OBAMA: So, I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place,
I went to a Catholic school in a Muslim country. So that, one of the churches I met, or one of the churches that I became involved in was Trinity United Church of Christ. And the pastor there, Jeremiah Wright, became a good friend. So I joined that church and committed myself to Christ in that church.OBAMA:
Well, my pastor [Jeremiah Wright] is certainly someone who I have an enormous amount of respect for.
I have a number of friends who are ministers. Reverend Meeks is a close friend and colleague of mine in the state Senate. Father Michael Pfleger is a dear friend, and somebody I interact with closely.FALSANI: Those two will keep you on your toes.
OBAMA: And they're good friends.I think there is an enormous danger on the part of public figures to rationalize or justify their actions by claiming God's mandate. ...And to that extent, I give the public a lot of credit. I'm always stuck by how much common sense the American people have. They get confused sometimes, watch FoxNews or listen to talk radio. That's dangerous sometimes. But generally, Americans are tolerant and I think recognize that faith is a personal thing, and they may feel very strongly about an issue like abortion or gay marriage, but if they discuss it with me as an elected official they will discuss it with me in those terms and not, say, as 'you call yourself a Christian.' I cannot recall that ever happening. (Z: From here on in, my computer would not print my words unless they were in red, which really got me curious, but after spending almost 20 minutes doing all I could not to have to resort to the red ink, that's what it is...sorry!)