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Pipes is not claiming he IS but that he WAS- get it?

Reader comment on item: Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam
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Submitted by sara (United States), Aug 3, 2008 at 14:55

I am getting really weary of reading these repeated comments criticising Dr Pipes for claiming that Obama is a Muslim.

Please read carefully. look at the tenses. "practiced' 'was' etc. Pipes is pointing out that there are clear indications that BHO WAS considered a Muslim during his early life in Indonesia. WAS. He clearly states that he understands that BHO is not a Muslim, nor that he was a practicing Muslim He uses BHO own words from his book, where BHO describes the sweet call to Muslim prayer, and in an interview recites Muslim prayers, etc etc.

Please, everyone who keeps making this tiresome non-point, please address the issue and not the non-issue. BHO was listed as Muslim in Muslim school etc until he went back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. The issue is that he repeatedly DENIES this fact. THAT is the issue. His denial and obfuscation of the facts.

The other issue Pipes raises has to do with the Muslim world's perception of whether BHO WAS a Muslim and is therefore now an apostate from Islam, IN THEIR EYES, and the political ramifications of this in the arab world.

It is really frustrating to me.

Regards,

Sara

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