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Obama to join with religious leaders for an Easter prayer breakfast

By Hamil R. Harris
Religious leaders from a spectrum of faiths have been invited to the White House on Tuesday for an "Easter Prayer Breakfast." President Obama and senior White House officials intend to use the event to highlight the important service role that Christian organizations play in this country.

Those who will join Obama in the East Room of the White House include the leaders of the largest African American denominations in the country and popular televangelist Joel Osteen. They are among a growing army of faith leaders who have met with Obama to discuss his evolving faith-based agenda.

"President Obama wanted to host this breakfast to celebrate and reflect on the meaning of Easter and to honor Christian organizations that are serving our communities, the country and our world" said Joshua Dubois, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. "Attending the breakfast are leaders of some of the largest Christian organizations and churches in the country, along with member of the cabinet and senior White House staff."

The Rev. T. DeWitt Smith, president of the 2.5 million-member Progressive National Baptist Convention, said, "A prayer breakfast allows us to focus our prayers and attention on issues and ills that affect our neighborhood, our cities, our counties and our states. From a Christian perspective, Jesus was always concerned about the poor, and this event allows us to speak to the ills that we deal with everyday."

By Hamil R. Harris  |  April 5, 2010; 9:37 PM ET
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Meeting with religious groups is not establishing a state religion. It IS being inclusive rather than exclusive as many seem to wish. Nor is there anything wrong with encouraging "faith based initiatives". Religious organizations that help others have just as much a place in our society as do other groups.

As for BennyDiddlesBoys, I can only say that the only disgusing things I see are your name and your narrowmindedness.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | April 7, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Barack OBAMA, in his Cairo speech, said: "I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America's story."


AN AMERICAN CITIZEN' S RESPONSE:


Dear Mr(?) Obama:


Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.


Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United StatesConstitution?


Declaration of Independence?


Bill of Rights?


Didn't think so.


Did Muslims fight for this country's freedom from England? No.


Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America? No, they did not. In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own half brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as "pug nosed slaves." Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family's "rich Islamic heritage," doesn't it Mr. Obama?


Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country? Not present.


There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.


Where were Muslims during this country's Woman's Suffrage era? Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so , that often they are beaten for not wearing the 'hajib' or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women's rights, aren't they?


Where were Muslims during World War II? They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazi's in killing Jews.


Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren't flying planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East. No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news networks that day. Strangely, the very "moderate" Muslims who's asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Ame ricans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.


And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the "rich he ritage" Muslims have here in America.


And now we can add November 5, 2009 - the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That, Mr. Obama is the "Muslim heritage" in America.
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Posted by: jagraham | April 7, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Not sure what all the fuss is about. Makes sense for Obama to meet with all influential groups, spiritual or otherwise. And it is hard to deny that religious service organizations e.g. Salvation Army, etc., etc. do a ton to help people in need. Why not meet with those who are trying to do good?

Posted by: SkinsFanNYC | April 6, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

You left off something: "Progressive National Baptist Convention, INC" it is an incorporated political movement, not a church.

Posted by: staterighter | April 6, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

If the religous- types want to participate in government, take away their tax-free status.

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Posted by: 1014499063 | April 6, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

BIBLE BULLETIN TO 'MR. HONDA" @ 8:13 a.m.:


The Last Supper was a Passover seder.

Please look up the meaning of "ecumenicism."

Or with your ilk, is it "My way or the highway?"

The concept of the separation of church and state has served this nation well.

Why does the Great Conciliator feel a need to pander to audiences of exclusion in the "people's house?"

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 6, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I've been an Obama critic in a number of areas but I give him a lot of credit for taking this step. God bless him.

Posted by: SkinsFanNYC | April 6, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Being practical, let's remember our country was founded partially to provide religeous freedom for those being oppressed, President Obama, no less than the rest of us, is entitled to his religious freedom.

