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Barack and Michelle Obama Are Not Muslim. They Are Members of United Church of Christ, (UCC).

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Barack Obama has a More Religiously Diverse & Secular Background than Most
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Barack Obama's religious background is more diverse than that of most prominent politicians, but it may prove to be representative of future generations of Americans who grow up in an increasingly diverse America. His mother was raised by non-practicing Christians; his father was raised a Muslim but was an atheist by the time he had married Obama's mother. Obama's step-father was also Muslim, but of an eclectic kind who could make room for animist and Hindu beliefs. Neither Obama nor his mother were ever atheists, but she raised him in a relatively secular household where he learned about religion.
In his book The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama writes:
I was not raised in a religious household. For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness. However, in her mind, a working knowledge of the world's great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology.
On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well.
As a child in Indonesia, Obama studied for two years at one Muslim school and then two years at a Catholic school. In both places he experienced religious indoctrination, but in neither case did the indoctrination take hold: during Quranic studies he made faces and during Catholic prayers he would look around the room. Eventually, Barack Obama abandoned this non-conformism and skepticism to be baptized as an adult in the Trinity United Church of Christ.
The United Church of Christ emphasizes the freedom of the individual conscience over adherence to creeds or hierarchical authority. This is similar to traditional Baptist Christianity and something that is honored more in theory than in practice when it comes to the Southern Baptist Convention. Several historical creeds and catechisms are used by the United Church of Christ as statements of what their faith, but none are used as "tests of faith" which a person must swear upon.
A 2001 study by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research found the denomination's churches are fairly evenly split between conservative and liberal/progressive beliefs. Official policy statements from the church leaders tend to be more liberal than conservative, but the denomination is organized in such a way that disagreements by individuals churches are allowed. For example, the United Church of Christ is the largest Christian denomination to come out in favor of "equal marriage rights for all," which means full marriage rights for gay couples, but there are many individual churches which do not support this.
Other famous members of the United Church of Christ include Barry Lynn, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr, Howard Dean, and Jim Jeffords.
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  • hasher 2012/10/12 12:53:01
    Disagree
    hasher
    +1
    just because you go to a certain church doesnt make you who you are.
  • nerak611 hasher 2012/10/12 18:12:31
    nerak611
    Or you! It does say I was brought up in the church, so therefore know better about religions than those who were not. I was exposed to views of other religions as well. Lutherans came from the Catholic Church. Martin Luther, broke from the traditional Catholic because he did not subscribe to all beliefs of Catholics, we don't have confessions, and we don't worship Mary. Actually, my faith in God makes me who I am. The only one I need to approve is God. Stop playing God.
  • ReconMa... nerak611 2012/10/15 21:23:53
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    The ONLY one playing GOD here is YOU with your Self Rightous Attitude..
  • nerak611 ReconMa... 2012/10/15 23:15:57
    nerak611
    Self Rightous, or is it because I know what I am talking about????? Don't you hate it when you're wrong and someone points it out??????
  • ReconMa... nerak611 2012/10/15 23:46:09
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    YOU have No Idea What you are talking about...Not at all...
    Just Your LIB BS Point of View and as you stated to me above, Don't read RW Reports...Pretty Self Evident that YOU only View One Side as Truth and Not ALL Points of View to Gain and INFORMED View...
  • nerak611 ReconMa... 2012/10/16 01:52:20
    nerak611
    That, is your opinion. I know exactly what I am talking about. Bottom line. Not to mention, that Wright has a few screws lose, and is NOT a representation of the UCC. Obamas have not gone to the church in four years. Hell yeah, I'd have left that church too! Keep dreaming though......................
  • ReconMa... hasher 2012/10/15 21:24:08
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    Very true...
  • Farnsworth 2012/10/11 19:56:49
    Disagree
    Farnsworth
    +4
    they are members of Wrights Black Separatist Church
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/12 03:40:58
    nerak611
    They were members. Wright lied about Obama in hopes another black man would become president. Also, UCC is NOT a black Separate church! That one is funny. The United Church of Christ is not all black people either. At least two I knew of in my home town. Don't do religion or church, huh?
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/12 03:59:04
    Farnsworth
    +2
    Black separatist is a theology that can be associated with any "church" peaches.

    Don't do religion?? Not in awhile, but I've been a Methodist, Pentecostal and went to a Assembly of God for a short time. That enough Ms. Expert??
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/12 04:20:07
    nerak611
    Touchy aren't we"???Just checking! You just wouldn't believe this, but some people make things exist that aren't there, ya know? I have five minister's in my family, one was my father.
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/12 10:14:02
    Farnsworth
    +2
    " but some people make things exist that aren't there" yes, true but failure to acknowledge a truth doesn't mean it isn't there, ya know??


