President Barack Obama’s religion is being questioned, or at least the news media is reporting that it is being questioned by many Americans. A new poll showed that nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, believe Obama is Muslim. That was up from 11 percent who said so in March 2009.
What is startling is the candid matter of fact attitude that being Christian is acceptable. The Whitehouse released a statement reinforcing what has been said already about the President’s beliefs. The statement claims President Obama prays daily.
The majority of Americans who are Christian may not even realize how offensive this is to those who don’t hold their beliefs. For those of us with “no faith” this dialogue can be irksome. However, the ongoing open discussion of religion may expose the flaws, short-comings and conflicts that lie within religious tradition.
Franklin Graham, Pasor Kirbyjon Caldwell and others are being called on by the news networks to comment on the President’s faith. In their attempt to talk rationally about faith, which is an abstract thing, they may be exposing the inconsistencies within and between religions.