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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 08:54 AM
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ABC News: Amid Crises, President Obama Prays 'a Lot'
President Obama says he's been doing "a lot of praying" in recent weeks while faced with tough choices on Libya and other crises at home and abroad.

"I am praying that I'm making the best possible decisions, and that I've got the strength to serve the American people well," he said in an interview Tuesday with ABC News' Diane Sawyer.

While the president has not shied away from openly discussing his prayer life, Obama's comments are the latest reminder that he believes faith in God has helped him navigate the presidency's difficult moments.

At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington last month, Obama described how the shooting tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., had deepened his faith and how watching his daughters grow up makes him lean on God a little bit more.

more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-praying-...
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:00 AM
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1. I look forward to the time when America's leaders don't have to tell us about their invisible...
...friends in order to be accepted.

Tesha
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:03 AM
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2. And...
Edited on Thu Mar-31-11 09:03 AM by GoCubsGo
...I look forward to the time when America's leaders aren't required to have an invisible friend in order be accepted.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 11:32 AM
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11. And...
..I look forward to a time when America's leaders can have an imaginary friend and not be ridiculed for believing in something others might not.
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Norrin Radd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 07:28 AM
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52. And...
I look forward to a time when an American leader IS an invisible friend. President Harvey, anyone?
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:07 PM
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27. How is this about acceptance?!
I really don't care about the fact he prays. Why? Because when I say I hope for something ---or I have faith in something---it's inclined to be religious. Since this faith in whatever it is, is very abstract. Whatever works for him. I don't see the need for a snide prejudice statement in regards to his own faith.
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vroomvroom Donating Member (496 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:10 AM
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3. A Muslin Praying to Allah...i knew it.
:sarcasm:
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RichGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 10:29 AM
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8. By a lot does he mean five times a day???? On a prayer rug....
I can joke. I love him and I'd vote for him even if he were a Muslim...or Wiccan...or whatever...and born on Mars.
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:20 AM
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4. Yeah, that's what W did too.
"I am praying that I'm making the best possible decisions, and that I've got the strength to serve the American people well." Why does he need to pay about that? All he had to do was do a survey or two and ask us.
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:40 AM
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5. you posted this just to stir up athiests, didn't you?
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:46 AM
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6. +1
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 11:46 AM
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13. Why would atheists object to President Obama exercising his religious freedom?
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 03:33 PM
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16. don't play coy
;)
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:15 PM
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30. Read the thread and you'd get a clue. It's reeking with prejudice comments. n/t
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BklnDem75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 12:02 PM
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15. It's pretty obvious
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 10:11 AM
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PoliticAverse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 10:34 AM
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9. So I guess we know now who Jesus would bomb... n/t
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 11:17 AM
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10. Personally, I think reading a lot is better
...but to each his own.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 11:39 AM
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12. imo it's disgusting that presidents attend the National Prayer Breakfast...
...which is put on by The Family, a cult that spreads Christianity all over the middle east through gov't officials and refuses to pay taxes on their digs in DC.
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 11:54 AM
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14. Well
at least he didn't claim that God wanted him to be POTUS. All the same I don't really care about what "god" our elected officials pray to. I just want them to do their jobs.
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 05:36 PM
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17. Diane Sawyer, hard hitting as usual
:eyes:
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 07:07 PM
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18. Well that makes me reassured!
:sarcasm:
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 07:45 PM
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namahage Donating Member (678 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 08:33 PM
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21. Larry Elder? The self-proclaimed "Republitarian"? For real?
Welcome to DU. Enjoy your stay.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 07:59 PM
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20. I'm an Atheist and have no problem with him praying that he's "making the best possible
Edited on Thu Mar-31-11 08:01 PM by jenmito
decisions and that (he's) got the strength to serve the American people well," since it can't HURT if doing that gives him strength or whatever. That's his choice.
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MNBrewer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 08:36 PM
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22. that's got to be the grossest thing I've heard all week.
:puke:

