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It's Obama's fault people want to believe he's Muslim

Obviously President Obama has failed to persuade everyone in America that he's a Christian, and perhaps this is his fault because he doesn't publicly throw himself at every Jesus icon he encounters on his travels.

But one thing I don't quite get is the seeming desire of some in the press corps for doubts about Obama's faith -- and Obama's culpability in not putting those doubts to rest -- to remain a story.

Case in point: Today in New Mexico, Obama was asked a question about his faith. Politico, reporting on the episode, doesn't immediately tell you what this question was. But Politico does tell you at the top of the story that the episode proves Obama's utter failure to put the Muslim rumors to rest:

Under the hot southwestern sun Tuesday, President Barack Obama found himself, once again, explaining his Christian faith to a group of suburban New Mexico voters, even though he had intended to talk to them about education reform, his plans for the economy - and continue his assault on the Republicans' blueprint for the nation.

"I'm a Christian by choice," Obama said, answering a question from a member of the backyard, town hall-style audience. He said he embraced his faith even though, growing up, "my family didn't, frankly. They weren't folks who went to church every week."

The question, however, shows Obama still has not put to rest widespread confusion about his religious affiliation.

It isn't until the very end of the story that we're told what question Obama was asked. He wasn't asked whether he's a Christian. He was asked why he's a Christian. Indeed, according to the White House transcript, the voter jovially asked him that question because "Mother Teresa answered it in an article and I was going to ask you the same because I loved her answer."

I don't know how you read that voter question as proof that Obama has failed to put to rest doubts about his faith -- unless you really, really want to. As for whether Obama is to blame for continuing doubts about his faith, does anyone seriously think Obama's failure to invite the White House press corps with him to church every Sunday, rather than the emotional stress and toll brought on by the awful economy, is the real culprit here?

By Greg Sargent  | September 28, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
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Only God knows for sure. I would be happy to not ask another question as to his religion (and citizenship) if he would simply consent to Hawaii releasing whatever original "vital records" they admit to still having.

Maybe people have a good reason to suspect he is hiding something?

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 28, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Politico has an agenda Greg.

It's that simple.

They live to create conflict. Mike Allen is a miserable twit who lives to create conflict and the rest of the press thrives off it.

C-SPAN continuously now quotes Politico as though they are a serious source of news.

Our press is a pathetic piece of garbage at times.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 28, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@Greg: "As for whether Obama is to blame for continuing doubts about his faith, does anyone seriously think Obama's failure... is the real culprit here?"

My guess is that you disagree with Ben Smith?

"President Obama got derailed from talking about the economy again today... This isn't just some side-issue, or an artifact of the media environment. It's core to what got Obama elected. He ran, more than any other candidate in memory, on his identity... the question of who Barack Obama is has been a matter of great interest not just to his enemies, but also to his admirers and to the man himself."

"I'm not sure how he finds a way out of this trap, which was of his own devising, but what [Sargent] is suggesting is that he needs to find a way to get the spotlight off himself."

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0910/Talking_religion_in_New_Mexico.html?showall

Posted by: sbj3 | September 28, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The press allows the idiots to have a voice and it further cheapens the discussion.

Murdoch has introduced the tabloiding of our politics as he's done around the world.

Welcome to America, land of trailer trash discussion.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 28, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Has Obama gone to church ANY Sunday (besides last week and Easter) in the last 20 months?

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 28, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This reminds me of lapel pins. Remember when pundits were saying Obama didn't love his country because he didn't always wear his American Flag lapel pin? Ironically the folk making this assertion were themselves often observed not wearing lapel pins.

This is far more about ginning up controversy and generating Politico page hits then it is about Obama's religion.

Posted by: nisleib | September 28, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

But thanks for correcting Politico's hack journalism.

They've clearly shifted roles and have started to side with the party they believe will hold the majorities come November. They have begun to kiss Republican backside for access to stories. It's how pathetic journalists like them thrive.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 28, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This is just pathetic.

Greg, why do you even bother?

There are REAL ISSUES out there which get ignored by the media that you could be highlighting.

How about the new study that showed the income gap at its biggest ever -- a continuing trend from the 2000s.

How about the news that a study of offshore wind can power much of the East Coast?

Why not post on issues like that?