Posted by: HappyPilgrim
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Let's beware of red herrings. No one is denying President Obama his religious freedom. No one is saying he shouldn't pray, go to church, worship how he chooses.

Using Federal dollars and resources to promote religion is quite different. That's what this prayer breakfast did. That's what the "Office of Faith-Based (Religious)and Neighborhood Partnerships" does.

Posted by: feasors | April 6, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Being practical, let's remember our country was founded partially to provide religeous freedom for those being oppressed, President Obama, no less than the rest of us, is entitled to his religious freedom.
Also let's remember the religeous charities care for the sick, injured, addicted and homeless. Without those many volunteers, it would fall on government to provide that care, so do you want to empahsize the stete/religion nonsense and pay more taxes? Hoptfully Mr. Obama will even things up by breaking bread with other faith groups as well, and maybe even with Richard Dawkins!

Posted by: HappyPilgrim | April 6, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I just threw up in my mouth. This is embarrassing and disgusting. I echo the poster who said, "Why on earth does the President of the United States have a 'faith-based agenda' ... why are taxpayers being forced to support religion in any way shape or form without their consent?" I would remove, however, "without their consent." Even if we consented, the Constitution forbids it.

And let's call it what it is. "Faith-based" means "Religious" with a wink. Let's stop with the code words. We have a Federally funded Office of Religious Initiatives.

No American with a basic Civics education and a rudimentary understanding of the Constitution would tolerate an "Office of Religious Initiatives." So why do we tolerate an "Office of Faith-based Initiatives?" Are the American people that stupid that we don't get that it's the same thing? Really?

Posted by: feasors | April 6, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I have a message for those of you who are complaining about Obama meeting with Christians. The first thing you do is actually read the article. He was meeting Christian leaders at an EASTER prayer breakfast. Do Hindus, Buddists, Muslims or Jews celebrate Easter? Jews do celebrate Passover which occurs at the same time, but they do not celebrate Easter.

Krishna, Buddha and Mohammed were great people in their day, as well as Abraham. Yet, Jesus was the only one who claimed to be God and the only one who said "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me".

Posted by: mrhonda | April 6, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Pastors--tell obama "YOU are the man"

2 Samuel 12

" Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. "

Many who read this have not opened a Bible in years, or will be agnostic, atheist or just reject the Bible entirely–but you should review this analysis not because YOU believe it, but because many others do and it will effect their actions as their worldview.

First, a President should seek wisdom in leadership. Solomon asked for wisdom in 2 Chronicles 1:

10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?"

Second, The Bible defines “wisdom”:

Proverbs 1:7

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools [a] despise wisdom and discipline

Psalms 111:10

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise

Third, A “fool” is also defined:

Psalms 14:1

1 The fool [a] says in his heart,
"There is no God."
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.

Is Obama a “fool” in the Biblical sense? We can not know his heart, we can only judge his fruit or actions, much the same way you know an apple tree by the fact it grows apples. And anyone, including Obama, can repent at any time.

But we do know Obama has mocked 2 Bible books–Leviticus and Deuteronomy by name in a prepared speech that is still on You Tube. These 2 books are in the jewish part of the Bible the Old Testament-and are also in the Christian Bible. On the other hand, Obama has NEVER criticized, much less mocked the Koran.

Deuteronomy, one of the very books Obama mocked by name, provides a detailed list of specific curses–including confusion and destruction:

15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you

(Numerous specific curses omitted)

20 The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him"

sources:

obama mocks bible in prepared speech:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZvOvcEGEmM

Bible: http://www.biblegateway.com/

Praetorian-Guard is NOT a prophet, is NOT a religious leader, and indeed, is not even a very righteous person. But the Divine wisdom of the Bible is not just written for Bible scholars but for the rest of us.

Posted by: praetorian-guard | April 6, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

TO: "TheNewAmerica" -- and you don't know what * I * was talking about? You, who speaks in tongues... Whatever it is you've got, I hope it's not contagious. Go with God, whichever God you choose, "bro."

