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Submitted by Tyler (Japan), Oct 26, 2008 at 20:28

Does attending mosque "rarely" really make somebody a muslim? I went to Germany once, am I German? I've been to a temple, so am I Jewish? You claim that "for some years [Obama] had a reasonably Muslim upbringing under the auspices of his Indonesian step-father." But if Obama rarely attended mosque (and let us stress the rarity, as all the citations of him going to mosque mention its infrequency), and if his step-father was himself barely muslim (as he was described as a free spirit), who or what would raise Obama in a muslim world?

Obama may have grown up for a while in a place where Islam exists. That doesn't make him muslim, nor does attending a mosque every now and then. Any religion is very active, and Obama is an active christian, not muslim.

As for your implication that it would hurt Obama's experience with the Middle East, I think you're just plain wrong. I think Obama, given that he has had a diverse background, would be more able to bring peace to the middle east. Only extremists would see Obama as needing to be 'executed': these are the terrorists that are trying to execute all Americans, so nothing would really change among them. Besides, do you really think McCain, who thinks they "have a special place in hell" would be any more welcome in the middle east?

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