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Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?
in response to reader comment: Your liberal lies won't fly here.

Submitted by DN (United States), Aug 30, 2011 at 10:35

I will assume that you had intended to support my earlier point.

The word madrasah was borrowed from the Arabic language in Indonesia to refer to schools that were modeled after Islamic schools found in the Arab States.

For example, in France, lycee can refer to any upper secondary schools because they are all called lycee. When one hears of the Lycee in Chicago, however, one knows that it is of a particular group of schools, in that it must be a French speaking bi-lingual school.

In Arabic countries, madrassa refers to all schools, because it the word means school in Arabic. In Indonesia, Islamic schools are called madrasah. The schools Obama attended were not called madrasah, and they are not Islamic schools.

Madrasah primary schools in Indonesia are called Madrasah Ibtidaiyah, so if the school in Menteng had been a madrasah, it would be called MI Besuki. SDN1 (Sekolah Dasar Negeri - or literally, State Elementary School) Besuki 1 in Menteng is a State school, a secular school, not an Islamic school.

Maybe your name is Polarik, maybe ... Pollard is a pseudonym so he can feel completely unfettered on this forum, but your name is entirely irrelevant to me. I questioned your use of an academic title when you appear to consistently confuse facts with rhetoric.


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