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

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

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

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

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

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

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

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

Obama, for his part, was mostly silent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talking like Billy Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The White House declined requests to speak to Obama.

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

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

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

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

A circle of evangelicals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Loving God by loving your neighbor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘An awesome God in the blue states’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The politics of confusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Politics

soundoff (4,988 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Racist! Well whites are still the worst racist on this planet. Sure the Revered Wright might have some racism in him. Sure he needs to pray to defeat the enemy racism before it consumes him but don't fool yourself buddy, whites, even today, are the worst racist in the world.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Truth

      Says the racist n1gger.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Take off that white sheet so we can see your face, Truth. I can't tell you are when all you have are those eye-holes cut in it.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Joe

      Truth is the perfect example of white America. Hear is a white man on CNN calling someone else the "N" word. Point proven white people are so predictable. A white man calling a black man racist s like the kettle calling the pot black. LOL.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  2. Allie

    I don' know of any prominent Christian, evangelical or not, who believes abortion is a viable alternative

    October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • FoodForThought

      It doesn't matter what any prominent Christian thinks about it because, unfortunately, it's in the hands of politicians. And almost every politician supports it to some level, even Republicans.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Joe

      Get out of my life Christian. Nobody cares what you think! Keep it in your church and at your home, I don't want to hear it. I don't want my government involved in yours or anyones beliefs.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • snowboarder

      allie – then i suggest that they choose not have an abortion and let the remainder of the population make their own choices also.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How many "prominent Christians" do you "know", Allie? Who are they? How well do you know them? And how do you know what their views are on abortion? Do they believe that a woman has a right to choose? What about in cases of ra pe or incest? What if the fetus will be born with a terrible anomaly that will cause it to die in pain only hours after birth? What if the woman's life is in jeopardy if she continues the pregnancy?

      October 28, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Gwenie

      Yes, you may not believe abortion, but you may lie on your taxes, you may ruin someone's life through gossip or be a glutton, you might hate someone or some people,all of these are sins...Sin is sin....If a young woman has an abortion which is not an easy decision to make, she has probably asked God for forgiveness;However ther are some christians who think they are better than others and are judgemental who may not have had an abortion but commit other sins that may be worst on a daily basis and never ask God for forgiveness...

      October 28, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  3. Sonofbarak

    Where is Oprah when you need her.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Truth

      She's getting her chimp on at the White House, gnomesane

      October 28, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, I don't know what you're saying. Do you? Don't you have a cross to set on fire somewhere?

      October 28, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  4. Michael

    It's funny how full of mean spiritedness and outright hatred the people shouting "HE'S NOT A CHRISTIAN" are. They ignore 99% of Christ's commands, not because they aren't aware of them, but because they don't LIKE them. Especially the verses about not being able to serve both God and money, about how hard it is for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven, judge not, let he who is without sin cast the first stone, the parable of the sheep and the goats, the parable of the good Samaritan, he who lives by the sword shall die by it, etc. So-called conservative Christians typically DESPISE these verses, yet you see so many of the hypocrites on here passing judgment on the president, putting the microscope on the speck in his eye while ignoring the redwood tree in their own. Shameless frauds, all of you! And I hope that your god does exist so that he can give you faithless imposters EXACTLY what you deserve!

    October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Sonofbarak

      Im sure youve done that full analysi.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • frederic Marc

      you are right. He is not a christian to be re-elected. Does that sound better?

      October 28, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Luv U

      You have no idea whatsoever what you're talking about. Jesus told the woman at the well to go and sin no more. He did not give the liberal "progressive" line of let's promote your sin as the thing to do! Democrats take away the personal responsibility of giving to charity by forcing everyone to give to it by taxes and then giving that money to "charities" that want to murder babies! The rich give back by employing more people. They can bring about prosperity for people more than liberals handing out a few dollars to people so they can go buy a pack of cigarettes. Get your head on straight.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  5. romaestlux

    Americans are suffering from the imposition of religious dogma. But it's not so much Christian fundamentalism these days, but the religion of hedonism.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Luv U

      Amen, brutha!

      October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  6. Jim Jensen

    Obama's faith?? The claimed "faith" of any politician is simply public posturing, which changes as the religio-politico winds change.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  7. Sonofbarak

    At best hes an atheist.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • FoodForThought

      Wouldn't that be nice?

      October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Truth

      Atheist would be the best choice for someone in his position of responsibility, but alas....he is merely just another worthless n1gger.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Sonofbarak

      Only nice if it were the majority of the people he represents. Right now, no.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Luv U

      Truth, shut up you bigotted libtard troll!

      October 28, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • snowboarder

      son – the president represents the entire population and his religious choices should have no bearing.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  8. BobPlanet

    False prophet.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Truth

      No one ever thought or believed that this n1gger was a prophet.
      How many n1gger prophets are you aware of?
      Well, besides that Mohammed f@ggot....

      October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Poltergeist

      True president.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Truth

      Nothing Presidential about any n1gger.
      Just look at them ....

