“We Are Our Brother’s Keeper”
Barack Obama’s faith has significantly influenced his life, and it has been both widely misunderstood and highly controversial. Although religious issues played a major role in both the 2008 and 2012 elections and Obama has explained his religious convictions in two autobiographies and numerous speeches, many Americans still profess to be confused about his faith. Critics accuse Obama of waging war on religion, claim that his professions of faith are politically motivated, and charge that he is a practicing Muslim. Some religious conservatives complain that Obama is trying to destroy the nation’s Christian heritage and denounce his support of abortion and gay marriage. Other Christians praise Obama’s efforts to help the poor, especially by providing universal health care. Obama has emphasized that Christians are called to be their brother’s keeper and has challenged Americans to help meet the needs of the impoverished, disabled, disadvantaged, and emotionally troubled.
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