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President Obama to Talk About His Faith at Prayer Breakfast

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President Barack Obama, right, and Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, a Hiawatha, Iowa native, bow in prayer during a Nov. 16 ceremony where Obama presented Giunta with the Medal of Honor.

By Jerome Socolovsky, voanews.com, Feb. 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.  It’s a chance for influential Americans and foreign dignitaries to hear the president talk about his faith, as he did last year. It is also one of a number of controversial events with religious overtones on Washington’s political calendar.

The National Prayer Breakfast is a chance for influential Americans and foreign dignitaries to hear the president talk about his faith, as he did last year.
“In my moments of prayer, I’m reminded that faith and values play an enormous role in motivating us to solve some of our most urgent problems,” Obama said.
Gatherings that focus on prayer are an integral part of Washington’s political calendar and the president’s attendance is often expected.
Public policy professor Mark Rozell, an expert on religion and the presidency, said, “People expect to have a president of strong religious faith, and they are comfortable with the president engaging in public displays of religious faith and commitment.”

But not everybody agrees.

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