In an interview with National Journal, Bob Jones III — chancellor of the fundamentalist Christian university with the same name — offers a wide-ranging interview on the GOP field and questions President Obama’s Christian credentials.
“I have a great distrust for him,” Jones said of the president. “I’ve no reason to think he’s a Christian. … Anyone can say he’s a Christian. Some people will say whatever they think the politically helpful thing would be. I say, ‘Where is the evidence that he is a Christian?’ ”
The Obama campaign declined to comment, but when the president’s Christianity was questioned last year by conservative commentator Glenn Beck and polls indicated a growing percentage of Americans unsure of the president’s faith, then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, “The president is a committed, mainstream Christian.”
In 2008, then-Sen. Obama participated in a candidates’ forum at Saddleback Church, where pastor Rick Warren said to him, “You’ve made no doubts about your faith in Jesus Christ. What does that mean to you? What does it mean to you to trust in Christ? And what does that mean to you on a daily basis? What does that really look like?”