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Posted at 6:21 PM ET, 04/ 9/2010

The president at church

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Byron Brought
Friendship, Md.

It’s hard to imagine that Courtland Milloy could find fault with President Obama for attending Allen Chapel AME Church with his family on Easter Sunday [“In neighborhood of despair, Obama stays silent,” Metro, April 7].

Mr. Milloy may have misunderstood the purpose of worship. His concern seemed to be that the president didn’t use Easter Sunday as a platform for political speech and self-promotion. The president conducted himself with humility and respect, and his presence alone was symbolic of his support for the community. Any other conduct from the president would have been as grossly inappropriate as the fawning that follows him. Mr. Milloy was right that there are problems that need to be addressed, but there are right ways and wrong ways to address the problems.

Stepping into a church, synagogue or mosque is something we do to encounter one who is bigger than we are, and far beyond our understanding. For Mr. Obama to go with any agenda other than to give thanks and listen would be as misguided as Mr. Milloy’s column was.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | April 9, 2010; 6:21 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, religion  | Tags:  Allen Chapel AME Church, Courtland Milloy, Obama church D.C.  
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Comments

I missed Mr. Milloy's article, so I pulled it up and read it. What a terribly misguided piece of journalism for so many reasons.

As a Christian who attends church regularly, I would have thought it unthinkable for the President to behave in any other manner. Undoubtedly, the President realizes that worship is a very, very personal experience between the individual and God. Mr. Obama is no exception to that spiritual principle and there is nothing about his position that negates the principle.

He was there to lift up the name of Jesus, not to campaign. Shame on Mr. Milloy, who himself probably needs to rediscover--or discover--the true meaning of worship.

Posted by: vscribe | April 11, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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