In the latest Time Magazine (July 13, 2009) an article appeared entitled “Obama’s Sanctuary: Inside the Church Where Presidents Pray in Peace.” The article brought a question to mind which increasingly bothers me. How can a man intelligent enough to win the United States Presidency search for an organized religion? Time Magazine states the following:
For the past five months, White House aides and friends of the Obamas have been quietly visiting Washington-area churches … in search of a new—and uncontroversial—church home for the First Family.
Considering Obama’s upbringing, he could not help but have an acquaintance with Muslim religion because he attended a Catholic school for first and second grade and then a Muslim school for third and fourth. His parents had already divorced when Barack was two years old. Whereas his biological father was considered an atheist, his Muslim stepfather did not practice his religion (“Politics & Media” in Pensito Review: 7/10/05).
During his presidential campaign, Obama was often accused of having connections with radical Muslims. These accusations were rampant because a slanderous report surfaced saying that the presidential candidate had attended a radical Muslim madrassa school.
CNN debunked this savage lie on January 23, 2007 (CNN in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Washington, D.C.). CNN’s John Vause traveled to Jakarta to investigate. He visited the actual school Obama attended from 1969 to 1971. The headmaster of Basuki, the school in question, reported that “This is a public school. We don’t focus on religion. In our daily lives, we try to respect religion, but we don’t give preferential treatment.”
After completing fourth grade, Obama returned to Hawaii where he was deeply influenced by his grandparents, particularly his grandmother whom he considered a free thinking person. At that time in Hawaii, reverse discrimination existed: whites were a minority.
In his book, The Audacity of Hope (2006), Obama confessed, "I had no community or shared traditions in which to ground my most deeply held beliefs." Yet, in spite of the many doubts he held about any religion, he opted to be baptized a Christian (1988). At the time, he had been attending the Trinity United Church of Christ on the south side of Chicago.