Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said on Saturday he isn’t sure if President Barack Obama is a Christian.
“I don’t know,” Walker said when asked about it by The Washington Post at a DC hotel where the National Governors Association was holding a meeting.
Walker’s comment came a day after he gave a similar answer to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about whether he believes Obama loves America. Both questions stem from a reception for the governor that was held on Wednesday night in Manhattan, an event in which former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) told the crowd he doubts Obama loves America.
While the Democratic National Committee (DNC) response to this, which basically amounted to calling Scott Walker “polarizing”, was, in my opinion, pathetic, that’s beside the point. The point is that President Obama is, in fact, of the Christian faith, and the Wikipedia article about Obama includes a section about his religious beliefs which cites, among other sources, an article in Christianity Today magazine and an article that appeared on Time magazine’s website. In a 2008 Christianity Today article, Obama described himself as a “devout Christian”. Additionally, a 2009 Time magazine article, which was published to their website, listed Obama’s primary place of worship as the Evergreen Church on the grounds of the presidential retreat Camp David.
Scott Walker’s attack on the religious beliefs of the sitting president remind me of Republican attacks against the religious beliefs of the late former U.S. Senator Paul Wellsone (DFL-MN) and his wife, Sheila Wellstone. Right before the 1990 U.S. Senate election in Minnesota, supporters of Rudy Boschwitz, then the incumbent Republican U.S. Senator who was in a close re-election race against Wellstone, sent out flyers to the Jewish community in Minnesota attacking Wellstone, who was Jewish, for being a “bad Jew” because he married a Gentile (i.e., a non-Jewish person). Wellstone responded to the attacks by saying that Boschwitz “…has a problem with Christians, then”. Wellstone went on to defeat Boschwitz by less than 50,000 votes, and Wellstone went on to serve as a progressive voice for Minnesota in the U.S. Senate before his life was cut short by a plane crash that took the lives of Paul, Sheila, their daughter, and five others in 2002.
It’s clear to me that Scott Walker has a problem with Christians.