Poll: 1 in 10 think Obama is Muslim = Unelectable

By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
Ten percent of American voters believe Sen. Barack Obama is Muslim, despite the presidential candidate's frequent descriptions of his Christian faith and a high-profile flap over his former pastor.
The finding was contained in survey results released by the non-partisan Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

While a majority -- 53% -- identify Obama as a Christian, 16% of conservative Republicans, 16% of white evangelical Protestants and 19% of rural Americans believe the Illinois senator is Muslim.

About a third of Americans said they don't know what Obama's religious beliefs are, and 9% of that group said it's because they've heard different information about his faith.

Confusion over the candidate's religion crosses party lines.

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Obama: which one of the following is correct?

I am still confused as to why Obama keeps giving a different answer every time he is asked the same questions? once again, the diary is not a hitjob on Obama's muslim heritage. It is his inconsistent positions on questions that are asked by both supporters and opponents.

from todays cnn political ticker

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/200 7/12/23/voter-asks-obama-about-muslim-ba ckground/

Voter asks Obama about 'Muslim background'

Obama joined a group of four women in a booth to eat some pumpkin pie and sip a cup of tea. One of the women asked him how his "Muslim background" would affect his decisions as president.

"This is something that keeps on being misreported, so I'm glad you asked me," Obama, who is Christian, said.

He told them his father had lived in a Muslim-dominated village in Kenya, but "didn't practice Islam."

"Truth is, he wasn't very religious," said Obama. "He met my mother. My mother was a Christian from Kansas, and they married, and then divorced. I was raised by my mother. So I've always been a Christian."

He also touched on the fact that he lived in the Muslim country of Indonesia for four years of his childhood.

"I didn't practice [Islam]," Obama continued, but added that being in that area had given him "insight into how these folks think."

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on a similar note, from barackobama.com

Obama Has Never Been A Muslim, And Is a Committed Christian

Barack Obama Is Not and Has Never Been a Muslim. 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.

Obama's Step-Father Saw Religion "As Not Particularly Useful,"But Followed "A Brand of Islam" That Made Room for Animist and Hindu Faiths. Obama wrote in the Audacity of Hope, "When my mother remarried, it was to an Indonesian with an equally skeptical bent, a man who saw religion as not particularly useful in the practical business of making one's way in the world, and who had grown up in a country that easily blended its Islamic faith with remnants of Hinduism, Buddhism, and ancient animist traditions."Obama wrote in Dreams from My Father, "Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths."[Audacity of Hope, p 204; Dreams From My Father, p 37]

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why the inconsistency?

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similarly on his drug usage issue

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Obama wrote about his teenage drug in his memoir, "Dreams from My Father." His rivals have largely remained silent on the subject.

"Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final fatal role of the young would-be black man," Obama wrote. Mostly he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol, he wrote, but occasionally he would snort cocaine when he could afford it.

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his campaign manager david axelrod in an interview

Obama adviser David Axelrod told reporters on Thursday that Obama only used drugs up until age 20, and that he had not sold drugs or shared them with friends.

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On a similar interview Obama gave four years ago, he said he stopped using drugs before 20 years. that means when he was 22 when he stopped?

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His explanations on so many other things are different every time he tries to explain them and there is a pattern. be it addressing controversial issues like his own faith, or less controversial issues like voting present and UHC argument.

My point of the diary is, atleast he should make one SINGLE memo, and repeat it every time these questions are asked. Else he will be contradicting himself every time he talks about some of the controversial issues.

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Drive-through Fatwas

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project& My Left Wing


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Texas Senator (R) Walks Out on First Muslim Prayer in Senate

The man who has shown his compassion (not to mention his IQ) for women by offering to buy their babies from them for $500, showed his tolerance for religious freedom at the Texas Senate...by walking out on the first Muslim prayer ever held in the Texas Senate.
Yes. That's right. Dan Patrick, the reichtwing radio talk show host whose "baby buying" bill was first reported by TexasKaos' moiv and has since brought widespread condemnation of Patrick, the Texas GOP and (of course) Texas, walked out on the very first Muslim prayer held in the Senate and then had the audacity to call himself tolerant!
"I think that it's important that we are tolerant as a people of all faiths, but that doesn't mean we have to endorse all faiths, and that was my decision," he said later, "I surely believe that everyone should have the right to speak, but I didn't want my attendance on the floor to appear that I was endorsing that."
Patrick was the only Texas Senator to walk out on him.


Ok, let me get this straight. You want to show your tolerance for religious freedom...by turning you back literally on it and walking out it?!? The man, like his buddy Rick Perry, is either a bumbling idiot or a political genius. I'm going with idiot.


What adds to the irony is the fact that the lawmaker who invited the Muslim cleric, Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque, was a Jewish woman and fellow Republican, Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano.


So go ahead, Dan. Explain to everyone in only your delusional, "baby buying" world how your actions make sense. Explain how a Jewish woman can invite and listen to a Muslim cleric but a fundamentalist Christian cannot. Explain why she has no problem this occured before the holy Jewish celebration of Passover but you and your fellow wingers are incensed a Muslim man spoke at the Senate days before Easter. Exactly when would it be ok for a Muslim man to speak, Dan?

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How to respond to loaded racist questions on CNN

Read this for background. When did CNN start hiring racist nutjobs to replace the bimbos and empty suits?

http://mediamatters.org/items/2006111500 04

With that being said, you are a Democrat. You are saying, "Let's cut and run." And I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, "Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies."

And I know you're not. I'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.

ELLISON: Well, let me tell you, the people of the Fifth Congressional District know that I have a deep love and affection for my country. There's no one who is more patriotic than I am. And so, you know, I don't need to -- need to prove my patriotic stripes.

For the record, this is a poor answer. I say this not to criticize Ellison, who was blindsided -- who expects that outright hard-right racism from CNN? -- but to point out that this sort of loaded question needs to be answered offensively. The correct answer would be to turn that question right around:

Well, I'm glad you did not actually ask that question, because if you had, it would have been a remarkable display of unconscionable bigotry and ignorance on your part. What I hope to accomplish in Congress... (redirect the discussion to issues).

And if he continues that line of questioning, you calmly state your patriotism and redirect to issues. You can't ever get this sort of racist to actually discuss real issues, but you can make it quite clear to anyone watching exactly what the agenda is.

If we don't learn to play offense, the bullies will win every time. Dems should probably go to some kind of mandatory aggressive media training as part of DC orientation.

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