They certainly have major political ramifications.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 28, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and it's also opens up a window for people like JakeD2 to start asking the idiotic questions he's asking above.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 28, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Jake,

The First Family attends Evergreen Chapel at Camp David when they are there. The chapel serves several hundred military families, but it doesn't create the spectacle that results when the President goes to church in D.C.

The Clintons regularly attended Foundry United Methodist (and they went to the National Cathedral on Christmas Eve). But I don't remember Reagan or the Bushes regularly attending any church during their White House years.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | September 28, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Jake - You realize Dubya rarely went to church too, right?

It isn't easy for ANY President to go to church; it can be incredibly disruptive to the rest of the congregation.

Personally, I could NOT care less what religion Obama is or if he goes to church. I don't think it is any of my business.

Posted by: nisleib | September 28, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Reagan rarely went to church because he didn't want to disturb churchgoers with his security detail.

Posted by: dkp01 | September 28, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The f*cking "culprit" is f*cking Politico.

"Ginning up a story out of nontroversy" is their motto.

Asssholes.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 28, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

+1, BG.

My personal fave is AP. I still send emails to them about slant/bias etc.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | September 28, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

bearclaw1:

Yes, I recall what Bill Clinton would do to Monica Lewinsky said said church services -- you can read all about it in the Starr Report -- alas, this thread is not about him, or your memory of Reagan or the Bushes

nisleib:

Alas, this thread is not about GWB. The reason I asked the question at 4:31 PM was because of Greg Sargent making fun of "Obama's failure to invite the White House press corps with him to church every Sunday" comment.

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 28, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

OT - Benen has a nice piece on Sharron Angle being on the public dole:

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_09/025892.php

Posted by: nisleib | September 28, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"But one thing I don't quite get is the seeming desire of some in the press corps for doubts about Obama's faith -- and Obama's culpability in not putting those doubts to rest -- to remain a story."

Because their lazy? Because it's easier to turn out fluff like this then to try and write an informative story, say, on the pros or cons of another stimulus package? Because it generates more hits and reader comments than a story on banking reform?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 28, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

OT(again)

CBO Director Doug Elmendorf testified before the Senate Budget Committee today and dropped something of a bombshell. Extending the Bush tax cuts, he said, will "probably reduce income relative to what would otherwise occur in 2020." The reason is simple: Debt.

Elmendorf doesn't deny that tax cuts stimulate the economy. But they don't stimulate it that much, he says, and over the long run, the net economic growth from the tax cuts will be quite small. The net deficit impact won't be. "Lower tax revenues increase budget deficits and thereby government borrowing," Elmendorf said, "which crowds out investment, while lower tax rates increase people's saving and work effort; the net effect on economic activity depends on the balance of those forces." [...]

So the bottom line is that extending the tax cuts indefinitely would hurt the economy. The less you extend the tax cuts, the less damage you do to the economy.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/09/cbo_extending_the_bush_tax_cut.html

Posted by: nisleib | September 28, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

said said = after said (darn Spellchecker ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 28, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama was born in Hawaii after it became a state and his mother was from Kansas, so that makes him an American citizen. End of discussion. Anything more and it betrays an agenda.
What I want to know it why those GOP members the other day, when they were presenting their Plague on America from that hardware store, weren't wearing their American flag pins on their shirts?
Flag pins and ending political speeches intoning "God Bless the United States of America" are ridiculous props.

Posted by: filmnoia | September 28, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse


In the past, the television pictures of Presidents leaving church - with Bible in hand - were a regular Sunday news clip.


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Having said that, I don't think the American People care whether Obama is a muslim or not. AND most people believe he was brought up a muslim - so he probably has religious beliefs over two religions.


The "57 State" comment REALLY REALLY REALLY hurt Obama - democrats do not want to admit that - but it showed.


The way Obama throws a baseball confirms everything - it is that CLEAR.


Having said that - it is NOT a question of religion - it is a question of LOYALTIES.

AND let's be clear the question is DOES OBAMA HAVE SPLIT LOYALTIES ???


No one is saying that Obama is "on the side of muslims"


This is a wartime - this is a Wartime President - the nation wants a leader who is 100% on our side -


There is NO room for SPLIT LOYALTIES.


The democrats continue to mischaracterize this issue - in part because they believe there is truth and vulnerability here. That leads the rest of the country to BELIEVE THERE IS SOMETHING THERE.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 28, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me that after over 2 years people are still questioning his birth place or citizenship? Or for that matter his choice of Faith. Hawaii's vital statistics is public record and can be ordered online for a small fee. However, now that He is the President of the United States of America, I don't think they will allow anyone access to it..There are certainly more important issues to write about.

