President Barack Obama was forced to open up about his Christian faith on Tuesday when an Albuquerque woman asked him “Why are you a Christian?” He responded, “I’m a Christian by choice. It was a “hot topic question,” the woman recognized during a “backyard” conversation on the economy. Obama was meeting with families in the front yard of the home of Andy and Etta Cavalier in Albuquerque, N.M., when the question was posed. Providing a brief account of how he grew up, Obama said his family members “weren’t folks who went to church every week.”

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