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Submitted by Gretchen (United States), Aug 13, 2014 at 16:55

As someone who is a conservative, fundamental Christian and was raised in Indonesia, I found your article interesting, but there were some things presented as facts that just were not quite true. AS one example, the part about him wearing a sarong. The sarong is not "muslim" garb. It is Indonesian. My dad and brother wore one, and wore it even after we had moved back state-side. My dad was wearing one when he passed away! He was a southern Baptist preacher, and I can promise you was not any where close to being a muslim.

Also, islam is also taught in regular school, not just religious school. At least where I lived it was. There were separate schools at different times of the day where some kids were sent to islamic school, but you got a dose in regular school as well. Just a couple of examples. I am by no means an obama fan, and am very disappointed in our country. But it is important to present facts. especially when people rely on what you say as a resource for writing articles, papers, etc.

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1 - I can't argue with your first-hand experience but all the authorities I checked agree that the sarong has a Muslim connection. For one example, seehttp://books.google.com/books?id=Ma38W_8unrUC&lpg=PA102&ots=31JCq0dAct&dq=sarong%20Indonesia%20Muslim&pg=PA102#v=onepage&q=sarong%20Indonesia%20Muslim&f=false

2 - We agree about Islam being taught in what you call regular schools. I made that point.

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