Aloha Pu Me Hana, from Maui, HI..

Posted by: pacwestaquisitions | September 28, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"In the past, the television pictures of Presidents leaving church - with Bible in hand - were a regular Sunday news clip."

Not so much. Reagan and Bush rarely went to church. Clinton did, but I don't remember seeing any such pictures.

Of the TV age that leaves (for the most part) Nixon, Ford, Carter and Bush the Smarter. And while I'm not THAT old, I certainly don't recall any such regular Sunday clips.

Are you making stuff up again?

Posted by: nisleib | September 28, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

So WHAT was Obama's answer - WHY ?

.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 28, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey Greg -

Can there be a Plum Line policy against capitalizing whole words and sentences? This way STRF would be totally tongue tied.

Posted by: filmnoia | September 28, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@Ethan2010: "There are REAL ISSUES out there which get ignored by the media that you could be highlighting."

You need to be reading Ezra Klein, also of the WaPo.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/inequality_back_at_record_high.html

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | September 28, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

pacwestaquisitions and filmnoia:

As for whether Obama is a Christian or not, I already said "Only God knows for sure." However, the Department of Health NEVER let anyone order Barack Obama's original "vital records" (I didn't say "statistics") and that could reveal he wasn't born in Honolulu. Because his mother was underage at the time of his birth, it would matter legally if he wasn't born in Hawaii.

I will gladly admit, if Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, then he is legally President of the United States. In order to clear up the confusion, why doesn't he simply consent to Hawaii releasing whatever original "vital records" they admit to still having? Is there something he is hiding?

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 28, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Ethan and Kevin - Ezra's the bomb, during the HCR debates he was a blog God.

That is my 2 cents, carry on.

Posted by: nisleib | September 28, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

filmnoia


Who ARE you? e. e. cummings ???

.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 28, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is a deist. As was Thomas Jefferson and many of his contemporaries. That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it.

It's also my theory that Barack Obama was born on the Planet Krypton. So, despite his super powers and heat vision, he is not eligible to be president.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | September 28, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

@STRF: "Who ARE you? e. e. cummings ???"

Stuff like that makes me think it's all an act. Sort of like the worst performance art I've seen in a long, long time.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | September 28, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Sort of like the worst performance art I've seen in a long, long time."

That would be Colbert the other day?

Posted by: sbj3 | September 28, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are hypocrits, they're SO Hypocritical. "BIG Government OBAMA", who thinks government control is the answer to everything... admitting that our government-run schools "aren't good enough" for his children!
More proof of the hypocrisy is ObamaCare..
why is Congress not included in ObamaCare?
Why do they get something different?
Government control is "good enough" for us, the "peasants", apparently!
Watch out, its coming.

Posted by: ohioan | September 28, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Why is this a surprise? People believe the World Trade Center was brought down by a Bush plot. People believe whatever they want to. But Obama and his advisors share blame as well. This is a recurring issue with him. Reverand Wright? Flipant remarks until the issue blows up, then toss him under a bus. Birthers? Flipant comments about how dumb they are, but wait weeks or months to show off a birth certificate proving where he was born. It goes on and on. He has wanted to define his life and background only on his terms (read his books). His college grades, work from the Harvard legal paper, his wife's thesis, etc.
You want people to believe the crazies are crazy? PROVE IT. Show us the proof. If the President had given this answer years ago, the issue would be dead. But instead, he allows it to linger. Address the people that say he was born Muslim simple by saying this "My father was muslim, but I chose to become Christian as an adult." Most people wouldn't argue with that, in fact he'd probably get more people on his side, especially the Christian right that would have no choice but to defend his "conversion".

I don't understand why he continues to allow rumors to swirl around him, when the easiest way to kill them would be a little bit of transparency and honesty.

Posted by: Bailers | September 28, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Every time you idiot trolls post about Obama's birth or religion you answer your own questions.

YOU are the reason no one in their right minds would have an exchange about it.

Back to Limbaugh's soft caresses where you belong, please.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 28, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

OT

My favorite city of all time is Austin. Sadly today there was another school shooting at UT:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iqKYHplFiw9NPeUAs65Ya4kdgHGwD9IH5LJG0?docId=D9IH5LJG0

On the upside the shooter, apparently, only managed to shoot himself.

