Skip to comments.Churches vie to be Obamas' spiritual home
Posted on 03/24/2009 11:58:20 PM PDT by americanophile
WASHINGTON - Aides to President Obama are quietly checking out local churches to find his new spiritual home, a delicate, complex task that must balance Obama's public profile, security needs, and personal beliefs against a discreet but intense competition among ministers to bring the first family to their pews.
Less than a year after a painful, controversial split with his longtime Chicago church over sermons by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the president's search is being guided by a group of close friends and advisers who have quietly visited some of the congregations - and a low-key vetting operation by White House aides.
Some churches have contacted the White House, lobbying for the president to pay them a visit - and assuring that they can handle his Secret Service detail and the likely scrutiny by the media and Obama's political rivals.
"As we serve our Creator, we are called to serve you and your family," reads a letter sent under official seal by Bishop John R. Schol leader of the Baltimore-Washington conference of the United Methodist Church. "Your message of personal responsibility and justice are important United Methodist themes. . . . Please feel free to contact me personally with any ways that we can support you."
Joshua DuBois, who directs the White House office of faith-based initiatives and is coordinating Obama's search for a church, said his office has been flooded with phone calls and invitations.
DuBois said his primary objective is finding a church that matches Obama's religious beliefs, has a youth ministry for his daughters, and is active in helping the needy.
But most important, DuBois said, is finding a church that can handle the logistical strains and publicity that come with a presidential visit.
"We want to make sure we're respectful of that community," he said.
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He’s Muslim, what did you expect?
I wonder where they’re going to find a church with an attached abortuary?
He’s a Marxist, which makes him an atheist. No way this buffoon believes in any entity greater than himself, in his own mind of course.
Hes Muslim, what did you expect?
of course he he is!
Also he preferes to "ESCAPE" from the pressure of the White House several times rather than actually facing the problems & challenges of running the country - and this is just 60 days after being sworn in???
Whatever he is, it ain’t good.
agreed & he’d sooner pick out a dog for his kids first.
I saw that video during the election, very revealing. Old washed up George trying to cover Hussein s butt. BTW, George gave Hussein a A- for tonights babble. Hows that for clueless....
Found just the place!
I’m with you. I think he’s probably at very least an agnostic, and attended Wright’s church merely to build a political support network in the Chicago black community...finding a church is far down on his ‘to do’ list because it’s not important to him.
“On his first day as president-elect, following weeks of Florida recounts and court hearings, Bush went to church with his wife, Laura.”
Is hell on the list? It seems to be where he is trying to steer this country.
see post #10
Now thats comedy
Yeah, sometimes I have a habit of speaking out before I read all the posts!
Mosks don't give to the needy, they chop their hands off for pinching a loaf of mosk bread. There isn't church on earth that can match Obama's religious beliefs. The bible and Koran are in direct contradiction to one another.
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