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Time to come clean

Reader comment on item: Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood

Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), May 3, 2008 at 08:31

If Barack Obama dropped Islam and became a Christian as an adult, isn't that considered a type of apostasy in Islam, to be punished by death? Perhaps this is the reason that Obama wishes to remain vague on his previous beliefs and conversion.

I lived in Indonesia for six years and was surrounded by mosques and Muslims, knew many of them personally, and when a person attended the mesjid it was usually considered that he was Muslim.

However, in Cairo I attended many churches where the occasional Muslim would attend, perhaps merely out of curiosity, but on the surface that may not constitute that he or she had converted to Christianity. Unless Barack Obama comes clean and reveals all, this doubt about his credibility will hang over his head like the sword of Damocles.

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