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Obama’s Real Religion: Politics

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

(Released Jun 2009)

Remember the iconic portraits of Barack Obama during the presidential campaign? How about the Egyptian storekeeper selling plaques calling Obama the “New Tutankhamon of the World” during his recent Middle East visit?

Despite these messianic assertions, Obama’s behavior implies a lack of genuine spiritual devotion. It seems religious institutions now are a means to enhance his reputation.

Under the tutelage of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s long-time pastor, he most likely learned by example how even a professed servant of the Lord can twist his vocation to promote politics over faith.

Wright’s sermons strayed from God, love and mercy. His “black liberation theology” – a murky concoction of faith and radical hatred, political rhetoric and victimization – sometimes supplanted traditional sermonizing.

Obama followed Wright for about 20 years. Wright appeared to be Obama’s spiritual advisor and mentor. The title of Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope came from a Wright sermon. Yet, during the presidential primaries, when Wright’s vitriol made headlines, Obama declared ignorance and quickly distanced himself from the man and his church.

In an instant, Obama’s religious bedrock was split, crushed and swept away.

This seemed to be the tipping point in Obama’s relationship with religion.

Obama is still quick to invoke Christ’s name, however, and does so with more vigor than his predecessors. Despite this, his interests in doing so are questioned. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins told Politico: “I think it’s a veneer, a façade that covers over a lot of policies that are anti-Christian.”

For example, a speech at Georgetown University raised controversy due to White House demands on the Catholic institution. Prior to Obama’s arrival, school officials were asked to cover prominent Christian symbols. A Georgetown official told CNSNews that “The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches…”

While basking in Georgetown’s prestige, Obama’s needs minimized the faith of the school’s founders.

Obama also chose not to actively participate in the annual National Day of Prayer. He issued an official proclamation but skipped all public observances – the first president in nearly a generation to do so.

Most notable was Obama’s commencement speech and honorary doctorate from Notre Dame – another Catholic university. Hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition protesting the invitation. The local bishop and another honoree boycotted.

While Obama’s supporters called this an opportunity for a dialogue on Obama’s liberal views and the contrary moral and religious beliefs of others, Obama was given the upper hand due to the honorary doctorate. In his short tenure, Obama reversed a ban on funding and promoting abortions overseas with taxpayer money, promised to sign legislation to overturn virtually all domestic abortion restrictions and ended a ban on embryonic stem cell research despite evidence this controversial practice holds no advantage over using adult stem cells.

Is it a dialogue that Obama sought, or the inferred approval of his policies by Catholic leaders? He gave no concessions during the speech.

Since Inauguration Day, Obama only attended Sunday church services on Easter. Like getting a puppy, getting a new church was something Obama said he would do after the election. Some, however, believe his Easter sojourn to the church across the street from the White House was done more to save face than observe faith.

All this implies a devotion to the piety of political opportunity, where religion simply offers a colorful stage for media attention. That’s why it’s not surprising that Obama’s most direct religious statement as President might have been his declaration that “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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