Entries in Christianity; Religion (2)


Voters Like Candidates with Religious Beliefs but Fuzzy on Their Faith 

George Doyle/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Strong religious beliefs are important in a presidential candidate, according to a majority of Americans.

A new survey by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service finds that 56 percent of voters agree with that opinion, which includes nearly three in four white evangelicals and ethnic minority Christians.

However, there is confusion about the exact faiths of President Obama and Republican White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmanm.

For instance, just 44 percent of white evangelicals know that Romney is a Mormon. In what could spell trouble for the former Massachusetts governor, eighty percent of evangelicals say that Mormonism differs greatly from their own faith.

As for Minnesota Congresswoman Bachmann, who has been gaining steam in recent polls, just over half of white evangelicals don't know her religion, even though she's a Baptist, and a third think that her beliefs differ from her own.

Meanwhile, Americans still remain all over the map about the president's religion. Just a third know for sure that he's Christian while 18 percent still think Obama is a Muslim, despite his claims to the contrary and his attendance at Christian church services in the past. 

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President Obama: "Christian By Choice...Jesus Spoke To Me"

Photo Courtesy - The White House(ALBUQUERQUE, NM) -- At a backyard town hall in Albuquerque on Tuesday, President Obama was asked why he is a Christian.

“I’m a Christian by choice,” the president said. “My family didn’t -- frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week.  And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn’t raise me in the church.”

Obama said he came to his Christian faith later in life "because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead."

"I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we’re sinful and we’re flawed and we make mistakes," the president said. "What we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace.”

“That’s what I strive to do," Obama said. "I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith.”

Because of his Muslim roots – his father was born Muslim, though was not observant – the president’s religion has long been a topic of conversation and smears. Last month a poll indicated that a growing number of Americans mistakenly believe that he is a Muslim.

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