Saturday, November 27, 2010

Why is Obama's Christianity Such A Big Deal?

I recently read an article on CNN's Belief Blog which stated that only a third of Americans believe that their President is Christian. Nearly one in five Americans think that Obama is a Muslim. I have been pondering over this issue for quite some time now.

The White House asserts that the President is indeed a Christian, emphasizing on Obama's relationship with his church. The article from the CNN blog concluded with an opinion from a Florida evangelical who is frequently in touch with the President -The Rev Joel Hunter suggests that perhaps, "the White House should be a little more public about what the President does to be an active Christian."

I wonder why religion is such a public issue. After all shouldn't it be a matter of faith between you and your Maker? What is the need for someone, the President included, to convince others of their faith? Why is religion the eye of many political storms today? I simply fail to understand why such a big deal is made about religion. Sure, my faith in my religion is what keeps me going. That doesn't mean I need to convince everyone that I am a good Hindu. And on a different note, what exactly is the problem if Obama is indeed a Muslim? Does that make him in any way less qualified for the White House? Does that make him a terrorist? Does it make him unfit to be President? Does it mean he ceases to be 'American'?

It's high time people realize that faith is a deeply private issue, something involving only you and your trust in God, whatever name you call Him by. It is not meant to be made into a spectacle. It is not something to fight over. And it certainly isn't something you convince others about your identity...

3 comments:

  1. I completely agree with you Sruthimol!It is time that people divorced personal faith and beliefs from Politics!

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  2. They should learn from India where Prime Ministers and Presidents have been from minority communities. And yes on a personal note I believe that religion should never be a label on anyone. It just be like a partner preference, some prefer blonde, some prefer brunnette and some are gay. But no one cares a damn about it. Religion should be the same way. The world is confused, well if even Stephen Hawkings who wrote in his previous book" we will then know the mind of God" comes back saying there is no God now, well think of lesser mortals. God and Religion should be kept private in the prayer room just like other affairs are kept private in their respective rooms ;-)

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  3. oh! religion! that is what i will say! i would ike to remind people of swami vivkananda's quote during his visit to kerela. he called kerela a praandalayam(mental asylum) - cause it was filled with religion and caste based discrimination. so when w discriminte such great people based on their religion. (my foot!). being such a distinguished personality why should we (specifiicaly whites) care about his religion? especially when he is such a scholar and moreover a dynamic personality.

    not:- even after 100 of people comment on this and even after the world talks against this no one will change. the world will never change even if god comes down to earth - he will too hae to suffer recession and pay tax!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Why is Obama's Christianity Such A Big Deal?

I recently read an article on CNN's Belief Blog which stated that only a third of Americans believe that their President is Christian. Nearly one in five Americans think that Obama is a Muslim. I have been pondering over this issue for quite some time now.

The White House asserts that the President is indeed a Christian, emphasizing on Obama's relationship with his church. The article from the CNN blog concluded with an opinion from a Florida evangelical who is frequently in touch with the President -The Rev Joel Hunter suggests that perhaps, "the White House should be a little more public about what the President does to be an active Christian."

I wonder why religion is such a public issue. After all shouldn't it be a matter of faith between you and your Maker? What is the need for someone, the President included, to convince others of their faith? Why is religion the eye of many political storms today? I simply fail to understand why such a big deal is made about religion. Sure, my faith in my religion is what keeps me going. That doesn't mean I need to convince everyone that I am a good Hindu. And on a different note, what exactly is the problem if Obama is indeed a Muslim? Does that make him in any way less qualified for the White House? Does that make him a terrorist? Does it make him unfit to be President? Does it mean he ceases to be 'American'?

It's high time people realize that faith is a deeply private issue, something involving only you and your trust in God, whatever name you call Him by. It is not meant to be made into a spectacle. It is not something to fight over. And it certainly isn't something you convince others about your identity...

3 comments:

  1. I completely agree with you Sruthimol!It is time that people divorced personal faith and beliefs from Politics!

    ReplyDelete
  2. They should learn from India where Prime Ministers and Presidents have been from minority communities. And yes on a personal note I believe that religion should never be a label on anyone. It just be like a partner preference, some prefer blonde, some prefer brunnette and some are gay. But no one cares a damn about it. Religion should be the same way. The world is confused, well if even Stephen Hawkings who wrote in his previous book" we will then know the mind of God" comes back saying there is no God now, well think of lesser mortals. God and Religion should be kept private in the prayer room just like other affairs are kept private in their respective rooms ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. oh! religion! that is what i will say! i would ike to remind people of swami vivkananda's quote during his visit to kerela. he called kerela a praandalayam(mental asylum) - cause it was filled with religion and caste based discrimination. so when w discriminte such great people based on their religion. (my foot!). being such a distinguished personality why should we (specifiicaly whites) care about his religion? especially when he is such a scholar and moreover a dynamic personality.

    not:- even after 100 of people comment on this and even after the world talks against this no one will change. the world will never change even if god comes down to earth - he will too hae to suffer recession and pay tax!

    ReplyDelete