Political implications of Obama church search linger

A Presbyterian minister from Northern Virginia penned a USA Today editorial discussing the need for President Obama to pick a local congregation for him and his family to join while in the White House.

It’s a pretty good read, but many of the reader comments posted to the piece took objection to the minister referring to church attendance as Presidential “shorthand” for having moral and ethical values. You might too, take a look.

For now Obama has affiliated himself with non-denominational Evergreen Church at Camp David, a favorite Christmas locale for George W. Bush. He also receives daily devotionals on his BlackBerry from faith-based initiatives chief Joshua DuBois and has spoken periodically of his appreciation of the Bible.

The author, Henry Brinton, writes that Obama may quell objections from some of his critics, particularly white evangelicals, if he were to regularly attend a church in D.C. with Michelle, Sasha and Malia.

I disagree.

It doesn’t matter if you’re Obama or Bush, Clinton or Reagan, Democrat or Republican.

People who fundamentally don’t like the President for whatever reason will find any reason to continue disliking him (or likely her at some point), white or black, Protestant or Catholic, young or old, add any demographic you like.

Would it be good for Obama to make a decision in this matter?

Absolutely.

Would it silence his critics, even to the point of not being nitpicky about the denomination or location?

Not a chance.

 

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  1. tdadpete said:

    “It doesn’t matter if you’re Obama or Bush, Clinton or Reagan, Democrat or Republican. People who fundamentally don’t like the President for whatever reason will find any reason to continue disliking him (or likely her at some point), white or black, Protestant or Catholic, young or old, add any demographic you like.” Unfortunately you are right about this.

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Political implications of Obama church search linger

A Presbyterian minister from Northern Virginia penned a USA Today editorial discussing the need for President Obama to pick a local congregation for him and his family to join while in the White House.

It’s a pretty good read, but many of the reader comments posted to the piece took objection to the minister referring to church attendance as Presidential “shorthand” for having moral and ethical values. You might too, take a look.

For now Obama has affiliated himself with non-denominational Evergreen Church at Camp David, a favorite Christmas locale for George W. Bush. He also receives daily devotionals on his BlackBerry from faith-based initiatives chief Joshua DuBois and has spoken periodically of his appreciation of the Bible.

The author, Henry Brinton, writes that Obama may quell objections from some of his critics, particularly white evangelicals, if he were to regularly attend a church in D.C. with Michelle, Sasha and Malia.

I disagree.

It doesn’t matter if you’re Obama or Bush, Clinton or Reagan, Democrat or Republican.

People who fundamentally don’t like the President for whatever reason will find any reason to continue disliking him (or likely her at some point), white or black, Protestant or Catholic, young or old, add any demographic you like.

Would it be good for Obama to make a decision in this matter?

Absolutely.

Would it silence his critics, even to the point of not being nitpicky about the denomination or location?

Not a chance.

 

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