US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015. .
(photo credit: REUTERS)
US President Barack Obama defended his adherence to the Christian faith on Tuesday in a speech in New Delhi, India.
During an address given while on a visit to India with the First Lady, Michelle, Obama preached religious tolerance, reminding the Indian people that no one deserves to be prosecuted for their religion.
He also told the crowd that he is a Christian, but even if he wasn't, it would also be okay.
"In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned -- by people who don’t know me -- or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,'' he said.
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The president was referring to rumors that he is Muslim, not Christian.
Speaking about both the US and India, Obama touted the variety of faiths practiced in both nations. ''Our nations are strongest when we see that we are all God’s children -- all equal in His eyes and worthy of His love. Across our two great countries we have Hindus and Muslims, Christians and Sikhs, and Jews and Buddhists and Jains and so many faiths.''