Barack Obama has officially declared himself a “Reformed Jew” and has “reluenced” to be more observant, but he’s still a Christian, according to a tweet from a Christian activist group.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Obama campaign said the President is “disappointed” that the word “Jew” is associated with him as a person, but said he has “no problem with Judaism as a religion.”
“The President of the United States has a long and proud history of respecting and standing up for religious freedom and the rights of all people to practice their faith,” the campaign said.
“The Obama campaign does not condone or endorse any particular religion or any group of people, and President Obama believes that we all have the right to practice our faith in our own ways and for our own reasons.”
The Obama camp added that the president does not believe in “any organized religion” and will “stand up for the religious freedom of all Americans.”
But he has previously said he is “a practicing Christian” and that he has been “deeply influenced” by the Bible, according to his biography from the US State Department.
In January, the President announced his decision to become a practicing Christian and has since said he feels “incomplete” in his faith.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“The president has always been deeply influenced by his religious upbringing, which includes his mother, who grew up in a Baptist church,” said Dan Cassino, a spokesman for the president’s transition team.
Mr Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, had previously converted to Judaism as an adult, according, and he had previously been raised in a Catholic household, the Washington Post reported.
The White Houses press office did not respond to multiple requests for comment, and Mr Obama’s office did no comment on the release of his statement.