by Dan Quinn

OneNewsNow, the far-right website that bills itself as a source of the “latest news from a Christian perspective,” might as well have included that question in its “poll” of readers Wednesday. The website posted an Associated Press article reporting President Obama’s comments about his Christian faith. Then readers were invited to take part in this multiple-choice poll:

What troubles you the most about President Obama’s views about Christianity?

– He suggests Christ died on the cross to convey humility – He believes there are other paths to grace that should be revered – He sees no conflict between abortion and the precepts of Jesus Christ

Ummm… how about an option for “Nothing troubles me about the president’s views about Christianity”? Or “I consider his religious views none of my business.”

OneNewsNow would never consider optional answers like those, of course. Doing so would suggest that the website’s editors think some readers don’t share their religious bigotry.… Read More

by Dan Quinn

Some critics have continually and absurdly attacked President Obama for supposedly not calling out the murderers behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, for supposedly not talking about his Christian faith (if, indeed, they even believe he’s a Christian) and for supposedly being too pro-Muslim (whatever that means). So we thought this response by President Obama to a question at his press conference today was particularly interesting. Regardless of whether one supports or opposes the president’s public policies, surely we can all agree that his response here reveals how our nation is strengthened by respecting religious freedom for people of all faiths. Can’t we? President Obama (from the transcript here):

“One of the things that I most admired about President Bush was after 9/11, him being crystal-clear about the fact that we were not at war with Islam. We were at war with terrorists and murderers who had perverted Islam, had stolen its banner to carry out their outrageous acts. And I was so proud of the country rallying around that idea, that notion that we are not going to be divided by religion; we’re not going to be divided by ethnicity. We are all Americans. We stand together against… Read More

A piece in the Washington Post today reveals insights into President Obama's Christian faith -- and gives readers some perspective into how easily the right uses faith as a weapon to divide Americans for political gain. The story notes a circle of Christian spiritual advisers who privately counsel and pray with the president and begins with this vignette: As he flew aboard Air Force One to Chicago on his 49th birthday earlier this month, President Obama dialed three Christian pastors to pray with him. On an airborne conference call, he kidded with the religious leaders about being abandoned by his wife and daughters, who were away on vacation and at camp. As he celebrated his birthday, he was in a reflective mood. He told them he wanted to pray about the year that had passed, what's really important in life and the challenges ahead. "That was simply something that he wanted to do at his initiative because it was important to him," said Joel Hunter, an evangelical pastor who was on the call and who is part of a small circle of spiritual advisers who frequently talk to Obama by phone. The prayer session, which was not publicized…… Read More

by Dan Quinn

Reading his increasingly vitriolic commentaries, one begins to question the Rev. Peter Marshall's grasp of reality. Yet the State Board of Education put him in a prominent position to influence what millions of public school children in Texas will learn in their social studies classrooms. The mind still reels at the thought. In any case, consider two recent commentaries posted on his website. Marshall's July 22 commentary about Islam included this stunning and vicious attack on Muslim Americans: "When it comes to the reality of Islam in America, can a good or devout Muslim be a good American? No. The answer, my friends, is a flat 'no!' The only Muslim that could possibly be a good American is a Muslim that is non-practicing, or one that is in the process of repudiating Islam. Why? Because Islam is completely incompatible with either Christianity or patriotic Americanism." Marshall then offered a bizarre rant about President Obama in his July 29 commentary: (I)rony abounds when one realizes that our current President, who claimed in his election campaign to really be 'one of the people,' and that he could 'hear' the plights and needs…… Read More

by Dan Quinn

Remember when we told you how Cathie Adams, when she served as head of the far-right group Texas Eagle Forum, arrogantly questioned the religious faith of President Obama? Today we saw a perfect example of why that kind of religious bigotry continues to make the political rounds. The far-right website OneNewsNow -- "the day's stories from a biblical perspective" -- has a new post that recycles the long discredited claim that President Obama is a Muslim: "Since before he was elected, controversy has stirred over the extent of President Obama's ties to Islam. During the campaign, he spoke openly of both his Muslim upbringing and his adult conversion to Christianity. But now two major Middle East media outlets -- Nile TV International and Israel Today Magazine -- are reporting that the president has admitted in recent months that he is a Muslim. Those outlets say that Obama, in a one-on-one meeting earlier this year with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, told Gheit that he was still a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father, and the step-son of a Muslim step-father; that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims; and that he was sympathetic towards…… Read More