An American’s Idol

Some folks in India are presenting Barack Obama with an idol–notice how even believers in these gods call them that–of a deity that the presidential candidate apparently uses as a good luck charm. From Obama to get Hanuman idol-India-The Times of India:

With Democrat senator Barack Obama busy in the run-up to the US presidential polls, a group of well-wishers in the capital have decided to send him a symbol of his lucky charm, Lord Hanuman, to help him emerge victorious.

Obama’s representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar on Tuesday received a gold-plated two-feet-high idol which she will pass it on to the Obama after it is sanctified.

The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms.

An hour-long prayer meeting to sanctify the idol was earlier organised at Sankat Mochan Dham and by Congress leader Brijmohan Bhama, Balmiki Samaj and the temple’s priests.

“Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman and that is why we are presenting an idol of Hanuman to him,” said Bhama.

See also this. OK, he’s not a Muslim, so is he a Hindu? I suspect he is just one of those polytheists that make up the new American majority, as documented in the Pew Survey.

I do understand that Obama can’t be held responsible for what some fans of his in India ascribe to him, but surely, as the Christian he claims to be, he should draw the line at idolatry, shouldn’t he?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • CRB

    Oh come on, isn’t being an American–politician or whatever vocation–about, “What’s true for me is true for me, but not necessarily true for you. My religion is mine alone even if it’s many diferent kinds”?! We are all “family” right?! :)
    [sarcasm mode off]

  • CRB

    Oh come on, isn’t being an American–politician or whatever vocation–about, “What’s true for me is true for me, but not necessarily true for you. My religion is mine alone even if it’s many diferent kinds”?! We are all “family” right?! :)
    [sarcasm mode off]

  • Ryan

    I’m curious, as a major public official being presented with a gift… refusal of which I assume would cause offense, how should he react? How would this be different if a church held a week long prayer vigil for Barak Obama (non-profit status aside for a moment) and sent him a crucifix/cross in his pocket sort of thing?

  • Ryan

    I’m curious, as a major public official being presented with a gift… refusal of which I assume would cause offense, how should he react? How would this be different if a church held a week long prayer vigil for Barak Obama (non-profit status aside for a moment) and sent him a crucifix/cross in his pocket sort of thing?

  • Bruce

    Dude worships a monkey god. In his pocket.

  • Bruce

    Dude worships a monkey god. In his pocket.


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