Obama skips church, heads to gym - Jonathan Martin and Carol E. Lee - POLITICO.com It's a fairly remarkable move for an American president, one that probably rubs most Americans the wrong way. I would advise going even if you aren't very religious, like Reagan. The problem with not even going to church is that you give MILLIONS of voters a non-racial reason to kick your ass to the curb in 2012. Before they could say "you're racist." Now you can say "I don't like that he doesn't go to church."