Posted by: nisleib | September 28, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

These must be those idiot voters John Kerry was talking about. I mean, why in the world would anyone think a man named Barack Hussein Obama might have been a Muslim? How dumb is that. Just because his dad was a Muslim, his stepdad was a Muslim, and he spent his formative years in a country (Indonesia) where Islam is the state religion. Talk about dumb. Next thing you know they will be claiming that his pastor (the Reverend Jeremiah Wright) used to be a Muslim... oh, wait.

Posted by: RecriminyCricket | September 28, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't care if Christine O'Donnell turns out to be the Second Coming of Christ himself.

She's still an idiot who is unqualified and untrustworthy.

Maybe look up "red herring" in the dictionary.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 28, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Every time you idiot trolls post about Obama's birth or religion you answer your own questions.
YOU are the reason no one in their right minds would have an exchange about it.
Back to Limbaugh's soft caresses where you belong, please.
Posted by: BGinCHI
__________________________

And every time the blind defenders use name calling and ad-hominem attacks to deflect real discussion, I understand the left's frustration with blind defenders during the Bush years.

Posted by: Bailers | September 28, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The difference, Bailers, is that Bush was criticized for things he DID. You are here making assumptions without evidence about Obama's religion, against evidence to the contrary. Which has nothing to do with his policies, his governance, or anything else.

You don't have an argument, you have innuendo.

When Obama invades Iran out of the blue, come on back and I'll join you in condemning him.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 28, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I'd add that since your assumption is that being a Muslim is automatically a negative, you aren't worth arguing with.

This, people, is why Dems need to get out and vote even if the WH and Congress has been far less than perfect.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 28, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

OT: They must be desperate! First Grayson and now Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee lying in their ads.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/hawaiinews/20100928_Ad_faulting_Djou_vote_shaves_data_numbers.html

Posted by: sbj3 | September 28, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"have"

(sigh)

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 28, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/09/happy_hour_roundup_97.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | September 28, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that correction BG, now no one will think you are an idiot based on your grammer. Your job-killing socialism, yes; but not your grammer.

Posted by: RecriminyCricket | September 28, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"Grammer"

QED

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 28, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I don't think he is Muslim. Never have. His time with Reverand Wright proves that. As for Wright, what I understand in Chicago is it was the place to be seen for politicians. Much like kowtowing to the Daley's was in years past.

But thanks for the (wrong) assumption. Much like the President, I haven't given you enough information to make a truely informed decision about me.

Posted by: Bailers | September 28, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

You seem to have a firm grip on the shovel.

Keep digging.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 28, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Islam is patrilineal..
I am a professor of comparative religion course. According to the teachings of the holy Quran, any child born of a Muslim father is forever a Muslim. That is why Muslim men are permitted to marry 'infidels', and Islamic women are not. If a Muslim strays from the faith, it is the duty of faithful Muslims to follow the law and slay them. Even if BHO has chosen to portray himself as a Christian, he is still Muslim in the eyes of the Muslim world. The traditional schools of Islamic urisprudence are unanimous in holding that apostasy by a male Muslim is punishable by death. Where is the faithful Muslim who will comply with the Sharia's dictate to apply the proper penalty to the Apostate-in-Chief?

Posted by: hots1 | September 28, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Where do you teach, K-Mart?

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 28, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Of course he isn't a Muslim!
Just because he had a muslim father, attended a muslim school, bows to a muslim prince, refers to his muslim faith, talks about the joys and beauty of Islam, see nothing wrong with the mosque on ground zero (and if debris from the aircraft fell there, it is ground zero), refuses to call Nidal Hasan a terrorist, and displays an anti Israel attitude so similar to that of most muslims (see here http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100036389/barack-obama%E2%80%99s-top-ten-insults-against-israel/) doesn't mean he is a muslim!
Walks like a duck, looks like a duck, quacks! Must be a goose!

Posted by: Greg44 | September 28, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

@JakeD2 and other Baggers:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2008/jun/27/obamas-birth-certificate-part-ii/

Get a grip!

Posted by: DinOH | September 28, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually, he's either an agnostic or a deist, neither Muslim nor Christian.

Posted by: 54465446 | September 28, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

DinOH:

That is not his original "vital records."

