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A Lie Grows in Washington

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This was the week that President Barack Hussein Obama’s secret Muslim past finally caught up with him. But with all of the Muslimy things he’s done, the only real surprise was that it took as long as it did.

I mean, there were only so many Sundays that he could reasonably expect to hide his true faith on the golf course.

When you actually stop and think about it, Obama has nobody to blame but himself for the growing misperceptions about him. The fault certainly doesn’t lie with the people feeding those misperceptions.

In fact, to say that it does would be downright un-American.

This was the week that President Barack Hussein Obama’s secret Muslim past finally caught up with him. But with all of the Muslimy things he’s done, the only real surprise was that it took as long as it did.

I mean, there were only so many Sundays that he could reasonably expect to hide his true faith on the golf course.

When you actually stop and think about it, Obama has nobody to blame but himself for the growing misperceptions about him. The fault certainly doesn’t lie with the people feeding those misperceptions.

In fact, to say that it does would be downright un-American.

McConnell: I Take Obama ‘At His Word’ That He’s A Christian

With a growing portion of the populace convinced that President Obama is a Muslim, political observers and reporters have begun asking just how such information could be so widely disseminated. On Sunday, their ears perked a bit when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would only go so far as to take Obama “at this word” that he was a Christian.

“The president says he’s a Christian. I take him at his word,” McConnell told Meet the Press host David Gregory. “I think the faith that most Americans are questioning is the President’s faith in the government to generate jobs. We’ve had an 18-month effort here on the part of this administration to prime the pump, borrow money, spend money, hire new federal government employees, sending money down to states so they don’t have to layoff state employees. People are saying: Where are the jobs? The president’s faith in the government to stimulate the economy is what people are questioning.”

Politico’s Mike Allen gave the exchange top treatment in his daily Playbook email, under the header “SIREN — OR SHOULD WE SAY “DOG WHISTLE”? NBC’s Chuck Todd, via Twitter, offered his own take, noting that it was an “Odd way to phrase it.”

That’s perhaps an understatement. McConnell may have been trying to avoid engagement in a debate defined both by confusion and, under the surface, a bit of Islamophobia. But by constructing his response in such a peculiar way — suggesting that the debate over Obama’s religion was legitimate and that the president was arguing one side of it — he not only invited the type of skeptical coverage he received Sunday morning but will further spur claims that the GOP doesn’t mind having this image of Obama spread.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, then Sen. Hillary Clinton offered the same type of evasive response to the same type of Obama-is-a-Muslim rumors. For days, if not weeks, she was dogged with accusations that she wanted voters to be skeptical about Obama’s faith.

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Franklin Graham, Evangelical Minister: Obama’s ‘Problem Is That He Was Born A Muslim’ (Video)

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Reverend Franklin Graham, son of renowned Christian evangelist Billy Graham, said Thursday that the reason a growing number of people believe President Obama to be a Muslim is because he was, in fact, born into that religion due to the “seed of Islam” that was passed to him through his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.

“I think the president’s problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name,” Graham told CNN’s John King.

“Now it’s obvious that the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed and he has renounced Islam and he has accepted Jesus Christ,” Graham went on to clarify. “That’s what he says he has done, I cannot say that he hasn’t. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said.”

Graham went on to say that Obama’s supposed conversion didn’t matter to the Muslim world.

“The confusion is, is because his father was a Muslim, he was born a Muslim. The Islamic world sees the president as one of theirs. That’s why Qaddafi calls him ‘my son.’ They see him as a Muslim. But of course the President says he is a Christian, and we just have to accept it as that,” Graham explained.

Though President Obama has explained in his memoirs that his father was indeed born a Muslim, according to a Time Magazine article by Barack Obama in 2006, Barack Obama Sr.’s deep skepticism of religion eventually led to his atheism:

My father was almost entirely absent from my childhood, having been divorced from my mother when I was 2 years old; in any event, although my father had been raised a Muslim, by the time he met my mother he was a confirmed atheist, thinking religion to be so much superstition.

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