Posted by WLS Shipwrecked:
I’m responding here to this article by Nathan Diament today over at TNR about how Obama will win over religious voters during his first term. The author considers the invitation to Rick Warren, the endorsement by Doug Kmiec, the fact that 20% of Obama supporters were pro-life, that he began his outreach to religious voters before announcing his run, etc., all as a foundation to claim that Obama will reach religious voters not with his words, but with his works.
I disagree for the following simple reason — Obama is not a truly religious man.
I’ve always been convinced that Obama’s participation and membership in the Trinity United Church in Chicago was more about his political aspirations than about religious faith. His rise in Chicago politics is linked to the support structure he built for himself with the South Side religious leaders and his career path of starting out as a “community organizer.”
But, more significantly in my view, since resigning from Trinity, Obama has not joined a new Church — either in Chicago where he intends to keep his family home — or in DC for their time in the White House.
Further, Obama has yet to attend a Sunday church service since the election. It was easy to make it to Sunday services while on the campaign trail — a visit to a local church in whatever town he happened to be campaigning in on a given Sunday during the primary or general campaign season was simply another opportunity to meet voters and be photographed. All that ended on November 5. Since then not one visit to a church.
While in Hawaii Obama skipped service on both Sundays he has been there, as well as Christmas day.
I’m not a particularly pious person myself, and I don’t regularly attend church. But I didn’t pretend to be otherwise while running for and serving in elective office.
Obama will lose religious voters over time because they will come to see him for what he is — an opportunistic politician who used church attendance as a tool to get ahead. He made them believe he was one of them when he truly wasn’t.
There won’t be any hiding it next time.