The faith of Presidents

The faith of the President and the man who was once called preacher to the presidents are in the top 5 breaking news stories this week.

Firstly, much has been discussed about Obama's faith in recent months but not much has got through to the general public. According to ABC America, half of Americans do not know the President's religion. Only 49 percent of respondents said that Obama was Christian while 17 percent inaccurately said he was Muslim. 

At the same time, there was some comment this week on Obama's 2006 statement that America was not a Christian nation. The exact quote was "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” This week came confirmation that evangelical leaders, mostly, agree.

Billy Graham, personally known to all the Presidents since World War Two, made public his own thoughts on the subject this week. He believes America is a nation 'deceived'. Big Billy's prayer letter is here. The big news in the prayer letter though, is the announcement of the largest North American Evangelistic event in 60 years.

Also in the news, a BBC presenter has been taken to task for interjecting his own support of Richard Dawkins views, during this interview.

The farmers newspaper carried a story about Sydney's south-west - the new Bible belt according to the Stock and Land.

Finally, some archeology news from Israel - is this evidence of Samson?

 

 

Russell Powell has more than 30 years experience across all forms of media, with a long career as one of Australian radio's most prominent journalists and presenters. He was one of the pioneers of the ABC's NewsRadio network. As well as his on-air work, he has taught at the Australian Film, TV and Radio School. He is now the CEO of Anglican Media Sydney and the Archbishop of Sydney's Media Adviser.

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