Kresta in the Afternoon – August 23, 2010 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – President Obama’s Unconventional Faith Profile

    The recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is generating much discussion over its provocative finding that an increasing number of Americans (nearly one in five) believe that President Obama is a Muslim. The survey was completed before Obama's recent comments endorsing the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero. While this no doubt is a fascinating development, consuming most media coverage of the poll, and unprecedented in presidential history, the figure of greater interest to me -and not surprising- is the percentage of Americans unsure about whether Obama is a Christian, or, more generally, about his faith at all. Paul Kengor is here to discuss.

    Second Topic – Kresta Comments

    Third Topic – Jim Wallis vs. the Truth

    It's almost an axiom of politics that the cover-up raises more questions than the crime. Ask Chuck Colson about that. In the case of Jim Wallis, oddly enough, we have no crime, but we definitely have had a cover-up. Quick background: Half-way through a July 17 WORLD column Marvin Olasky mentioned that in 2004 Sojourners, Jim's organization, received $200,000 from billionaire George Soros, a financier of left-wing groups that push for abortion, atheism, bigger government, and other causes. He had a printout of a page from the website of the Open Society Institute-Soros is OSI's founder, funder, and chairman-showing the grant. It didn't seem to me like any big deal: Of course Soros would see the religious left as important in drawing evangelical votes away from a conservative embrace. Of course Jim would take the money in pursuit of his aims. So I was surprised by Jim's reaction when Wallis exploded "It's not hyperbole or overstatement to say that Glenn Beck lies for a living. I'm sad to see Marvin Olasky doing the same thing. No, we don't receive money from Soros." Marvin is here to explain.

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