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Obama not Muslim therefore cannot be an apostate

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Submitted by keith (United States), Jun 8, 2008 at 02:53

Obama can't be an apostate because he is not a muslim. It is as simple as that. His father was not a muslim when Barack was born. His father was an apostate from Islam before Barack was born therefore negating and making null your argument that Barack was a muslim from his father.

since his father was an athiest before Barack was born Barack had no religious identiy at all. A step father doesn't count. The birth father does. Also, it doesn't matter if Barack practiced Islam as a child. Practicing Islam doesn't make you a Muslim just because you visit a Mosque. You have to be of age and make a declaration of faith. 9 years old is not old enough to make this kind of a decision.

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Fact is, the personal piety of the father has no bearing on the Islamic view that he transfers his Islamic faith to his children. This reply is typical of people who think they know Islam but do not.

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