Outwardly, Barack Obama projects an image of himself as a good Christian man. He goes to church on Sunday and proclaims "God bless America". This has me wondering, is this a means to an end, or is Barack a true believer? After all, the young Barack was raised by a woman who, if not an atheist, was at the very least, agnostic. Ann Dunham, his mother, was a freethinker who was unencumbered by strong ties to a particular religion. She introduced Barack not just to one particular religion, but to the teachings of ALL major religions. Given this upbringing, coupled with his clear-thinking and intellectual nature, I find it somewhat difficult to believe that our future president is as much of a believer in Christianity as he professes to be. I would not be surprised if, at some point towards the end of his presidency, Barack reveals the truth. Of course, it would be best for his re-election chances if he does not mention this in the next four years... because as we all know, there really IS a huge religious test for office in the USA.

-BT

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Comment by Centerman on October 7, 2009 at 8:31am
From day one, I've had little doubt that Barack Obama is an Atheist or at least a Christian that's a very serious doubter. One of the smartest men to hold the Presidency in a long time with a Mother that was Logical. Are you kidding me? His political career demands he has to keep quiet about it. In this place of blind faith and downright superstition we call home, "The United States of America" he has to play his cards just right.
Comment by Reverend Slim / Michael Ham on November 11, 2008 at 7:03am
I have wondered how "Christian" Obama really is also. Perhaps he compromises his true beliefs in order to accomplish his goals. Perhaps he is going through the motions as many "Christians" do...they are Sunday Christians because they are conforming to the demands of the majority in order to avoid the stigma of the 'evil godless'.

At any rate, I believe Obama will support the doctrine of the separation of church and state. At least that is my feeling at the moment.
Comment by Matze Volt on November 10, 2008 at 7:48am
He probably is Christian, however he is the first presidental candidate who openly criticized organized religions and got elected anyway. He allready broke down a lot of barriers, maybe he'll be able to at least get a few cracks in the perceived barriers between Atheist and "Real Americans" (don't you guys love Sarah Palin too ;)). He probably knows and understands both viewpoints.
Comment by HotMess on November 9, 2008 at 11:24pm
Perhaps he is an atheist in the same capacity as our founding fathers ...
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 9, 2008 at 3:47pm
I think there is room to doubt his Christianity, but probably not much. If he is a Christian, I suspect he is a Christian in a very liberal sense. However, the fact that he freely admits his mother and his Kenyan father were atheists, and that his mother was anti-organized religion and determined to educate him in the basics of all religions, is some reason to hope he does not reject atheism as a legitimate choice.
Comment by Buford Twain on November 9, 2008 at 3:42pm
Ajita, thank you shortly after I posted this with the title "Is Barack Obama the first atheist president" I realized my lack of knowledge of the religious beliefs of all past presidents - a moment's worth of checking on wikipedia and I corrected the title. It is interesting to see how far we have regressed. If there have been non-religious presidents in the past and nowadays we can't even contemplate having one, what went wrong in-between?

-BT
Comment by Ajita Kamal on November 9, 2008 at 3:35pm
I've though about this before and there really is a good possibility that he really is an atheist in the classical sense. But I wouldn't go so far as to say he is the first. There have definitely been a few atheist POTUS before. But I don't think he will ever come out because he seems to really believe that religion has a supreme ability for social change. The funny thing is that, if you've heard of some of the things he says, its hard to disagree. The problem with such people is that they are preventing us from replacing the evils of supernatural religion with naturalistic social alternatives, by their endorsement of it.

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