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April 17, 2014

Barack Obama on Christianity and Islam ... In his own words

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Over at American Thinker Thomas Lifson points to a website called Now The End Begins, which has compiled 40 comments by Barack Obama on Christianity and Islam. As Lifson aptly notes, collectively, they create quite an interesting picture and although there may be instances of the president speaking as favorably of Christianity as he does of Islam, like Lifson, I'm not aware of them. The mind-blowing list has been reprinted here, and speaks volumes about his foreign policy and governance (as in proclaiming the Fort Hood massacre by Nidal Malik Hasan as 'workplace violence'), as well as giving sound reasons for scratching one's head regarding the honesty of his claim to be a Christian.

Here are the first 8 of the 20 listed Obama comments on Islam:

  1. "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

  2. "The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer."

  3. "We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world -- including in my own country."

  4. "As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam."

  5. "Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance."

  6. "Islam has always been part of America."

  7. "We will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities."

  8. "These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings."

Here are the first 8 of the 20 listed Obama comments on Christianity:

  1. "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation."

  2. "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation,"

  3. "Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?"

  4. "Even those who claim the Bible's inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages -- the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ's divinity -- are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life."

  5. "The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics."

  6. "From Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope: "I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex -- "nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount."

  7. "Obama's response when asked what his definition of sin is: "Being out of alignment with my values."

  8. "If all it took was someone proclaiming I believe Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins, and that was all there was to it, people wouldn't have to keep coming to church, would they."
Read the rest here ... and decide for yourself.

Posted by Hyscience at April 17, 2014 2:35 PM

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