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Jamie Foxx responds to Catholic League condemnation of Obama joke

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Jamie Foxx has responded to a Catholic group's criticism of a joke he made about US President Barack Obama.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights condemned the Django Unchained actor for jokingly referring to Obama as his "Lord and Saviour" while hosting the Soul Train Awards.

U.S. actors Leonardo DiCaprio, left, Kerry Washington, center, and Jamie Foxx, pose for photos promoting their upcoming film,"Django Unchained" at the Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition photo call in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday April 15, 2012.

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Obama/Romney second debate at Hofstra University, NY

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Bill Donohue, a spokesperson for the group, said in a statement this week: "Foxx's epiphany is startling. It just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans from rising (as he promised to do in 2008), he did succeed in convincing Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God exists.

"Whether God can survive an ACLU lawsuit accusing him of violating church and state grounds remains to be seen."

Foxx has now suggested that his light-hearted joke was blown entirely out of proportion by the religious organisation.

"I'm a comic [and] sometimes I think people get a little too tight," he commented to ET Online.

The star further explained: "It's getting a little tougher for us comedians [because] some people take it and want to make a huge story out of it, but it's a joke."

The Catholic League has called for boycotts against a variety of celebrities in recent years, including Nicki Minaj, Lady GaGa and Kathy Griffin.

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