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A New Role for Religion in Obama's White House ("Faith has played a larger role than any other Pres)
US News & World Report ^ | July 1, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff

Posted on 07/01/2009 8:59:38 PM PDT by presidio9

The conventional wisdom was that George W. Bush was the most faith-based president in recent history, by a long shot. Citing Jesus as his favorite philosopher and Billy Graham as a mentor, Bush won evangelical voters in numbers not previously seen. In office, he launched a controversial office of faith-based initiatives and consulted religious leaders in developing science policy. Bush routinely opened cabinet meetings with prayer and acknowledged conferring with "a higher father" before going to war in Iraq.

How remarkable, then, that religion might be playing an even bigger role in Barack Obama's administration. While Bush invited megapastor Rick Warren to low-key White House functions, Obama had him deliver the invocation at his internationally televised inauguration. Bush encouraged White House prayer groups, but Obama begins public rallies with the recitation of a White House-commissioned prayer. Obama has quickly expanded Bush's faith-based initiatives to include an advisory council of religious leaders weighing in on matters as diverse as abortion and Middle East peace. "This administration has used faith more overtly than any other in its first hundred days," says Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "That includes Bush." But rather than appeal mostly to evangelicals as Bush did, Obama is reaching out to a broad spectrum of believers and nonbelievers.

Early decisions. He is carving out a bold new role for faith in the White House, which aides say aims to dial down the decades-old culture wars. The project may wind up drawing more religious voters into the Democratic fold. But it also threatens to alienate the Democratic base, which polls show is much less religious than the GOP's. Given the important role that religion and church-based organizing have played in Obama's own biography, though,

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KEYWORDS: bho44; culturewars; faithbased; obamaandgod; religiousleft
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1 posted on 07/01/2009 8:59:39 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Pravda looks at this propaganda with envy.


2 posted on 07/01/2009 9:00:44 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: presidio9

Just because they say it doesn’t make it true.


3 posted on 07/01/2009 9:02:25 PM PDT by aberaussie
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To: presidio9

Obvioulsy the administration is now issuing some heavy-duty recreational drugs to key players in the media.


4 posted on 07/01/2009 9:03:51 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: TheWasteLand

Pravda looks at this propaganda with envy.


Wow, I did not know US News & World Report was in tank for the bamster too :(


5 posted on 07/01/2009 9:06:11 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait till it is free! "~ PJ O'Rourke)
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To: presidio9

I don’t believe it. Obummer’s only religion is a belief in his own superiority. His arrogant narcissism is inconsistent with a true belief in God’s love and mercy.


6 posted on 07/01/2009 9:07:02 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: TheWasteLand

I wrote in an earlier post, and I meant to add here, that I don’t believe Mr. Obama has any religion. I doubt that he has much of a concept of a Higher Power either. For twenty years, he attended Jeremiah Wright’s black liberation political rallies. He did so, because to be seen there was helpful to his political aspirations. At these rallies he heard Mr. Wright sermonize concepts that were directly opposed to Christianity. Presumbaly he agreed with what Mr. Wright had to say, but I take him at his word that he wasn’t listening.

None of this sounds anything like putting God first in your life and including Him in your decision-making process. Barak Obama doesn’t need God, because Barak Obama’s God is Barak Obama.


7 posted on 07/01/2009 9:07:36 PM PDT by presidio9 ("Don't shoot. Let 'em burn.")
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To: aberaussie

You are so right! actions are louder than words... look at the taxpayers money he is pumping into the islamic world.

It doesnt matter what sideshow Bob says....


8 posted on 07/01/2009 9:08:08 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: hsalaw

See post 7.


9 posted on 07/01/2009 9:08:11 PM PDT by presidio9 ("Don't shoot. Let 'em burn.")
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To: presidio9
"God D*** America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11"
--Rev Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for twenty years

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"America’s chickens... are coming home... to ROOST!"
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For all you'll ever need or want to know about
Wright's "Black Liberation Theology",
see my FR Home page:
http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/

Hint...

