When you are your own god, why worship anyone else?
When you sit in a Chicago church where the reverend preaches hate towards Jews and Whites and spite for 20 years, you probably aren’t deep into Christianity.
When you put on a pious face before an election, then skip church continually, you’re not much of a role model.
So it isn’t surprising that during his Hawaiian vacation, Barack Obama didn’t bother with church services on Christmas Day.
From the New York Times:
President Obama celebrated a low-key Christmas in Hawaii this year. He sang carols, opened presents with his family, and visited a nearby military base to wish the troops “Mele Kalikimaka” — the Hawaiian phrase meaning “Merry Christmas.”
But the one thing the president and his family did not do — something they have rarely done since he entered the White House — was attend Christmas church services.
“He has not gone to church hardly at all, as president,” said Gary Scott Smith, the author of “Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush,” adding that it is “very unusual for a president not to attend” Christmas services.
Historically, watching the nation’s first family head to church dressed in their Sunday best, especially around the holiday season, was something of a ritual. Yet Mr. Obama’s faith is a more complicated, more private, and perhaps — religious and presidential historians say — a more inclusive affair.
When you belong to the church of self worship, none other is required, is it?