A sampling of latest headlines on Obama and religion
Beyond following where the Obamas will celebrate Easter and hosting the Seder dinner, news networks are monitoring the Obamas search for a permanent church to worship in while living in Washington. They are said to have friends trying out different churches in the city.
Separately, speaking in Turkey earlier this week, Obama made it clear that the U.S. seeks a new and different relationship with the Muslim world, one based “upon mutual interest and mutual respect,” he said. In an important moment, he reminded the Turkish Parliament that some of his relatives are Muslim, drawing applause.The big picture
Religion is one of those topics where it’s difficult to win—nobody will ever agree. And because religious life is so public with politicians in America, it often drives a lot of headlines. Interestingly, a recent survey says many Americans are feeling less religious. The number of people claiming no religion almost doubled to 15% between 1990 and 2008. Regardless, what Obama’s message seems to be is that it’s important to keep the dialogue open despite differences. By celebrating both the recent holidays, he seems again to underscore that message.
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