    I have 5 teachers in my family, does it mean I can teach?
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/12 18:15:50
    nerak611
    I'm not ignoring the truth, you are.
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/12 18:18:31
    Farnsworth
    +2
    no, your pretty much ignoring the ideology of Rev. Wrights "church". But thats OK, just pull your head out of the sand now and then and take a breath.
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/13 05:29:56
    nerak611
    DUH!!!!! He is a minister at one UCC church. Obama hasn't been there since 2008. My father was a minister at A Lutheran Church, not all Lutheran churches.
  • ReconMa... nerak611 2012/10/15 21:33:27
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    Totally Missing The Point, in your efforts to Protect the King Obama...
    That really Shows the Stupidity of this whole Poll then...
  • nerak611 ReconMa... 2012/10/15 23:17:30
    nerak611
    It's not 'stupid', it's factual, and your attempts to try to connect Obama as a Muslim trying to start a war just aren't going anywhere.
  • ReconMa... nerak611 2012/10/15 23:47:48
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    He IS a Muslim...Deal With It...
    He even Said So in the ABC Interview with Geo Stephenopolis...
    THAT IS FACT....
  • nerak611 ReconMa... 2012/10/16 01:54:17
    nerak611
    His father was. If he is, he doesn't practice it. If he is, WHO CARES??? I don't. It doesn't anything different from being a Christian.
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/13 05:32:28
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/13 06:49:18
    Farnsworth
    +2
    again, you do not address my contention that Wrights "church" teaches Black separatists theology. It makes no difference what the shingle says hanging over the doorway.
  • ReconMa... Farnsworth 2012/10/15 21:34:14
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +2
    You are so Correct on that one...She cannot see the Forest for the Trees...
  • Farnsworth ReconMa... 2012/10/15 22:16:41
    Farnsworth
    +2
    thank you, I was beginning to think it was me.
  • ReconMa... Farnsworth 2012/10/15 22:39:59
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +2
    Not You at All, My Friend...Totally Her..I have been a few polls with her and she is Way Out There...
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/16 01:55:44
    nerak611
    So what???? Wright is a nut. Obama left that church, and I don't blame him. He attends other churches when he goes.
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/16 11:09:36
    Farnsworth
    +1
    “I can no more disown [Rev. Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown the black community."
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/16 21:37:42
    nerak611
    I starred the last three paragraphs.


    October 2, 2012, 9:49 PM 116 Comments
    Obama’s Wright Ties Highlighted Again
    By MICHAEL D. SHEAR


    Fox News and the conservative blogger Matt Drudge on Tuesday night trumpeted a five-year-old video of President Obama praising his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., reviving the issue on the eve of Mr. Obama’s first debate with Mitt Romney.

    In the video clip from 2007, which was reported on at the time, Mr. Obama is shown delivering an impassioned speech about race and poverty during a conference for black clergy at Hampton University, a historically black college in Virginia. During the speech, he singles out Mr. Wright in the audience.

    “I’ve got to give a special shout-out to my pastor, the guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He’s a friend and a great leader. Not just in Chicago, but all across the country,” Mr. Obama said on June 5. “Please everybody, give an extraordinary welcome to my pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr.”

    The video, which was obtained in full and posted by the Daily Caller, another conservative Web site, also shows Mr. Obama talking about the difficulties faced by the homeless people and veterans. He says such people “may need help with basic skills — how to show up to ...


























    I starred the last three paragraphs.


    October 2, 2012, 9:49 PM 116 Comments
    Obama’s Wright Ties Highlighted Again
    By MICHAEL D. SHEAR


    Fox News and the conservative blogger Matt Drudge on Tuesday night trumpeted a five-year-old video of President Obama praising his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., reviving the issue on the eve of Mr. Obama’s first debate with Mitt Romney.

    In the video clip from 2007, which was reported on at the time, Mr. Obama is shown delivering an impassioned speech about race and poverty during a conference for black clergy at Hampton University, a historically black college in Virginia. During the speech, he singles out Mr. Wright in the audience.

    “I’ve got to give a special shout-out to my pastor, the guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He’s a friend and a great leader. Not just in Chicago, but all across the country,” Mr. Obama said on June 5. “Please everybody, give an extraordinary welcome to my pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr.”

    The video, which was obtained in full and posted by the Daily Caller, another conservative Web site, also shows Mr. Obama talking about the difficulties faced by the homeless people and veterans. He says such people “may need help with basic skills — how to show up to work on time, wear the right clothes and act appropriately in an office. We have to help them get there.”

