September 28th, 2010
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Obama questioned on abortion, why he is a Christian

Albuquerque, New Mexico (CNN) - An event billed as a discussion on the economy turned personal Tuesday when a woman asked President Barack Obama about his Christian faith and views on abortion.

The question came at a town hall-style meeting in the yard of an Albuquerque home as part of Obama's public outreach to explain his policies and campaign for Democrats in the November congressional elections.

With a recent survey showing that only a third of Americans can correctly identify Obama as a Christian, the president gave a personal account of his conversion as an adult and how his public service is part of his faith.

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  1. ehwilson429

    who craes what he is? but one thing is for certain Rev Wright was not running a Christian church.
    Trinity is a political association with a choir to assure tax exempt status.

    September 28, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. stufit

    Tough questions for an empty suit to answer without consutling a binkyprompter for a carefully worded response written by the SEIU.

    September 28, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Stuf this

    I refuse to accept that Panamanian born John McCain is an American. I know that McCain is not a Christian because he indulges in lying and misinformation, breaking his marriage vows that be made before God, and putting his own interests and big business interests ahead of the good of the people. He unleashed a running mate that is unfit for public service, indulged in witchcraft, and she palled around with members of the Alaskan secessionists.

    September 28, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. gt

    obama cant win,,, the left wing nuts are non -believers and dont believe in God... 30 % of americans think he is muslim... and 50 % think jeramiah wrights church dont teach christian in its teaching,,,what a mess....ugh

    September 28, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't care if he's a midget Muslim Jewish Buddhist his ACTIONS are more Christian than anybody else I've seen in politics in decades.

    My mother was a Catholic who stopped going to Church because she got fed up with the 'antics' of Catholic priests, and the way the Catholic Church referenced Gays and Lesbians, among other things. She said that her God knew her heart and actions, which were in line with his teachings of loving and caring for the least of your brothers. She was prayerful and a good Christian but she did not carry a big cross blazoned on her chest.

    There are way too many people out there caught up on the "appearance" of being a good Christian; going to Church every Sunday, taking Communion, quoting the Bible verse and chapter. Yet when it comes down to the actual doing they fall short. They mistreat their brothers and sisters; adore at the altar of greed and money; lie and cheat without compunction and are generally out for themselves and what they can get.

    Whether Obama attends Church every Sunday or not he's proven to me that he walks the walk of a true Christian. Or at the very least a person who believes in hard-work, the equal and fair treatment of human beings, and being your brother's keeper, whatever religion that represents.

    That's good enough for me.

    September 28, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. angry liberal

    The real question is "Why did you attend a hate-speech church?"

    September 28, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Snow

    He is not a Christian, but he will say he is or whatever else the unions tell him to say.

    September 28, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter (the real one), I'm no expert, but...

    Because the most important trait in a leader is belief in the invisible sky fairy? Gimme a break. Ancient folklore mixed with medieval superstition is no basis for governance. And the "founding fathers" would agree with me if any of you teatards would read what they wrote about religion. Have a nice day!

    September 28, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Ben in Texas

    Induced abortion is a single point on a continuum of sex related topics. On the far left are cultures like the ancient Romans who practiced infanticide, and on the far right, there are those like Christine O'Donnell who believe in celibacy to the point of condemning masturbation. Yet the right wingers see opposition to abortion as a litmus test. There are even levels of opposition to abortion based upon whether the pregnant female is under age, a victim of incest or rape, or mentally incompetent.

    The acceptable point on that line for those who claim to be Christian but whose religion is closer to that of the Pharisees, has moved steadily to the right in the past decades. For many, the goal would be a sexual landscape devoid of birth control (except for the rich), sex allowed only in heterosexual marriages performed in a church (except for the rich), and formal government oppression for those who stray outside the fundamentalists' ideal of what the Old Testament god prescribed (again, except for the rich). Those who support this "ideal" have been brainwashed into believing that fundamentalism is somehow moral, when in fact it is anything but.

    Those who condemn Rev. Wright are themselves among the most immoral and unChristian, having thrown the first stone and made judgments on their brother and sister human beings. If they profess to be Christian, they should emulate Christ, not the Pharisees.

    September 28, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Abortion's legal. It's the woman's choice. Until a man grows a uterus, he doesn't get a say-so.

    Personally, I would rather have a president who isn't overly religious. I want someone intelligent and with common sense, not someone like Bush who said "God told him to do something." After all, that's what Bin Laden said - that Allah told him to do something.

    September 28, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. King

    Why they think chritianity, that came into exirtance two thousand years ago is the true religen. So what would call the jewish faith that christianity come from, the real dont even accept christianity.

    September 28, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What some of these hypocrites need to do is question their own so-called Christianity. Last time I checked lying did'nt make you a good Christian; spreading mis-information didn't make you a good Christian; spreading hate and divisiveness didn"t make you a good Christian; cheating on your wife; drinking to excess; preying on the young, old and the infirm didn't make you a good Christian.

    Even if you wrapped yourself in the flag, carried the Bible under arm while hugging a veteran with the other THAT doesn't make you a good Christian.

    Can you withstand the scrutiny of YOUR OWN CHRISTIANITY??

    Then you need to shut the hell up, and stop judging lest ye be judged.

    September 28, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Until a man grows a uterus, he doesn't get a say-so."

    I was going to make a different comment until I saw that. I'm sorry to inform you that we men do get a say-so. I'm also sorry that I bother vocally and vehemently supporting the Constitutional right to choose only to receive your statement as a thank you.

    September 28, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |