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Did Obama Lie?

Reader comment on item: Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam

Submitted by Nick Karman (United States), Jan 7, 2008 at 15:17

You wrote in your previous article "Was Obama a Muslim?" (12/24/07) about this important issue:

"" His campaign website carries a statement dated Nov. 12 with the headline, "Barack Obama Is Not and Has Never Been a Muslim," followed by: "Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian." "

The key question as I see it is not simply how far his supporters will go to obfuscate the facts or deceive the public, but simply whether a leading American presidential contender told a bald-faced lie to his country to win office. He did not merely fudge an inconvenient truth since his country is now at war against Islamic extremists. Did he actually feel it was necessary to lie about his Islamic background? Whether or not he later "converted" to a more politically acceptable faith becomes irrelevant, if not more suspect.

This kind of issue during a pre-election period makes Clinton's "never inhaled" or even the Lewinsky affair seem trivial, even though it almost got him impeached. If true, it may be closer to the later-discovered falsifications of someone like Kurt Waldheim, former Secy. General of the U.N. This country does not want an issue like this to further divide us in the future.

Mr. Pipes has clearly presented many facts. If Obama himself does not explain them directly, honestly, and soon, then we have a real problem.


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