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Do you really believe his mother raised him in anything?

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Submitted by Laurie (United States), May 12, 2008 at 08:20

Trying to paint obama into some kind of practicing muslim seems false. But, I'm sure people will love to join in on the expanding of this article in a way to make it look like a religion is a bad thing. Remeber, not all Muslims are bad, just like all Christions weren't involved in the Crusades and in the Spanish Inquisition.

My take on a Obama's childhood would be that he was raised by a free-spirited mother who thought it was cool to go against conventional thinking and marry an African scholar ( who, by the way, was quite the con artist if the stories about his other marriages are true). The single mom loved the islands and stayed there.....therefore exposing her to mainly men of the muslim religion.

Now, if Muslims are so strict, I find it hard to believe that any man very devout would have married Obama's mother. So, in the end, since she was not Catholic, and had no religion, she may have felt OK to put down islam as a religion. Because, if she were to put Catholic, he would have had to go through Catholic customs such as baptism, confession, communion, etc. in which she probably did not want .

Therefore, him being exposed to the muslim religion at a young age, by the stepfather or school, does not prove to me that he somehow "changed" religions. For example, My brother and his wife were raised Catholic, but they don't go to church in their adult lives. They have not raised their child in any religion, but he has shown up in church with his relatives on holidays.( would that automatically make him a Christian?) And, I'm sure if the public schools in his town were awful, they would send him to the local catholic school as many Americans do here.

But, they would not put him through the religious teachings and rituals of the catholic faith in the school. They would opt out of that, and be put into what other classes were available...(if you are Catholic, you know how seriously the church views it's sacraments) That scenario is not at all unusual in America, . As for his stepfather taking him to church, so what? I thought Americans could practice whatever religion they want. I thought America had separation of church and state. Get off the religion wacko stuff! Practice it yourself if you want, but don't put your hateful religious ideas into my country and don't tarnish my loving Christian religion with hateful judgemental ideas. That's not WWJD.

As for the relevance of any birth of a muslim, always a muslim.... I'l have to actually devote some time to researching this. I wonder if the answer doesn't vary with the way a region practices it's religion. So to comment on how the rest of the world would respond to this is conjecture.... Bush/Cheney thought the muslims in Iraq would treat us as liberators.

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