Obama a Muslim? Tales from the Campaign Trail
by Daniel Pipes
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Madonna: The entertainer spoke on Sep. 24 at the close of her MDNA tour in Washington, D.C.: "Y'all better vote for fucking Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that's some amazing shit." (September 25, 2012)
Jeremiah Wright raises new doubts about Obama's Christian faith: Edward Klein spent several hours interviewing the former pastor of United Church of Christ in Chicago for his biography, The Amateur: Barack Obama in The White House (Regnery). Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media sums up Klein's findings for believing Obama was raised a Muslim and also for doubting the sincerity of his conversion to Christianity:
Kincaid adds: "while Obama accepted Christianity, in the sense of calling himself a Christian, there is no evidence that he was ever officially baptized into Wright's church. … Obama's claim about his own baptism, as reported in his second memoir, The Audacity of Hope, is subject to interpretation because of the lack of detail about how and when he was baptized and by whom." (May 17, 2012)
Obama refers to Jesus in Islamic manner: In the presidential Easter message for 2012, delivered today, Obama included mention of Jesus as "a son of God," presumably sharing this attribute with all other human males and in keeping with Islamic doctrine that Jesus was a prophet but not God's "only begotten Son" (John 3:16-18) of Christian doctrine. (April 4, 2012)
Newt Gingrich blames Obama for being seen as a Muslim: Asked on the campaign trail in Louisiana about the many voters who see Obama as a Muslim, Gingrich replied: "It should bother the president. Why does the president behave the way that people would think that? You have to ask why would they believe that? It's not cause they're stupid." Two days earlier, it bears noting, when a supporter mentioned that Obama is a Muslim, Gingrich did not challenge this characterization. (March 23, 2012) Mar. 26, 2012 update: Politco surveys the issue of the Republicans and Obama's connections to Islam at "The return of the 'Muslim' problem."
Franklin Graham: Muslims see Obama's as a Muslim: In an exchange on MSNBC as reported by Newsmax, the Rev. Franklin Graham, asked whether he believes Barack Obama is a Christian, replied: "You have to ask that of President Obama."
Graham then noted that Obama has shown strong empathy toward Muslims, and that the president has an Islamic background. "Under Islamic law, under Shariah law, Islam sees him as a son of Islam, because his father was a Muslim, his grandfather was a Muslim, his great-grandfather was a Muslim. So under Islamic law, the Muslim world sees President Obama as a Muslim, as a son of Islam. That's just the way it works. That's the way they see him."
Asked whether he believes Obama is "categorically not a Muslim," Graham said, "I can't say categorically because Islam has gotten a free a pass under Obama." He also argued that Obama's Middle East policies help Islamists while hurting Christian minorities. (February 21, 2012) Feb. 27, 2012 update: Raymond Ibrahim assesses the validity of Graham's statement at "Obama: 'Son of Islam'?" and concludes that it is "absolutely right."
Santorum press secretary accuses Obama of "radical Islamic policies": Alice Stewart appeared on an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Feb. 20 during which she criticized what she called Obama's "radical environmentalist policies." One time, however, she referred to "the radical Islamic policies the president has." The Huffington Post then explains:
Comment: This brings to mind that Obama, speaking on television in September 2008, referred to "my Muslim faith." (February 20, 2012)
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