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Posted at 6:50 PM ET, 12/26/2010

Obamas attend church in Hawaii

By Perry Bacon Jr.

President Obama and his family attended church Sunday in Hawaii, making one of their few public appearances since he arrived here Thursday.

The Obamas went to the St. Michael's Chapel, the church at the Marine base a few miles from where the family is staying. About 100 people were in attendance, and they clapped when the first family walked in.

At the service, churchgoers sang "Joy to the World," "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night."

In his sermon, chaplain Steve Moses joked about a recent heart ailment. Moses said he went for a routine physical but was instead told he needed to have surgery on his heart. God must have put him through that surgery to ensure he would not have a heart attack while preaching in front of a president, Moses said.

Moses said this story illustrated his message that God is either protecting people from something "far worse" or preparing them for "something greater."

The Sunday morning stop at church was unusual for Obama, at least in the past two years. The president is a Christian and frequently speaks about the role of faith in his life, but has not attended services often or become a member of a church in the Washington area.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | December 26, 2010; 6:50 PM ET
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Comments

What is a Muslim doing in a church ????
(Hey Hawaii, where is the birth certificate)

Posted by: Moodybloo | December 28, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

He should lay a wreath at Arman T. Manookian's grave (if he can find it) who was a victim of the Armenian Genocide (Christians) committed by (Islamic Jihadist) Turks. Obama is a liar.

Posted by: KiazerSouze | December 27, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

He should lay a wreath at Arman T. Manookian's grave (if he can find it) who was a victim of the Armenian Genocide (Christians) committed by (Islamic Jihadist) Turks. Obama is a liar.

Posted by: KiazerSouze | December 27, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

He should lay a wreath at Arman T. Manookian's grave (if he can find it) who was a victim of the Armenian Genocide (Christians) committed by (Islamic Jihadist) Turks. Obama is a liar.

Posted by: KiazerSouze | December 27, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

He should lay a wreath at Arman T. Manookian's grave (if he can find it) who was a victim of the Armenian Genocide (Christians) committed by (Islamic Jihadist) Turks. Obama is a liar.

Posted by: KiazerSouze | December 27, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

He should lay a wreath at Arman T. Manookian's grave (if he can find it) who was a victim of the Armenian Genocide (Christians) committed by (Islamic Jihadist) Turks. Obama is a liar.

Posted by: KiazerSouze | December 27, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

For the love of God, please stop analyzing every move the President makes. Just let President Obama pray in peace. God bless you all.

Posted by: trjames1 | December 27, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this just another Obama photo-op to prove he is not a Muslim? He hardly ever attends church in Washington, although his attendance at the Rev. Wright's hate-spewing, racist church in Chicago surely got his whole-hearted attention for 20 long years. The guy is a mystery.

Posted by: Tommypie | December 27, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Some of these comments are ludricous! As a very conservative, Theologically trained person who dispises most of the President's policies, and who would NEVER vote for him, who are any of you to pass judgment on his church attendance? Why don't you follow the Apostle Paul's commands to pray for him in I Timothy 2:1-2? You're falling into the trap that most liberals have set for you-that you're haters and don't have a brain. Of course, we're to inspect a person's fruit by their words and actions, but judgment is left up the The Almighty, who has all the facts. Express your values, vote your convictions, but please, obey the Bible and pray for all of our leaders, regardless of how faulty their positions might be...

Posted by: flametender | December 27, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Actually a greater bunch of racist swill I have never observed. Now these commenters think they can tell who is and who is not a Christian. That probably means they are racists! As a matter of fact, Obama's school, years ago, was at a Private School run by a Church. First off, it was a very fine school academically and chapel was part of their program. But mostly this swill on this issue is plain old hate filled racism or disgusting political garbage. But alas, Obama just trudges on and ignores these died in the wool racists!

Posted by: mJJ2 | December 27, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Actually a greater bunch of racist swill I have never observed. Now these commenters think they can tell who is and who is not a Christian. That probably means they are racists! As a matter of fact, Obama's school, years ago, was at a Private School run by a Church. First off, it was a very fine school academically and chapel was part of their program. But mostly this swill on this issue is plain old hate filled racism or disgusting political garbage. But alas, Obama just trudges on and ignores these died in the wool racists!

Posted by: mJJ2 | December 27, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Do these Huckabees really believe the hatred they post here, or is it more evidence Rove is paying them?

Posted by: areyousaying | December 27, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Actually a greater bunch of racist swill I have never observed. Now these commenters think they can tell who is and who is not a Christian. That probably means they are racists! As a matter of fact, Obama's school, years ago, was at a Private School run by a Church. First off, it was a very fine school academically and chapel was part of their program. But mostly this swill on this issue is plain old hate filled racism or disgusting political garbage. But alas, Obama just trudges on and ignores these died in the wool racists!

