Obama's Church Appearance Highlights Public Trend

President Obama attended church in Hawaii Sunday, continuing a trend of public expressions of his Christian faith in the past three months, argues Carol E. Lee in Politico.

Obama has publicly mentioned his "Christian faith" more times in the past three months than he has over the past year. He has more frequently cited passages of the Bible, including repeated references to the spirit of Genesis 4:9 — "I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper" — which was a mainstay of Obama's 2010 campaign stump speech. And he's taken his family to church twice, a shift for a president who has preferred to worship privately since the end of the 2008 campaign.

As far as I can tell, the Obama family attends church mostly on holidays and special occasions. However, the family attended a church in September after polls suggested that at least 18 percent of Americans think he is a Muslim.

Adelle M. Banks noted a similar trend of faith as a public expression for Religion News Service.

When President Obama ...
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