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Reader comment on item: Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood
in response to reader comment: So exactly what am I?

Submitted by K.H. Ahmed (United States), May 23, 2008 at 10:52

Actually I did read the paragraph and it is exactly this that is our point of disagreement. I was raised both a Muslim and a Baptist and it is quite apparant from Mr. Obama's bio that he was also raised under the umbrella of two religions. In that he references this Muslim upbringing in his bio I don't see the hiding of the facts or is it your contention that if I am asked have I ever practiced Islam that I must say yes I was a Muslim, even though I never carried out the actions that are required for me to be a Muslim.

Or do I say I am a Baptist even though I was never Baptized in the Baptist church - am I not lying in either instance. It appears to me that your argument wishes to have it both ways - It appears to me that you are merely re-writing the old question, "Have you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party".

You also must admit that the statement in the article regarding the name Hussein and I'm surprised you didn't add Barak was intended to support your Muslim position. I believe we are both aware of the orgination of the names and it certainly isn't Muslim.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

You are in charge of your own religious life - I have nothing to say about it.

But Obama's saying "I've always been a Christian" and "I have never been a Muslim" do not jibe with the information I summarized in this article.

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