The Rev. Franklin Graham (son of famed preacher Billy Graham), who has prayed with Obama, says he takes the president at his word that he’s Christian.
But in an interview with CNN’s John King this week, Graham said, "I think the president's problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name.”
Well, maybe. Obama’s father left the family scene when the future president was two years old, and although he’s reached out to Muslims worldwide there’s no evidence that he’s personally embraced Islam. (Franklin Graham is not exactly a disinterested party here; he has called Islam "a very evil and wicked religion.”)
Obama’s problem may be that he takes the New Testament injunction about praying in the closet too literally – for a politician, anyway. (See Matthew, chapter 6.)
If not in the closet, then at least through the privacy of his BlackBerry, which is how he gets his daily early-morning devotionals from Joshua DuBois, the young Pentecostal minister (with a graduate degree in international affairs from Princeton) who heads the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.