Is President Obama a Muslim? A newly released poll shows that some Americans seem to think he is.
Muslim? Christian? Muslim? Christian?
According to MSNBC, nearly one in five people believe President Obama is a Muslim. That equals 18%, which is up from only 11% as of March of 2009. Those who believe that President Obama is a Christian....which he is, have dropped to 34%. In an increase since the 2009 poll, 43% claim they have no idea what religion the president practices.
The poll (and this is no joke) was conducted by the "Pew Research Center and its affiliated Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life." They are a nonpartisan group. The survey they conducted was with regard to whether or not a mosque should be allowed to go up near the Ground Zero site in New York City. President Obama has spoken in support of the mosque.
The Pew Poll, as it is being called, determined that "about three in 10 of Obama's fiercest political rivals, Republicans and conservatives, say he is a Muslim."
The Washington Post reports that President Obama's religion, like his birth place, has been a source of controversy since even before he ran for president.
Officials at the White House point fingers at the president's opponents for the results of the poll. Faith Adviser Joshua DuBois claims they have long participated in "misinformation campaigns." DuBois made the following statement to the media regarding the president's religious beliefs.
"While the president has been diligent and personally committed to his own Christian faith, there's certainly folks who are intent on spreading falsehoods about the president and his values and beliefs," DuBois said.
He added that the president's belief in Christianity plays an "important part in his daily life," and noted that the president had thus far given six speeches on religion while in office.
Pew Poll or no Pew Poll, what this ultimately boils down to is freedom of religion. And President Obama, while being obligated to some degree to his constituents, doesn't answer (with regard to his religion) to the people, the media, or even his adversaries. He'll answer, just like the rest of us, on that one final day of reckoning.
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