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feel free to stand by a self-contradiction

Reader comment on item: Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood
in response to reader comment: The muslim way

Submitted by Irfan Khawaja (United States), Jul 10, 2008 at 17:20

Well, if you want to stand by your claims, feel free to stand by a self-contradiction. You start this latest post by denying that being a Muslim is a matter of choice, then five sentences later concede that maybe you do have to make a choice to become a Muslim. Make up your mind. It can't be both.

Obama's being born to a Muslim father does not make Obama a Muslim. Sorry. Saying it over and over will not make it true. Nothing Obama's father says or does has any bearing whatsoever on whether Obama is a Muslim. Why would it? How could it?

Islam does not forbid marriage to a non-Muslim. It forbids a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man, but it permits a Muslim man to marry a monotheistic woman. So a Muslim man may marry a Christian woman without violating Muslim law, and without requiring her conversion. PS: We're talking Islamic Law 101 here.

As for the rest, I covered it the first time around. I've "prayed" in churches and synagogues, and my Hebrew accent is very impressive--certainly better than the average 13 year old at a bar mitzvah. Does that make me a Christian? Or a Jew? Or both at the same time?

As for the court case: I wouldn't be "bringing it on," because I don't have standing; Obama couldn't bring it on, because he's a public figure. But if Obama wasn't a public figure and he sued you for defamation, the only "media attention" you'd get would be a little item in the local paper describing you as the guy who got sued by Obama for defamation--and lost.


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