"Their founding document [the Weather Underground's] called for the establishment of a "white fighting force" to be allied with the "Black Liberation Movement" and other "anti-colonial" movements[1] to achieve "the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism."..."-Berger, Dan (2006). Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. AK Press, 95.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weatherman_Underground#cite_ref-Berger_0-0

Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (Paperback) by Dan Berger
http://www.amazon.com/Outlaws-America-Underground-Politics-Solidarity/dp/1904859410
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From the New York Times, August 24, 2003

"they [the Weather Underground] employed revolutionary jargon, advocated armed struggle and black liberation and began bombing buildings, taking responsibility for at least 20 attacks. Estimates of their number ranged at times from several dozen to several hundred."

Article: Quieter Lives for 60's Militants, but Intensity of Beliefs Hasn't Faded
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F04E4DE1539F937A1575BC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=2
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Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. William Ayers
are greeted by Rebekah Levin with the Committee
for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.
(Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune / May 17, 2009)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-ayers_wrightmay18,0,6689521.story

10 posted on 07/01/2009 9:08:42 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: presidio9

Barry Lynn says. . . .the dear leader’s useful idiot. . .my God this is awful. . .a triple bucket barf alert needed for this one!


11 posted on 07/01/2009 9:09:56 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: presidio9

what an absolute crock


12 posted on 07/01/2009 9:10:41 PM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: presidio9

What, they’ve set up a child sacrifice altar to Baal?


13 posted on 07/01/2009 9:11:37 PM PDT by MichiganConservative (Just say "No" to socialism.)
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To: presidio9

This is just an age old trick of the progressive movement to conflate religion with the state. Read ‘Liberal Fascism’ by Jonah Goldberg for an excellent explanation of the tactic.


14 posted on 07/01/2009 9:11:37 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: bushwon

Mortimer Zuckerman ruined USNWR

turned it from fairly conservative 40 years ago to the tripe it now is

much like Mort hisself


15 posted on 07/01/2009 9:11:56 PM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: presidio9

I’m surprised they didn’t say he recites the koran on a daily basis in order to show his inclusiveness.


16 posted on 07/01/2009 9:12:30 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Quick justice for the senseless killing of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield.)
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To: presidio9

Agreed.


17 posted on 07/01/2009 9:13:04 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: wardaddy

I don’t get your tagline. What do you have against the term “Pro-Life?”


18 posted on 07/01/2009 9:14:06 PM PDT by presidio9 ("Don't shoot. Let 'em burn.")
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To: taxesareforever

I’ve read some of the Koran. Allah (piss be upon him) sounds like a white-trash drug and alcohol addicted loser and Muhammad (piss be upon him) like a drug using gangster pedophile.


19 posted on 07/01/2009 9:14:33 PM PDT by MichiganConservative (Just say "No" to socialism.)
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To: presidio9
The writer makes it quite clear that the motive here is competition -- political competition.

Which hasn't anything to do with faith, spirituality, religiosity, or witnessing of any sort.

Same old politics, just another angle to play.

It's all about competing for every last Republican vote, to compete the GOP down to nothing and destroy it -- to take away ALL their voters. Which is what LBJ is recorded as having said to (among other people) Bill Moyers. Leading by a wide margin, someone in the staff group asked LBJ why he was pushing so hard, competing so hard for every last voter. LBJ rounded on the guy and told the group, "I want it ALLLLL!!!" Thus Theodore White, in The Making of the President 1964.

20 posted on 07/01/2009 9:14:34 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: presidio9
Absolutely. This is what the Notre Dame speech was all about--to generate positive buzz among the religious but uninformed. Obama is meeting with Catholic newspaper editors this week for much the same reason and will have a photo-op with the Pope, no doubt, when he visits Italy in the near future.

All this is aimed at the crowd who is nominally religious but can't bother to inform themselves of the facts.

We can counter it by getting the facts out to as many as we can. We have the tools, we just need to use them.
21 posted on 07/01/2009 9:18:32 PM PDT by Antoninus (Queer is boring.)
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To: hsalaw
No. Obama knows to keep his enemies close, well-fed, and proud of the tie that binds them. Obama exploits the weaknesses in the character in men: ambitious men; ambitious for themselves, their causes, their personal legacy.

