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Religion and state ought to be seperate.

Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?

Submitted by Shannon (Canada), Nov 3, 2008 at 19:49

I am not sure what relevance ones religion has on ones ability to govern a nation, I am a Canadian and we are watching this election very closely here. It is quite amazing to me that religion is such a huge issue for your candidates. In Canada it is NEVER brought up in our election campaigns. Religion is seen as a private and seperate issue and state and church are cinsidered to be completely seperate.

I do not believe that Obama's religion will have any impact on his ability to lead or to be successful. If he did have some exposure to Islam as a child it may in many ways be advantageous because hw will have insight that others do not. Freedom of religion is one of the reasons that our countries have gone to war throughout history. We take pride in our "freedoms" and Obama has the freedom to believe in whatever religion he chooses.

It does seem overwhelmingly that he is in fact a Christian I don't think it ought to matter what events he participated in as child in a country that was largely muslim and it may be that his family was merely maintaining a status quo at the time in oerder to fit in and feel safer in a foreign place.

Barack Obama is a good person it should not matter if his name had been Brock O'Bama who cares! He is a born leader who came from a very modest background and understands the may facets of what life is in America.

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