On Saturday, the Washington Post asked Republican Gov. Scott Walker if he believes Barack Obama is a Christian. Walker, a presumed 2016 presidential candidate, responded with a three-word answer: “I don’t know.”
Walker wasn’t finished, however, telling the Post he had never spoken with Obama about his religious faith. He went on to excoriate the liberal media for being fixated on issues not relevant to most Americans, the Post said.
“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said firmly. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”
Walker told the Post questions like these are part of the reason people hate Washington and dislike the press. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about,” he said. He also attacked the media for not asking Obama about statements made by prominent liberals.
“Was it Jimmy Hoffa that ripped on the tea party and called them unpatriotic, and the president was standing there and nobody asked him that?” he asked. “To me, it seems I’ve had multiple days of an incredible double standard. They don’t ask the president about people like Jimmy Hoffa, they don’t ask Hillary Clinton about others out there.”
A spokeswoman for Walker later said the governor believes Obama is a Christian, but thought the question was intended to catch him in a “gotcha” moment, coming on the heels of comments made by Rudy Giuliani at a dinner last week. Walker declined to comment on statements made by the former New York mayor. At the time, Giuliani said he does not believe Obama loves America, prompting liberals to react with anger, issuing death threats. Giuliani has not backed down from the comments, and went on to say Obama has been influenced by Communism from a very early age. Walker, however, has dismissed the statements, saying he is focused on other things.
“My focus isn’t on what the mayor said,” he told the Post. “My focus is on why I believe, should I choose to get in this election, why I believe we need a fighter.” Some, like RedState’s Erick Erickson, minced no words on the topic.
“I don’t think Barack Obama is a Christian,” he said on Twitter. “He certainly is not one in any meaningful way.” Erickson said in another tweet the statement angered a number of people who claim to be atheists in their Twitter biography.
Dan Balz and Robert Costa said “some” unnamed “figures on the right” have “consistently questioned Obama’s faith, with some suggesting that he is a Muslim.” As we reported in 2010, a poll showed that nearly one in five believe Obama is a Muslim. Since then, the president has done little to allay the concerns of those who believe he sympathizes with Muslims over Christians and as we reported at the time, God has not issued a press release on the subject.
The Post also said Obama “has often talked about his Christian faith, as he did recently at the National Prayer Breakfast.” But the Post forgot to mention that Obama angered a number of Christians when he compared modern Christianity to the Crusades and blamed Christianity for slavery and Jim Crow laws. More recently, a so-called “summit” on “extremism” opened with a Muslim prayer and, CNS News added, no other faiths were represented.