Obama’s Christian Beliefs
Cathleen Falsani of the Chicago Sun-Times conducted an interview with Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator and candidate for U.S. Senate. In 2008 Steve Waldman, then editor of BeliefNet.com, republished the interview, which he described as "the most detailed and fascinating explication of Barack Obama's faith" including the following:
Falsani: Do you believe in sin?
Falsani: What is sin?
Obama: Being out of alignment with MY values.
Is Obama declaring himself the ultimate moral arbiter, so that you are a sinner if you are out of alignment with his values?
Or, is he declaring himself his own moral arbiter, so that he is a sinner if he is out of alignment with his own values?
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“Reagan [at the 1984 D-Day commemoration] was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is, ‘We are above that now. We're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial. We stand for something.' I mean, in a way, Obama's standing above the country, above — above the world. He's sort of God. He's going to bring all different sides together.”
Michelle Obama: “This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”