Religion of Barack Obama

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Obama's religion is much discussed by political commentators. The issue of whether he is Christian, Muslim, or non-religious has many journalists and columnists agitated and exercised.

  • Dr. James Dobson accused Obama of "deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own world view, his own confused theology."
  • "My particular set of beliefs," Obama says, "may not be perfectly consistent with the beliefs of other Christians."
  • "You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt."
  • "coming out of the Republican camp to suggest that perhaps I'm not who I say I am when it comes to my faith."
  • "Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts."
  • "Faith is not just something you have, it's something you do."
  • "My faith reminds me that we all are sinners."

The liberal magazine Newsweek spreads falsehoods about Obama's beliefs:[1]

  • Born to a Christian-turned-secular mother [correction: mother who abandoned Christianity] and a Muslim-turned-atheist African father [correction: almost no African Muslims become atheists], Obama grew up living all across the world with plenty of spiritual influences, but without any particular religion [correction: he was raised as a Muslim].
  • He is now a Christian, having been baptized in the early 1990s at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago [correction: no evidence of any baptism, and all evidence points against Obama's claim to be a Christian].
  • When the family lived in Indonesia, [his mother] Ann, on occasion, would take the children to Catholic Mass; after returning to Hawaii, they would celebrate Easter and Christmas at United Church of Christ congregations [correction: meaningless even if true].
  • During his years in Indonesia, Obama went first to a Catholic school—and then to a public elementary school with a weekly class of religious education that reflected the dominant Muslim culture [correction: Obama was reportedly registered as a Muslim student at a Catholic school].
  • He said, "I decided that the meaning I found in my life, the values that were most important to me, the sense of wonder that I had, the sense of tragedy that I had—all these things were captured in the Christian story." [correction: "Christian story"? No real Christian refers to the faith that way.]

Candidate Obama held a TV interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos in which he said "My Muslim faith." George immediately interrupted to save Obama, "My Christian" [faith]. "My Christian faith," Mr. Obama said quickly. "Well, what I'm saying is that he [McCain] hasn't suggested that I'm a Muslim..." [2]

Obama and Atheism

  • When he initially took the oath of office on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, Obama misspoke (possibly due to Chief Justice Roberts not being prepared) and out of an "abundance of caution" the oath was retaken the next day. noted, "Though a Bible was used in Tuesday's oath, one was not used for Wednesday's." [3]

Obama and Christianity

Barack Obama and his wife (who was raised a Baptist) were members of the Trinity United Church of Christ[4] in Chicago, led by Pastor Jeremiah Wright, for twenty years. The church embraces black liberation theology and its emphasis on empowering oppressed groups against establishment forces.[5] This denomination was the first in America to ordain gays, women and blacks as ministers. According to his sister, Obama was baptized at this church in 1988, when he was in his late 20's.[6] Obama describes his conversion in his book, The Audacity of Hope, the title of which is taken from one of Pastor Wright's sermons.

In April 2008, Obama disavowed Pastor Wright's views. In May 2008, Obama left his church after twenty years of membership. His response blamed the media , stating “It's not fair to the other members of the church who seek to worship in peace, so our faith remains strong and I suspect we will find another church home for our family."[7]. He also called Wright's rhetoric "a bunch of rants that aren't grounded in the truth."[8][9]


  1. Barack Obama's Christian Journey | Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008
  2. Obama's verbal slip fuels his critics Washington Times, September 7, 2008
  3., Obama retakes oath of office after Roberts' mistake, January 22, 2009[1]
  4., Trinity United Church of Christ web site[2] We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.
  5., Obama's church pushes controversial doctrines, by Margaret Talev, March 20, 2008 [3]
  6. International Herald Tribune, Barack Obama's search for faith, by Jodi Kantor, April 30, 2007 [4]
  7., Obama Drops Church Membership in Chicago, May 31, 2008[5],
  8. USA TODAY, Obama breaks with former pastor, Candidate cites rants on U.S. role in terror, AIDS, by Kathy Kiely and David Jackson, no date given [6]
  9. U.S. News and World Report, Obama Says He Is Outraged By Wright's "Rants", April 30, 2008[7]