TV talk show host Bill Maher, perceived by many as the perfect example of a liberal thorn in the side of his conservative TV counterparts, surprised everyone on his HBO show Friday Feb. 11. He questioned President Obama’s claim of Christianity.

Maher announced to his guests that he thinks the president is a secular humanist, following in his mother’s footsteps. He said the president’s claim of being a Christian is the same as his show of moving toward the center — possibly implying that President Obama is insincere in both his religious claim and his bipartisan outreach.

An unlikely source came to President Obama’s defense. Speaker of the House John Boehner appeared on Meet the Press on Feb. 13.

Host David Gregory asked Boehner about several issues, and then turned the conversation to President Obama’s self-proclaimed Christianity.

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