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Come clean, Mr. Obama

Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?

Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Dec 25, 2007 at 22:50

It would allay certain fears and prejudices about Islam if Barak Obama admitted that his childhood in Indonesia did involve attending prayer services at mosques, even if he didn't actually practice Islam. His denial of this goes against the evidence that he did occasionally attend Friday prayers.

Unfortunately, I don't think this country is prepared to accept a president who it seems is hiding a possible Islamic past., even just a small part of it. The main problem with this is his denial of, rather than the fact of the Muslim period of his life. Aware of the general suspicions of people against Islam since September 11, 2001, he might have decided to try to keep a lid on this, not reckoning for the intense interest in all the candidate's lives and the need to dig up something non-salubrious, especially anything to do with Islam.

A presidential candidate for the 2008 election will have to be scrutinized under a very strong microscope; it will be interesting to see who will stand up to this scrutiny and win.

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