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Reader comment on item: Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood

Submitted by Mladen Andrijasevic (Israel), Jun 13, 2008 at 09:56

Why is the American press silent? All the evidence shows that that by saying "Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised as a Muslim " Barak Obama's site is lying .

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Obama's site:

http://my.barackobama.com/page/invite/christian

The truth about Barack Obama's faith

Lie:

Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Truth:

Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised as a Muslim, and is a committed Christian.

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Daniel Pipes's site (this article):

http://www.danielpipes.org/article/5544

The Catholic school: Nedra Pickler of the Associated Press reports that "documents showed he enrolled as a Muslim" while at a Catholic school during first through third grades. Kim Barker of the Chicago Tribune confirms that Obama was "listed as a Muslim on the registration form for the Catholic school." A blogger who goes by "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" found that "Barack Hussein Obama was registered under the name ‘Barry Soetoro' serial number 203 and entered the Franciscan Asisi Primary School on 1 January 1968 and sat in class 1B. … Barry's religion was listed as Islam."

The public school: Paul Watson of the Los Angeles Times learned from Indonesians familiar with Obama when he lived in Jakarta that he "was registered by his family as a Muslim at both schools he attended." Haroon Siddiqui of the Toronto Star visited the Jakarta public school Obama attended and found that "Three of his teachers have said he was enrolled as a Muslim." Although Siddiqui cautions that "With the school records missing, eaten by bugs, one has to rely on people's shifting memories," he cites only one retired teacher, Tine Hahiyari, retracting her earlier certainty about Obama's being registered as a Muslim.

Koran class: In his autobiography, Dreams of My Father, Obama relates how he got into trouble for making faces during Koranic studies, thereby revealing he was a Muslim, for Indonesian students in his day attended religious classes according to their faith. Indeed, Obama still retains knowledge from that class: Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times, reports that Obama "recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them [to Kristof] with a first-rate accent."

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