President Obama may not be a Christian or a Muslim , but he has no problem celebrating The Jewish Passover at the White House in 2010.
We have a lot of Bigots in our nation . In case in point here is the recently outrageous and Awkward and uncomfortable interviews aren’t rarities in the wonderful world of media. But Rev. Franklin Graham’s (son of famed evangelist Billy Graham) appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today certainly distinguishes itself, particularly due to the nature of the discussion: The faiths of President Barack Obama and the GOP presidential contenders.Here's more of the diatribe interview:
“Do you believe that President Obama is a Christian?,” co-host Willie Geist asked.
“I think you have to ask President Obama…I think people have to ask Barack Obama — he‘s come out saying he’s a Christian. So, I think the question is ‘What is a Christian?,’” Graham responded.
Geist pushed the faith leader on the question, appearing visibly surprised by his refusal to say, definitively, that Obama is, indeed, a believer. In reaffirming his refusal to confirm Obama’s faith, Graham, cited the president’s description of how he became a Christian — a story that allegedly focused more upon his community organizing than it did a heartfelt connection to the Almighty.
“So therefore by your definition, he’s not a Christian?,” Geist continued, with Graham again saying that he cannot answer that question on the president’s behalf.
Latter Day Saints are not Christian either?Naturally, Geist asked why Graham was able to answer for Santorum, but not for Obama.“Well, because [Santorum's] values are so clear on moral issues,” Graham responded (later in the interview, Graham also said that he believes Newt Gingrich is a Christian – based on the fact that he’s said he is).“[That's] an amazing double standard that you just applied,” said so-host John Heilemann. “Your reaction to the difference — The question about Rick Santorum and President Obama, I think, just exposes an incredible double standard you’re applying to those people. They’re exactly the same situation!”At one point in the middle of the interview, co-host Alex Witt chimed in, asking, “Reverend, what about Mitt Romney…is he a Christian?” Here‘s how the dialogue surrounding the top GOP contender’s faith unfolded:
GRAHAM: “He’s a Mormon.”
WITT: “But he‘s said that he’s part of the Judeo-Christian faith. Do you take him at his word?”
GRAHAM: “No, but most Christians would not recognize Mormonism as part of the Christian faith.”
WITT: “So, he is not a Christian?”
GRAHAM: “Of course they believe in Jesus Christ, but they have a lot of other things that we believe in, too, that we don’t accept theologically.”
The hosts — particularly Geist — was flabbergasted, it seemed, that Graham was willing to reaffirm Christianity in Gingrich and Santorum’s lives, but that he was not willing to do the same for President Obama and Mitt Romney (it’s important to note that Graham has said numerous times that it is permissible for evangelicals to vote for Mormons). When Geist, once again, raised the issue and called out what he saw as a double standard, Graham spoke about the president’s focus on the “Muslims of the world.”
“Under…President Obama, the Muslims of the world — he seems more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim countries,” Graham responded
Holding hands and smiling despite the 37 degree temperatures, the President Obama and his family walked across the street from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church today to attend the 11 a.m. service
While the Obamas have not claimed a church as their own since moving to Washington 2009, the family has attended several different churches, including, on Easter Sunday this year, Shiloh Baptist Church.
St. John’s Church was founded in 1815 and, since James Madison, every presidents has attended at least one service there.
During the contentious interview, Graham declined to say whether he believes Obama is a Christian — a refusal that led to both confusion and angst among the show’s hosts. I personally don't care if Obama is not a Christian , I have had my suspicion that Obama is non practicing man of faith of sorts. He might be our FIRST JEWISH PRESIDENT ?
NOTES & COMMENTS:
A Christian is a person who is trying to be a footstep follower of Jesus, the Christ (anointed one) of God.Some do it better than others, but God will determine that who is a Christian.
Me, you, or anyone else, are not qualified to judge a man’s heart .Why does that matter to you? Doesn’t your religion teach you to “judge not, lest ye be judged”? I bet you NEVER asked that question of GW Bush or any other president. Going to church every Sunday doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. With the amount of sheer unmitigated and unfounded hatred directed at the president by you so-called Christians, it’s a wonder y’all don’t just burst into flames whenever you walk into a church………….