Barack Obama – First Muslim President?
Halfway through his term, the percentage of Americans that believe Barack Obama is Muslim continues to grow, while the number of those who see him as Christian shrinks.
Why does this belief persist, in direct contradiction to all known facts? Probably the President himself should accept most of the responsibility. A look at his statements on the subject could certainly lead to doubt about where his true loyalties lie.
During his trip to India, when commenting on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, he prefaced his rather mild condemnation with expressions of regret that extremists use the “great religion” of Islam to justify violence. Islam as a great religion is a common theme in the President's speeches. He believes that "throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality."
This may explain his silence on the bombing of a Catholic church in Iraq. It simply doesn't mesh with his view of this religion of peace and tolerance. He personally chose to make no comment himself, leaving a White House spokesperson to make vague references to innocent Iraqi victims, with no mention at all of their religion. Of course, nothing was said of the fact that they were killed by Muslims for the crime of being Christian.
Not only in the Middle East, but in other countries with a predominantly Islamic population, repression of other religions is common. Barack Obama has just wrapped up a visit to Indonesia, praising it as a country both “tolerant,” and “diverse.” While Indonesia officially recognizes freedom of religion, attacks on non-Muslims and their places of worship are largely ignored by the government. In recent months, in neighboring Malaysia, several Christian churches have been fire-bombed, or vandalized. If Barack Obama is aware of these abuses, he chooses to remain silent.Continued on the next page