Is Obama A Muslim (And Does It Matter)?

First of all I would like to say that no, it doesn’t matter. UNLESS you don’t care about the constitution.  In Article VI of the Constitution it states “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This states CLEARLY that religious beliefs should have no bearing on whether someone is fit to hold public office, or to earn the trust of the public. Now that we’ve gotten that taken care of, let’s get to our main question; is Obama a Muslim?

To start answering this question, let’s look at some reasons why people think he’s a Muslim;

  1. His father was a Muslim, that also makes him a Muslim
  2. He attended Muslim schools when he was a child
  3. He wants to bring Shari’a Law to America
  4. He gives aide to Muslim countries
  5. He bows to Muslim leaders
  6. He hates Israel and supports Palestine.
  7. His middle name is Hussein.

Ok, now let me tell you what I think is wrong with those points;

  1. My father was a Catholic. That doesn’t make me a Catholic. People that think Obama is a Muslim will tell you that “the seed of Islam is carried through the father”. The last time I checked there’s only one seed that comes from your father when you’re conceived, and it’s not a religious one.
  2. Again, I went to Catholic School as a child, does that make me a catholic? How many kids in America go to Christian high schools? Are you really going to try to say that 100% or even 90% of the kids that come out of those schools leave and maintain their faith throughout their entire life? I doubt it.
  3. This one is funny. Shari’a law is a set of beliefs and laws based on the Quran and the Islamic faith. They think that he’s trying to institute Shari’a Law, without any proof, simply because they believe he is a Muslim. This is paradoxical. They believe he’s trying to institute Islamic law because he’s a Muslim and the proof that he’s a Muslim is that he’s trying to institute Islamic law. You won’t find any proof that he’s trying to institute Islamic law (from any SANE, credible source) because it doesn’t exist.
  4. Reagan traded arms to Iran in exchange for prisoners. Reagan also gave Saddam Hussein roughly 40 billion dollars in aide. Does that make him a Muslim? Many Presidents have given aide to countries in the Middle East, if that makes you a Muslim then Obama is definitely NOT our first “Muslim President”.
  5. Yes, Obama has bowed to Muslim leaders, as a sign of respect. He’s also bowed to the President of Japan, does that mean that he is also a Nichiren Buddhist?
  6. If Obama hated Israel then why would he appoint 3 Jewish people as his advisors (Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, and Larry Summers)?
  7. The last time I checked, your parents determine your name and Obama was named after his father.

Here are another couple of things to think about;

  1. If Obama was a Muslim, why would he continue wars in the middle east that have killed millions of  innocent Muslims?
  2. If Obama was a Muslim, why would he pledge his support for Israel?
  3. If Obama was a Muslim, why would he have attended Jeremiah Wright’s church for years?

I find it incredibly interesting that the same people who tried to say that Obama shouldn’t be our President because he supports Black Liberation Theology through Jeremiah Wright, which is Christian, are now trying to say that he’s a Muslim.  So is Obama a Muslim? I’ll let you decide that for yourself, and hopefully you’ll use facts to make that decision, but does it matter if he is or not? Does it determine his capability to lead our country, or his dedication to it? Absolutely not. Is it an unnecessary distraction to claim that the President of the United States is a radical Muslim? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

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