Pastor Who Spoke At Rand Launch: We Don’t Yet Know Obama’s ‘Real Religion’

Rev. Jerry Stephenson introduces Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) at a rally announcing the senator's presidential campaign, Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
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A local pastor who rallied the crowd Tuesday at Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) presidential campaign launch suggested that he believed President Barack Obama would “evolve” past Christianity after leaving office.

“In five years we’ll find out what [Obama’s] real religion is,” Rev. Jerry Stephenson told reporters after the event, according to Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins.

Stephenson, a Louisville-based preacher, voiced his discontent with the Democratic Party in 2010 and then embraced the tea party movement, as well as then-Senate candidate Paul. He’d been discussing the issue of religious freedom after Paul’s presidential announcement when a radio interviewer pressed him to explain his belief that Obama wasn’t supporting conservative Christians, according to Coppins’ report.

Asked to expand on the comment about the Obama’s “real religion,” Stephenson explained that he didn’t believe Obama had been friendly toward Christians.

“Once he’s out, he will ‘evolve’ like he did on gay marriage,” the pastor added, according to Coppins. “I just believe that’s what he will do.”

Stephenson declined to say how he believed the President’s faith would evolve.

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