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One Out of Six Americans Believe Obama Is a Muslim

In 2008, a poll regarding the public’s view of then candidate Obama’s religious beliefs, found that 1 out of 10 people believed him to be a Muslim – despite him stating the contrary. This perception came about, in large part, due to an Islamophobic Network that has been exposed by numerous independent journalists and research teams. These people and organizations used everything “Muslim” about Obama to “discredit” him (because “Muslim” is currently a political slur) in the minds of American voters, both Right and Left (but mostly Right). They said his name Barack Hussein Obama was proof that he was a devout Muslim; as well as the fact that he spent four years of his childhood in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world. Some simple-minded bigots even suggested that Obama “has” to be a Muslim regardless if his personal religious beliefs are aligned with Christianity, because according to “Islamic law” a son of a Muslim remains within the fold regardless if his beliefs match another religion. Obama’s father was an Atheist.

To “solve” the problem, Obama’s Indonesian step-father Lolo Soetoro was then used as proof of his Muslim identity. Since Soetoro was a Muslim, so goes the argument, Obama became an “adopted” Muslim son which means he will remain within the fold for the rest of his life. Soetoro, in Obama’s own words in Dreams From My Father, practiced a syncretic universalist form of Islam prevalent in Indonesian culture, wherein Hindu and other pre-Islamic Indonesian beliefs were melded in with Islamic teachings; and even spoke highly of the Hindu god Hanuman, the same deity that former Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams apologized to Hindus for, when he declared that Muslims worship a “monkey god.”

Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths.”

I’am not in the habit of declaring who is Muslim or not, but clearly this position is not really in-line with mainstream Muslim teaching, and takes one out of the fold of Islam according to the type of Muslims these conspiracy theorists fear. There is also the pointed fact that classical Islam does not really recognize “adoption” in the Western sense, but rather recognizes “Fostering” children. So either way you depict it, Obama is not a Muslim by “inheritance”; not that it would  be wrong if he were a Muslim!

On May 10, 2012, four years later, the Huffington Post released the findings of a new poll which found that 1 out of 6 Americans now believe President Obama is a Muslim.

After nearly four years in the Oval Office, President Obama is incorrectly thought to be Muslim by one in six American voters, and only one quarter of voters can correctly identify him as a Protestant, according to a new poll.”

While Americans across the board get the president’s religion wrong, the religious group that most often thinks Obama is Muslim is white evangelical Protestants (24 percent). American unaffiliated with a religious group make the error least often: just 7 percent identify Obama as Muslim.” (Emphasis added)

What I find most disturbing about this article, is that Islamophobia is downplayed as an important factor in the public’s perception. Even the executive director of the American Islamic Congress, Zainab Al-Suwaij thinks it is primarily just a “…lack of information than an attack on him,…” If only this were the case. The belief that President Obama is a Muslim is directly followed with demonization of his character. The two claims are inextricably linked in the minds of those who subscribe to this fantasy.

Research director of Public Religion Research Institute, Daniel Cox, also displays befuddlement at the poll data, and suggests that it is because Obama doesn’t “wear his religion on his sleeve” that 16% of Americans believe he is a Muslim.

Quite frankly, I’m not really sure what to make of it other than this person, although he speaks quite comfortably about his faith, doesn’t wear his religion on his sleeve,…”

“It’s an important part of who he is, but it’s not an important part of his public persona.

While this may contribute a little confusion among 16% of Americans who believe the President is a Muslim, I think Mr. Cox is ignoring the Islamophobic “elephant in the living room” (there is an Islamic pun there for those who search for it.) As mentioned earlier, there is an entire Islamophobia Industry that ceaselessly turns out blogs, books, public speakers and street thugs to depict all Muslims as evildoers who want to destroy the “Western” way of life, and replace it with an Islamic caliphate or theocracy. Moreover, many of the people who promote these conspiracy theories are religious fanatics themselves, and advocate the very things that they decry Muslims for. Rick Santorum, a prominent Muslim-basher and Birther, for example, will slip in a comment about how American law should reflect “God’s law” as enshrined in the Bible, in the midst of his anti-Muslim diatribe. He also won’t correct his supporters who claim that Obama is a Muslim to his face.

