The Judeo-Christian: In praise of Barack Obama, an American Christian President

Our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

- Barack Obama

Barack Obama, the first African-American President in a nation that was still practicing black slavery a mere 140 years ago is one of the most inspiring occurrences in the 21st century and may well be a sign that the third millennium will be an era of peace and prosperity for all peoples. In many ways, his election as the most powerful leader in the world, indicates that the Christian doctrine of universal brotherhood has managed to emerge triumphant after a very scary, and completely evil previous century that threatened the very foundations of Christianity. At the same time, a great many of Obama's public statements have been infused with the inspirational and moral certainty that originates with his faith in Christianity. Here are just a few highlights:

The Obamas, the American Christian First Family

My Bible tells me that if we train a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not turn from it. I think faith and guidance can help fortify a young woman’s sense of self, a young man’s sense of responsibility, and a sense of reverence all young people for the act of sexual intimacy.

- Senator Barack Obama

We believe in a country that rewards hard work and responsibility, a country where we look after one another, a country where we say, ‘I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper, I'm not just thinking about myself,’

- President Barack Obama

Unfortunately, there appears to be a substantial percentage of citizens that truly despise this happy-go lucky, modest, and very normal young American black man. It is true that their diabolical power and influence continues to diminish year after year as more and more black and white Americans fall in love, get married and then have children. Even so, they have still managed to greatly confuse many God-fearing Americans, especially white, Protestant Christians, about Obama's religious faith and beliefs. This sordid affair all began when Obama, an unknown Senator from Chicago, emerged as victor of the Democratic party primaries and was then chosen as the Democratic candidate for President. Almost immediately, vicious rumors of him being a secret Muslim believer began circulating. As one reporter wrote:

Of the many rumors that have dogged President Barack Obama the most persistent one has been the “question” of his faith....The question is why has this rumor proven to be so tenacious and who is behind its propagation.

Sad as it is, the American media, including some of its most prominent newspapers and television, spent literally months publishing absolutely fictitious news reports and articles about Obama's possible Muslim faith, broadcasting this vile falsehood to millions upon millions of American viewers and listeners. Most of them have yet to apologize or to even acknowledge their mistake.

The President in his usual Spock-like, calm recently addressed the mistaken beliefs (that he is a Muslim)...on “NBC Nightly News” blaming the “confusion” over his religious beliefs on “a network of misinformation that a new media era can get churned out there constantly.” 

As it turns out, the original source of this rumor may well have been partially fueled by Republican political operatives (and white racists) who were vehemently opposed to having a Obama as President of the United States. As one journalist puts it:

Labeling the President a Muslim also shows the racism and xenophobia of the Right. The Right has constantly attempted to make Obama appear to be strange and foreign; they have constantly attempted to make the aura around him appear to be dark and dangerous simply.  They have done this simply because he is Black.  He’s the Antichrist, a Muslim, the “other,”...because he is not White....This is why (there are)...questions about his religion.

Indeed, it may well be the ugly specter of white racism behind one of the greatest lies ever told in American politics- that Barack Obama is actually a anti-Christian Muslim believer in the Prophet Mohammad. Here are the actual statistics from three independent news sources:

+ A Pew Research poll in August (2010) revealed 'that one in five Americans falsely believe the president is a Muslim, more than thought so last year'.
+ In a poll by Newsweek, 12 percent of voters incorrectly believe he's Muslim; more than a quarter believe he was raised in a Muslim home.
+ A Time Magazine poll found that 24 percent of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, rather than a Christian

Given the highly-advanced, and extremely powerful, nation of today's America, It is somewhat frightening how many of its adult citizens who vote can continue to believe in a total lie years after even it has been proven wrong beyond any shadow of a doubt. Tragically, this completely incorrect and easily verifiable falsehood continues to haunt a President who is just as Christian as George W. Bush, more Christian than Bill Clinton, and far more Christian than either George F. W. Bush or Ronald Reagan ever were.  In fact, Barack Obama's continued public display of Christian faith, especially his habits of quoting the Bible and frequently referring to Jesus Christ by name, is living proof that he truly is a Christian President. Here are just a few selected quotes form his public speeches:

As somebody who relies heavily on my Christian faith in my job, I understand the passions that religious faith can raise.

