Obama Religion

Jeremiah Wright Criticizes Those Who Think Obama Is Muslim

Huffington Post

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, accused people who wrongly believe Obama is Muslim of catering to political enemies during a fiery speech Sunday in Arkansas.

In his sermon at New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Wright criticized supporters of the Iraq war and defended former state Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen for speaking out against it. Griffen serves as the church’s pastor.

Wright’s only reference to Obama came when he compared Griffen’s opponents to those who incorrectly think Obama is Muslim. The president, whose full name is Barack Hussein Obama, is Christian.

“Go after the military mindset … and the enemy will come after you with everything,” Wright told the packed church.

“He will surround you with sycophants who will criticize you and ostracize you and put you beyond the pale of hope and say ‘you ain’t really a Baptist’ and say ‘the president ain’t really a Christian, he’s a Muslim. There ain’t no American Christian with a name like Barack Hussein,'” he added.

A poll released this month found that nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, said they thought Obama was Muslim, up from the 11 percent in March 2009. The proportion who correctly said he was Christian was 34 percent, down from 48 percent in March of last year. The poll, conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center and its affiliated Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, surveyed 3,003 people.   Continue reading…

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.

Pastors who pray with Obama say he’s a devout Christian

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Pastors who’ve prayed with President Barack Obama defended his Christian faith Thursday as the White House downplayed new polling that showed a steep climb since he took office in the percentage of Americans who think he’s Muslim or at least don’t believe that he’s Christian.

“He is a Christian by choice, a devout Christian,” said Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston. Caldwell is among a group of Christian leaders whom Obama regularly calls for inspiration. Caldwell also officiated at the wedding of President George W. Bush’s daughter Jenna.

Pastor Joel Hunter of Northland Church near Orlando, Fla., said of Obama, “Those of us who’ve spent time with him and have had a part of forming his spiritual life can testify with certainty of his commitment to Christ.”

Although Obama has made several high-profile overtures to Muslims in the U.S. and worldwide in the past year, both of those pastors said they suspected the rising false perception that Obama was Muslim had more to do with spurious Internet and partisan media campaigns.

“There’s a fairly effective 24-hour-a-day noise box out there intentionally misrepresenting the faith of the president, and it’s very unfortunate,” Caldwell said. “I think we’re living in very interesting times when for the first time in modern-day politics we have a president who says, ‘I am a Christian,’ and some folk basically say, ‘We don’t believe you.’ ”   Continue reading…

More Than 30% Of Republicans Falsely Believe Obama Is Muslim (POLL)

First and foremost, this article is not intended to denigrate Islam in anyway.  Islam is a peaceful religion but has it’s extreme radicals just as most religions have.  Having said that…

I was listening to the talking heads of MSNBC this morning, discussing the latest poll that says 30% of Republicans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim.  Chuck Todd pointed out a couple of good points.

1.    The Obama/Wright controversy established that Obama and his family were Christians and attended church regularly for over 20 years.

2.   Secondly, Todd felt the media wasn’t doing enough to dispel the rumors of Obama being a Muslim.

Some others were discussing the fact that he hasn’t gone to church very regularly, while president.  In fact Matt Lauer recently did an interview with the President and asked him why he doesn’t go to church more often?  Obama answered that going to church causes too much attention and disruption, hence his hesitation.

I recalled that when Ronald Reagan was president, there was a slight brouhaha about him not attending church, also.  I researched it and found this:

President Reagan almost never left the White House to go to church, and he seldom invited a chaplain in to give services (though he attended church occasionally upon leaving office). Reagan defended religion against those who sought to purge it from public life, but he hardly wished to see Americans submit themselves to an ecclesiastical establishment.

Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — Americans increasingly are convinced – incorrectly – that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a growing number are thoroughly confused about his religion.

Nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, said they think Obama is Muslim, up from the 11 percent who said so in March 2009, according to a poll released Thursday. The proportion who correctly say he is a Christian is down to just 34 percent.

The largest share of people, 43 percent, said they don’t know his religion, an increase from the 34 percent who said that in early 2009.

The survey, conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center and its affiliated Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, is based on interviews conducted before the controversy over whether Muslims should be permitted to construct a mosque near the World Trade Center site. Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build an Islamic center there, though he’s also said he won’t take a position on whether they should actually build it.

In a separate poll by Time magazine/ABT SRBI conducted Monday and Tuesday – after Obama’s comments about the mosque – 24 percent said they think he is Muslim, 47 percent said they think he is Christian and 24 percent didn’t know or didn’t respond.

In addition, 61 percent opposed building the Muslim center near the Trade Center site and 26 percent said they favor it.

The Pew poll found that about three in 10 of Obama’s fiercest political rivals, Republicans and conservatives, say he is a Muslim. That is up significantly from last year and far higher than the share of Democrats and liberals who say so. But even among his supporters, the number saying he is a Christian has fallen since 2009, with just 43 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Democrats saying he is Christian.

Among independents, 18 percent say Obama is Muslim – up from 10 percent last year.

Pew analysts attribute the findings to attacks by his opponents and Obama’s limited attendance at religious services, particularly in contrast with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, whose worship was more public.   Continue reading…