I'd rather that he engage his intellect than make supplication to the sky god.
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Kaylee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 08:42 PM
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24. Can we not do this...nt.
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MNBrewer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 08:44 PM
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25. why ever not?
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:14 PM
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29. Why are you being a jerk?
Why the fuck is it a problem for a someone to have a religion? And his statement is in regards to strength. You may not believe in a God, and that's fuckin' good for you. But why should someone else get punished if they do. And how does them believing in a God means they are not using their intellect. Instead of justifying your point you just sound like a prick.
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 05:28 AM
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34. well, you do know what you sound like, right?
I mean, maybe the poster above sounds like a prick. Do you know what you sound like?
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 07:59 AM
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39. Yeah, I sound angry. Since I am angry at the comments made. n/t
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MNBrewer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 08:58 AM
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40. how the hell has he been "punished" for believing in a religion?
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LAGC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 09:14 AM
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41. God forbid anyone question a public official making a spectacle out of his/her faith.
Who is Obama trying to impress anyway?
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 05:33 PM
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46. faith is AOK for anyone with a D behind the name
play politics with religion? only if you're a democrat
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 03:23 AM
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51. That's not true. I'm not a religious person.
But again, if it's a republican or a Democrat who believe in God, I'm not going to tell disparage their faith. Republicans can be zealots about it. But I know one too many people who hold their faith dear and the way the way people mock the faith is a bit on the cruel side.
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 07:54 AM
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54. Maybe Obama has "come to God"
I just don't think that's the case. He and others have said he wasn't terribly religious before, but then he had political and presidential aspirations. If he's legitimately religious, more power to him.
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 08:36 PM
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23. seriously?
:puke:
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 08:57 PM
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26. Well, as long as Obama's god says it is OK,
who am I to object. :shrug:
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:27 PM
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31. He didn't SAY he asks god's permission.
:eyes: from an Atheist who doesn't have a problem with someone who DOES believe in god.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:11 PM
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28. IBTL: There are way too many covertly prejudice comments against the mans faith in this thread.
Edited on Thu Mar-31-11 09:16 PM by vaberella
You'd think people here would know better.
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 05:25 AM
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33. covertly prejudiced against the man's faith?
Well, he was with Jeremiah Wright for 20 years and apparently never heard anything, so...
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 07:58 AM
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38. What does that have to do with the comments here? n/t
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namahage Donating Member (678 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-11 09:46 PM
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32. Let's play "Who Said That?"
Match the Democratic primary candidate to the statement (s)he gave to this question:

"My question is to understand each candidates' view of a personal God. Do they believe that, through the power of prayer, disasters like Hurricane Katrina or the Minnesota bridge collapse could have been prevented or lessened?"

1) "I am very dependent on my faith and prayer is a big part of that."

2) "The power of prayer I think is important to all of us. I hope it is, recognizing that we don't do anything without His approval."

3) "I think it is enormously important to look to God--and, in my case, Christ--for guidance and for wisdom. But I don't think you can prevent bad things from happening through prayer."

4) "What I believe in is love. And love implements courage. And courage permits us all to apply the virtues that are important in life."

5) "I pray. I'm a Roman Catholic. My sense of social justice, I believe, comes from being a Roman Catholic. But, in my judgment, prayer is personal. And how I pray and how any American prays, for what reason, is their own decision. And it should be respected."

6) "...No, all the prayer in the world will not stop a hurricane. But prayer will give you the courage to be able to respond to the devastation that's caused in your life and with others to deal with the devastation."

7) "What I pray for is the strength and the wisdom to be able to act on those things that I can control. And that's what I think has been lacking sometimes in our government."

8) "Now, the founders meant to have separation of church and state, but they never meant America to be separate from spiritual values. As president, I'll bring strong spiritual values into the White House..."


Answers here: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/21/usnews/whispe...
Or just highlight the text between the brackets:
>1) Clinton 2) Dodd 3) Edwards 4) Gravel 5) Richardson 6) Biden 7) Obama 8) Kucinich<
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Sky Masterson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 06:04 AM
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35. Don't pray
Think.. Leave the praying for the end of timers
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SkyDaddy7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 06:56 AM
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36. FILE THIS UNDER: The STUPID SHIT elected officials have to say in America!
:puke: :puke:
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 07:12 AM
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37. Who cares?
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Dulcinea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 09:34 AM
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42. Who cares?
If it gives him spiritual comfort & solace to pray, that's his business. Who are we to say otherwise?
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 09:49 AM
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43. Why is this a controversy?
If the man wants to pray, let him pray. Goodness knows the world could use all the prayers it can get.

As for the atheists, live and let live.

:shrug:
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 03:30 PM
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44. Not going to begrudge a man his religion.
He's not telling me I have to pray too--so what do I care?
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 06:53 PM
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47. well, I think...
he's saying this for political reasons

not because he's particularly religious

JMHO
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MNBrewer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 07:28 PM
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49. I begrudge him his religion!!!
WHen he uses it as an excuse to relegate GLBT citizens to second class status. "God's in the mix." FUCK his religion!
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Vattel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 03:55 PM
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45. pray less, think more
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 07:06 PM
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48. Amid crises, I fart a lot
It keeps away people who would waste my time while I figure out solutions.

It's very effective.
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 12:34 AM
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50. So, did God tell him to attack Libya?
It seems to be the trend.
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Safetykitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 07:31 AM
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53. Well, at least we know he can do that.
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