- President Barack Obama
(The story of Jesus' birth) that we are called to love each other as we love ourselves, that we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper, and our destinies are linked...It's a message that guides my Christian faith.

- President Barack Obama

(We can) see God in other people and do our best to help them find their, you know, their own grace...So that's what I strive to do...That's what I pray to do everyday. I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith.

- President Barack Obama

I found myself drawn - not just to work with the church but to be in the church...It was through this service that I was brought to Christ.

- President Barack Obama, University of Notre Dame, May 17 2010

The fact of the matter is that, regardless of Barack Obama's politics, some of which are in opposition to traditional Christian doctrines, he is still an authentic, genuine Christian believer who has been properly baptized by an ordained Christian minister and attended Christian Sabbath on a weekly basis for over 20 years before running for President.

The unbelievable ignorance

Barack Obama Quotes

It was because of these newfound understandings - that religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking...that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ one day and be baptized...But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side of Chicago, I felt God's spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.

- Barack Obama

Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square. Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, Williams Jennings Bryant, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King - indeed, the majority of great reformers in American history - were not only motivated by faith, but repeatedly used religious language to argue for their cause. So to say that men and women should not inject their "personal morality" into public policy debates is a practical absurdity. Our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

- Barack Obama, Jun. 28, 2006

There is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again and that its tender branch will not cease...The work ahead will not be easy, and there will be setbacks. There will be challenges along the way. But thanks to you, thanks to the great people of this great city, New Orleans is blossoming again.

- President Barack Obama

I am a Christian by choice...I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead...Being my brothers' and sisters' keeper. Treating others as they would treat me. And I think also understanding that, you know, that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility that we all have to have as human beings.

- President Barack Obama

I'm a Christian by choice. My family didn't-frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week. And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn't raise me in the church. So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead-being my brothers' and sisters' keeper, treating others as they would treat me....

- President Barack Obama

I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead: being my brother's and sister's keeper, treating others as they would treat me...I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith.

- President Barack Obama

Long before it became fashionable among television evangelists, the typical black sermon freely acknowledged that all Christians (including the pastors) could expect to still experience the same greed, resentment, lust, and anger that everyone else experienced. The gospel songs, the happy feet, and the tears and shouts all spoke of a release, an acknowledgment, and finally a channeling of those emotions. In the black community, the lines between sinner and saved were more fluid; the sins of those who came to church were not so different from the sins of those who didn't, and so were as likely to be talked about with humor as with condemnation. You needed to come to church precisely because you were of this world, not apart from it; rich, poor, sinner, saved, you needed to embrace Christ precisely because you had sins to wash away - because you were human and needed an ally in your difficult journey, to make the peaks and valleys smooth and render all those crooked paths straight.

It was because of these newfound understandings - that religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking, disengage from the battle for economic and social justice, or otherwise retreat from the world that I knew and loved - that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ one day and be baptized. It came about as a choice and not an epiphany; the questions I had did not magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side of Chicago, I felt God's spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.

- Barack Obama: My Spiritual Journey

It's interesting listening to the girls, what they pray for...They'll talk about family and thanking God for blessing us, but they'll always add a little twist: 'I hope we have a great Thanksgiving, I can't wait to see the cousins...They used to pray for a dog, until we got a dog.

- President Barack comments on the Obama family prayer before dinner

It means all the world to us to know that there are prayer circles out there and people who are keeping the spirits clean around us.

- First Lady Michelle Obama

I'd just sit in the back and I'd listen to the choir and I'd listen to the sermon...There were times that I would just start tearing up listening to the choir and share that sense of release.

- President Barack Obama

I don’t think that even Republicans...are stupid enough to actually believe that Obama is a Muslim.  The people who say they believe he is say so because they believe the word ‘Muslim’ to be an insult; an allegation, a charge to be defended against...It’s less acceptable for conservatives to come right out and call him the n-word, for example, so...Muslim is close enough.

