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Published:February 7th, 2009 11:04 EST
Barack Obama And Religion

Barack Obama And Religion

By Robert Paul Reyes

Barack Obama was not raised in a religious household. His father was a Muslim who became an atheist, and his mother was an intellectual who had no use for organized religion.

Obama thrived in his secular upbringing, an absence of faith didn`t hinder his emotional and intellectual growth. Without a dogma to drag Obama down, he prospered intellectually as a young man graduating from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

It wasn`t until Obama became involved in Chicago politics that he felt a pragmatic if not a spiritual need to affiliate himself with a church. Joining the infamous Rev. Jeremiah Wright`s congregation was a convenient way to network with the influential black individuals who could help his political aspirations come to fruition.

Without the support of black ministers Obama would never have got his political career of the ground. But his ties to Rev Wright almost derailed his presidential ambitions. President Obama is not the first politician who has learned that a close relationship with a minister is a double-edged sword.

Obama has been badly burned by his dalliances with ministers like Rev. Wright, Minister Farrakhan and pastor Rick Warren, but he continues his flirtation with "men of god". Instead of eschewing organized religion and respecting the separation of church and state, Obama jumps into bed with any spiritual leader who can help advance his goals.

At the National Prayer Breakfast (an egregious breach of separation of church and state) Obama said that the Golden Rule -- "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" (Matthew 7:12) -- unites all major religions.

You don`t need to believe in any deity to abide by the Golden Rule, if anything allegiance to a specific creed is a hindrance to obeying this commandment. Muslims who see people of other faiths or no faith as dogs and evangelicals who consider non-Christians hell-bound sinners aren`t very likely to treat unbelievers according to the Golden Rule.

At the aforementioned religious event Obama also made the following statement:

"Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times," the president told the audience of legislators, administration officials, foreign diplomats, religious leaders and others gathered in a Washington hotel ballroom."

It would be nice if our varied beliefs united us in love and harmony, unfortunately thousands of years of history prove just the opposite. Millions have been butchered in the name of Christ and Allah, it`s religion that`s a hindrance to peace and prosperity. Obama is a well-educated intellectual, he should be ashamed of himself for making such meaningless statements.

Barack Obama is not the nation`s pastor, it is not his responsibility or duty to advocate a belief in God. President Obama should appeal to the best instincts of the American people, without invoking the Almighty.