Barack Obama has raised the issue of faith a number of times over the course of his tenure in office – calling America “no longer” a Christian nation as well as one of the “largest” Muslim countries.
But apparently those statements will be only on his terms, as press secretary Jay Carney declined to allow a question on the issue at a White House news briefing.
Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House and the second-most senior reporter on the beat, tried to ask the question but was not allowed the opportunity by Carney.
Kinsolving was prepared to ask, “Sen. Rick Santorum, a Christian, has come under fire for talking about the Devil. Question. Does the president, another professed Christian, also believe in the Devil?”
Instead of addressing the issue, Carney allowed the front row of reporters including AP and ABC, to ask dozens of questions.
There have been a number of controversial references, or lack of references, to faith-related issues over Obama’s tenure. He notably left “the Creator” out of multiple references to those citations in America’s founding documents. He also has gone out of his way to recognize Muslim events, while at the same time allowing some traditional Christian events to be passed by.
Just recently, Rev. Franklin Graham said he has “no idea” what Obama really believes, even though Obama publicly insists he’s Christian and cites his attendance at the Chicago church when the radical Rev. Jeremiah Wright was preaching, “God d— America.”
Pundits from across the spectrum are wondering.
Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” doubts Obama is a practicing Christian.
“I just don’t believe it,” he said recently.
GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum says Obama follows a “phony theology” not based on the Bible and preached by radicals.
“He went to Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years,” the former Pennsylvania senator pointed out this week in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Obama’s longtime church, Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago, preaches an Afrocentric, and at times anti-American, doctrine. Wright gave a sermon the Sunday after 9/11 in which he thundered, “America’s chickens! Coming home! To roost!”
Recent polls show at least 4 in 10 Americans have no idea what Obama’s religious beliefs are. The mystery surrounding his faith has led to growing interest in a subject normally considered too private to debate in politics.
Before campaigning for president, Obama expressed doubts about the inerrancy of Scripture. In a 2006 “Call to Renewal” keynote address in Washington, he said: “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between scriptural edicts – sensing that some passages are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”
Obama also is not sure there is an afterlife – a Heaven or a Hell – which also is in keeping with the beliefs of black liberation theology. He has confessed that he is not “sure what happens when we die.”