A Concise Chart Describing the Actual True Story of  Presidents Barack Obama's Christian Faith

 Non-Christian Upbringing
 Born in Hawaii, Obama was never baptized or taken to Church by any family relatives or friends until he moved out east and attended Columbia University in New York City. Once there, he began attending services at African-American Churches in Harlem in order to enjoy the Gospel music and Christian sermons.
 Non-Christian Father
 Barack's real father was indeed a Muslim who apparently became an atheist, eventually abandoning his (white) American wife to then move back to Islamic Africa and remarry.
 Non-Christian Mother
 President Obama describes his white mother's attitude towards faith as being spiritual, but essentially non-religious. Sometimes, she would tell him stories about the Church she previously attended including the Christian hypocrisy, cruelty, and stupidity she encountered there.
 Religious Conversion
 Barack Obama was baptized as a Protestant Christian in 1988 by Rev. Jeremiah Wright at Trinity United Church of Christ
 Church Involvement
 He remained an active member of the same Protestant Church for 20 years before running for President of the United States of America
 Christian Presidency
 Prays daily, recites Christian grace with his family at every evening meal, continues to attend Church services whenever possible, mentions God, Jesus Christ, and Scriptures in public speeches all the time

Official News Reports of President Barack Obama's Religious Faith of Christianity

Obama's Christian Rhetoric
As president, Barack Obama has mentioned Jesus Christ in a number of high-profile public speeches - something his predecessor George W. Bush rarely did in such settings, even though Bush’s Christian faith was at the core of his political identity...Obama’s invocation of the Christian Messiah is more overt than Americans heard in the public rhetoric of Bush in his time in the White House - even though Bush’s victories were powered in part by evangelical voters....Still, it is ironic that Obama, who rode a wave of young, Internet-savvy and more secular voters to the White House, would more freely invoke the name of Jesus Christ than did Bush.

Obama's Christian Beliefs
In openly personal terms, President Barack Obama on Tuesday honored the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, saying he draws inspiration from an eternal story of pain, suffering and redemption...Obama's comments provided a brief, uncommon opening into how he views his Christian faith. He told the religious leaders that their examples are followed by millions of people. He welcomed them warmly as "my brothers and sisters in Christ" and honored Christ as "our risen savior."...Obama has also held White House events honoring the Jewish and Muslim faiths.

Obama's Christian Family Prayer
The first family says grace each night before dinner, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle told ABC News in an interview that aired Friday...The Obamas have frequently spoken about prayer since arriving in the White House. Last month, Michelle Obama told a nationally syndicated radio show that the Obamas can feel prayers that are said for them...In 2009, Barack Obama said that he had stepped up his praying since becoming president 'because I've got a lot of stuff on my plate, and I need guidance all the time.'...He told ABC News then that he starts each morning by reviewing a devotional he receives on his BlackBerry.

Obama's Little Known Christian Faith
A new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life indicates that the number of Americans who erroneously believe President Obama is a Muslim is growing...In March 2009, the percentage was 11 percent. Today, it's 18 percent...The percentage of those asserting that the president is a Christian -- which he is -- has gone down in that time, from 48% in March 2009 to 34% today...A plurality of Americans -- 43% -- say they don't know what religion the president is.

Obama's Daily Christian Readings
President Barack Obama is a great example of how technology and religion are symbiotic. Each morning, Obama reads a devotional on his BlackBerry....“I pray all the time now - because I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate and I need guidance all the time,” he said with a laugh during an interview with ABC’s Nightline that was aired Thursday night...Obama said he receives his daily devotional from Joshua DuBois, his director of faith and neighborhood initiatives....“That’s how I start my morning. You know, he’s got a passage, scripture, in some cases quotes from other faiths to reflect on. This is something where you just hope that you are aligning your work with His purposes and that you’re attuned to the needs of the people you’re there to serve,” he said.

Obama's Tolerant Christian Understanding of Faith and Sin
"This is a country that is still predominantly Christian, but we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists" and others, he said, adding that "their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own, and that is part of what makes this country what it is."...Humans are "sinful" and "flawed" beings that make mistakes and "achieve salvation through the grace of God," the president continued....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."...Restrictions against late-term abortion are in place now, he said, adding that "people still argue and disagree about it. That's part of our Democratic tradition."

