December 16, 2010
Obama’s Christian faith back in foreground
I know I’ve been a little MIA the past few days, but now I’m just one very long seminar paper (on how and why Congress should save the news gatherers) away from being half way done with law school. That loud exhale you just heard? It was me, though, to be sure, the life of a student is not so bad.
In the meantime what did I miss? Well, it looks like President Obama, whose Christian faith was a constant question during his presidential campaign and then again after he moved into the White House but elected against joining a Washington church, has decided to again embrace the Christian label.
This headline from the Religion News Service—“Obama, in shadow of worrisome polls, embraces `Christian’ label”—has just the right balance of skepticism and cynicism. Here’s a snippet of the story:
As I mentioned, Obama’s occasionally Christian tone goes back to his presidential campaign and likely has been resurrected—ahem—by the lingering belief among a fifth of Americans that Obama is actually Muslim.
Obama’s theology, though, hasn’t always lined up with Christian beliefs, such as this statement in September. He also got in trouble twice in about a month for omitting “creator” from the line in the Declaration of Independence about all humans being endowed with inalienable rights. One of those is in the above video.