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Obama's Faith Problem
Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2011 | Lurita Doan

Posted on 12/26/2011 5:18:14 AM PST by Kaslin

Christmas is a time when many Americans reflect on the many blessings enjoyed by each of us in this great nation. Churches and synagogues are full as Americans, of all faiths, take time to pause and consider the meaning of our lives and our responsibilities to others. What a pity that our President does not participate in these simple acts of faith! Our nation would be better if he did.

There has been much ink spilled over President Obama's belief in God (or lack thereof), in the strength of his faith, in questioning what his faith is ( Christian, Muslim, other ?), and wondering what church he attends/ will attend. After almost three years, Americans do not yet have an answer to those questions. Nor are they likely to since Obama's calculating use of the clergy and religion is usually timed to garner a boost in the polls.

In deed and action, Mr Obama has actually projected a thinly disguised contempt towards people of faith, such as when he uttered his iconic "clinging to their guns and religion" speech during the 2008 presidential election campaign.

Our President is much like the fellow Narcissus, who, according to legend, was so in love with himself that he stared endlessly at his own reflection. Obama is a man quite full of himself and recently told Americans that he views himself as fourth on the list of great American Presidents-- a surprising list that doesn't include George Washington.

Meantime, Michelle Obama's Christmas gift to Americans was her comment to Barbara Walters about "putting herself as her first priority" which shows a narcissistic tendency but also a fundamental lack of understanding about the nature of public service and the "job" she signed up to as the First Lady of the United States.

Americans take great pride in American Exceptionalism. We are proud of this great nation, proud of our great history, proud of our unparalleled philanthropy as a nation, proud of our balanced, impartial system of justice, and proud of the American free market system which has made our nation so prosperous.

But, in our presidents, we prefer to see humility.

Think back on Arnold Friberg's great painting, George Washington in Prayer at Valley Forge. Or the insistence of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben Franklin that "God" be included in the Declaration of Independence. Or Abraham Lincoln's soaring, faith-based language in his Second Inaugural Address. Or Ronald Reagan's poignant speech after the Challenger tragedy, as they "slipped the surly bonds of earth to 'touch the face of God." And, despite political differences, after the tragedy of 9/11, Americans took comfort in the "quiet faith" of George W. Bush, tenacious and persistent in a time of war.

Americans, regardless of their faith, want presidents who recognize that our many blessings are bestowed and "endowed by our creator". We want to see presidents with their heads bowed with a bit of humility instead of being locked in a reflective gaze of their own image.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: barackobama; christmas; faithandfamily; michelleobama

1 posted on 12/26/2011 5:18:19 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

By history, thought, WORD, and DEED he’s a muslim.
BOTH father and stepfather were muslim.

Ya mean, there’s a QUESTION somewhere???


2 posted on 12/26/2011 5:20:46 AM PST by Flintlock (Photo ID for all voting--let out deal rest in peace.)
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To: Kaslin

He’s a Muslim.


3 posted on 12/26/2011 5:22:38 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: exit82
"He’s a Muslim."








YUP!






If by some crime he steals this next election, his first official act will be to "come out" as a muslim . . .


Heck, maybe as a homo too!

4 posted on 12/26/2011 5:47:38 AM PST by blues_guitarist (Crack is the "crack" of crackheads . . . -- Anon.)
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To: Kaslin
He is a muslim... he worships satan... the demon he is married to was a gift from the evil one... the man smells of brimstone.

LLS

5 posted on 12/26/2011 5:55:40 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t think he’s a muslim as much as a committed marxist/socialist.

Given his upbringing, he certainly has strong sympathy towards muslims and a hatred of the Jews, but a practicing muslim - no.


6 posted on 12/26/2011 5:56:21 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Six of one.
Half-dozen of the other.

AND—no contradiction between the two.


