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Dr Pollard, there are no facts in your post

Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?
in response to reader comment: If Obama is practicing "el-taqiyya" then he is a practicing Muslim

Submitted by DN (United States), Aug 24, 2011 at 11:09

... so you may want to re-think your stance against fact-checking organizations because you seem to need their assistance.

I am currently an education student at Columbia and in 2009 co-wrote a report assessing the quality of madrasah (which is how it is spelled in Indonesian) education in Indonesia, which was published by the World Bank.

'Madrasah' is the Arabic word for 'school'. In Indonesian the word is used exclusively to refer to Islamic schools. These are schools that fall under the governance of both the Ministry of Religious Affairs's Department of Islamic Education and the Ministry of National Education rather than just the latter.

Obama attended a private Catholic school and a state school. Neither of these schools would be characterized as a madrasah, not by Indonesian government officials, students, parents, or any layperson.

I am astounded that you have such a blatant disrespect of facts ...


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