Barack Obama went to church Sunday near the end of his holiday respite in his native Hawaii, worshiping at a multidenominational service at a chapel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii just as he did the previous Sunday.

And this is news, you ask?

Actually, yes it is, when it marks the first time the Obama family has worshiped in church on two straight Sundays since Obama’s election, and when you are a struggling president facing re-election after a year in which growing numbers of Americans — as many as 1 in 5 — thought he was a Muslim, while more than half felt Obama’s religious views were different from their own.

Moreover, resurgent Republicans and conservative activists continue to raise doubts about Obama’s religious views as a way to sow doubts about his commitment to American values.

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