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From my Comcast site, in an article about Obama:

Burton added, "The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday."

I don't even... this person gets PAID?

Date: 2010-08-19 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekbynight.livejournal.com
I just...I can't even, my mind is boggled.

Someone has clearly not done any research on different religions. At all.

Date: 2010-08-19 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lls-mutant.livejournal.com
Even Satanists pray, I believe. I mean, seriously. This is just... WOW. ::headdesk::

Date: 2010-08-19 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysid.livejournal.com
Even Satanists pray

Especially the Chattering Order of St. Beryl.

Date: 2010-08-19 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lls-mutant.livejournal.com
I am so ashamed I had to Google that. ::hangs head::

Date: 2010-08-20 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysid.livejournal.com
I thought of explaining it (in a footnote, of course), but that would have ruined the fun for you if you had gotten the reference.

Date: 2010-08-19 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gehayi.livejournal.com
Why does it matter what religion the President practices, or if he practices any at all? Seriously, why the hell would I CARE?

Unless a political leader is suffering from visual and/or auditory hallucinations of a religious nature that will affect his everyday decisions, whether or not he prays is irrelevant.

Date: 2010-08-19 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lls-mutant.livejournal.com
Well, I will give the article credit for that one. The article was about the fact that people think that Obama is Muslim (which, I agree- who CARES?), and the same guy (http://lls-mutant.livejournal.com/284730.html) said the exact same thing- most Americans don't care what religion the President is. The article is really quite badly written, irrelevant, and talking about public opinion rather than any facts. It was just the fact that prayer=obviously Christian coming from a White House official that... wow. You (the speaker) REALLY think that?

Then again, to be fair to the official, he very easily could have said something right after. As we just had SO nicely demonstrated for us, reporters don't report everything in an interview.

But yeah. Religion should stay out of politics. Ideally, I shouldn't know WHAT any politician's faith is, whether they're a devout Christian, Muslim, atheist, Satanist, whatever. But I suspect there's a LONG way to go on that one :P

Date: 2010-08-19 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gehayi.livejournal.com
Yeah, the whole "prayer = Christianity" is just stupid.

I'm going to assume that the reporter reported the story inaccurately (either deliberately or through bad writing and incompetence), because Obama has some pretty smart people working for him and I don't think his employees would say something like that. I mean, it's not Dubya's administration.

Date: 2010-08-20 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] korenap.livejournal.com
That was George

Date: 2010-08-19 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysid.livejournal.com
I sincerely hope that quote is taken out of context--if, for example, Burton was saying that Obama really is a practicing Christian rather just saying that he's one. In such a case, prayer would be good evidence that he practices his purported faith.

Alas, I don't hold out much hope this is the case.

And I must agree with [livejournal.com profile] gehayi, why should we care? It'll be a happy day when our country is mature enough to be as willing to elect a non-Christian as a Christian to our highest office.
Edited Date: 2010-08-19 09:55 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-08-19 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lls-mutant.livejournal.com
Yeah, and I've got to say, after reading the butchering of another recent interview, the quote very well may be taken out of context. But still- it's more the stupidity of the statement I object to. (The article itself was really pretty bad- a mass of statements about public opinion with very few actual facts.)

And I agree- there's no reason we should care. That whole separation of church and state thing... ::sigh::

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