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Reader comment on item: Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood

Submitted by dem (United States), May 16, 2008 at 17:33

While I see it necessary to look into a candidate's background, and to verify what he or she claims to be true about themselves, I think it might be wise to consider what "being religious" means. Many people, Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike might have to go with their parents to religious activities as a child, but does that make them practicing Jews, Christians or Muslim? Does it mean that they truly believe in that religion and hold it as their own?

As an adult, I could look back on my childhood, and while I went to Sunday school and church, I would not call myself a "Christian" until I was able to choose it myself.


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