7 posted on 12/26/2011 6:02:26 AM PST by Flintlock (Photo ID for all voting--let out deal rest in peace.)
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To: Flintlock

ping


8 posted on 12/26/2011 6:06:11 AM PST by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: Kaslin

The Real Story Behind Rev. Wright's Controversial Black Liberation Theology Doctrine
Monday , May 5, 2008
FoxNews/Hannity's America
[special Friday night edition--original airdate May 2, 2008]

(some key excerpts)

["(Jose) Diaz-Balart is the son of Rafael Diaz-Balart y Guitierrez (a former Cuban politician). He has three bothers, Rafael Diaz-Balart (a banker), Mario Diaz-Balart (a US Congressman) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (also a US Congressman). His aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was Fidel Castro's first wife."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Diaz-Balart]

JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO NETWORK: "Liberation theology in Nicaragua in the mid-1980's was a pro-Sandinista, pro-Marxist, anti-U.S., anti-Catholic Church movement. That's it. No ifs, ands, or buts. His church apparently supported, in the mid-'80s in Nicaragua, groups that supported the Sandinista dictatorships and that were opposed to the Contras whose reason for being was calling for elections. That's all I know. I was there.

I saw the churches in Nicaragua that he spoke of, and the churches were churches that talked about the need for violent revolution and I remember clearly one of the major churches in Managua where the Jesus Christ on the altar was not Jesus Christ, he was a Sandinista soldier, and the priests talked about the corruption of the West, talked about the need for revolution everywhere, and talked about 'the evil empire' which was the United States of America."

REV. BOB SCHENCK, NATIONAL CLERGY COUNCIL: "it's based in Marxism. At the core of his [Wright's] theology is really an anti-Christian understanding of God, and as part of a long history of individuals who actually advocate using violence in overthrowing those they perceive to be oppressing them, even acts of murder have been defended by followers of liberation theology. That's very, very dangerous."

SCHENCK: "I was actually the only person escorted to Dr. Wright. He asked to see me, and I simply welcomed him to Washington, and then I said Dr. Wright, I want to bring you a warning: your embrace of Marxist liberation theology. It is contrary to the Gospel, and you need, sir, to abandon it. And at that he dropped the handshake and made it clear that he was not in the mood to dialogue on that point."

Source: The Real Story Behind Rev. Wright's Controversial Black Liberation Theology Doctrine:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,354158,00.html
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Obama's Church: Gospel of Hate
Kathy Shaidle, FrontPageMag.com
Monday, April 07, 2008

In March of 2007, FOX News host Sean Hannity had engaged Obama’s pastor in a heated interview about his Church’s teachings. For many viewers, the ensuing shouting match was their first exposure to "Black Liberation Theology"...

Like the pro-communist Liberation Theology that swept Central America in the 1980s and was repeatedly condemned by Pope John Paul II, Black Liberation Theology combines warmed-over 1960s vintage Marxism with carefully distorted biblical passages. However, in contrast to traditional Marxism, it emphasizes race rather than class. The Christian notion of "salvation" in the afterlife is superseded by "liberation" on earth, courtesy of the establishment of a socialist utopia.
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=30CD9E14-B0C9-4F8C-A0A6-A896F0F44F02
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Catholics for Marx [Liberation Theology]
By Fr. Robert Sirico
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 03, 2004

In the days when the Superpowers were locked in a Cold War, Latin America seethed with revolution, and millions lived behind an iron curtain, a group of theologians concocted a novel idea within the history of Christianity. They proposed to combine the teachings of Jesus with the teachings of Marx as a way of justifying violent revolution to overthrow the economics of capitalism.

The Gospels were re-rendered not as doctrine impacting on the human soul but rather as windows into the historical dialectic of class struggle. These "liberation theologians" saw every biblical criticism of the rich as a mandate to expropriate the expropriating owners of capital, and every expression of compassion for the poor as a call for an uprising by the proletarian class of peasants and workers.
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=460782B7-35CC-4C9E-A2C5-93832067C7CD

9 posted on 12/26/2011 6:36:00 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Kaslin
From AsiaTimesOnline
Feb 26, 2008

"Barack Obama received at least some instruction in the Islamic faith of his father and went with him to the mosque, but the importance of this experience is vastly overstated by conservative commentators who seek to portray Obama as a Muslim of sorts. Radical anti-Americanism, rather than Islam, was the reigning faith in the Dunham household. ...

