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Published:December 7th, 2010 15:58 EST

Poll Asks: Are Obama, Glenn Beck, Oprah Winfrey And Sarah Palin Real Christians?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"What do conservative TV and radio personality Glenn Beck and U.S. President Barack Obamahave in common? Most U.S. Protestant pastors doubt their Christian credentials.

These are among the findings of a survey released this week by LifeWay Research, the number-crunching arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, which sometimes does interesting pastor polls.

The poll in question, of 1,000 U.S. Protestant pastors, asked: "Which, if any, of the following people do you believe are Christians?" It then gave a list of five prominent personalties: TV diva Oprah Winfrey, former U.S. President George W. Bush, Beck, Obama and former Alaska governor and conservative sweetheart Sarah Palin.

Only 27 percent of the respondents said they believed Beck, who is a Mormon, was a Christian and only 41 percent - well less than half - answered in the affirmative regarding Obama. Bush scored the highest at 75 percent and Palin was second at 66 percent.Oprah came in rock bottom at 19 percent. The national telephone survey took place Oct. 7-14."

Now for a freethinker`s perspective on this poll by LifeWay Research:

A substantial number of Americans, of all religious persuasion, believe that President Barack Obama is a secret Muslim. Obama has only himself to blame for this misperception, he never misses a chance to pander to Muslims. Obama`s mother was an atheist, and he is a well-educated intellectual. Religion and intellect are antithetical to each other, my guess is that Obama is an atheist. Like a lot of politicians he dons the trappings of religion for political expediency.

Oprah doesn`t believe in any religion, she will not share her glory with any deity. Oprah is the most vain person in the world, and she will accept second billing, not even to god. If by some miracle Oprah makes it to the Pearly Gates she will tell St. Peter to take a hike, and she will demand that Jesus Christ himself escort her into paradise.


Beck crusades for issues that are near and dear to evangelical Christians, and he uses Christian language that resonates with evangelicals, but they will never accept him as one of their own. The vast majority of evangelicals consider The Mormon Church a heretical cult.


I take the former president at his word, not too many people doubt that he`s a genuine Christian. His intellect is ideally suited for a black and white world view that evangelicals favor.

Sarah Palin is the real deal, In Alaska she attended a church that believes in miracles, demons and witches. If President Palin met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad she would probably lay hands on him in a bid to cast away the demons possessing him.

Professions of faith are meaningless, the important thing is what are these individuals doing to make this a better world.

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