Posted by: mJJ2 | December 27, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Actually a greater bunch of racist swill I have never observed. Now these commenters think they can tell who is and who is not a Christian. As a matter of fact, Obama's school, years ago, was at a Private School run by a Church. First off, it was a very fine school academically and chapel was part of their program. But mostly this swill on this issue is plain old hate filled racism or disgusting political garbage. But alas, Obama just trudges on and ignores these died in the wool racists!

Posted by: mJJ2 | December 27, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe that obama attended the church service for any reason except for playing politics. If he is indeed a Christian Let him publicly profess that Jesus Christ is his savior and is Lord. I doubt he will do that. Attending church doesn't prove anything as satan is in church every time the doors are open

Posted by: vageorge
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In what twisted, cherry-picked verse from Leviticus did your small and shallow theocon god deputize you to look into the hearts of others and judge their intentions?

My, you must feel so special. Did he give you a badge as well?

Posted by: areyousaying | December 27, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Obamas make rare trip to church while in Hawaii"

...so, what in the church did they DESECRATE in the name of ALLAH ?

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot
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You are the mentally challenged poster child for those that DESECRATE poor old Jesus every day by calling yourself "Christian" in the name of your Fox News political and racial hatred.

True Christians deserve better than you.

Posted by: areyousaying | December 27, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"Obamas make rare trip to church while in Hawaii"

...so, what in the church did they DESECRATE in the name of ALLAH ?

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | December 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe that obama attended the church service for any reason except for playing politics. If he is indeed a Christian Let him publicly profess that Jesus Christ is his savior and is Lord. I doubt he will do that. Attending church doesn't prove anything as satan is in church every time the doors are open

Posted by: vageorge | December 26, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Dude! when did you profess your faith publicly? By the way for all of you haters, aside from separating church from state where is it written that the President of the United States has to publicly announce his religion or attend church in public or profess their faith? How do we know that George Bush was sincere when he attended church or that it wasn't a photo op. I mean what Christian would start a war of choice leading to the killing and maiming of thousands of people?

Why is it anyones business whether The Obamas attend church anyway. It is apparent that some of you people will never accept him regardless of what he does. And who are you to question anyones beliefs? Who put you in charge of determining what the President should or would do ? How righteous of you to be so critical of a person you know nothing about. How Christian of you.

Posted by: catmomtx | December 27, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

And so,round and round WAPO Obama shill losers like Perry Bacon Jr go,as they try to make the Kenyan Muslim look like a Saint
and True Messiah and fail at it totally.

As Obama going to church during his latest
10 day goofing off Hawaiian Vacation is just another of the endless fake photo ops
that by now most people find laughable and
are on to the hypocrit Barack Obama as well. Come on 2012 get here so we can vote
this total inoompetent loser out of power.

Posted by: sandy5274 | December 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Some of these posters need to spend more time in church....any church....for any reason for starters....something nice may rub off on you.

Happy New Year. Hope your emotional perspectives improve and that you are able to look for info in all the right places this year.

Posted by: nana4 | December 27, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Fmjk, I'm talking about obama's speech at Gaston Hall in Georgetown, April 2009. He ordered all Christian symbols covered or taken down. And as to hearing him diss Christianity and the Bible, just go to You-tube.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | December 27, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

wmpowllfan: what are you talking about? Have you ever even been to Georgetown? It's Christmas there, I can assure you, and the US President has absolutely nothing to do with what is or is not displayed there. Meanwhile, you probably cannot identify a single anti-Christian thing the man has ever said. Maybe you should step away from the claptrap you read online and read the man's actual words.

Posted by: fmjk | December 27, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

We haven't seen a shirtless beach pic since 2008, and this is what the Post chooses to report on instead? For shame.

Posted by: dkp01 | December 27, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Can someone explain to me why it is that any reporter would take it upon himself to characterize the outing as "rare?" Compared to what? Most people I know NEVER go to church and the Obamas have been a number of times in Washington and Chicago. Yesterday this totally subjective adjective was even in the headline of the article. Why not simply report that he went (if that is news for some undiscernible reason) and let your readers decide if it is rare or not in their own eyes. This new concept of judging our political leaders by the strength of their faith is nauseating and inappropriate.

Posted by: fmjk | December 27, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The People understand that Obama wants to make America into a Marxist/Socialist Society. The People REJECTED OBAMA and HIS POLICY. It is a Fact that Obama is determined to make America over into a Marxist/Socialist Society. The People have showed what they want. The don't want a compromise. The People want Obama STOPPED. Do what must be done to STOP Obama and his Marxist/Socialist Desire. Obama the Anti-Christ is seeking the Destruction of America. Deny Obama and you will Destroy Him. See through the Lie.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness

Posted by: makom | December 27, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Stop the presses! Barry the incompetent boob Obama, in typical satanic fashion, mimes his way through a Christian worship service.

Miserable failure Obama

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 27, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

My oh my! I am appalled that there is an mention in the Washington Post that President Obama went to church. Who cares!? How utterly stupid it is to sit down and compose such an article - what a journalist feat that was - your mama must be so proud. With all of the real news going on, Mr Bacon reports that the President and Mrs Obama went to church, how nice.

