Is Barack Obama a Muslim who practices Islam and who attended a madrassa?
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Is Barack Obama a Muslim who practices Islam and who attended a madrassa (madrasa) in Indonesia? Despite whatever emails you might have received, it appears that the answer to that is no. According to him, he's a "committed Christian" (link). His church is the Trinity United Church of Christ, whose pastor has made some rather questionable statements.
However, according to this:
An investigation of Mr. Obama by political opponents within the Democratic Party has discovered that Mr. Obama was raised as a Muslim by his stepfather in Indonesia. Sources close to the background check, which has not yet been released, said Mr. Obama, 45, spent at least four years in a so-called Madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia... The sources said the young Obama was given the name Hussein by his Muslim father, which the Illinois Democrat rarely uses in public... Although the background check has not confirmed that the specific Madrassa Mr. Obama attended was espousing Wahhabism, the sources said his Democratic opponents believe this to be the case—and are seeking to prove it...
The unfortunate thing about this story is that it isn't really necessary to lie about Barack Obama because the truth about him is bad enough. A new TV ad from him highlights his endorsements from Linda Sanchez and even Gil Cedillo (link). He recently named as a national campaign co-chair Maria Elena Durazo, who took part in a pro-illegal immigration media event. His campaign has pledged to avoid using the term "illegal alien", despite it being the proper legal term. He's acknowledged the possibility of terrorist infiltration over the borders, but, instead of taking actions to prevent that immediately, he's among those holding the country hostage to the slim possibility of yet another amnesty for illegal aliens. He supports driver's licenses for illegal aliens. He's also endorsed the California DREAM Act, which lets illegal aliens take college discounts from U.S. citizens. And, perhaps most disturbing of all, he marched at the May 1 2006 Chicago march in support of illegal immigration. The main organizers of that march have a long series of links to the Mexican government.
UPDATE 2: As of March 3, here's the latest on NAFTAGate. Earlier, Obama campaign co-chair Maria Elena Durazo met with Mexican president Felipe Calderon on his recent tour of that country's outposts in our country. Obama has indicated his support for Bush's SPP (spp.gov), aka "NAFTA on steroids". And, he did so in a fundamentally dishonest fashion by speaking in code. For a supposed constitutional scholar, he doesn't seem to understand the 14th Amendment. He did a sales job on illegal immigration. He wants a global tax on the U.S. And, here's even more dirt on Obama involving his links to Exelon, Tony Rezko, William Ayers, and Rashid Khalidi.