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Americans are confusing President Barack Obamaâ€™s messages of hope with quotes from the Bible. A survey released today found 54 percent of U.S. adults attributed a Bible verse about caring for the poor and oppressed to celebrities, politicians, and others including Oprah, Bono, and Angelina Jolie rather than the Bible. Obama received the highest percentage of attributions. The surveyÂą found a quarter of U.S. adults attributed the Old Testament verse â€śYou must defend those who are helpless and have no hope. Be fair and give justice to the poor and homelessÂ˛â€ť to either Obama or the Dalai Lama. Only 13 percent correctly identified the source as the Bible.
The survey - conducted by Harris InteractiveÂ® on behalf of the American Bible Society to coincide with the release of its new Poverty and Justice Bible - also found that:
* Although 80 percent of adults claimed to be familiar with the Bible...