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President Obama Praises and Celebrates the Islamic Faith While Ignoring and Disrespecting the Christian Faith Tradition

Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, 540-538-4741, 202-547-1735 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Tuesday evening, President Obama praised American Muslims at a White House dinner to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
With respect to Christianity President Obama has:
*  Covered a cross and a sacred symbol for the name of Jesus at a Georgetown University Speech.
*  Chosen not to celebrate the National Day of Prayer at the White House.  Even though the National Day of Prayer is an official event declared by Congress.
*  For the first time in 42 years, the Pentagon denied a military flyover at a Patriotic rally in Nampa, Idaho because the event was "too Christian."
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states,
"I applaud the President for reaching out and building a bridge to the Muslim world.  It is something the Christian Defense Coalition has engaged in for a number of years, even traveling to Baghdad to pray with Prime Minister Maliki two years ago.  Just recently we prayed at the Afghanistan Embassy for their national elections and met with the Afghan Ambassador.
"However when it comes to the Christian faith tradition, President Obama has shown a profound lack of respect and openness.  For example, at a Georgetown University speech several months ago the President covered up a cross and a sacred symbol for the name of Jesus.  The President never apologized for this.
"One has to ask, would President Obama ever cover up the Koran during one of his speeches?
"During the National Day of Prayer, the President had no public events at the White House.  Even though that day is an official event declared by Congress. 
"The Christian faith community has to ask, why would the White House hold an event to celebrate Ramadan and not one to celebrate the National Day of Prayer?
"It is appropriate for the President of the United States to honor and respect all faith traditions.   However, it is deeply troubling that he not show equality and respect to the millions of Americans who share the Christian faith tradition."
For more information or interviews call:
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 540.538.4741    202.547.1735