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 6, 2010 4:01 AM | Report abuse

".. who have met with Obama to discuss his evolving faith-based agenda."

Why on earth does the President of the United States have a "faith-based agenda" ... why are taxpayers being forced to support religion in any way shape or form without their consent? And why is he only meeting with Christian ministers? Most of whom right now need lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by: paris1969 | April 6, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Speaking as a Jew, it appears to me that the White House policy on "faith-based" events is "separate but equal."

Is that appropriate -- or even constitutional?

If Jesus were still around for this springtime breakfast, wouldn't Matzos have to be on the menu?

Couldn't such events be inter-faith? Is it out of bounds to even ask the question?

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Posted by: scrivener50 | April 6, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

I hope he makes sure they know they are obligated to follow the law just like the rest of us.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 6, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

"Religious leaders from a spectrum of faiths..." -- shaky syntax aside, not a very broad spectrum, is it? Unless, of course, unless the writer meant "spectrum of Christian denominations," in which case it's not really much of a spectrum of faiths at all and hardly in need of highlighting.

Posted by: esthermiriam | April 5, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

"Religious leaders from a spectrum of faiths..." -- shaky syntax aside, not a very broad spectrum, is it? Unless, of course, unless the writer meant "spectrum of Christian denominations," in which case it's not really much of a spectrum of faiths at all and hardly in need of highlighting.

Posted by: esthermiriam | April 5, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Please keep the separation of church and state....and don't pander to the right.

If they can't convince their flock to care for the "least among us", they are not really "religious"....just capitalists in clerical garb

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | April 5, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

And I dreamed I saw i saw the bombers riding shotgun in the sky and they were turnin into butterflies... " 'and we've got to get ourselves back into the garden....' Joni Mitchell.
I dreamed I saw Obama offering a few crumbs to 'religious' leaders AFTER Easter. I dreamed that I saw Obama as a tool to defame same leaders, but that he wanted to play them off against each other, so very ceremoniously created a RELIGIOUS opportunity AFTER the religious occasion of EASTER was over . Oh whoopie. Obama is the ultimate Little Debbie Cake of politics. Not good for anyone, but seems yummy, cheap, and so cutsie right now!

Posted by: surfbum | April 5, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Great idea and certainly one that embraces most American ideals!

Always hilarious when the bitter haters waste time posting lengthy manifestos or stupid comments that nobody reads. Log off haters and get a life! The election is over. Things are fine. You lost.

Posted by: bcs2k | April 5, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Great idea and certainly one that most American ideals!

Always hilarious when the bitter haters waste time posting lengthy manifestos that nobody reads. Log off haters and get a life!

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Posted by: itkonlyyoull | April 5, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

son of a btch.. this chosen one doesn't give up, does he..

obama must have heard over the weekend that some voters werer upset with some religious leaders being excluded, so now obama is going to have a beer and a smoke with these people on the white house lawn.

hey obama!!!

i just heard that the rare albino pygmy tribe that have their native habitat in boise idaho are upset now...

maybe you should go fly over there and appease them as well. maybe take a nice 15 piece basket of fruit to bribe them with in case you need to steal their homeland to make a new basketball court for your "presidential needs".

you are such a stud obama..

Posted by: TheNewAmerica | April 5, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama meeting with religious leaders - is that a good idea? What if they all pray together that "God d@mn America?"

Posted by: pgr88 | April 5, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

How revolting that Obama has to suck up to religionists. One almost wishes that he WERE a Muslim, simply to break the Christian stranglehold on our country, which is profound.

How disgusted our founding fathers would be to see that we are still telling fairy tales! We were born as the first great Secular State and we have continued to kiss up to superstitious god-squad types.

Say an apology to Tom Paine, the greatest of our founders. He would be sick.

Posted by: BennyDiddlesBoys | April 5, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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