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

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South Jordan, UT


The Blaze and Breitbart are newsworthy sources that I look at and trust every day. Why not quote them?

Salt Lake City, UT

I don't know whether to roll my eyes at your comments about "hate white people church" while still asserting he's a Muslim, or appreciate the fact that you acknowledge there's anti-Muslim bigotry.

@Mike Richards
You did notice that only 4 in 10 Americans say they attend church while other studies say 7-7.5 in 10 Americans are Christian, right? It's not as rare as you think. I haven't been to church in months which is kinda funny because I'd been going to Catholic Mass and then haven't been there since the new Pope that I really like.

The Skeptical Chymist

In most cases, I couldn't care less whether an elected leader attends church regularly, seldom, or not at all. In my opinion, there is no correlation between church attendance or belief in God and ethical, moral behavior. Actions speak louder than pious posturing. As a husband and father, I don't think we have had many president in our history who are more exemplary than Barack Obama.

ute alumni

chris brigham city
i must have missed it but i thought the article was about barry not mitt. i can assure you that mitt went to church more than 18 times over the last five years. sorry to see barry's groupies distort and try and change the topic.


I wonder what the religious lives while in office--of all our former presidents?
That could be an informative and educational article.

Did they all have membership in and regularly attend specific churches?

Church attendance is a superficial and limited way to measure a person, if that is what we are trying to do.
I'm sure there are many who occupy pews or even lead congregations who don't reflect Christ-like or God/Supreme Being attributes in the way they conduct their lives and treat their fellowmen.

Let us not forget the Pharisees.... Who are today's Pharisees?

The Blaze and Breitbart are not credible sources. They have no journalistic standards period.
The more DN and readers reference such dubious sources the more likely they will be mislead and misinformed.

Bob K
portland, OR

Another slamming article by the DN, to please the old conservative readers.

Any thought of mentioning that it costs, let's guess, over $150,000, if not double, to secure the family's travels to the church, keeps the Secret Service away from their families, and disrupts the service for everyone else.

I attended church in Carmel, CA, with President Eisenhower in 1956. Back then, there were probably 8 agents, and it was no big deal.

Any thought that OTHER Presidents went to church "for show"?

American Fork, UT

This entire article was set up as a cheap shot. Its' only redeeming quality, however unintentional, is to point out how religion has infected us with its' self entitled judgementalism. Four out of 10 attend church and the president is not among them? How about six out of ten have come to their senses, and the president IS among them?

Bob K
portland, OR

South Jordan, UT

The Blaze and Breitbart are newsworthy sources that I look at and trust every day. Why not quote them?

.... Well, the fact that they are incendiary, sensationalistic, and untruthful might be a good reason to quote them with a barrel of salt, lol

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.

layton, UT

RE: Mcdugall, 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?

Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit(Mt 28:19). What if they said No?
Jesus did not call his disciples to be secret service agents.

RE: Mike Richards, I used to think President Obama was a CEO, Christmas and Easter Only,

In regard to church attendance, but apparently not..

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I agree partially with Mike R. - the part that went "...what do I know...".

Provo, UT

Who cares if he doesn't go to church

clearfield, UT


If you think the country is better off than it was before Obama, you are in the minority according to all polls. And what a family. Same could have been said of Romneys family as well. As for getting Bin Laden, he had no choice but to go after Bin Laden when his location was discovered. His presidency would have been ruined if it was known that he had Bin Laden in his sights (as Clinton did) and did nothing. Obama had no choice in the matter. As for the main topic at hand, most Presidents know the logistical problems of going to a public church. So Romney, had he been president would probably have held many services in the White House on Sunday, which is easy to do in the LDS faith. I also believe Romney and family would have attended services at the National Cathedral, on behalf of the country, on many occasions. But that last is just my opinion.

clearfield, UT


Care to name what you think are "credible sources" from your point of view? I think many of us would find your sources just as un-credible. If by credible you mean unbiased, then you are asking for something that is impossible for any single person or organization to achieve. Everything is seen from a perspective, and that perspective creates a bias, whether one wants it to or not. If your definition of credible in not as I conclude, being un-biased, then I'd like to know what parameters you would use to establish credibility in the media. Thanks.

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

I spent much time in 2008 and 2012 convincing others that being a Mormon was not a disqualifying attribute for a presidential candidate.

I see zero reason to turn around and point to the current president's church attendance as evidence that he isn't qualified for his office.

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

@JoeBlow: "Ironic, perhaps?" Racist, hate filled bigotry, perhaps?

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

It is great to see that only a mere 40% of those polled attend church regularly. That is great news for this country. As the flock dwindles so will the money that is used to buy the political influence that undermines the constitution.

Salt Lake City, UT

"If you think the country is better off than it was before Obama, you are in the minority according to all polls."

The economy was in freefall in late 2008... I'll take our slow and steady economic recovery (we've gained private sector jobs 46 months in a row) over that.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Science has already convinced most of those on the right side (downslope) of the bell curve that religion is false (if not totally, then at least in explaining the objective world). Now the job is to convince the public that not only is religion & morality NOT synonymous, but that in fact religion long ago hijacked morality and taught at least 100 generations that “without God all things are permissible” – often and ironically, while torturing & burning many who felt otherwise.

When this day comes the issue of separation of church & state will be largely moot because the churches will be mostly empty.

And if this terrifies you, you can find great comfort in simply looking at the countries where this is already the reality – Norway, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, etc.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Ronald Reagan had a similar track record you may recall. When a reporter criticized him for it, he pointed out that it was not a simple matter for a sitting President to drop by for Church services. He noted that his presence created a great deal of inconvenience for others.

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