Barack Obama: “My Muslim Faith”

Discussions about a recent Pew Research poll have asked why so many people believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim even though he claims to be a Christian. The individuals asking this question apparently believe we are supposed to be like “Good Germans” and accept statements by our nation’s leader without question.

These individuals also apparently have forgotten that President Bill Clinton falsely said that he didn’t have a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Many apparently believe that Obama is telling similar lies about his religious beliefs.

I don’t know what religion Obama really believes, or if he really cares about religion. Many political leaders in the U.S. and other nations are religious chameleons who claim to belong to whatever religion provides them the most political benefits.

Those who believe Obama is a Muslim may remember what he said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC prior to the 2008 election.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You mention your Christian faith. Yesterday you took off after the Republicans for suggesting you have Muslim connections. Just a few minutes ago, Rick Davis, John McCain’s campaign manager, said they’ve never done that. This is a false and cynical attempt to play victim.

OBAMA: You know what? I mean, these guys love to throw a rock and hide their hand. The…

STEPHANOPOULOS: The McCain campaign has never suggested you have Muslim connections.

OBAMA: No, no, no. But the — I don’t think that when you look at what is being promulgated on Fox News, let’s say, and Republican commentators who are closely allied to these folks–

STEPHANOPOULOS: But John McCain said that’s wrong.

OBAMA: Now, well, look. Listen. You and I both know that the minute that Governor Palin was forced to talk about her daughter, I immediately said that’s off limits. And–

STEPHANOPOULOS: But John McCain said the same thing about questioning your faith.

OBAMA: And what was the first thing the McCain?s campaign went out and did? They said, look, these liberal blogs that support Obama are out there attacking Governor Palin.

Let’s not play games. What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you’re absolutely right that that has not come–

STEPHANOPOULOS: Christian faith.

OBAMA: — my Christian faith.

At the time Israelinsider suggested that Obama really meant what he said. “In one of the most astonishing gaffes in American political history, in a national televised interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulus, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama referred to ‘my Muslim faith,’ confirming what researchers and political opponents have been claiming. While Stephanopoulus several seconds later tried to correct him, saying ‘Christian faith,’ it was too late. The damage was done. Obama clearly did not mean his Christian faith, since he was admitting that ‘John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith.’ The term ‘Christian faith’ would not make sense in that context.”

Israelinsider correctly pointed out that merely replacing the word “Muslim” with “Christian” wouldn’t make sense. If Obama misspoke, it is the entire sentence that is wrong not just the word “Muslim”. There would be no reason for Obama to talk about McCain making an issue of his Christian faith.

Considering that Obama had a degree from Harvard we would expect that if didn’t mean he was a Muslim he would have said something like “McCain hasn’t suggested I’m a Muslim.” Too bad Stephanopoulos interrupted Obama in the middle of a sentence that might have provided a better indication of what point Obama was attempting to make. We’ll never know if Stephanopoulos rescued Obama from any even bigger blunder or kept him from clarifying his statement.

The main point is that Obama’s own words indicated he could be a Muslim even though he claims to be a Christian. Many Democrats in the media believe that Obama is a Christian because that is what he claims most of the time. Those who believe Obama is a Muslim think he would only have used the phrase “my Muslim faith” if he were a Muslim.

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