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OBAMA A MUSLIM? YES OR NO?

Reader comment on item: Barack Obama and Islam: An Ongoing Saga

Submitted by DANIEL REDMOND (United States), Feb 3, 2009 at 01:11

Short of divesting ourselves completely of religion and its inherent prejudices, the next best alternative is for an open-minded acceptance of the fact that not everyone shares the same religious background. That being said, I must say that the tenuous connections being made between Barack Obama and Islam are, well, tenuous at best. Yes, his middle name is "Hussein," and he had about as much to do with choosing that middle name as you or I had in choosing our own. Yes, as a child living for a time in Indonesia, a Muslim country, he was subjected to Muslim influences. As a child I was baptized Catholic and surrounded by other Catholics. I have been a life-long Atheist regardless of that early "influence." Let's stop worrying that President Obama is going to Islamisize America and let's instead focus on the real problems---two wars, a tanking economy---that now threaten our society's survival.

- DANIEL REDMOND

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