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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1 2014 4:00 a.m. MST

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

What a no win situation for Obama.

Muslim? He is a Muslim attending the wrong church.

Christian? He attended Rev Wrights church, which is bad

No church? Bad as well.

Takeaway? See what Obama does and find reason for hatred. Mostly by self proclaimed "religious conservatives".

Ironic perhaps?

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Fortunately, there is no religious qualification necessary for public office. At any level.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

The LDS Church does not have services on Christmas Day unless it falls on a Sunday. I wonder what other Christian religions offer no Christmas Day services?

mcdugall
Murray, UT

President Obama's faith should be a private matter between he and his god and should not be a matter of concern for the media. On a more concerning matter, why has the Deseret News started to reference The Blaze and Breitbart??

Tators
Hyrum, UT

Interesting that the first 4 comments to this article seem to be by anti-formal religion liberal zealots who always try to defend Obama no matter what he does or doesn't do.

It's actually sad that Obama can't even go thru the motions of doing what is traditional on Christmas day for active Presidents of the United States. If nothing else, it would leave him less open to criticism from conservatives. And since he is a self-proclaimed Christian, there certainly wouldn't be anything hypocritical about doing so. Perhaps it's just too much effort.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"It's actually sad that Obama can't even go thru the motions of doing what is traditional on Christmas day for active Presidents of the United States"


Are you suggesting that Romney would have "gone thru the motions" and gone to church on Christmas Day had he been elected?

I dont defend Obama "no matter what he does or doesn't do". But many, (you perhaps?) will find fault regardless of what he does or doesnt do. Double standard much?

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@Tators
"It's actually sad that Obama can't even go thru the motions of doing what is traditional on Christmas day for active Presidents of the United States. "

You suggest the first four comments are made by people who defend Obama no matter what, and then you immediately attack him for not going to church on Christmas? He's not pastor in chief, there's no requirement to go to church any given day.

"If nothing else, it would leave him less open to criticism from conservatives."

After 5 years, he's figured out that people like you will attack him... no matter what.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@ JoeBlow:

I'm not suggesting anything about Romney, nor is this article. Your stretches are getting almost silly. And yes, you do often defend Obama... regardless of the topic. It's obvious that I've read a lot more of your past comments than you have mine.

Exactly how and where did I criticize the president in any comment I made to this article? I simply suggested a simple way for him to make this a non-issue. No double standard there at all.
Read, think and then write. There would then be less reason for you to become so defensive and/or tend to get off subject.

antodav
TAMPA, FL

It's hardly surprising that Barack Obama doesn't attend church. However, if a guy like Reverend Wright would be preaching, it's probably best that he goes as infrequently as possible.

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

Seems to me that as the leaders go, so goes the nation!

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

"Ronald Reagan never attended church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day during his entire eight years in office, for example. That’s reflected in his own diaries and daily schedules, available online through the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. "
(Factcheck)

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Reagan didn't attend church either. No big deal. I could care less if Barack does or doesn't attend church. He attended Rev Wright's "hate white people" church for years which helped shape his twisted views so church hasn't been good for Barack regardless. I think it is obvious Barack became a Christian out of political expediency. He knew he couldn't get elected to high office as a Muslim.

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

@ Morgan Duel
" Seems to me that as the leaders go, so goes the nation!"

Then no worries,Mr. Obama seems to be an exemplary husband and father, a responsible and caring citizen. A president that will go into the annals of history as the US President that received a country that was afraid, with a collapsing economy, and rampant inequalities. He took took this country and under his leadership unemployment decreased from over 9% to less than 7%,he re-established the U.S.A. as a powerhouse in the world, fought to repair socials injustices as DOMA and DADT, for the first time more people in the U.S.A. have access to medicine.

For the "Rambo" type, he captured Osama Bin Laden.

As Ronald Reagan would ask : Are you (the U.S.A.) better off now than 4 years ago? The answer is a resounding ...YES!!!!

President Obama and his family don't go to church every Sunday. But, What a family!!!

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Exactly how and where did I criticize the president in any comment I made to this article? "

Really? How about this?

"It's actually sad that Obama can't even go thru the motions of doing what is traditional on Christmas day for active Presidents of the United States."

"And yes, you do often defend Obama... regardless of the topic."

Virtually never. Feel free to find one. However, I do point out constantly that the criticisms of Obama are for things that the right also does.

Many blast Obama for doing things that they would completely support if proposed by a Republican.

I just want some consistency.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"I'm not suggesting anything about Romney, nor is this article. Your stretches are getting almost silly. "

But, it makes my point. Romney would not have attended an LDS service on Christmas this year and you would not have considered it "Sad".

It would have made no difference to me. And I would not have used it to denigrate Mr Romney, who I feel is a fine upstanding man (I feel the same about Obama and GW Bush.)

See the double standard?

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

NYTimes:

"People close to the president say that Mr. Obama’s spiritual beliefs are profoundly held. In addition to the daily devotional he receives — which contains lines of Scripture and quotations from people as wide-ranging as Nina Simone and Johnny Cash — Mr. Obama regularly speaks to spiritual leaders on a variety of topics. Every year on his birthday, the president convenes a phone call with ministers “to thank God for the year that was and pray for the year ahead.”

He has turned to his faith during difficult times, and is comfortable invoking Scripture.

His vision of faith is also an inclusive one, perhaps an outgrowth of his own eclectic upbringing. He spent several childhood years in Indonesia, with its predominantly Muslim population, but attended a private Catholic grade school for much of that time; he later lived in Hawaii, a melting pot of cultures.

Mr. Obama set his own inclusive tone early, declaring during his first Inaugural Address, “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers.” He was the first president to hold an Easter prayer breakfast, and he also held the first Passover Seder at the White House, traditions he has repeated."

E.S
Bountiful, UT

I had to login just to say that this is a very poor example of journalism.
Someone at DDM should be taking writing news really seriously.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Why would someone who claims to be "Christian" find it so hard to find a Christian church to attend more than 18 times in five years? That amounts to about 7% attendance. Most Christians think that attending Church is worth more than 7% of their Sabbaths. Most people who worship God can find some way to include regular worship in their schedules. Maybe Mr. Obama had more important things to do. He found time to play 157 rounds of golf. I'm not a golfer, but I've been told that playing a round of golf takes more time than most church meetings. So, Mr. Obama thinks that smacking a little ball around is 9 times more important than worshipping God. But, what do I know, maybe Obama plays golf with God, but if that's the case, then why would God command the rest of us to keep the Sabbath Day holy - if He's busy playing golf with Obama.

Is it any wonder that the man who was crowned "The Liar of the Year" spent so little time studying a supreme being who commanded us to not bear false witness?

ute alumni
SLC, UT

There is no political advantage for Barry to go anymore. He used it in Chicago to get into politics.

christoph
Brigham City, UT

How many times did the GOP candidate for the White House in 2012 attend church in recent years? He surely worked on Sunday during the campaign. Where were his records? Was he active in that congregation?

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