Pill and the condom. And it is not necessarily about education, it is about proper habits as the Pill fails because many women forget to take their daily Pill and many men forget to use their in- the- pocket condoms because they are in s-exual and/or drug-induced and/or alcohol induced stupors. Something else BO should address when he comments on the high rates of abortion and STDs in this country.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:27 am |
    • David Johnson

      Because people screw up using contraceptives, is exactly the reason we need abortion in our family planning toolbox.

      No one wants to see abortion used for birth control. But, rather than bring an unwanted child into the world, it is a good choice.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:32 am |
    • Frogist

      @Reality:
      Again, that is a leap you are making that is illogical. Because he doesn't mention the lack of education in his speeches it must be the failure rate of con-doms? That's hardly reasonable to assume.
      I think you would have to prove what you are saying with some stats like you usually do. To assume that women forgetting to take their morning after pill is a major factor in abortion rates is a bit preposterous. I'm not sure if you were ever in that situation... but you don't forget. As for the daily contraceptive, yes, women do forget. But I doubt these same women are the ones racking up a million abortions either. Another statement that I think you would have to prove. As for men being in a stupor etc etc... sounds like an apology for men who don't have to be responsible for their se-xual feelings or actions. Another thing that could be dealt with thru education. The failure rate of cond-ms could be due to people who don't understand how or when to use them properly. How can you know, if you were never taught or don't take the initiative to find out yourself? But again blaming the majority of abortions on cond-om failure rate is tenuous at best. We as a country have had an archaic and useless reliance upon not properly educating people on their se-xual lives. And that's not just con-dom use or chemical contraception. We need a full education about responsibility, consequence, prevention, pleasure... everything that se-x is about. It's hardly scientific to blame the fledgling efforts of se-xual education on all abortions in the US.
      Not to mention the alternative to safe, legal and rare abortions... women risking their lives in a forced pregnancy or women risking their lives in a back alley abortion.

      September 29, 2010 at 10:06 am |
    • Frogist

      @Reality: Having re-read your stats, I can see how you linked the two. But you state that using the stats you provided and other stats, failure to use the pill properly results in 1 million unplanned pregnancies... and then you equate that with 1 million abortions. But that's a false comparison. You have not provided proof that the same women with the unplanned pregnancies are having abortions 100 percent of the time. Also since you quote failure rate of condoms results in 1 million unwanted pregnancies as well... shouldn't the total number of abortions be somewhere near 2 million?
      My insistence that education about our se-xual lives could help reduce the number of unplanned pregnancy and resulting abortions still stands.

      September 29, 2010 at 10:21 am |
    • Reality

      Froglist,

      One however can make an estimate that 50% of unplanned pregnancies due to the failure of the Pill being used properly resulting in 500,000 abortions/yr with another 500,000/yr abortions resulting because of men failing to use co-ndoms properly. So based on an extension of these numbers, there are 35 million "unwanted" children/adults running lose in this country since the passage of Roe vs Wade. Give us a break with the "unwanted" children excuses. Many of us are "unplanned" children but our parents accepted their responsibilities.

      And don't forget the other better option aka Adoption!!!

      September 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Reality: Not all people in the past "accepted their respnsibilities" as you put it. Abortions or efforts to abort occured in previous generations too. But they were hidden and illegal which put women's lives at risk. The "better" option of adoption while it may be more palatable to some, does not take into account any effect on the woman's life. There are many complications and changes that woman have to deal with because of pregnancy: high blood pressure/ stroke, diabetes, depression to name a few. All life-threatening. That doesn't even take into account the economic toll. And while on a personal level, I might not have an issue with taking on these risks, no one should impose their will on someone else forcing them to take these risks by taking away a safe, legal alternative.
      There will always be unplanned pregnancies. That's why abortions need to remain safe, legal and affordable. We can only try to reduce the number of them. And I think education is still the best bet.

      September 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
    • Reality

      Frogist,

      And it still comes down to The Fact: Human Life Begins At Conception. And said life should get the protection afforded to any human being.

      Most anything we do in life presents risks. We don't kill someone because they make our blood pressure go up or they cause us economic hardship or make us depressed. If we did, we thereby give ourselves an excuse to kill our teenagers, our aging parents or our needy relatives or friends.

      September 29, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
    • Luke

      Reality – Saying human life starts at conception is not a fact. That is a claim and open to debate. It's the furthest thing from a fact, indeed. That is part of the reason why we have this debate, because that statement is unsubstantiated. I believe life began millions of years ago and is one long chain of events. After all, we are all cousins with almost identical DNA. Even our primate cousins have DNA is essentially 99% identical to ours. I do not believe each life is special. I am unimportant. So are you. Life, in general, is what is important and it is continued from generation to generation not by you alone, but rather by millions of others and varying species.

