President Barack Obama's religion is said to be
what does Christianity and religion mean to Barack Obama, and how does President Barack
Obama's religion shape his policies?
We address these and other questions regarding President Barack Obama's
religion by probing his own revealing words (see Obama God) about his religion, and
start by retracing his journey through religions from the beginning.
The first religion in his life was the
Islam of his father,
who named him Barack Hussein Obama before
divorcing his mother when his son was six years old.
The future President's mother then remarried
an Indonesian Muslim whose
beliefs appear to have had an inclusive flair. In
his autobiography, President Obama described his stepfather's beliefs as,
"a brand of Islam that could make room for the
remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths."
The young Barack Obama moved with his mother to his stepfather's
Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation, where the future president spent three years at a
Roman Catholic school and one year at a Muslim school.
As an adult, Barack Obama began to attend a church in Chicago.
For 20 years from 1989 until the presidential campaign of 2008, he
was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ, which introduced
itself online as, "a congregation with a
non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA... and remain 'true to our native land,' the
Despite the past and present pain and sufferings, the commitment of a Christian
church, let alone a "non-negotiable
COMMITMENT" should be to Christ and Christ alone, not to a piece of land.