Posted by: clawrence12 | September 28, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Allow me to add to greg44-had a Muslim step father, was registered as a Muslim in school, had two Muslim mentors-Frank Marshal Davis and Rev. Wright (yes, he was a Muslim before he became a Marxist Black Liberation Theologist), is quoted talking about the 57 states (there are 57 Muslim states), has pandered to Muslims through changed White House public policy and events, refuses to discuss Jihad or terror in Muslim context when there have been 20,000 attacks around the world by Muslims since 9/11, has donned Muslim attire while visiting countries with Muslim governments, the list goes on and on.

Posted by: lavistabb | September 29, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

"..and perhaps this is his fault because he doesn't publicly throw himself at every Jesus icon he encounters on his travels."

No, Obama doesn't throw himself at icons. He covered up the cross at Georgetown. He stated that he "visited all 57 states" (the number of Islamic states) during the campaign, in an interview Obama referred to his Muslim faith (Stephanopholus corrected him saying "you mean your Christian faith"). He removed all references to jihad and Islamic terrorism from national security policy. He gives a "shout out" on the day of the Ft. Hood shooting (remember that one, when a Muslim serviceman opened fire and killed 13 people?), he apologizes for America while vigorously defending Muslim interests.

No, Obama certainly doesn't throw himself at Christian icons.

Posted by: johnhiggins1990 | September 29, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

If all of these comments are not enough "proof that Obama has failed to put to rest doubts about his faith" Greg Sargent even admits "Obviously President Obama has failed to persuade everyone in America that he's a Christian." Either way, thanks for keeping this story going.

Posted by: clawrence12 | September 29, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Ayatollah Obama (pbuh) is such a good Christian that he: 1) doesn't go to church (spare me the recent Sunday photo-op and Reagan-didn't-go-to-church-either trope, libs, 2) he ordered an icon of Jesus to be covered up at a speech he gave at Georgetown (so much for lib notions of multiculturalism, diversity, tolerance, relativism, and pluralism, libs), 3) when he lived in Chicago, his "church" of choice was a racist, hate-spewing freak show, 4) he ridiculed those who "cling to their (guns and) religion", 5) abortion is "above his pay grade" (and no, libs, honest, sincere Christians cannot disagree on this issue), and 6) I'm sure I'm forgetting something. If Imam Obama is not a Muslim, he certainly extremely Muslim-friendly, and holds Islam in much higher esteem than Christianity. But given his Marxist worldview, BHO is more accurately classified as an atheist.

Posted by: kbarker302 | September 29, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Ayatollah Obama (pbuh) is such a good Christian that he: 1) doesn't go to church (spare me the recent Sunday photo-op and Reagan-didn't-go-to-church-either trope, libs, 2) he ordered an icon of Jesus to be covered up at a speech he gave at Georgetown (so much for lib notions of multiculturalism, diversity, tolerance, relativism, and pluralism, libs), 3) when he lived in Chicago, his "church" of choice was a racist, hate-spewing freak show, 4) he ridiculed those who "cling to their (guns and) religion", 5) abortion is "above his pay grade" (and no, libs, honest, sincere Christians cannot disagree on this issue), and 6) I'm sure I'm forgetting something. If Imam Obama is not a Muslim, he is certainly extremely Muslim-friendly, and holds Islam in much higher esteem than Christianity. But given his Marxist worldview, BHO is more accurately classified as an atheist.

Posted by: kbarker302 | September 29, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

You guys on the left, you all hate Christians and Christianity. Do you really truly believe your hero, savior and god Barack Obama is a Christian? Really? Please.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | September 29, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Yeah. I don't get it. Why do people think that this MUSLIM is a MUSLIM? Hmmmm. Let's look at the Video Tape.
He was BORN to a MUSLIM Father. His Step Father was a MUSLIM. His Mother converted to ISLAM. As a kid, he grew up in MUSLIM Kenya and MUSLIM Indonesia. He attended MUSLIM Schools and MUSLIM Mosque. He knelt on his PRAYER RUG, facing MECCA, and prayed to ALLAH, 5 times a day. Why, he even to George Stephanopoulos that "The Muslim Call To Prayer, was the MOST BEATIFUL SOUND IN THE WORLD." And then he proceeded to interpret it in to English for Georgie. His 1st Interview was to Al Arabia. NOT the WAPO. NO, no. Al Arabia. His 1st Overseas Trip was to TURKEY and EGYPT. He BOWS to the MUSLIM KING, but does NOT bow to the CHRISTIAN QUEEN. He refuses to speak at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY until all references to CHTIST are REMOVED from the room. He Blows Off the National Prayer Breakfast, for a round of GOLF, but he makes sure his Calender is empty so he can attend the END OF RAMADAN Dinner. He uses TAXPAYER MONEY to rebuild MOSQUES around the world. He's all for a CORDOBA VICTORY MOSQUE being built on GROUND ZERO. He's taken away NASA's Space Exploration Mission, and replaced it with a MUSLIM SELF ESTEEM Mission.
What was the question? Oh, right. Why do people think he's a MUSLIM?
I don't know.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | September 29, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

