President Obama is currently facing stiff criticism for his method of dealing with the Islamic terrorist Paris attack, he is now also being criticized for his own personal statements regarding his father’s Muslim faith and what he may have been born into.
Obama received even more criticism when he did not appear in the Paris anti-terrorism unity march after the satirical newspaper article regarding Charlie Hebdo. Josh Earnest, who is the current White House secretary states that this is simply “not accurate.”
In 2006, Obama gave a pre-presidential speech that offered a glimpse into his feelings on Islam. During the “Building a Covenant for a New America” conference in June of 2006 in Washington, D.C, the President admits his father was in fact born a Muslim. This event was sponsored by the “Call to Renewal” event started by the Sojourners organization.
Obama criticized Christian leaders and talked about he was skeptical of his own faith and spoke of his opposition of organized religion. Here is a brief overview of the President’s speech. (Note: in the video, Obama makes the comment about being Muslim at the 10 minute mark.)
“And I speak with some experience on this matter. I was not raised in a particularly religious household, as undoubtedly many of the audience were. My father, who returned to Kenya when I was just two, was born a Muslim but as an adult became an atheist. My mother, whose parents were non-practicing Baptists and Methodists, was probably one of the most spiritual and kindest people I’ve ever known, but grew up with a healthy skepticism of organized religion herself. As a consequence, so did I.”
Over time, President Obama developed a spiritual side to himself later in life by doing work with community organizations. He stated that when he finished college he did some work for Christian churches in Chicago and then began to develop a sense of spirituality.
Obama stated, “I didn’t fall out in church. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. But kneeling beneath the cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.”
Obama believes that there is a need for all different types of religions on Capitol Hill. “And by the way, we need Christians on Capitol Hill, Jews on Capitol Hill and Muslims on Capitol Hill talking about estate tax.”
It is all about politics in the long run.