As for the rest of you idiots - if the President says he is a Christian, he is one, why would anyone lie about that? It is not like it is a group someone should be proud to belong to! Just listen to yourselves! A group of more hateful people I think would be hard to find.

Posted by: wendymerendini | December 27, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on now WAPO Obamashill Perry Bacon
get off it,as all this was just another stupid phony Barack Hussein Obama idiotic
fake photo op that was staged to get the heat off of non-church going secret Muslim
from Kenya! Obama is the biggest phony liar
loser to ever set foot inside the White House and worst hypocrit of all time. Face
it Obama is no Christian just a two bit
phony baloney Democrat political hack and
dishonest corrupt thug total losers.

Hurry Up 2012 And Get Here!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | December 27, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

WAPO is still spinning for obama: thus the statement that "obama is a Christian." If you want people to believe that, you'll have to get obama himself to cooperate with you.

Why did obama cover up the Christian symbols in Georgetown? Why does he pointedly delete the Creator reference in the Declaration of Independence? Why does he mock the Bible and ridicule Christians in his speeches? Why doesn't he know that the U.S. motto is "In God We Trust"?

He is our first anti-Christian, anti-American president.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | December 27, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

So Mr. Obama goes to church and the wack-jobs and haters go beserko. Sanity was the first casualty of the Tea-Bagger Holocaust.

Posted by: BBear1 | December 27, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I think he takes his religion about as seriously as his campaign promises.

Posted by: kls1 | December 26, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Why should any man or the President of the United States confess his belief in any religion? I wouldn't especially too another man of flesh and blood you are not GOD? Your belief and confession should be to the LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE ALMIGHTY GOD. However, Why can't man just except who GOD put into the President's Seat. Although, we are the nation voted him into office. AND WHAT GIVES A MAN THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ANOTHER CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES BY THEIR COLOR(RACE), CREED, RELIGION, AND INCOME. What is the world coming too? I know we are given rights in our country. However, we must remember before President Obama or President Bush came into office our country was already in bull%?%?. If they are given time in their seats who knows we might see the light at the end. WE JUST NEED TO LEARN TO PICK WHO WE WANT IN OFFICE REPRESENTING US OR ACCEPT WHAT COMES IN OUR LIVES AND MOVE ON VOTERS ARE ADULTS NOT CHILDREN. I AM THE ONE THAT HAS CONTROL OVER MY FUTURE.

Posted by: Charity3 | December 26, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Why should any man or the President of the United States confess his belief in any religion? I wouldn't especially too another man of flesh and blood you are not GOD? Your belief and confession should be to the LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE ALMIGHTY GOD. However, Why can't man just except who GOD put into the President's Seat. Although, we are the nation voted him into office. AND WHAT GIVES A MAN THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ANOTHER CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES BY THEIR COLOR(RACE), CREED, RELIGION, AND INCOME. What is the world coming too? I know we are given rights in our country. However, we must remember before President Obama or President Bush came into office our country was already in bull%?%?. If they are given time in their seats who knows we might see the light at the end. WE JUST NEED TO LEARN TO PICK WHO WE WANT IN OFFICE REPRESENTING US OR ACCEPT WHAT COMES IN OUR LIVES AND MOVE ON VOTERS ARE ADULTS NOT CHILDREN. I AM THE ONE THAT HAS CONTROL OVER MY FUTURE.

Posted by: Charity3 | December 26, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Why should any man or the President of the United States confess his belief in any religion? I wouldn't especially too another man of flesh and blood you are not GOD? Your belief and confession should be to the LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE ALMIGHTY GOD. However, Why can't man just except who GOD put into the President's Seat. Although, we are the nation voted him into office. AND WHAT GIVES A MAN THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ANOTHER CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES BY THEIR COLOR(RACE), CREED, RELIGION, AND INCOME. What is the world coming too? I know we are given rights in our country. However, we must remember before President Obama or President Bush came into office our country was already in bull%?%?. If they are given time in their seats who knows we might see the light at the end. WE JUST NEED TO LEARN TO PICK WHO WE WANT IN OFFICE REPRESENTING US OR ACCEPT WHAT COMES IN OUR LIVES AND MOVE ON VOTERS ARE ADULTS NOT CHILDREN. I AM THE ONE THAT HAS CONTROL OVER MY FUTURE.

Posted by: Charity3 | December 26, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe that obama attended the church service for any reason except for playing politics. If he is indeed a Christian Let him publicly profess that Jesus Christ is his savior and is Lord. I doubt he will do that. Attending church doesn't prove anything as satan is in church every time the doors are open

Posted by: vageorge | December 26, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama should lay a wreath at Arman T. Manookian's grave (if he can find it) who was a victim of the Armenian Genocide.

Posted by: KiazerSouze | December 26, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

He should lay a wreath at Arman T. Manookian's grave who was a victim of the Armenian Genocide committed by Turks. Obama is a liar.

Posted by: KiazerSouze | December 26, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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