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May still be Muslim

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Submitted by Dean (United States), Jul 15, 2008 at 14:11

One disturbing aspect to Shia Islam is the doctrine of Taqiyya or Dissimulation.

If it becomes necessary for "survival," according to this doctrine one may dissimulate (lie) and even outwardly practice another religion, as long as one keeps Islam in one's heart.

The fact that Jeremiah Wright was formerly a Black Muslim and that Barak's middle name, Hussein--after Hussein Ibn Ali, the founder of Shia Islam--causes one to wonder. For instance, Senator Obama wants to pull our troops out of Iraq leaving the field clear for Iran. Iran is the mainstay for Shia Islam and it is the Shia population in Iraq that wants to take over with backing from Iran. On the other hand, Mr. Obama says we must win in Afganistan where the Taliban is trying to resume control. The Taliban is Sunni. They must be defeated.

The Sunni do not believe in the Shia doctrine of Taqiyya or Dissimulation. But for the Shia, the name, "Hussein," might be a code word that he is one of them at heart, only practicing Taqiyya, for the survival and glory of Shia Islam? Who knows? Is it possible? It may seem farfetched, but at this stage in the game, one cannot help but wonder. All the money backing and meteoric rise of Obama cause one to wonder: What is going on? We must also recognize there is a power struggle within Islam between Sunni and Shia. Why does Obama want to fight the Sunni and sit down for tea with the Shia (leader of Iran)???

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