      September 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
    • Reality

      Luke,

      My life is important and so is yours even if you do not think so. And these lives began with the joining of egg and sperm as said union, as in all conceptions, immediately forms new DNA in the one of the great, 24/7 events of human evolution.

      September 30, 2010 at 10:34 am |
    • Luke

      Reality – Again, you are making unsubstantiated claims rather than stating fact. You must learn the difference between the two before you will ever be a solid debater.

      September 30, 2010 at 11:49 am |
    • Reality

      Luke,

      I noted: "as in all conceptions, immediately forms new DNA in the one of the great, 24/7 events of human evolution." I have stated the fact. Your turn to prove said fact is in error.

      September 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Reality: But you are arguing a direct contradiction. You say "life begins at conception" for the embryo, but it doesn't end at conception for the woman carrying that embryo. In these arguments, where is the concern for the women's lives? Or do they no longer count because they are carrying a fertilized egg in their body? As Luke said, we are still debating when life really does begin, but we are not debating whether or not the mother is alive. She is and her rights over her own body and her own life should not be subverted because of a "fact" of which no one is in agreement.
      Anything we CHOOSE to do in life presents risks, certainly. But no one should be forced to endure those risks by any govt.

      September 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Frogist,

      Reality is right….

      Life begins at conception…the clue is…nothing more is added to this new life except ‘time’ to grow.
      A woman has rights over her own body but now that she has allowed another body to start inside hers she does not have the right to kill it.

      We are not debating whether or not the mother is alive and we are not debating whether or not the baby is alive. Both are alive. If not, what is the proof that the baby is not alive…if left to live it would prove to be alive and human.

      A woman’s life is more in danger of risks going through an abortion than it is doing something as natural as child birth.

      Why wouldn’t a woman of all people have compassion for human life and its beginnings….? …there must be something amiss with her…

      Talk about risks in life…if you think that getting pregnant is a risk, forgo your s3xual desires and stay away from pregnancy…once pregnant…you have already made all the choices there are. [Unless you really think that killing a human is an option for you.]

      It is so crazy how we are….people have a hard time putting down a pet as per the vet’s suggestion…but we get an abortion without that much concern every day in this country.

      September 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • Luke

      CatholicMom- Oh, you're a doctor now. Where did you study your science and complete your medical training? What were your MCAT scores?

      October 1, 2010 at 7:00 am |
    • Ahna

      CatholicMom can you please give us medical and statistical proof that abortion is more of a risk to woman than pregnancy? My dads an OBGYN and I study Physiology and the risks of pregnancy are very high, especiall for very young girls and woman over 35. And although abortions do take place daily they are NOT taken lightly. Girls/woman getting one done dont just add it to their schedual and slip it in. Its a process. And they have to think about it seriously. And as to when a ball of cell is a human life is questionable and everyone has a differnet opinion. Please dont force your opinion on us.

      October 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  18. Mark from Middle River

    My problems with him are policy but Luke to be fair there hasn't been a president, at least in my life time, where folks from the opposing sides have gone about their buisness of judging a president. Policies are what are getting this president into trouble from not only the far right but since he took office, the far ultra left. As soon as he signed the watered down health bill and increased troop levels in Afgansistan, folks like my mother and a few of my professors have been more upset with him than I ever would have thought.

    The problem is Luke can you accept that the reasons, even though you feel are not valid in your eyes, can and are legitimate grips to another? In other words even though your mind might disagree with a opposing view you have to admit that one might exist.

    Funny though Dave, appears like the Government makes many choices in my life and yours. If they want to, the Government, not you, me or our families, can order us to report for armed services, put a rifle in our hands and order us to kill another. I feel abortion is wrong and in my life time I hope to see it over turned, the same way David wants to see a eventual end to religion and faith. 🙂

    September 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Mark: I disagree. Policies are not what the birthers, tea party, conspiracy theorists are about at all. At no time in the past do I recall people marching a president's picture around dressed up as Hitler. I am dissatisfied with how the health care bill played out but I am not calling him a muslim because of that. There's more going on with the discourse than policy. And it's not the same as when Bill Clinton or George Bush was president.
      As for abortion, I have reservations about it too, but I also feel it is wrong to force a woman to bear offspring. The govt should absolutely not have that power.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:19 am |
    • Luke

      One of the more ironic (hypocritical) things within the republican party is as follows:

      To be a card carrying republican politician, you most oppose abortion. You must also oppose big government. Then why is it that republican politicians are constantly passing laws at the state level that force a woman to undergo tests before having an elective abortion? That is, in many states, restrictive laws have been passed to prevent abortions where a doctor must give a woman sonogram, relay the gender of the child, show pictures of the child, and give her a test/evaluation before preforming the abortion. This is an expansion of government. Furthermore, one of the key elements of opposition from republicans regarding the healthcare bill was the evil big bad government takeover of healthcare. Why is government just fine and dandy to take over abortion care, but not healthcare in general? If a republican can answer these questions honestly without being snarky, I'd love to hear your rationale. But I think we all know that real answer is that it's all the proper narrative to remain in the republican party. I would very much enjoy hearing the BS replies too though.

