05/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Barack Obama's New American Religion

Barack Obama is looking for a church, but what's his religion?

Through the campaign, he was dogged by the rumor that he's secretly a Muslim, a sleeper-believer in the West. His purported bow to the Saudi King on his recent trip, categorically denied by the White House, got the conspiracists going again (the more the conspiracists fulminate, the more his virtue and reasonableness seem evident). The "dip," or perhaps the canny appearance of a dip, did, however, certainly win him (and the US) points in the Arab world.

Of course, then there was the first Seder in the White House, in which the president no doubt would have liked to be the one asking the four questions. (It's rather amazing no previous president has thought of a White House Seder--especially with Passover becoming such a sought-after invitation among non-Jews.)

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