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On Sunday, President Obama and the First Lady -- along with daughters Malia and Sasha -- attended 9 a.m. church services at Washington's St. John's Episcopal Church. It marked the sixth time the president has attended services since being elected into office.

Of late, the president has found his religious beliefs the subject of much discussion and debate. A poll conducted in mid-August found that one in five Americans mistakenly believe that the president is Muslim. Controversy around the president's comments on the planned Islamic community center and mosque in lower Manhattan served to increase the scrutiny on his religion, and several conservative leaders have weighed in on the subject of Obama's faith in the intervening weeks.

At the conservative Values Voters Summit in Washington on Saturday, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee addressed the subject, saying, "It certainly would be helpful if [Obama] would show a little love to the people who are unapologetically Christian, and I think there's some things [like] being part of the National Day of Prayer that would go a long way toward that, and leading the example of attending worship."

On Sunday, the President appeared to do just that. The first family walked the short distance from the White House across Lafayette Park and over to St John's. The sermon, delivered by St. John's rector Rev. Dr. Luis Leon, touched upon the parable of the dishonest steward, from the Book of Luke, according to White House press reports. The reports noted that the pastor understood the reading to be an instruction to "act shrewdly on behalf of God." Reports said that the sermon advised listeners to make choices about God -- and that "the time to act is now."

The sermon also included reflections that the parable was an example of how "Jesus has a sense of humor... he also likes to shock us" and the extent to which "everyone has cut a corner or two."

The first family sat several rows back from the altar, surrounded by an estimated 40 worshipers. Led by the president, the first family all took communion. They were accompanied by Joshua Dubois, head of the White House faith and neighborhood partnerships office.

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soapyjeans

So now his pitch is he's religious? Man how stupid does he think Americans are? Going to church ONE sunday out of how many Sundays since he's been in white house... But he's had no trouble finding time to golf and vacation, rofl. He omits the word "God" even though it was on his teleprompter during his Reciting the Declaration of Independence. He stubbornly resists putting his hand over heart during our national anthem. Sadly, he'll sell this lie to some, just like he did obamacare (heck he got the dems to pass it without even reading it). I'm thinking Obama is outdoing Baghdad Bob when it comes to propoganda!

September 29 2010 at 11:05 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
thorn11acr

You can find all you need to about Obama by reading his books.... its all there. They were written when he was appealing to his black liberal socialist base. TOM

September 29 2010 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linny

DO YOU HAVE THE TEXT FOR THAT SERMON?

September 20 2010 at 12:23 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
clydemertz

Remember that, " He who is a God does not worship another.

September 20 2010 at 10:46 AM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
vicduc

Do any of you know that there is a chapel at the White House? And at Camp David? Just like George Bush Jr and Sr and the Clintons and the Reagans - they all worshiped in the chapels at the White House and Camp David. Reagan was never in a public church, but you people seem to think that he was some relisious zealot -not so!!! Bush Jr hardly ever went to a public church, where is your criticism of him?

September 19 2010 at 10:53 PM Report abuse -16 rate up rate down Reply
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Chip Crawford

Reagan and Bush weren't black... "Birtherism," the church thing and most of the other mindless attacks on this president are just racism-by-proxy.

September 20 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
Ngoni Griffith

I always believe in the saying, "The family that prays together, stays together." Whatever his reason for attending church is between him and God.

September 19 2010 at 9:58 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Andy

Ngoni, that is the right attitude. Too many people want to judge and criticize everyone else, but themselves. Very good comment. Thank you for the insight.

September 19 2010 at 10:23 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
cornell0673

People are justifying thier freedom of religion like they say race dont matter. It obviously does and race is obviously an issue. I have never seen such a blatant disrespect of a sitting president in my life. People talk about his children, talk about his wife, talk about things that has never been an issue with other presidents. when Mrs reagan was looking for a cause, she said, JUst say no, now mrs obama is looking out for child obesity and they say they are forcing you to eat what they want, its the government, please, where will it end.

September 19 2010 at 9:17 PM Report abuse -28 rate up rate down Reply
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fretplayer

I guess you have already forgotten the disrespect that was heaped on George Bush. And this president that you are so in love with is one of the worst, never in history has a President spent most of his time trying to blame the man who served before him, but that is all Obama seems able to do. Of course that is easier than leading, which Obama has never done in his life

September 20 2010 at 8:12 AM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
smyrtle5902

Where have you been? Every president I can remember since Truman have been treated with some degree of disrespect(remember the attacks on Margaret's talent and her appearance). Carter, Reagan,Nixon, Clinton , both Bushs' were all disrespected and verbally attacked, including their families. But as Truman himself said,"If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen"

September 20 2010 at 8:27 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
muchui

I attended the last National Day of Prayer in Washigton, D.C. To be truthful it should be called the Born-again Christian Day of Prayer. Nothing wrong with that but they should have renamed it or else invited people from other faiths to speak and participate. This country was founded on freedom of religion. I feel that all good Americans should vote for politicians for their integrity and experience, not for their relgious views (or lack thereof.)

September 19 2010 at 9:14 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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oldengineera2

A person's sincere faith is to be respected. Publics shows of pretense to faith, a bit less so.

September 19 2010 at 9:45 PM Report abuse +25 rate up rate down Reply
Dan

Maybe the Obama family should emulate the Reagans who rarely attended church ,yet took advice from astrologers.

September 19 2010 at 9:07 PM Report abuse -30 rate up rate down Reply
glennherger

like the clintons, watch the polls, anything for show. come on Nov 2

September 19 2010 at 9:05 PM Report abuse +26 rate up rate down Reply

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