Barack Obama is a clever fellow who imbibed hatred of America with his mother's milk, but worked his way up the elite ladder of education and career. He shares the resentment of Muslims against the encroachment of American culture, although not their religion. He has the empathetic skill set of an anthropologist who lives with his subjects, learns their language, and elicits their hopes and fears while remaining at emotional distance. That is, he is the political equivalent of a sociopath. The difference is that he is practicing not on a primitive tribe but on the population of the United States.

There is nothing mysterious about Obama's methods. "A demagogue tries to sound as stupid as his audience so that they will think they are as clever as he is," wrote Karl Krauss. Americans are the world's biggest suckers, and laugh at this weakness in their popular culture. Listening to Obama speak, Sinclair Lewis' cynical tent-revivalist Elmer Gantry comes to mind, or, even better, Tyrone Power's portrayal of a carnival mentalist in the 1947 film noire Nightmare Alley. The latter is available for instant viewing at Netflix, and highly recommended as an antidote to having felt uplifted by an Obama speech. ..."

Article: Obama's women reveal his secret
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/JB26Aa01.html

10 posted on 12/26/2011 6:37:40 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Kaslin

I have absolutely no faith in DumBO.


11 posted on 12/26/2011 7:26:05 AM PST by depressed in 06 ( Where is the 1984 Apple Super Bowl ad when we need it?)
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To: Kaslin

He doesnt appear to have belief in much of anything except his narcissistic self


12 posted on 12/26/2011 7:26:26 AM PST by D1X1E
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To: Kaslin
"Obama ..... recently told Americans that he views himself as fourth on the list of great American Presidents-- "

After exactly 2 years, 10 months in office, he said he was all-time 4th! What a clown.

It would be like Tebow, at this stage, declaring himself the 4th best quarterback in history.

13 posted on 12/26/2011 7:39:53 AM PST by cookcounty (2012 choice: It's the Tea Party or the Slumber Party.)
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To: Kaslin
And, despite political differences, after the tragedy of 9/11, Americans took comfort in the "quiet faith" of George W. Bush, tenacious and persistent in a time of war.

I so much miss having a man of faith - a servant-leader - in the White House.

And though, my post may be attacked by the deranged on FR, I am in the majority among conservatives.

14 posted on 12/26/2011 8:18:58 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: Kaslin

He has plenty of faith. In Allah.


15 posted on 12/26/2011 8:23:38 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin; mickie
The Obama family trooped into a Hawaiian church yesterday morning for the obligatory Christmas morning religious photo op.

I never saw so much nude flesh in one bunch. Moochelle and the kids all bare-necked, bare-armed, bare-backed, bare-fronted.....no respect, no class, no standards, no morals, no taste....no how.

Leni

16 posted on 12/26/2011 8:30:56 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Kaslin

Obama goes into seclusion during the Christmas season. Easier to hide his muzzie self.


17 posted on 12/26/2011 8:47:33 AM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: MinuteGal

You said it all there is to say


18 posted on 12/26/2011 8:53:28 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: D1X1E
He doesnt appear to have belief in much of anything except his narcissistic self

I was about to post....he believes in the "Religion of Obama" demigod of the libtard masses

19 posted on 12/26/2011 9:44:55 AM PST by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: ETL

Thank you for the your recap summations.


20 posted on 12/26/2011 6:46:53 PM PST by widdle_wabbit (taglines don't always work.)
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To: widdle_wabbit

You’re welcome. There are some nitwits among us who consider them irrelevant “spam”.


21 posted on 12/26/2011 10:16:29 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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