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"My mother was a Christian from Kansas..."

Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?

Submitted by Gandydancer (United States), Jan 26, 2008 at 10:46

Consider Obama's saying, "My mother was a Christian from Kansas..." Before he was running for president he wrote something rather different. "I was not raised in a religious household... My mother's own experiences... only reinforced this inherited skepticism. Her memories of the Christians who populated her youth were not fond ones...

And yet for all her professed secularism, my mother was in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I've ever known." (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1546298,00.html)

And his half-sister said, when asked if their mother was an athiest, "I wouldn't have called her an atheist," she said. "She was an agnostic. She basically gave us all the good books - the Bible, the Hindu Upanishads and the Buddhist scripture, the Tao Te Ching – and wanted us to recognise that everyone has something beautiful to contribute."(http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/uselection,568,obamas-muslim-past-back-on-the-agenda,13523) And "She touted herself as an atheist, and it was something she'd read about and could argue," said Maxine Box, who was [Obama's mother's] best friend."( http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-0703270151mar27,1,6025833.story?ctrack=4&cset=true )

I'm an atheist myself, so I don't mind his mother being one. But that lady in the coffee shop might have minded. If she'd been told the truth.


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