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Originally published Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

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Mars Hill pastor says he doubts Obama’s faith

Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll draws attention after tweeting disparaging comments about the president’s faith.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A tweet by Mark Driscoll, the outspoken pastor of Mars Hill Church, is drawing considerable attention online, where it has been met with boos as well as cheers.

At 8:17 a.m. Monday, the day President Obama was inaugurated, he tweeted: “Praying for our president, who today will place his hand on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know.” He repeated the post on his Facebook page.

On Twitter Tuesday afternoon, about 4,300 people had retweeted the comment or declared it a favorite. On Facebook more than 10,000 people said they liked Driscoll’s comment. About 2,500 people had weighed in with comments, many of which were expressing displeasure.

“Who are you to judge?” one commenter wrote.

“Perhaps you should learn a little humility,” wrote another.

“Maybe you can introduce him to God since you’re so all-knowing,” wrote a third.

Driscoll did not immediately respond to a request for a comment by The Seattle Times.

Diana Wilson, who was a member of Mars Hill before moving to California, was so dismayed by Driscoll’s comment that she called the church — and The Seattle Times.

“It’s easy to throw cherry bombs over social media,” she said. “In his position as leader of a megachurch, I think he would use a little more discretion about what he puts out there.

“As Christians, we value the principle of not judging lest you be judged,” she added.

Mars Hill is a fast-growing nondenominational church with about 14,000 members in Washington and three other states. Driscoll, the founding pastor, is known for his outspoken and conservative views.

Maureen O'Hagan: 206-464-2562 or mohagan@seattletimes.com

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