July 2, 2009

Has President Obama picked a church?

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Update, Update, Update !!!
Washington Post (July 3, 2009) page 2

Quote from the Post:

On a personal matter, the president said he has not chosen a home church in the Washington area -- and might not choose one particular congregation.

He said he and his family will attend chapel services at Camp David when they are at the presidential retreat in Maryland -- which he calls a "wonderful little congregation."

"How we handle church when we're here in D.C. is something that we're still figuring out," he said. "And I think that in the second half of the year, we will have made a decision."

Today in Religion will try to keep track of how President Obama, "handles church when we're here in D.C." I am willing to bet that when the second half of the year rolls around, he'll come up with another excuse for not picking a church.

Time Magazine (June 29, 2009)
According to Time magazine, President Obama has finally picked a church. It's Evergreen Chapel at Camp David. Evergreen is a non-denominational chapel that serves the Camp David military community. The chapel was President George Bush's primary place of worship.

Considering the Reverend Wright fiasco, it's understandable that it took seven months. I hope he made the right choice.

Evergreen has one big advantage and one disadvantage.

The advantage is Obama will only have to attend when he's at Camp David. The other Sundays he can do something more productive.

The disadvantage is the pastor. I'm not sure about this guy. Lt. Carey H. Cash is a Southern Baptist Navy Chaplain. He's the great grandnephew of Johnny Cash, which is kind of cool but not particularly relevant. He has also written a book, which may set a record for having the world's longest title. It's called: A Table in the Presence: The Dramatic Account of How a U.S. Marine Battalion Experienced God's Presence Amidst the Chaos of the War in Iraq.

More importantly he was quoted as saying, "First we get the military, then we get the nation." (Daily Kos) That doesn't sound very non-denominational to me.

The plot thickens:

CBS News asked the White House if Obama had picked a church. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “There have been no formal decisions about joining a church."

Time magazine is sticking to their story. We'll see how it turns out.

President Obama hasn't had much luck with churches. Hopefully at the end of his second term, he'll grow a pair and tell the world that he's really a rationalist non-believer.

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