This is more than just a misunderstanding among the majority of the 16% of Americans who believe the President is a Muslim. The “white evangelical Protestant” churches have by and large become hotbeds of right-wing political ideology, and indulgers of wacky conspiracy theories, such as the “Pink Swastika.” This “theory” states that the Nazis, and fascism itself, is the culmination of a culture of “masculine homosexuality.” The more the West “tolerates” homosexuals, at the bidding of the Left, the closer we get to a totalitarian political order whereby the “true believers” will be persecuted for “telling the truth”, which also ties into their opposition to hate-crime legislation. Could this be a possible link to the ramblings of Bradlee Dean of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, that Keith Ellison was trying to implement Sharia law through a “homosexual agenda”?

“They are using the homosexuals as a political battering ram to bring forth what? Sharee [sic] law.”

These are the shared sources of the majority of people who believe the President is a Muslim. It’s not just an innocent misunderstanding as some would have us believe, but part of a well-worn and deliberate effort to attach the slur of “Mooslim” to gain political traction. Obama is the most prominent recipient of this jingoistic bigotry, but for as long as the fanatical anti-Muslim movement in the US exists there will be many more who will receive this treatment.

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  • Khalid

    Wow, the word “depth” is non-existent for the loons, the can’t sink low enough when comes to socio-economic issues to try and bring muslims in the loop on EVERY problem.

    Hitler was a well known Christian

    “It (christianity) is the foundation for our national morality”

    “With satanic joy in his face, the black-haired Jewish youth lurks in wait for the unsuspecting girl whom he defiles with his blood, thus stealing her from her people.” -Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf (It is common in war for one race to rape another so that they can “defile” the race and assimilate their own. Hitler speaks about this very tactic here.)

    “The best characterization is provided by the product of this religious education, the Jew himself. His life is only of this world, and his spirit is inwardly as alien to true Christianity as his nature two thousand years previous was to the great founder of the new doctrine. Of course, the latter made no secret of his attitude toward the Jewish people, and when necessary he even took the whip to drive from the temple of the Lord this adversary of all humanity, who then as always saw in religion nothing but an instrument for his business existence. In return, Christ was nailed to the cross, while our present- day party Christians debase themselves to begging for Jewish votes at elections and later try to arrange political swindles with atheistic Jewish parties– and this against their own nation.”

    “Christianity could not content itself with building up its own altar; it was absolutely forced to undertake the destruction of the heathen altars. Only from this fanatical intolerance could its apodictic faith take form; this intolerance is, in fact, its absolute presupposition.”

    “My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow my self to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows . For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.”

    “National Socialism is not a cult-movement– a movement for worship; it is exclusively a ‘volkic’ political doctrine based upon racial principles. In its purpose there is no mystic cult, only the care and leadership of a people defined by a common blood-relationship… We will not allow mystically- minded occult folk with a passion for exploring the secrets of the world beyond to steal into our Movement. Such folk are not National Socialists, but something else– in any case something which has nothing to do with us. At the head of our programme there stand no secret surmisings but clear-cut perception and straightforward profession of belief. But since we set as the central point of this perception and of this profession of belief the maintenance and hence the security for the future of a being formed by God, we thus serve the maintenance of a divine work and fulfill a divine will– not in the secret twilight of a new house of worship, but openly before the face of the Lord… Our worship is exclusively the cultivation of the natural, and for that reason, because natural, therefore God-willed. Our humility is the unconditional submission before the divine laws of existence so far as they are known to us men.”

    I don’t hold christians accountable for any of hateful things hitler has said but to call Islam Nazism is to step over christianity and is to ignore what the greatest nazi’s religious belifies

  • Benjamin Taghiov
  • JD

    Filipino Christian group wants Lady Gaga concerts cancelled, saying she promotes immorality

    http://tinyurl.com/7o5o7c7

    MANILA, Philippines – About 70 Christian youths in the Philippines have chanted “Stop the Lady Gaga concerts” at a rally calling for the singer’s shows in Manila next week to be cancelled.

    Members of a group called Biblemode Youth Philippines said Friday that they are offended by Lady Gaga’s music and videos, in particular her song “Judas,” which they say mocks Jesus Christ.

    Protest leader and former Philippine Congressman Ben Abante says his group plans to file a case against Lady Gaga and concert organizers if she sings “Judas” at her Manila gigs Monday and Tuesday.

    Former Manila Mayor Jose Atienza says the singer and organizers can be punished for offending race or religion.

  • Averroe’s Ghost

    Nur, nothing is wrong with it, thas why Haddock wrote, not that it would be wrong if he were a Muslim!

