(Photograph: Twitter/Jamie Foxx)
Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx has called Barack Obama "our lord and savior" during the 2012 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, drawing the attention of Catholic League President Bill Donohue.
"It's like church over here. It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama," Foxx said to a cheering audience on Sunday night. The rapper, comedian and actor who stars in the "Django Unchained" movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, was warming up the fans in preparation for the evening's music awards.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights President Bill Donohue, who has been vocal in protesting against some of President Obama's biggest policies, such as the HHS mandate, released a statement commenting on Foxx's reference to Obama as "lord and savior," calling it "startling."
Donohue wrote: "It just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans from rising (as he promised to do in 2008), he did succeed in convincing Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God exists. Whether God can survive an ACLU lawsuit accusing him of violating church and state grounds remains to be seen."
The Catholic League president reminded that back in 2011, when asked in an interview "What does God mean to you?," Foxx's response was "What does God mean to me? I don't know."
Donohue, along with many other Catholics, have said that the HHS mandate backed by Obama goes against the religious liberties of Catholics by forcing all employers to provide insurance coverage that offers birth control.
In an op-ed earlier this year, the Catholic League president also wrote that Obama "wages war on religion," by noting several incidents that the president seemed reluctant or hesitant to accept talk about God.
"The fact is Obama is uncomfortable with America's Christian heritage. In 2010 he could not bring himself to utter the words "In God We Trust" when speaking in Indonesia about our national motto; instead, he substituted "E Pluribus Unum." But he is quite comfortable with atheists," Donohue wrote.
During the run-up to the General Election, however, President Obama created a couple of videos and an information website where he directly addressed questions about his faith, assuring the American public that he is a committed Christian who prays regularly and would fight to defend religious freedom in the country.