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Reader comment on item: Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam

Submitted by Seth S. Johnston, M.D. (United States), Jan 13, 2008 at 09:26

"About Obama's time at a public elementary school, 1970-71, variously known as the Sekolah Dasar Nasional Menteng No. 1 or the Basuki school, Barker writes:

When Obama attended 4th grade in 1971, Muslim children spent two hours a week studying Islam, and Christian children spent those two hours learning about the Christian religion.

During a recent visit to this public school, Barker found that

Weekly religious classes are required for all students, whether Muslims, Christians or Hindus, under the government curriculum. A new shiny mosque is in the corner of the courtyard. "The Muslims learn about Islam, prayer and religious activity," said Hardi Priyono, the vice principal for curriculum. "And for the Christians, during the religious class, they also have a special room teaching Christianity. It's always been like that."

  • If this is what is termed "proof", then you undoubtedly can imply (not prove) that he was listed as being Muslim, but you have not shown him as attendinding those classes, or praying in a Mosque.
  • Even if he did, that wouldn't make him any more than a little kid emulating the adult of his gender.
  • As for making him an "Apostate", well, a fanatic doesn't really need a motive for killing someone. Their hate and anger seem to suffice.
  • There is more than ample proof (using your criteria for proof) that Obama is a Christian: i.e. his attendance in Trinity Church.
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