  • http://www.muslimheritage.com Muslim Heritage.com

    Porkie isn’t a junkie, I believe he has been dumped by a Muslim girl, and takes it out on all Muslims.

    Kind of like Robert Spencer motivated by his Greek ancestors being kicked out of Turkey, and Bat yeor forced to leave Egypt.

  • khushboo

    Porky is a junkie who lives in his mama’s basement. He has an imaginary friend who tells him how bad Islam is. He knows nothing about his own religion since he’s uneducated. He has no control over his senses and apparently he’s not take any meds. Please forgive him for he knows not what he says. May God give him a brain! Ameen.

  • JD

    William Peter Blatty, ‘Exorcist’ Author, To Sue Georgetown University In Catholic Court

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/18/william-peter-blatty-sue-georgetown-university_n_1528627.html?ref=religion

    By Daniel Burke
    Religion News Service

    (RNS) The author who turned Georgetown University into a horror scene in “The Exorcist” plans to sue the school in church court, charging that his alma mater has strayed so far from church doctrine that it should no longer call itself Catholic.

    William Peter Blatty, who graduated from Georgetown in 1950, says the “last straw” was the university’s speaking invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    Sebelius, who addressed graduating public policy students on Friday (May 18), has been criticized by conservative Catholics for approving a mandate that requires many religious institutions to cover employees’ birth control costs. The Archdiocese of Washington called the Sebelius invitation “shocking.”

    Blatty, 85, credits a Georgetown scholarship with fostering his writing career, which includes an Academy Award for “The Exorcist,” a blockbuster based on his best-selling 1971 novel. In the book and movie, a Jesuit priest at Georgetown, the nation’s oldest Catholic university, struggles to save a demon-possessed girl. Now retired, Blatty lives in Bethesda, Md.

    “What I owe Georgetown, however, is nothing as compared to what Georgetown owes to its founders and the Christ of faith,” Blatty said in a statement.

    The author says that Georgetown has violated church teaching for decades by inviting speakers who support abortion rights and refusing to obey instructions the late Pope John Paul II issued in 1990 to church-affiliated colleges and universities.

    Georgetown should amend its ways or stop calling itself a Catholic or Jesuit institution, Blatty said.

    A media spokesperson for Georgetown did not respond Friday to a request for comment. On its website, the university says, “Catholicism’s rich and diverse intellectual tradition is central to Georgetown’s academic life.”

    In response to criticism of the Sebelius speech, Georgetown president John J. DeGioia said this week that the university is “committed to the free exchange of ideas” even if it does not agree with all of them.

    Blatty’s “indictment” against Georgetown charges the school with failing to recruit Catholic teachers and students, neglecting to instruct students in Catholic morality and failing to act in accord with church doctrine. He expects the suit to be filed in the Archdiocese of Washington’s court of canon law this fall.

    Blatty recently founded The Father King Society, named after a former Georgetown theology professor, to enlist fellow alumni in his cause.

    A similar church suit was brought against Georgetown in 1991 for authorizing university funding for a student group that supported abortion rights. According to Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly, the case reached the Vatican before Georgetown agreed not to fund the group.

    The conservative Cardinal Newman Society has assisted Blatty’s cause.

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    If a muslim took another person to Islamic court anyone want to bet how loud the cry of Sharia would be even if its internal religion matter ?

  • revenge

    @Halal Pork Funny you bring up Nazism, because the last time I checked, Hitler was very much a Christian. Not to mention that the Nazi’s Anti-Semitism was rooted from the teachings of the Protestant leader Martin Luther.

    Read more here:
    http://www.evilbible.com/hitler_was_christian.htm

  • Géji

    @HGG Says: ‘That post above by Halal Pork convinced me that he is not for real’

    loling, you actually gone through? how marvallous!

  • Géji

    J’adore cet photo! The old man in the picture is Somali, wearing henna color on beard and cheveux, and the “turban” is Somali Keffiyeh.

  • Nur Alia

    OK…

    If President Obama is a Muslim…what is wrong with that?

  • Just Stopping By

    “You will never find a ‘good’ Muslim who loves the Jewish people.” Amazingly, I have then done the impossible. And done it multiple times!

    “Stop TAQQIYA business on this site.” Can I ask you something, Halal Pork? If you see Muslims saying something “bad,” do you assume they are honest while if they say something “good” you assume that they are practicing taqiyya? Or are you open to believing that sometimes some Muslims say “bad” things and sometimes some Muslims say “good” things?