Obama's Christian Faith Denied and Defamed
Americans have some extreme views of President Obama, with a new controversial survey suggesting that 40 percent of adults believe he is a socialist, and about a quarter of survey participants thinking the president is a racist, anti-American and even doing things Hitler did...When broken out by political party, results showed some stark differences. For instance, the majority of Republicans believed the president is a Muslim and a socialist, while around 40 percent believe he is a racist, someone who resents American heritage and "wants terrorists to win."...Forty percent of Republicans, compared with just 15 percent of Democrats, think Wall Street pulls his strings.

Obama's Non-Muslim Past and Christian Present
Obama, however, claimed that his father, who he only knew as an infant, was an atheist. He assured that his time as President has only served to deepen his commitment to Christianity....Obama has repeatedly said that he is a Christian and prays regularly, but more Americans than ever have raised doubts over his beliefs.

Did you know that...

1) Since becoming President, Obama has mentioned Jesus Christ by name in public far more often than George Bush ever did during his tenure?
2) The Obama family, including his wife Michelle and their two daughters, recite Christian grace and prayers every night before eating dinner?
3) Barack Obama begins each morning by reading and reflecting upon Christian Scriptures and Prayers with one of his Christian staff members?
4) The historical evidence shows that Obama was never really a Muslim believer, while his sincere and authentic conversion to Christianity later in life has been clearly documented and verified?
5) President Obama has read and studied Roman Catholic Saint Augustine, the Christian intellectual Graham Greene, and the famous Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr?

+ Bill Keller, a Internet Televangelist, accused President Barack Obama on-air of being an 'Enemy of God'
+ 14 percent of Americans (24 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of Democrats) believe President Barack Obama may be the Antichrist.

The Factual Reality of President Obama's Christian Presidency

- President Obama publically affirmed his Christian faith to a predominantly Muslim audience in Cairo, Egypt. He went to mention the famous Islamic legend of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed came together as one and prayed to God.
- Speaking to students at the University of Notre Dame, Barack Obama repeatedly described about his religious conversion to Christianity which occurred in Chicago working with the inner-city poor as a community activist.
- While discussing his economic policies in a speech at Georgetown Univeristy, President Obama deliberately invoked the Christian Gospel parable of building a house upon a foundation of either sand or solid rock to illustrate his political strategy.
- Even though he remains virulently opposed to nearly all of Obama liberal politics, Mr. Tony Perkins, who is president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian interest group, is on record praising the President's openly Christian faith. Commenting on Barack Obama's religious faith, He stated: 'I don't recall a single example of Bush ever saying Jesus or Christ...This is different...I applaud that. It gives people a sense of comfort.'
- Obama also managed to schedule an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House specifically for Christian pastors. During his opening remarks, he openly and specifically employed devout Christian rhetoric, even welcoming all the assembled guests as 'my brothers and sisters in Christ.'
- A growing number of different news organizations have been reluctantly forced to make note of President Obama's astonishing, and frequent, use of the term Jesus Christ, as well as other blatantly Christian terminology. One particular article even admitted the following: 'Obama’s invocation of the Christian Messiah is more overt than Americans heard in the public rhetoric of Bush in his time in the White House'.

His religious life has been much more private since coming to office...I guess because he got so burned by it during the campaign he’s been reluctant to be very public about his religious affiliation.

