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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Evangelicals Shown Love at Obama Inauguration

Jennifer Wishon breaks down Inauguration day and night, including interviews with Medal of Honor recipients. 

One thing President Obama is not short on as he prepares for his second term is opponents.

Some of his fiercest critics call him the "most dangerous," "most liberal," and "most pro-abortion" president in history. Not exactly what you'd call endearing.

Among the most skeptical are evangelical Christians. They voted overwhelmingly against him, but that hasn't stopped President Obama from showing them some love at his second inauguration.

Of the seven musical acts on the inaugural program, two are from the evangelical community.

The first to perform is the Lee University Festival Choir, comprised of 200 or so singers from a mix of choral ensembles at the Cleveland, Tennessee-based Christian college. (Their public love of Chick-Fil-A didn't get them booted from the program unlike the Rev. Louie Giglio, who withdrew plans to give the benediction after critics complained about one of his past sermons on homosexuality.)

The lineup's other evangelical act is the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. At nearly 300 strong and with six Grammys and five Dove Awards under its belt, the choir was selected to sing a selection last summer by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The choir hails from Schumer's hometown, and as the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on the Inauguration he was able to make the offer.

"As a frequent visitor to their wonderful congregation I know from first-ear experience how amazing this choir is," Sen. Schumer wrote in statement. "I know they will wow the whole nation."

If nothing less, perhaps it shows the president's bent toward gospel music. Who knows whether it will quash lingering doubts about his Christian faith. Believe it or not, the most recent Pew poll shows that more Americans are uncertain about President Obama's faith now than they were when he began his first term.

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