Salena Zito talks to Michael Wear, who directed faith outreach for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history, and he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term.

Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America.

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    rod

    Excuse me, is this podcast in English? Fractured syntax, misuse of words: “how you became to be?” “that center on in their lives?” “how did you manage through that?” “devote your religiosity to Christianity?” “when did politics have an epiphany in your life?” whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

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    • May 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm
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    Talk about drinking the Kool Aid, the extent to which I was able to understand what being a Christian actually means to Mr. Wear are the usual Democrat party social justice platitudes. What else could allow a person to excuse Jeremiah Wright’s well-documented anti-Semitism as merely a result of the press not understanding religion or being unfair to his candidate. Obama was very politically savvy and smart in his campaign to reach out to Christian voters, but that doesn’t mean he had any intention of listening to them during his presidency. This was the president who signaled what he thought of Christians with his “clinging to their Bibles and their guns” comment, whose Justice Department doggedly tried to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraception and abortifacients in their healthcare plan, who said at the National Prayer Breakfast that Christians need to get off their high horses and not condemn Islamic terrorism because…the Crusades, etc., etc., etc. The Democrats’ problem with religion began long before Hillary’s campaign. Her campaign was merely a continuation of the last 8 years in which Democrats believed they could continue to push theological conservatives further and further to the margins of society. Hillary wasn’t the first to give a speech to Planned Parenthood. What else but the belief that Obama’s invulnerability would transfer to her that led her to accept the Margaret Sanger award from Planned Parenthood in the midst of running for president.

    Questions I would have liked to have heard asked of Mr. Wear in this podcast:

    What does being a Christian mean, i.e. who is God (particularly, who is Jesus Christ), what is humanity’s relationship to Him, and what is the purpose of the Christian’s life in this world?

    Is Barack Obama a Christian? If so, in Mr. Wear’s view, how would he answer those questions about what it means to be a Christian?

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    • May 25, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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