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Is Barack Obama Muslim? at Three Roads Blog
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Is Barack Obama Muslim?

ANSWER here.

On my way home from work last Friday, I heard a young woman (early 20s) on the train refer to Obama as Muslim.

It was odd: She was talking to her family (perhaps extended family. She seemed a little more formal and eager to impress than would be the case if it were her immediate family) about her job working for an affordable housing non-profit. She sounded intelligent and idealistic, as you might expect of someone in that position. She remarked about meeting Geraldine Ferraro at a work-related event and was clearly quite impressed. When the subject changed to presidential politics, she said she would like to see a woman become president, but not Hillary. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, she offered this clunker:

If the choice is between a woman and a Muslim, a Republican is going to win.

I couldn’t believe it.

Obama clearly has his work cut out for him. Not even the deranged Rev. Wright can convince people that Obama isn’t Muslim.

2 Responses to “Is Barack Obama Muslim?”


  1. 1 Jared

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    The more interesting question, or problem, is not whether Obama is a Muslim–it is pretty clear that he is not–but whether Obama is the Messiah. Consider the following: http://obamamessiah.blogspot.com/

    I don’t think Obama thinks he is the Messiah, though he doesn’t seem to discourage others from suggesting such things. All Americans amenable to democracy, though, should be concerned if the Messiah phenomenon continues to grow, especially Obama supporters. If he continues to be cast as the Light-bearer then it is only a matter of time before he comes to be seen as the Great Satan. That switch will most likely happen mid-March after he is inaugurated.

  2. 2 Jeb

    Great observation, Jared.

    At this point, many people have an inflated notion of what Obama can accomplish as president, and his aides should endeavor to tamp down those high expectations. I even heard a news report (I wish I could provide a link, but I think it was an NPR segment) about how many people in Kenya think that an Obama win will solve their country’s problems.

    Regardless of who is president, and however much they are actually able to transcend traditional politics, our legislative process will remain stubbornly resistant to change. Of course that’s both the strength and weakness of our system of government. Walking on water and/or turning water into wine may in fact prove easier than bringing about the progressive change that Obama has promised.

    I confess I was initially turned off by the Obama craze; it seemed like a sort of cult. Looking at the badge on the left of this post, you may think that I’ve had a drink of the Kool Aid. (Perhaps I took a small sip.)

    Obama is very human, and is unlikely to mount a full-scale hope revolution. That said, I like the substance of his policies and find his even-keeled demeanor refreshing.

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