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Obama: “Christian by Choice”

September 28, 2010, 5:55 pm | Posted by Dan Nejfelt

At a “backyard conversation” with voters in New Mexico today, President Obama was asked a simple yet attention-getting question: “why are you a Christian?” Watch it:

President Obama made a very clear and personal confession of his Christian faith, describing the “humility” he feels as a sinful, flawed human being from “Jesus Christ dying for my sins.”

After reading several articles about the exchange, the emerging meme is that the question highlighted the President’s continuing difficulty getting across that he’s a Christian (despite his clear remarks on this topic in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009). Commentators raising this should also note two things: 1) the question wasn’t “are you a Christian,” it was “why are you a Christian?” and 2) the reason for lingering confusion is a years-long disinformation campaign by right-wing pundits and demagogues.

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