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Obama's National Day of Prayer

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, President Barack Obama praised freedom of religion at the National Prayer Breakfast held in the nation's capitol.

Barack and Michelle OBama at the national prayer breakfast Thursday.
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Obama stunning remarks at the national prayer breakfast
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He said faith is important to all people, in the United States and around the world, and he said people have faith in the nation itself.

Here is a link to the text of his remarks.

He spoke of the importance of faith and religion, saying "History shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people, including the freedom of religion, are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful. Nations that do not uphold these rights sow the bitter seeds of instability and violence and extremism. So freedom of religion matters to our national security."

He talked about Jesus Christ, and did not make a single mention of Allah or the Koran.

He also spoke of the need to seek God, to realize that we as humans do not know everything.

"So each time we gather, it’s a chance to set aside the rush of our daily lives; to pause with humility before an Almighty God; to seek His grace; and, mindful of our own imperfections, to remember the admonition from the Book of Romans, which is especially fitting for those of us in Washington: “Do not claim to be wiser than you are.”

He spoke of the role of faith in his own life, saying

And I’m grateful not only because I was broke and the church fed me, but because it led to everything else. It led me to embrace Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It led me to Michelle -- the love of my life -- and it blessed us with two extraordinary daughters. It led me to public service. And the longer I serve, especially in moments of trial or doubt, the more thankful I am of God’s guiding hand.

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