Religion of Barack Hussein Obama

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Barack Hussein Obama's religious beliefs are currently the subject of intense speculation. It is believed that he is either a Muslim, an Atheist or a Christian. There is a significant body of evidence that supports he has a faith in each.

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." [1]
  • Since assuming office Obama has not attended a single church function.[Citation Needed] [2]

Obama and Islam

Obama and Christianity

Barak Obama and his wife (who was raised a Baptist) were members of the Trinity United Church of Christ[3] 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.[4] This denomination was the first in America to ordain gays, women and blacks as ministers.[Citation Needed] According to his sister, Obama was baptized at this church in 1988, when he was in his late 20's.[5] 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."[6]. He also called Wright's rhetoric "a bunch of rants that aren't grounded in the truth."[7][8]


  1., Obama retakes oath of office after Roberts' mistake, January 22, 2009[1]
  2. Obama skips Church (LATimes)
  3., 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.
  4., Obama's church pushes controversial doctrines, by Margaret Talev, March 20, 2008 [3]
  5. International Herald Tribune, Barack Obama's search for faith, by Jodi Kantor, April 30, 2007 [4]
  6., Obama Drops Church Membership in Chicago, May 31, 2008[5],
  7. 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]
  8. U.S. News and World Report, Obama Says He Is Outraged By Wright's "Rants", April 30, 2008[7]