In order to pull this off, Maximum Leader must be a masterful liar, and unburdened by conscience. Surprised?

22 posted on 07/01/2009 9:18:36 PM PDT by dasboot
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To: presidio9
I don’t believe Mr. Obama has any religion. I doubt that he has much of a concept of a Higher Power either.

Worth-noting-and-repeating bump.

In this he follows Lincoln, who is said to have been (by various people) an agnostic, a deist, or even an atheist, despite his use of commonplace religious references in his speeches -- even important ones, such as those in which he spoke of the Civil War's being the work, and the judgment, of heaven.

23 posted on 07/01/2009 9:19:59 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: presidio9
Re: Posts 15 and 18

eh, maybe he's also pro death penalty, so he doesn't like the pro-Life label.
I subscribe to the LORD's admonishment to choose life and live -- and I have no problem with the 'Pro-Life' label... But I'm also pro death penalty (Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.)... so some could quibble with my pro-life self-labeling.
Anti-abortion, pro-death penalty also works with me... I'm not hung up on the labels.

24 posted on 07/01/2009 9:24:01 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: narses; TheWasteLand
True: All this is pure propaganda. All lies. Exaggerations.
25 posted on 07/01/2009 9:24:07 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: presidio9

Some in this thread have said they don’t believe this story. I say if you think it’s impossible for Obama to be a religionist, you have forgotten this verse:

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.—2 Timothy 4:3


26 posted on 07/01/2009 9:28:59 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're definitely in the Rise of the Empire era, but is Obama Valorum or Palpatine?)
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To: presidio9

Compensating for sincerity.


27 posted on 07/01/2009 9:34:31 PM PDT by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

This is what what really was meant by taking the Lords’ name in vain, using it for personal profit.

0, Rahm, David, you better back off this right now.

Or don’t and see what happens.


28 posted on 07/01/2009 9:35:13 PM PDT by txhurl (Put the pressure on and keep it on until this administration snaps.)
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To: presidio9

So, when will the libs will start trashing Obama for his religious beliefs?

Never?


29 posted on 07/01/2009 9:36:12 PM PDT by sig226 (Real power is not the ability to destroy an enemy. It is the willingness to do it.)
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To: bushwon

Wow! Talk about news so much a barf as to induce hurling.


30 posted on 07/01/2009 9:36:29 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (Mainstream Media cheered: Ascension of Castro, Chavez and now Obama.)
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To: presidio9

now I’m really getting woosie...searching for pail...


31 posted on 07/01/2009 9:36:48 PM PDT by BonRad (As Rome goes so goes the world)
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To: presidio9

Obama’s “God” is the image he see’s when he looks in the mirror. He is a self worshipper.


32 posted on 07/01/2009 9:40:42 PM PDT by kb2614 (Cheer up, for the worst is yet to come!)
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To: presidio9

Barf!


33 posted on 07/01/2009 9:43:00 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: Mr. Silverback

The great O’zer is just using religion as a canard to cause people to take their eyes off of what is real; to try to make people see what he wants them to see.

The O’zer is a Marxist. Marxist do not believe in God. But they will use an abstract concept of God as a distraction from the truth in order to win over the weak-minded. Enter: the USN&WR journalists, et al.


34 posted on 07/01/2009 9:44:32 PM PDT by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
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To: lentulusgracchus
I believe Lincoln was sincere in his Christian beliefs and ideals: That his pride caused him to stumble is fairly apparent. He was human.

It's difficult to know what God intends in one's life, if that one is blinded and deafened by pride and impatience. Lincoln felt he had the direction and approval of God. Maybe he did. A good bit of historical evidence shows that he was, rather, led by other men's passionate persuasions; worried about shameful legacy; got in too deep, driven by his self-inherited righteousness, to the point where he could not back down. Pride. He used slight-of-hand and deceit when dealing with the Confederacy...treating it as a criminal enterprise, rather than another nation...a status to which those states were entitled; a status which was legally obtained with consent of the citizens of those breakaway states, in accordance with law and ideals. The end justified the means, however, for Abe; although he seems to have had many regrets, and a troubled conscience.

