Joe Scarborough: If You Question Obama's Faith, You're a 'Hater'
Apparently everyone needs to take the President at his word when he says he is a committed Christian, according to MSNBC. The network's Morning Joe crew thinks that those who still question the sincerity of President Obama's faith are "haters" and "knuckleheads."
During a townhall meeting at a New Mexico residence, President Obama proclaimed that he was a "Christian by choice." He said that he came to the faith recently, believing that the Christian precepts of "being my brother's and sister's keeper" and "treating others as they would treat me" defined the kind of life he wanted to live.
In lieu of the quote, Scarborough referenced his own Southern Baptist roots and asserted that Obama is without a doubt a Christian. "When he says things like 'Jesus died for my sins. I'm saved by God's salvation,' that's about as definitive as you can get," he claimed. "At this point, if jackasses out there question his faith, they're just haters."
Scarborough even went so far as to say that to be Christian is to accept Obama at his word. Columnist Mike Barnicle agreed, chastising the "knuckleheads out there who continue this assault on the President based on faith."
Scarborough ripped Fox News' Glenn Beck as being one of the lead "knuckleheads," and that Beck "has said his faith is a communal faith, and this and that and the other are - some gibberish to suggest that Barack Obama doesn't understand what being a Christian means."
"I don't hold religious show-trials like Glenn Beck and other people on the far right are holding of Barack Obama right now," Scarborough preached. "I think true Christian faith, true Christian charity accepts this man's word and goes on to something else, and creates a new false controversy."
For her part, however, co-host Mika Brzezinski thought the question about his faith was good, compared with "all the ridiculous questions this President has been faced with pertaining to this issue."
A transcript of this segment, which aired on September 29 at 6:00 a.m. EDT, is as follows: