Obama Family Skips Church On Christmas

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President Obama and his family skipped church on Christmas, choosing instead to spend the afternoon at the beach at the Bellows Air Force Station in Hawaii.

That’s not unusual for the president. He has only attended church on Christmas once since he took office, in 2011 when he attended Christmas Day services at the base chapel of the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii.

Politico’s Jennifer Epstein explores Obama’s Christian faith in the twilight years of his presidency, featuring comments from his private spiritual advisers.

“The president’s faith has deepened in the second term; he’s said as much,” insists Joshua DuBois, a Pentecostal minister who serves as a spiritual adviser to the president.

DuBois reminds critics that Obama reads Scripture every day on his Blackberry.

“Reading scripture every day yields a certain amount of personal growth, and he’s done this every day for years,” he said.

According to the article, Obama has only spent 6 percent of his presidency’s Sundays in church, while George W. Bush went to church nearly 30 percent of the time.