February 3rd, 2011
10:54 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama delivers major speech on personal faith

(CNN) - President Barack Obama gave an unusually personal speech about his religious faith on Thursday, saying that "it is the biblical injunction to serve the least of these that keeps me going and keeps me from being overwhelmed," in address to a prayer breakfast in Washington.

The speech, delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast, comes on the heels of public opinion surveys that show only a minority of Americans know that Obama is a Christian and that a growing number believe he's a Muslim.

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  1. Tom

    This is dumb and sad at the same time. Instead of focusing on topics that matter we take a moment to admit to the lunacy of religion???

    February 3, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "There are folks who have a misunderstanding of the president's faith and who repeat that misunderstanding."

    Translation: "I can't openly say the truth here because it will just kick the hornet's nest, but the reality is, just like that idiotic birther crap, the "Obama is a muslim" meme is a purposeful and calculated attempt to create fear, anger, resentment towards him and his family and to paint him as "not one of us," unamerican and secretly in league with al Waeda and other exrtemists and plotting to help muslims atke over America. When you have myriad morons and GOP minions shouting it despite all evidence to the contrary and concerted efforts by people like Gaffney, who just accused him of wanting to help the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt despite it being untrue and there being no evidence whatsoever to support such garbage, it sort of defies logic to deny that this is part of the GOP/conservative strategy for tearing down this President. Add in the constant fear mongering about muslims, the anti-mosque nonsense, paranoid delusional conspiracy theories about jihad babies and what-not and I feel safe guaranteeing to you right here and now that the history books will record it all as partisan, political and propaganda."

    February 3, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Canuck

    Who cares – what about the seperation of church and state??

    February 3, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Queue up the GOPers saying things like "I have no doubt that he's a Christian" while dogwhistling that they do have doubts and winking at their base....

    It's very simple. First, they declare they have no doubts. Then, for example, they immediately move on to virulently criticizing how he is handling Egypt's crisis, using his middle name, demagoguing about how dangerous al Qaeda and muslim extremists are, maybe mention that he supported American citizens' right to build mosques wherever it complies with local land use regulations and, finally, close with some shtick drawing some loose implied correlation between unconstitutional health care reform laws and the imaginary looming danger of Sharia taking over our judicial system.

    There. Simple. They don't even need Karl Rove or Sean Hannity. I can do it for half what you jackholes pay them.

    February 3, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. bobby robertson

    what if the president was a moslem that would be great as long as he abides american laws ps for me a cristian it is ok

    February 3, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mr. President, short of a physical *re-birth* from your mothers womb televised live from Hawaii on FOX News, I sincerely doubt sharing your Christian faith will matter one way or the other to the Birther crowd - so hooked on hatred of you as they are. To them you are, and will always remain, a Muslim. I suspect your name has as much to do with it than anything else they put out as fact.

    February 3, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. MimiB50

    For over two hundred years the U.S. Constitution has guaranteed all American citizens the "freedom of religion."
    Where in the Constitution does it say that the U.S. President is exempt from this law? Where in the Constitution does it stipulate that the American President must be Christian, or even express a belief in God?
    President Obama has every right to believe or disbelieve in the "God" of his choice, just as we all do.
    A large majority of the American people have had enough confidence in Mr. Obama's integrity to vote him into office. Lets not undermine this very difficult job by scrutinizing his every thought (and prayers). We are Americans, we enjoy all the rights our Constitution affords us. Let's thank God we have a President who has the right to do the same.

    I

    February 3, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "it is the biblical injunction to serve the least of these that keeps me going and keeps me from being overwhelmed,"
    -------------------------------------------------–
    THIS ONE is a true Christian.
    THIS ONE is not just paying lip-service to Bible teachings unike OTHERS.
    THIS ONE adheres to what is right and just even if it is not politically expedient, or personally profitable.
    THIS ONE IS MY PRESIDENT!!
    Obama 2012.

    February 3, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Susan Clingan

    CNN asked why you think Obama is NOT a Christian.....I believe in my heart he is Muslim. Didn't he REFUSE to put his hand on the Holy Bible to take his oath for President? He used a Muslim Bible.....Did he tell Muslim's he shared their belief as a Muslim???? He is trying to win votes for the next election from Christian people and HE WILL NOT GET THEIR VOTE. I could say more but only God can judge.....

    February 3, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. fayse

    I do believe that the President is a Christian. I also believe that it is very unchristian for any so called Christian to question the faith of a fellow Christian. As regards the Tea Party, for all of their talk about being Christian, all one must do is observe their actions. They may be Christian but they don't act like it.

    February 3, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Al Hake

    RE; The more the president declares his faith , the more the doubtors will doubt, the some way to discredit him and religion is the most profound.

    February 3, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "CNN asked why you think Obama is NOT a Christian.....I believe in my heart he is Muslim. Didn't he REFUSE to put his hand on the Holy Bible to take his oath for President? He used a Muslim Bible.....Did he tell Muslim's he shared their belief as a Muslim???? He is trying to win votes for the next election from Christian people and HE WILL NOT GET THEIR VOTE. I could say more but only God can judge....."

    PLEASE SUSAN, GET YOUR LIES STRAIGHT. From PolitiFact:

    "An anonymous e-mail says Barack Obama took the oath of office for the U.S. Senate on a Koran, the holy book of Islam. We thought it would be odd if that were true, since Obama is a Christian. In fact, it is wrong.

    The e-mail also spells the book's name "Kuran," though usually it is spelled Koran or Quran.

    Two press reports from Obama's swearing-in ceremony in January 2005 mention specifically that Obama took the oath of office by placing his hand on his own copy of the Bible. The Barack Obama campaign also confirmed that it was a Bible and that the book belonged to Obama. Vice President Dick Cheney, in his role as president of the Senate, administered the oath."

    From reality:

    OBAMA SWORE THE OATH ON THE SAME BIBLE USED BY LINCOLN IN 1861.

    February 3, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "Lately, the LOUDER the TP shouts – the more the American people turn the volume DOWN!! The TP, in my opinion, has run their course and it’s sickening now for them to still get so much news!!"

    Hey – how's that coffee party thingy that you were all excited about working out for ya?

    February 3, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please allow me to say that while I wrote "THIS ONE is a true Christian" I could've just as easily replaced the word Christian with ANY OTHER religion that believes in doing right by their fellow man.

    The President's religion should be immaterial. The content of his character, his work-ethic, and his sense of justice socially and politically is what should be important and central to the discussion. IMO.

    February 3, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Glenn Koons

    Ah,the drive for the middleclass faith Bible Belt voters that he had conned in 2008 and now waiting for the 2012 election campaign. Frankly, his actions do not show even what he said he believed. His policies have been destroying the very system that he could have used to aid the poor, the hurting. He has dissed capitalism and free enterprise and job creation.

    February 3, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Marly R

    Where are all these Americans hiding? Even as a proud Canadian I know that Obama is a Christian and lives his life as such. Come on, people, inform yourself and do not rely on others for your "facts"–then again, some believe what they choose to believe and the truth be damned! How sad and frightening.

    February 3, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. terry, va

    I truly hope he has faith. There isn't anything worse than a pretender. My opinion is he is a pretender, but it is not for me to judge.

    February 3, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Susan Clingan, you mistake my Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, who IS a Muslim, and used his personal Koran during his swearing in, for that of President Obama, who did put his hand on the Holy Bible during his swearing in, and as it was well noted at the time, used the the same Bible that President Lincoln had used during HIS inaguration.

    February 3, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |