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Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?
in response to reader comment: Barack Obama's mother MUST HAVE converted to islam if only temporarily.

Submitted by Freeland (United States), Mar 22, 2008 at 08:59

My swahili dictionary lists "barak(a)" as a noun meaning " blessing, prosperity, abundance". It can also be confused for the Hebrew word, baruch, which means blessed, or the Arabic word, mubaarak, which means blessed as well. Swahili, Hebrew and Arabic are extremely similar languages because of millenia of trade between East Africa and the Middle East.

Swahili, is actually a Bantu language even though it has many Arabic and Hebrew loan words, it developed as a linqua franca for trade between the different peoples. Just like there are lots of English words of African origin, for example; cola, coffee, jive, juke, jukebox, impala, yam, zombie, jazz, ect,. English often borrowed/loaned words from the cultures and languages of the British Colonies or it developed as a linqua franca for trade between the different peoples as well. English is the most borrowing language then any language of earth, there are words loaned from Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, German, Swahili, Greek, Hindi, Persian, Chinese, French (It borrowed more words then Swahili) The singers Aailyah and Ashanti both have names which can be Swahili and Arabic (Are they Muslims? No!) Also what about the fact that not all Arabic speaking people are Muslims, alot are Jewish or Christian, these two religions spread in Arabia before Islam was even created.

What about the fact Kenya, where Obama's father was born, only has 5-10% Muslims, while the majority are/were Protestant Christians 45%, Roman Catholic 25%, Traditional Religions 10%. Barack Obama, Sr. was born in Nyanza Province, Kenya, of Luo ethnicity. The Luo traditionally believed in an afterlife and a supreme creator, whom they called Nyasaye, and had a strong ancestor cult. Today most Kenya Luo are Christians. The predominant language in Nyanza is Dholuo, a Nilotic Language, other languages include Gusii, Luhya, Kuria and the national languages English and Swahili.

It also doesn't matter what religion they are the majority of names are Swahili names even if some are loan words from Hebrew or Arabic words. Just like no matter what religion you are here in America the majority of names are English (even English loan words) The truth is Obama was born in Hawaii, his father left him and his mother at age 2, he moved to Indonesia when he was age 6 in which he went to a Roman Catholic School (1967 - 1970) Why did his mother put him in a Roman Catholic School in a nation in which 86% of its people were Muslims?

You could ask the same question to a immigrant from a Muslim country to America who puts their kids in a Muslim School in a nation thats 90% Christian. The fact is his mother's background had to be Roman Catholic, thats why she put him in a Roman Catholic School. Because thats what she wanted her son to be. Just like a immigrant from a Muslim country to America would put their kids in a Muslim School in a nation thats 90% Christian. Obama was only in Indonesia for 4 years (6 years old - 10 years old) In which he spent one year in public school, with Muslims, Christians and Hindus (diverse group of people) in which all groups of people learned about each others culture and religions (is that a crime?) We do that in American public schools.

Obama then returned to Hawaii at age 10-11, in which he spent the rest of his boy to man days being raised by his mother and grandparents. So were they the ones who taught him how to be a radical Muslim like the rumor claims he is? Maybe it was his mothers 2nd husband then! Yet if that was true... Why did they put Obama in a Roman Catholic School in a nation with 86% of its people were Muslims. The young Obama also acquired a half-sister when he lived in Indonesia (she is a Buddhist)

After returning to Honolulu Obama then began a new, elitist life that even he describes as "a childhood dream": surfing in Hawaii and attending the renowned private Punahou School, founded by Congregationalist missionaries in 1841 and known to local people as a school for the haole (whites). The truth is this rumor has no basis in reality and is just a small minded attept of destroying the character of a bi-racial man running in a majority white nation.

Barack Obama describes himself as "a Christian," says that he is "rooted in the Christian tradition," and his association with the United Church of Christ began over twenty years ago, long before he contemplated a political career. (Obama was first elected to the Illinois state senate in 1996, but he has been involved with the United Church of Christ since the mid-1980s. It began in 1985, when he came to Chicago as a $13,000-a-year community organizer, working with a number of African-American churches in the Roseland, West Pullman and Altgeld Gardens neighborhoods that were trying to deal with the devastation caused by shuttered steel plants.

He started working with both the ministers and the lay people in these churches on issues like creating job-training programs, or after-school programs for youth, or making sure that city services were fairly allocated to underserved communities," he says. "And it was in those places where I think what had been more of an intellectual view of religion deepened. Obama says, "I became much more familiar with the ongoing tradition of the historic black church and its importance in the community. And the power of that culture to give people strength in very difficult circumstances, and the power of that church to give people courage against great odds. And it moved me deeply."


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