Bill O'Reilly: “I Don't Think [Obama's] A Devout Christian”

From the July 6 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

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DAVID MENDELL: Just because President Obama attended the wedding of a relative who was a Muslim doesn't necessarily mean he has deep ties to Islam. 

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): You wouldn't say that if your father and your stepfather, both Islamists, and then your half brother and half sister, both Muslims, you wouldn't call those deep ties? 

MENDELL: Well, they are ties. President Obama is a very unique cultural figure. He has ties to various worlds. He has ties in the African-American world. He has ties to Kansas where his mother was born. He himself is a devout Christian. I would follow him around on the campaign trail back here in Illinois -- 

O'REILLY: Whoa, whoa, whoa, devout Christian? He doesn't go to church on a regular basis. How did you arrive at that assessment? Why would he be -- he's a Christian. I believe he's a Christian. I'm not one of these guys who says he's a Muslim. But I don't think he's a devout Christian. 

MENDELL: Well, he would go along the campaign trail here in Illinois, he would have the Holy Bible sitting in the door compartment of his vehicle, and he would refer to it consistently. He and Michelle would attend services of, you can go back to Jeremiah Wright if you want but -- 

O'REILLY: I don't know if that's devout in Jeremiah Wright's church is a little political.

MENDELL: But he's given expensive interviews about his beliefs in Christianity. 

O'REILLY: Yeah but what you say and what you do are not necessarily the same thing. I base my analysis on the fact that in my opinion -- and I could be wrong, but I'm not -- President Obama's sympathetic treatment of Muslims put the country in danger because he has not elevated the risks that we have to the level it should be. And he allowed ISIS to be created because of his foolish decision to withdraw troops in Iraq and to pretty much run wild for five years. So another president, angry about the jihad, would not have done that. Am I wrong?

MENDELL: Well, I think President Obama is very sympathetic to all cultures, all religions. He grew up in a multiplicity -- 

O'REILLY: Is that good for a commander in chief to be very sympathetic to all cultures and all beliefs when thousands of people are being murdered? 

MENDELL: Obviously you think it's a bad quality. 

O'REILLY: You don't? 

MENDELL: Well, I think he is a unique figure in that he can see various viewpoints. I'm not here necessarily to argue --

O'REILLY: He's the commander in chief of the country -- wait, wait, wait, Mr. Mendell. Mr. Mendell, he's the commander in chief of the United States, and his main charge is to protect us. It's not main charge as to be touchy-feely to all different cultures. 


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