Is Obama a Muslim?
You might as well ask whether Bush was Shinto or Muslim, supported gay rights, and used profanity freely. But do we really want to question the religious sincerity of The Chosen One? I don’t think so. (Trivia question: which linked article is the fake one?)
This is about as serious as the question of whether Anne Rice or Glenn Beck is a Christian. It is a serious problem because we should not be taking cues on how to worship from the president, a lapsed-Catholic novelist, or a Mormon talk show host.
We also don’t need a national shrine in New York City. Since I don’t believe that anything in New York City is sanctified, I don’t care what kind of buildings they put there. Likewise, I don’t consider “In God We Trust” to be a Christian motto. Just yesterday I saw a sanctified “In God We Trust” license plate in a license plate holder that said “R U LDS 2?” Christians who claim it as their holy motto don’t seem to realize that they are chanting it alongside all the Mormons, unsaved Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Deists, and emperor-worshippers.
But idolatry is nothing new for Protestant Christians. Most of them consider “Merry Christmas” to be a Biblical doctrinal statement; they thought The Passion of the Christ was a good witnessing tool; and they promoted Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed for use in Bible study. They got all frothy about The Da Vinci Code but they ignore the revisionist history authorized by the Catholic Church. Obama is said to be the most vicious dictator in history, yet all the Republicans who supported the Patriot Act were noble, God-fearing constitutionalists. Obama’s stimulus packages are destroying our nation, but Bush’s bailout was necessary and righteous.
I think a better question would be, are any Americans Christian?