Defending His Faith: President Obama and the Politics of Religion

In the run up to the 2012 November election, several Republican contenders for the GOP presidential nomination have highlighted their faith as a marker of strong character. As the field narrows, the spotlight will ultimately turn to President Obama. Since he entered the national stage, our 44th president's personal religious affiliation has been a flash point, and, many say, misconstrued, but is ultimately important to the electorate, says Prof. Randall Balmer of Barnard College and Columbia University. "I think the arena of public discourse would be impoverished without voices of faith," Balmer says. Learn more about Randall Balmer here.


ON ScriptureThis video is featured in the ON Scripture article Matthew 18:15-20: Insiders and Outsiders written by Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman for Sunday, September 4, 2011.

Chrissie Daniels
December 15th, 2011 12:33 pm

I think it would be better if politicians just kept religion out of their statements and practiced their beliefs privately in their own way. The president is not a religious leader. We have a separation of church and state as far as I know, so what is all this about. Obama doesn't have to defend his faith and that goes for the rest of them. If they want to talk religion let them become ministers.

Anonymous
December 15th, 2011 05:07 am

Obama is a true politician in the sense that he will pose to project himself as to what is essential to gaining votes toward his next "election". He has proven over time that he will conform to please the populous. As in the situation of him unable to salute our American flag. Of course he will now. Many of his future votes depend on it.
Yes, we can say we all have our rights. But, if you choose as a politician to not salute the flag that represents what this country represents, you will be questioned as to whether you are truly American no matter what position you have 'car salesmanned' your way into. Sorry. That's the American way. We don't care that you're different or bring a new perspective. If you can't honor our country by at least saluting our flag you don't belong leading our people. Bottom line.

May 05th, 2011 23:09 pm

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