Monday, June 16, 2008

Will the real Barack Obama please stand up?

"I am not a Muslim!" says Barack Obama.
Better tell your brother. Have him expunge the family photo album. Before this gets around on the internet and everything. Left, Obama with his half-brothers in 1985. Three years later Barack met Michelle and began attending Trinity Church in Chicago.

Obama Statement January 24, 2007 to LA Times:"Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ."

But a few weeks later the LA Times wrote that Obama's friends wrote in to say, hey, wait a minute! "his childhood friends and teachers report that as a boy Obama was registered as a Muslim, studied the Koran in a Muslim school, and prayed at the local mosque."

In response, the Obama campaign issued a statement: "Obama has never been a practicing Muslim. The statement added that as a child, Obama had spent time in the neighborhood's Islamic center."

Oh. So he just hung around Muslims. But puzzlingly, then there's this:

According to Tine Hahiyary, one of Obama's teachers and the principal from 1971 through 1989, Barry actively took part in the Islamic religious lessons during his time at the school. "I remembered that he had studied "mengaji" (recitation of the Quran)" Tine said. The author of the Laotze blog writes from Jakarta: "The actual usage of the word 'mengaji' in Indonesian and Malaysian societies means the study of learning to recite the Quran in the Arabic language rather than the native tongue. "Mengagi" is a word and a term that is accorded the highest value and status in the mindset of fundamentalist societies here in Southeast Asia. To put it quite simply, 'mengaji classes' are not something that a non practicing or so-called moderate Muslim family would ever send their child to. To put this in a Christian context, this is something above and beyond simply enrolling your child in Sunday school classes."

Israel Insider says: Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia, was quoted as saying, "He (Obama) was often in the prayer room wearing a 'sarong', at that time." "He was quite religious in Islam but only after marrying Michelle, he changed his religion." So Obama, according to his classmates and friends was a Muslim until the confluence of love and ambition caused him to adopt the cloak of Christianity: to marry Michelle and to run for President of the United States."

I wonder how Obama's childhood friends and family of half brothers feel about his calling their religion a "smear" on his website

I'm not voting for this guy.

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