P.S. He went to CHURCH a couple of weeks ago. The first time in forever. And, get ready, they were having a MUSLIM CLERIC there to speak.
Are you people BLIND.
"There are none so BLIND, as those who WILL NOT SEE."

Posted by: GoomyGommy | September 29, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

@GoomyGommy: Okay, let's say Obama is a Muslim. Apparently, he's the kind of Muslim that has no trouble repeatedly pulling the trigger on killing high-value Al Qaeda leaders and other important radical Islamist targets.

Plus, nothing like 9/11 or the 1993 WTC bombing has happened yet, under the watch of this Muslim president. Why is that, I wonder?

And who gives a rats rear end if he is a secret Muslim? He's good at blowin' up terrorists. Maybe cuz he can think like them. /snark

BTW, much of the stuff you noted sounds more like the behavior of a dedicated agnostic or even a militant atheist than a "secret Muslim".

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | September 29, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

@filmnoia

I doubt if you'll see this, because you posted quite a while ago.

You said 0bama was born in Hawaii.

How do you know that? Did you come into possession of his birth certificate somehow? If so, you could be rich by now, because there are lots of people who have been trying to get it for a long time, starting with the Hillary people during the primaries (you did realize it was the Democrats who started the "birther" movement, didn't you?).

The fact is, for you to believe 0bama was born in Hawaii WITHOUT ANY DOCUMENTARY PROOF is as foolish as a "birther" insisting he was born in Kenya, again WITHOUT ANY DOCUMENTARY PROOF.

0bama has been very secretive about this, about his school records (which COULD indicate he was foreign-born), and just about everything related to his private life. Normally, that would be OK, if it weren't for that darn Constitution thingy that gets in the way of so much the politicians want to do.

About all YOU have to base your opinion on is 0bama's statement ("I should know where I was born, after all, I was there when it happened"). For $12 the man could resolve all this. Instead, he has spent over $1 million to avoid presenting proof that he is Constitutionally eligible to server as President (which is HIS obligation). I can see only 2 reasons he does this:

1. He is trying to create a wedge issue that he can use to help him ridicule his political foes.

2. He really was not born in Hawaii, or any of the other United States.

Either way, the man comes out to be deceptive and duplicitous, so this can be applied to EVERYTHING he has told us. We learned during the OJ trial (the first one, that is) that once a witness is caught lying in one area, the jury is free to consider ALL of his testimony to be false.

0bama is testifying to the American people, and he is not being truthful. You might feel comfortable with that, but I don't.

Posted by: Nick_in_Alexandria | September 29, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The reasons why people question whether President Obama is a Muslim or not are simple, his middle name sounds "funny", his father's religion is Islam (which under widely accepted Islamic jurisprudence automatically makes Obama Muslim) and he spent a brief time in a Muslim school in Indonesia.

These are non-issues and people really need to get over them.

But there are things Obama has done that lends to people's paranoia because the actions defy logic and reasoning.

Whether it is, embracing the period of violent Islamic expansion across Northern Africa and South Eastern Europe as a period of "enlightenment" and "tolerance" or his refusal to condemn the complicity of governments in Muslim countries in the human rights violations against religious minority groups within their borders or co-towing to leaders in the Muslim world or reducing the budgets of NGOs that promote democracy in the Muslim world... he keeps shooting himself in the foot and giving people reason to pause for thought.

If he was more honest when he speaks about the Islamic world, people who think he is Muslim might think he is being honest when he speaks about his own faith.

Posted by: willm3 | September 29, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961 at the Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.

There is no way he is a 'Natural Born Citizen' as required for the office of President by the US Constitution. We need to demand Congress fully investigate all matters related to Obama's eligibility and, if justified, remove him from office.

See the following: WasObamaBornInKenya.com

Posted by: bsteadman | September 29, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

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