- Timothy Longman, a political science professor at Boston University

 Obama Opposition
 Obama's Public Christian Witness
 I don’t need to hear politicians tell me how religious they are...Obama in a very overt way does what Bush tended to do in a more covert way. (Rev. Barry Lynn, United for Separation of Church and State) I don't recall a single example of Bush ever saying Jesus or Christ...This is different...I applaud that. It gives people a sense of comfort.(Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council)
 Obama's Actual Christian Faith
 Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn't meet that requirement...Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called 'false prophets'. (Cal Thomas) Obama has accepted Jesus Christ. That’s what he says he has done. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said.
(Reverend Franklin Graham, Son of Billy Graham)
 Obama's Christian Beliefs
 The fact Senator Obama denies Jesus is the only way to be saved...calls into question whether he believes...It is time for Senator Obama to be held accountable for what he says he believes to examine if he really is a Christian! (Bill Keller) The president says he’s a Christian. I take him at his word...I think the faith that most Americans are questioning is the President’s faith in the government to generate jobs. (Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell)
 Obama's Christian Theology
 I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology...He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter. (James Dobson, Focus on the Family) He presents his Christianity as an important aspect of his identity but one he doesn’t want to foist upon anyone else, and he would rather risk downplaying it than offending somebody...This notion that we are our brothers’ kind of a mantra for him.(Jeffrey Siker, Loyola Marymount University)

The Unbelievably Paranoid and Delusional Beliefs of Some Americans

 Specific Belief of Certain Americans
 38% Obama wants to abolish the right to bear arms
 32% Obama is actually a Muslim in disguise
 29% Obama intends to end U.S. independence and establish a single world government.
 29% Obama has secretly violated the U.S. Constitution
 27% Obama resent's America's heritage
 27% Obama is the puppet of Wall Street bankers
 25% Obama was not actually born on United States soil
 25% Obama is the enemy of the U.S. Constitution
 23% Obama is a racist
 23% Obama is anti-American
 23% Obama plans on staging a economic collapse of terrorist incident to seize control and declare Martial Law
 20% Obama is doing the same thing Hitler did


Consider the fact that in 21st century America, one of the richest, most powerful, and scientifically advanced nations the world has ever seen, an incredibly high number of voting citizens actually believe Barack Obama to be the Devil, the long-predicted enemy of Jesus Christ, also known as the anti-Christ. Here is the exact statistics:

14 percent of Americans (24 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of Democrats) believe President Barack Obama may be the Antichrist.

Now at this point, many skeptics and others who might doubt these unbelievable findings, would be inclined to say that this particular survey and its results must be flawed or incorrect. Think carefully about the percentages just cited above. If accurate, these statistics mean that nearly 15 out of every 100 Americans are under the impression that the most powerful political leader in this country also happens to be the most evil man in literally 2,000 years of Christian civilization. Either this public survey is dead wrong, or a significant number of Americans (and voters) are trapped in a mental state of total delusion and paranoia which has no basis in reality. The outfit who actually conducted this particular poll is, in fact, a leading commercial firm called Harris Interactive. Their various professional research findings usually go by the name Harris Poll. When confronted with these absurd results showing a possibly dangerous level of hysteria about the 'actual identity' of President Obama, the top corporate executive at Harris Interactive was truly astounded at the numbers. After being interviewed about it, he suggested that the mental stability of his fellow American citizens were in jeopardy. Here are some of the exact circumstances:

The results come from an online Harris Poll involving 2,320 adults who were surveyed online between March 1 and March 8 by Harris Interactive, a market research firm. Respondents were read each of 15 statements and asked whether they thought they were true or false....When Humphrey Taylor, chairman of the Harris Poll, Harris Interactive...saw the results he told LiveScience he was 'flabbergasted. I would've guessed the numbers would've been a lot smaller than that...It means that very large numbers of people are misninformed not only about President Obama but many things in modern life.'

In other words, the poll findings are at least somewhat reliable, meaning that 1 in every 4 Americans who identify themselves as Republicans are living in clear denial of actual reality. What exactly is that reality? Well, the historical facts speak for themselves. President Obama was born and raised in a non-religious, non-believing, non-Christian household that was basically Leftist politically. Even so, and as a great number of those who knew him before can attest, Barack's spiritual longings and intellectual  curiosity eventually led him to the African-American Christian Church, where he was formally baptized into the faith of Christianity in the year 1988. Does any of this sound like the background of the legendary anti-Christ, who is predicted to plot, organize, and carry out the mass murder of millions upon millions of Christian believers? Not at all, instead it sounds like there could be some underlying racist sentiments among those Americans who would so causually label their own Commnaner-In-Chief, the archenemy of Jesus Christ and his billions of followers.

- Quarter of Republicans Think Obama May Be the Anti-Christ, byLiveScience Staff