  • HGG

    That post above by Halal Pork convinced me that he is not for real.

  • http://gmail Halal Pork

    Islam is a form of Fascism and Nazims.Both are similar.Islam preaches and practices Anti-Semitism.Is the Quran not a hate filled book against the Jews?You can see that in Sura 1 and through out the quran.There so many Hadiths as well which incite hatred against the Jews.You will never find a ‘good’ Muslim who loves the Jewish people.Now coming to Burak Hussein Obama who was cicumcised as a Muslim.Why would his ‘ATHEIST’father go through that ritual.His second father was also a Muslim from Indonesia where he was registered as Muslim while he attended Madrassa.He has often admitted that he is a Muslim.The countries he visited first after his election were Muslim countries and he quoted ‘HOLY’Quran during his speeches and not the HOLY BIBLE which is the most quoted book in the world.Stop TAQQIYA business on this site.You Muslims should rather boast that you have got a TRUE Muslim in the White House.Sadly,he will be out after the November Election.Americans might be stupid but they are not that stupid.They are too trusting and were fooled by a BLACK MUSLIM.

  • Christian-friend

    If he’s Muslims , I’m an African Nazi (in other words, very untrue)

  • American Visitor

    Interesting article. This is truly unfortunate. Thanks for posting this.

    By the way, Loonwatch might be interested in this:

    http://news.msu.edu/story/what-does-islam-say-about-the-fate-of-non-muslims/

  • Black Infidel

    The Pink Swastika is written by Scott Lively. According to Wikipedia he is an author, lawyer and anti-gay activist. Scott Lively is also the president of Abiding Truth Ministries. The Southern Poverty Law Center regards Abiding Truth Ministries as a hate group.

    http://iowaindependent.com/47947/groups-that-helped-oust-iowa-judges-earn-hate-group-designation

    Some interesting from the Wikipedia article about Lively:

    In 1991, Lively assaulted Catherine Stauffer, throwing her against a wall and dragging her across the floor of a Portland church, at an Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA) event she had been trying to film.

    Lively is also responsible for anti-gay movement in Uganda. Lively is an evangelical Christian.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Lively

  • JD

    I allway bring this up but..

    Colin Powell said on Meet the Press:

    I’m also troubled by – not what Senator McCain says – but what members of the Party say, and it is permitted to be said: such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is he is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian; has always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, “What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?” The answer’s “No, that’s not America.” Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim American kid believing that he or she could be President? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own Party drop the suggestion he’s Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery. And she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards – Purple Heart, Bronze Star; showed that he died in Iraq; gave his date of birth, date of death. He was twenty years old. And then at the very top of the headstone, it didn’t have a Christian cross. It didn’t have a Star of David. It had a crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Karim Rashad Sultan Kahn. And he was an American. He was born in New Jersey, he was fourteen years old at the time of 9/11 and he waited until he could go serve his country and he gave his life. Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I’m troubled about the fact that within the Party we have these kinds of expressions.

  • Averroe’s Ghost

    The Lolo arguement is so stupid. Obama should just become Muslim!!

  • Garibaldi

    Good article Haddock. These shared sources of Islamophobia really produce some interesting conspiracies. I hadn’t heard of the “pink swastika” concept, but nice tie in with Bradlee Dean’s idea that Muslims are using the homosexual agenda to further Sharia.

  • Haddock

    @Mindy. According to the author of the “Pink Swastika”, the Nazis were “masculine” homosexuals who despised “effeminate” homosexuals, and that there was a historic divide between the “two groups” since the mid-19th century. Hence it was “only” the “effeminate” homosexuals that the Nazis killed. A wacky theory, regardless!

  • Sir David : Man on a phone with a french spell check

    Bonkers is the only word I CAN think of thats printable to describe these ideas
    One does wonder if its partly the fault of a deliberatly failed éducation system to make americans stupid.
    Lets distract americans from the economic meltdown , the érosion of freedom , lack of healthcare And éducation by giving them a diet of anti gay anti muslim scare stories.

  • islamispeace

    @Mindy,

    You won’t find much!

  • mindy1

    I never heard of the pink swastika before-what a dumb idea that is, considering that gay people were also put to death-I would LOVE to do an MRI of these people and record what I find 😯

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