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Neither Muslim nor Christian

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

Submitted by DEWDDS (United States), Sep 6, 2012 at 22:54

Let me posit a third alternative. Having read much about his history, I don't think Obama holds any religion seriously. I would gather that he is a closet agnostic or atheist, but cynical enough to be in the stamp of politicians who view religion as useful for getting ahead.

The Muslim canard is tiresome at best, since his own dad was a drunkard and socialist who had no real ties to Islam other than being born to a family who practiced it. His adopted Indonesian dad was not devout either and the little O, probably did not take much from him in terms of religious conviction.

Likewise Obama's Christian faith seems to have been limited to liberation theology and not in any strongly held belief in the foundations of that religion. I say this as an atheist who has listened to many of my fellow non-believers fawning over the idea that he was 'one of us' during the 2008 run. It was a phenomenal disappointment for them when he continued to use God and Faith and Christianity (and even Islam when it was convenient) to get votes.

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