Why the so-called ‘rumor’ about Obama being a Muslim just won’t die


Ever since he began running for president in 2007, Barack Hussein Obama has been dogged by ‘rumors’ that he’s secretly a Muslim. Whether it’s his exotic name and background, the color of his skin, or some combination of the two, the Muslim lie just doesn’t seem to go away.

How about because it is NOT a lie?

Even the most pro-Obama newspaper in the country, the NY TIMES said, “As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother’s Christian background is irrelevant.”

SLATE  Each time it has begun to fade from public discussion, the Muslim rumor has cropped up again, like it did last year when real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who was publicly weighing a presidential bid at the time, insisted he had evidence showing Obama wasn’t born in the United States (and that his birth certificate might show that he’s Muslim).

In response, the president eventually took the extraordinary step of releasing his long form birth ceritificate, which showed he was born in Hawaii as claimed. But a new Gallup poll finds that even now, a healthy chunk of Americans believe the rumor:

Just 34% of Americans correctly say U.S. President Barack Obama is a Christian, while 44% say they don’t know Obama’s religion and 11% say he is a Muslim.

Libyan leader Gaddafi confirmed that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim in his first public speech about him:

Obama is a Christian and has labeled himself as such as in his writings and interviews, and while living in Chicago he attended the Trinity United Church of Christ. Since moving into the White House, Obama has attended several different Christian churches.

Americans are indeed more likely to say Obama is a Christian — mostly a generic “Christian” or “Protestant” — than to say he identifies with any other religion. In addition to those who name a specific religion or don’t offer a guess, 8% say he does not have a religious affiliation.

Americans are more likely to know Mitt Romney’s religion than Obama’s religion, with most Americans correctly saying Romney is a Mormon and a smaller 33% saying they don’t know.

Even Obama admitted he is a Muslim to ABC News:

At this point, one has to suspect that some of the poll respondents claiming Obama is a Muslim are just doing so to be provocative and express their anger with the president. The Muslim rumor has been so thoroughly debunked — even in conservative outlets — that anyone out there still clinging to it probably knows better, and just wants to hurl rhetorical grenades at a White House that has polarized this country like no other.