    The publication of the video was apparently an attempt to counter the recent video showing Mr. Romney characterizing “47 percent” of the American public as dependent on government.

    An article on the Daily Caller Web site described the video as showing a “racially charged and at times angry speech” in which Mr. Obama describes “a racist, zero-sum society.”

    Sean Hannity, a Fox News host, played several clips from the video in which Mr. Obama complains about the lack of help for the communities in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Hannity called the clips evidence of the “most divisive class warfare” from Mr. Obama and said it offered “a glimpse into the mind of the real Barack Obama.”

    The release of the clip showing the president praising Mr. Wright appeared to be designed to remind undecided voters of the controversial comments about race and religion that caused Mr. Obama to distance himself from his longtime pastor during the 2008 campaign.

    Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Mr. Obama’s campaign, said of the video:

    “In a transparent attempt to change the subject from his comments attacking half of the American people, Mitt Romney’s allies recirculated video of a 2007 event that was open to and extensively covered by the press at the time. The only thing shocking about this is that they apparently think it’s wrong to suggest that we should help returning veterans, children leaving foster care and other members of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent get training that will allow them to find the best available jobs. If the Romney campaign believes that Americans will accept these desperate attacks tomorrow night in place of specific plans for the middle class, it’s they who are in for a surprise.”
    It remained unclear on Tuesday night whether Mr. Romney’s campaign would seize on the video as an effective tool for helping to turn around his campaign with a little more than a month to go before Election Day. Mr. Romney trails Mr. Obama in most key battleground states.

    Gail Gitcho, the communications director for Mr. Romney’s campaign, said the campaign “did not have any involvement” in the resurfacing of the video on Tuesday.

    Unlike the recent video of Mr. Romney’s critique of the “47 percent,” the clip of Mr. Obama praising Mr. Wright was previously known. And the controversy over Mr. Obama’s relationship with Mr. Wright was one of the most covered of the 2008 primary.

    The June 2007 speech shown by Fox was delivered nine months before some of Mr. Wright’s controversial comments were made public in the middle of the 2008 primary battle between Mr. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Wright had said that “Americans chickens are coming home to roost” and declared, “God damn America.”

    In remarks in April 2008, Mr. Obama denounced his former pastor, saying that he was “outraged” and “saddened” by Mr. Wright’s statements. Mr. Obama said that Mr. Wright’s comments were “divisive and destructive” and that they “end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate.”

    *******Mr. Obama successfully weathered the controversy in 2008. But despite his denunciations of his former pastor, Mr. Obama’s relationship with Mr. Wright has persisted as an issue, especially among some conservatives.

    *******Earlier this year, a group of high-profile Republican strategists weighed a multimillion-dollar campaign to use Mr. Wright as an issue against Mr. Obama. The effort was to be financed by a conservative billionaire in Chicago. was to be financed by a conservative billionaire in Chicago.

    *******The group had suggested hiring an “extremely literate conservative African-American” to argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by trying to be a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.” The $10 million plan, to be financed by Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, was ditched after The New York Times reported its existence.
    (more)
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/17 01:22:03
    Farnsworth
    +1
    None of that means a damned thing. He sat in a black separatist church for 20 years while Wright spewed hate and anti American sermons.
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/17 02:00:27
    nerak611
    I'm not gonna change your mind, and you're not going to change mine.
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/17 02:45:24
    Farnsworth
    +1
    correct. you refuse to see and I reject your BS
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/17 02:49:44
    nerak611
    I think you might be a bit paranoid. Bye..................
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/17 02:51:57
    Farnsworth
    +1
    OF you??? please, you flatter yourself
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/17 03:02:08
    nerak611
    No, of life in general. I refuse to see your lies.
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/17 11:11:57
    Farnsworth
    +1
    I've presented no lie. everybody that has read this exchange knows it's all true.

    your the fool here and a big one.
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/17 21:02:30
    nerak611
    Oh well. I stand firm and loyal to my beliefs.
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/17 23:05:22
    Farnsworth
    +1
    just keep regurgitating the same talking points
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/18 04:56:46
    nerak611
    Shared delusion you have?????
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/18 07:25:08
  • nerak611 Farnsworth 2012/10/17 01:59:29
    nerak611
    He can disown Wright's beliefs. Wright was like a father figure to him. He still put distance between himself and Wright.
  • Farnsworth nerak611 2012/10/17 02:47:32
    Farnsworth
    +1
    LOL, only after Wrights comments came to light.

    "God bless America? God damn America"

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