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Nov122011

Bob Jones III Questions Obama's Christianity

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In an interview with National Journal, Bob Jones III -- chancellor of the fundamentalist Christian institution the Bob Jones University -- offers a wide-ranging interview on the GOP field and questions President Obama’s Christianity.

“I have a great distrust for him,” Jones said of the president. “I’ve no reason to think he’s a Christian. … Anyone can say he’s a Christian. Some people will say whatever they think the politically helpful thing would be. I say, ‘Where is the evidence that he is a Christian?’ ”

The Obama campaign declined to comment, but when the president’s Christianity was questioned last year by conservative commentator Glenn Beck and polls indicated a growing percentage of Americans unsure of the president’s faith, then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, “The president is a committed, mainstream Christian.”

In the interview, Jones also weighs in on the GOP field, making some disparaging remarks about Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Jones endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008 but so far hasn’t announced backing for anyone.

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