According to Pew Research, 12% of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim. That was a poll conducted in March 2009 shortly after Obama was inaugerated. It may have dropped since then but that is still 1-in-8 adults. At a recent Rick Santorum event, one lady shouted loudly that Obama was a Muslim and Santorum did nothing to correct her.
Obama self describes himself as Christian and attends church but some people don’t take him at his word.
- He is often labeled as being Muslim because his middle name is Hussein. But that was not his choice.
- His father was Muslim, but he was not raised by his father.
- He went to a madrassa in Indonesia. I don’t know the details about his school but Indonesia is a Muslim country so he really had no choice about that.
- His step-father was a Muslim, but again it his mother’s choice.
- He was raised around Islam his whole life.
I have not seen evidence to suggest he is a Muslim aside from a picture of him in some ethnic garb and insinuations people make from things that he has said. Here are the quotes in their full form.
I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.
One of the great strengths of the United States is… we have a very large Christian population – we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.
The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country – I know, because I am one of them.
"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."
I’m a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk.
So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t.
He [John McCain] hasn’t suggested that I’m a Muslim, and I think that his campaign upper echelons have not either. What I think is fair to say is that coming out of the Republican camp, there have been efforts to suggest that perhaps I’m not what who I say I am when it comes to my faith, something which I find deeply offensive, and that has been going on for a pretty long time.
We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world.
It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.