An update to last month’s non-progress report courtesy of Fox News’s Bill Sammon. You know, the longer this drags on, the easier it is to believe The One really wasn’t in church during some of Rev. Wright’s greatest hits after all. Maybe he’s Christian the way most of my family is Catholic, i.e. avowed believers even though they (a) never, ever go to mass and (b) don’t appear at all concerned how Christ’s teachings or the Pope’s guidance might inform their daily activities.
But other than that, good Catholics all.
President Obama has not attended church services on any of the 11 Sundays since he took office, despite his pledge to find a new church after quitting Trinity United nearly a year ago because of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s incendiary rhetoric.
“We probably won’t make any firm decision on this until January, when we know what our lives our going to be like,” Obama told reporters last May at a press conference that he called to announce his break with Trinity.
But the president made no decision in January, February or March. And now, with Easter just days away, Obama has yet to reveal what church he may have chosen or when he might attend his first Sunday services as president…
Obama is not the first president to opt out of church services in Washington. Former President Ronald Reagan refrained from services, saying the security requirements were too much of a strain on a congregation.
Per a second story at Fox, it could be that Obama’s taking his time to weigh the political pitfalls he’ll face if he chooses a mostly white church after having quit Trinity. Tricky stuff, admittedly, but I’ve got a feeling he’ll be okay. Meanwhile, Newsweek’s out with a new poll on religion in America that might offer an insight into his thinking. Maybe he’s in the second or third column here among non-evangelical Protestants?
Or maybe he’s in the first (or fourth!) column here:
Exit question: What kind of weak-ass atheist declares himself “spiritual but not religious”? This kind, I guess.