      September 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
    • Ahna

      @ Luke. I totaly agree with you. The republicans view on bortion is totaly hippocritical, and everytime a discussion is brought up it gets nasty quickly. Why can we not kill a foetus but we can go around killing thousands of men woman and children in war. And furthermore, I think people questioning Obama's religious beliefs is totaly rediculous! A country's laws and policies should NOT be based upon religion. No matter what Obamas religion he knows that he can not force his religious views on a public of varrying beliefs.

      October 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  19. David Johnson

    Obama responded that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare" in America, adding that families - not the government - "should be the ones making the decision."

    Damn! I love this guy. I look forward to his 2nd term.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
    • Jochebed

      Why? If it's just a clump of cells, why the concern with reducing the numbers? If it's just a woman exercising her rights, why the upset? There's no push to make appendectomies, root canals or laser eye correction "safe, legal and rare". If it's not a baby, why the concern with limiting the numbers? If it's not a baby, why is it such a difficult and personal decision?

      September 29, 2010 at 5:38 am |
    • Frogist

      I am so pleased that he said that. That's a fantastic start to my day. Good for you Mr Obama! Now how about making sure they are affordable and covered by my insurance...

      September 29, 2010 at 8:48 am |
    • Frogist

      @Jochebed: Because fetuses can grow into something more. And anyone on either side of the debate who cannot acknowledge that is deluding themselves. That is why for most people, it's not easy to approach this from a personal standpoint. As in what would you do? Anyone who leaps to saying, "I would abort the fetus" or "I would have the child" should not be part of this debate. They should excuse themselves because if you think an abortion is akin to a root canal, you're not being honest.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  20. Luke

    The very fact that we are still talking about this shows how incredibly stupid the American public is and always will be on average. First of all, he said he was a Christian. Second, it doesn't matter what he is. Third, the very same people that now accuse him of being Muslim, used to accuse him of being a part of a radical black Christian Church run by Jeremiah Wright. The hypocrisy runs wild on the far right. Time to shut up and start disagreeing with his policies rather than harping on nonsense if you want to be taken seriously by me. But somehow, I figure the people that make accusations like this don't even really understand why they don't like him, they just know they are supposed to.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      This is one of major faults of the US Electoral System, whereby the leader of the nation is elected by votes based primarily on how the person is perceived as seen from the lens of a "corporate media".

      Obama is a relative lightweight when it comes to governance. Obscure candidate with lightweight credentials. Yet he got elected because of his pretty face and designer "black" credentials. white enough to be acceptable to whites as a black president.

      Same with Bush the Brainless and Palin the White Tra sh from Alaska. People, who you would nt elect to run your local grocery combine are all of a sudden presidential material in the US.

      September 29, 2010 at 10:14 am |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      Ideally, you would want a house of representatives choosing your President, not corporate media.

      September 29, 2010 at 10:16 am |
    • AiDeng77

      @ Ahmad Hosein,

      Thank you for commenting. I wanna say though under any system of governance there are going to be inequalities and imperfections. That's not to say we shouldn't continue to strive for egalitarianism and perfection, just that we should remain honest about the results of the system.

      Your right that the people vote based on the perceptions derived thru the lens of a corporate media. The alternative you suggest, it seems to me, would take away a cherished right of the people, and also serve to remove some of the checks and balances our current government provides.

      Further, I personally don't buy into all the blame thrown at the corporate media. There are times when bias is evident, but they aren't selecting these candidates. The corporate lens you refer to, for example on people like Sarah Palin, is itself fueled and partially guided by the swelling emotion of citizens who can't help but follow shock and controversy. Yes, the media often feeds on the catastrophe and suffering of others, buy replaying and following sad stories that really turn out to be just a twisted form of entertainment. My personal favorite, or least favorite in truth, is when a reporter or newsman asks an individual who just lost a loved one how they feel, or to "tell us what you are feeling". On the other side of the coin, without the media, we would be really unaware of situations occurring around our world. At times, there are biases driven by individuals or groups, but I would much rather hear about the world than be oblivious.

      September 29, 2010 at 11:16 am |
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