      October 28, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • snowboarder

      bob – what other kind is there?

      October 28, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  9. RONALD777

    This article written by the committee to reelect Obama president. Any questions?

    October 28, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Truth

      Yeah, what happens when Romney wins by a remarkable landslide?

      October 28, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  10. K Weldon

    Report on something that matters like the Benghazi attacks. You are not doing your job CNN, Show some moxie and start being journalists and look into how four American were killed (MURDERED) and why they didn't receive help. You will be more respected if you actually report on news and not be biased.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • GMC123

      I agree, I want to know the truth about the attacks, not the lies about his "Christian" faith. How could anyone of any faith allow the what happened in Benghazi? I'd also seen that they will investigate "after" the election. What?

      October 28, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    Few 100% true Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    † Atheism is a religion that makes you angry, stupid, brainwashed, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet atheists)
    † Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle.
    † Atheists are misguided and causes problem in our religious & public society.
    † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
    † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    † Atheism making you agree with Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler (denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders who killed religious people because of their religious cult!
    † No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime.
    † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
    † Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people.
    † Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved.
    † Most atheists are uneducated... No atheists could run for presidency.
    † Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history.
    † Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists.
    † All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals.
    † The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20)
    † Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate & Communist countries = Atheism!
    **Only 2-3% of the U.S. are atheists/agnostics VS. over 90% who believe in God (80% Christians) in the U.S.**

    † † Our Prayers goes to atheists to be mentally healthy and seek their creator † †

    PS! the USA is a † nation and will always be. You know it's true and stop being ignorant and arrogant!
    (Take a look at our federal/state holidays, 99% of our presidents, blue laws in parts of the nation, name of some cities/counties/streets, the majority of people, some laws, calendar, culture, etc.).

    October 28, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • bob e

      you had me at atheism is a religion

      October 28, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • vancouverron

      I stopped reading at gawd bless america.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  12. Truth

    Looking back at it, I can see the slogan the best matches this entire Presidential 4 years:
    Mark my words, it will be in the history books. No question.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Do they let you use the computer at the insti tution, or are you posting from your azzhole?

      October 28, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Truth

      Posting from your daughter's bedroom.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  13. Mark9988

    In the past month, the economy is roaring back, gas prices are down, housing market is improved, unemployment is suddenly lower and the President's Christianity is returning. It's an election year miracle!

    October 28, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Truth

      N1ggers gon n1g! Hallelujah!

      October 28, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • GMC123

      Yeah, I noticed that too. Wow, maybe if he could have done this in 09, I may have convinced myself to support him and admit I was wrong about him. But no, he just showed that he held it off until he figured he was threatened with his agenda. I wasn't wrong then, and I'm not wrong now. His God is Allah, he and his wife are racists (I remember some of her comments right after the election before they grabbed her and taught her how to behave and dress), and he needs to be held accountable for the Benghazi attacks. Don't say you're going to make me wait until after the election to start the investigation. I don't care about your faith, let me know of your failings with Benghazi.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  14. bob e

    i think he is probably agnostic, sadly you gotta appeal to Christians if you want to get votes

    October 28, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Poltergeist

      I think he's Buddhist because just because.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  15. cyclonewarningcenter

    BREAKING NEWS: Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said tonight that his sources tell him that Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down and both he and Col. David Hunt agree it would have taken an order by the president to intervene. Further, Col. Hunt said that we were only 20 min away by jet and a couple of hours away by AC-130 gunships and special forces, and the decision not to intervene had to be political.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  16. FoodForThought

    Open message to all you who STILL think Mr Obama is a Muslim:

    Your just making yourself look like a moron. Someone told you stuff, or you read it somewhere, you believed it for some reason, and now you're sticking with it despite no real evidence it's true and plenty of evidence that it's not true. It's time to stop making yourself look stupid.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Truth

      Does it really matter anymore? He's a n1gger. N1gger, sand-n1gger, does it really make any difference anymore? They all need to be wiped off the face of our planet, for the sake and future of humanity.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Luv U

      Troll! I don't want Obama elected, but I hope the secret service comes knocking on your door. You've got to be an immoral liberal troll! And if not, you need to go crawl back under your rock.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  17. cyclonewarningcenter

    Watch Video it's tell it all about Obama ... http://youtu.be/C1NbtQGTDCM

    October 28, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • NoWingNuutsAllowed

      I'll watch your if you watch mine. It's all about being a Mormon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q6brMrFw0E

      October 28, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  18. Tom

    Pray for him.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  19. AGeek

    You know who gets my vote? The man who spends his time trying to understand why it's so important we explore science; fusion, stem cell research, and other ventures that will end with the betterment of all mankind. If you're wasting your time dicking about with a bunch of old stories and myths, you're not working on going forward – you're working on going backward.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  20. Leif

    The right wing in this country just can't get over the fact that you can be a Christian without being an ignoramus.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Poltergeist

      Lol make a bunch of Iraqi orphans though and you can be Chtistian.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:52 am |
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