But I cannot read his words without a genuine feeling that he meant what he said..when he said it...about God.

Many profess, all fall short. No exceptions.

MHO

35 posted on 07/01/2009 9:45:20 PM PDT by dasboot
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To: presidio9

**George W. Bush was the most faith-based president in recent history, by a long shot. Citing Jesus as his favorite philosopher and Billy Graham as a mentor, Bush won evangelical voters in numbers not previously seen. In office, he launched a controversial office of faith-based initiatives and consulted religious leaders in developing science policy. Bush routinely opened cabinet meetings with prayer and acknowledged conferring with “a higher father” before going to war in Iraq.**

Obortion Obama is nowhere near what Bush was.


36 posted on 07/01/2009 9:45:59 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: presidio9
"This administration understands that they can't actively antagonize religious groups or be seen as insensitive to religious concerns,"

If one is acting through faith in Christ, it really doesn't matter if one openly and actively antagonizes religious groups, because religious groups are NOT the power of faith in Christ. The power comes through faith in Christ, not by any worldly counterfeit placing faith first on anything other than Him.

37 posted on 07/01/2009 9:46:19 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: presidio9

Obama is a Marxist. He is an atheist by definition. Period. The Black Liberation hate ranted by Wright is just another Marxist cover. The fake Muslim contrition is just that, a cover to appeal to other tyrants. He looks the part of the haughty empty narcissistic atheist. All his elitist buddies are atheists including the Clintons. What a crock, presenting him as anything even resembling a religious, moral and ethical man. . .


38 posted on 07/01/2009 9:47:35 PM PDT by Art in Idaho
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To: presidio9

The difference between President Bush and obama is that President Bush didn’t “use” religion to further his objectives. Religion is a part of President Bush’s life.

obama on the other hand, “uses” religion. It isn’t a part of his life. He just “uses” it. Even to the point of “using” it to push his abortion ideas on the world.


39 posted on 07/01/2009 9:50:23 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/music/Gloria+Jane)
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To: downtownconservative

With all due respect, you’re wrong:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_theology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_liberation_theology

http://www.conservapedia.com/Black_liberation_theology


40 posted on 07/01/2009 9:54:09 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're definitely in the Rise of the Empire era, but is Obama Valorum or Palpatine?)
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To: TheWasteLand

ROTFLOL!


41 posted on 07/01/2009 9:59:39 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: TheWasteLand

You said it. Do you suppose anyone, anywhere believes this drivel?


42 posted on 07/01/2009 10:00:59 PM PDT by pepperdog (As Israel goes, so goes America!)
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To: wardaddy

“what an absolute crock”

The biggest crock in years!!


43 posted on 07/01/2009 10:03:18 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Art in Idaho

If you think all the liberation theology devotees are atheists, you’ve forgotten 2 Timothy 4:3.


44 posted on 07/01/2009 10:03:28 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're definitely in the Rise of the Empire era, but is Obama Valorum or Palpatine?)
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To: presidio9

I just have to say, I have not read any of the comments on this thread, but this is outrageous! Has the Royal family been to church at all, anywhere since the inaugeration? Ok, Yes I know they went once but I never heard about another venture.


45 posted on 07/01/2009 10:03:32 PM PDT by tinamina
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To: presidio9; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...

~~ What a bunch of trash .......... PING!


46 posted on 07/01/2009 10:06:09 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: presidio9

No other president has thought of himself as God.


47 posted on 07/01/2009 10:08:07 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: STARWISE

Yeah, but which one? Islam or Chicago-style “Christianity” is the question...


48 posted on 07/01/2009 10:09:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In memory of my father, Gunnery Sgt., USMC, WWII and Korea, 1925-2002)
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To: MichiganConservative

Barry. Baal. What’s the difference?


49 posted on 07/01/2009 10:16:12 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: presidio9

He just grabs everything, no matter how audacious, as he tries to appear that he’s everything to everybody to subdue criticism of those without a bully pulpit.


50 posted on 07/01/2009 10:23:22 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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