Obama's Religion

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Then-Senator Obama wearing traditional African garb, a gift from his hosts while visiting Kenya[1]

Barack Hussein Obama is the first Muslim president of the United States, as illustrated by his many actions and comments both before and after taking the official (private) oath of office without using a Bible. While there is a strong political incentive for Obama to claim to be a Christian, as he has done whenever discussing his religion, all credible evidence points to Islam as his religion:

  • Obama declared in prepared remarks, "The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country - I know, because I am one of them."[2]
  • Obama's wife Michelle does not accompany him to Muslim nations because Sharia law would apply to her there; on a presidential trip she was with him until France, but then returned home.
  • Obama seems to emotionally hold a Muslim view about Israel, in contrast with Americans who have been educated as Obama has. Obama has never visited Israel as president despite repeated criticisms of his failure to do so, he waited many days before even mentioning the rocket attacks on Israel in late 2012, and he doesn't appear comfortable even discussing issues related to Israel.
  • In prepared remarks in April 2012, Obama referred to Jesus as "a" Son of God rather than as "the" Son of God: "And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured—not just as a Son of God, but as a human being."[3]
  • Obama's background and outlook are Muslim, and fewer than 1% of Muslims convert to Christianity.[4][5] Although Obama attended a Catholic school while in Indonesia, he was a part of the Muslim society there.[6]
  • Obama's middle name (Hussein) references Husayn, who was the grandson of Muhammad,[7][8] Only after Obama became politically ambitious did he declare himself to be a Christian, yet he never replaced his Muslim name "Hussein" with a Christian one as some do when they undergo a religious conversion. For example, when the Italian journalist Magdi Allam recently converted to Christianity, he took a new name: "Cristiano".[9] When Saul became a Christian, he changed his name to "Paul"; when the famous boxer Cassius Clay converted to Islam, he took the Muslim name of Muhammad Ali. "It is common for those converting to a new religion to change their name on conversion"[10] or adopt a Christian name at baptism.[11] Obama also used his middle name when sworn in as President.
  • Obama has said "John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith."[12] in an interview with George Stephanopoulos discussing whether John McCain's campaign has suggested that Obama is not a Christian. George Stephanopoulos -- who had previously been a high-ranking Democrat in the Clinton Administration -- then suggested that Obama change his answer to refer instead to "Christian faith."[13]
  • He has said that "Islam can be compatible with the modern world."[14]
  • Obama said the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset," and recited "with a first-class Arabic accent" the opening lines: Allah is Supreme! ... I witness that there is no god but Allah ...."[15]
  • Obama stated that the autobiography of Malcolm X, a Nation of Islam leader who became a Muslim, inspired him in his youth.[16]
  • Obama raised nearly $1 million and campaigned for a Kenyan presidential candidate who had a written agreement with Muslim leaders promising to convert Kenya to an Islamic state that bans Christianity.[17]
  • Obama's claims of conversion to Christianity arose after he became politically ambitious, lacking a date of conversion or baptism.[18]
  • In the book Obama,"Renegade" his friends say that "he actually really wasn't much of a churchgoer." [19]
  • On the campaign trail, Obama was reading "The Post-American World" by Fareed Zakaria,[20] which is written by a Muslim author.[21]
  • Contrary to Christianity, the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya allows adherents to deny they are Muslim if it would be dangerous not to.
  • Obama uses the Muslim Pakistani pronunciation for "Pakistan" rather than the common American one.[22]
  • Obama favors Pakistan, a Muslim nation, in its conflicts with India, a mostly Hindu nation.[23]
  • Obama was thoroughly exposed to Christianity as an adult in Chicago prior to attending law school, yet no one at law school saw him display any interest in converting. Obama unabashedly explained how he became "churched" in a 2007 speech: "It's around that time [while working as an organizer for the Developing Communities Project (DCP) of the Calumet Community Religious Conference (CCRC) in Chicago] that some pastors I was working with came around and asked if I was a member of a church. 'If you're organizing churches,' they said, 'it might be helpful if you went to a church once in a while.' And I thought, 'I guess that makes sense.'"[24]
"I really endorse and support the policies that he has adopted,"
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said of President Barack Obama
as reported by the
Washington Post.[25]
  • Obama is mentioned as helping to organize the 1995 Million Man March led by black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan from the Nation of Islam. [26]
  • Obama visited "more than one mosque" in Kenya while on a political trip there but did not visit any churches, although there are a large proportion of churches and even a National Temple in Kenya.[27]
  • Obama has chosen the Secret Service code name "Renegade". "Renegade" conventionally describes someone who goes against normal conventions of behavior, but its first usage was to describe someone who has turned from their religion. It is a word derived from the Spanish renegado, which originally meant "Christian turned Muslim."[28]
  • Obama enjoyed a bigger increase in voter support in 2008 (compared to 2004) by Muslims than by any other voting group, including blacks;[29] "Muslim turnout in the U.S. elections reached 95 percent, the highest Muslim turnout in U.S. history."[30]
  • "President-elect Barack Hussein Obama has yet to attend [Sunday] church services since winning the White House earlier ..., a departure from the example of his two immediate predecessors."[31][32] Liberal sources claim that this is due to security concerns. However, in general, Presidents rarely attend weekly church services while in office.[33]
  • Obama botched his public oath of office in which he placed his hand on a Bible, and then chose not to use the Bible for his real, private oath.
  • At the G-20 summit in April 2009, Obama bowed deeply to Saudi King Abdullah, a Muslim who is also the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.[34]
    President Obama bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia - April 2009
    Never before in the history of the U.S. has a president displayed such shocking deference to a foreign official and Obama has not bowed to any other royal leaders. Obama later stated, "We have to change our behavior in showing the Muslim world greater respect."[35] Obama's spin doctors and left-wing apologists dismissed the obviousness of the bow. One anonymous aide stated, "It wasn't a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he's taller than King Abdullah."[36] However, in video of the incident, Obama's left hand can clearly be seen staying at his side until after he had finished his bow.[37] Additionally, Obama also met with Queen Elizabeth, who is much shorter than King Abdullah, but he did not bow when he shook her hand and neither he nor the queen appeared to have any difficulty.[38] (Many liberals and even a handful of conservatives have proposed that President Bush also bowed before King Abdullah.[39] However, there is a vast, inexorable difference between bending down to receive a medal as Bush did and bowing in deference to a foreign leader as Obama did.)
  • Obama required that a religiously affiliated college take the extraordinary action of concealing with wood the monogram "IHS", which represents the name of Jesus, during a speech by Obama there[40][Dead link]
  • On more than one occasion, Obama verbally attacks the economic livelihood of Las Vegas for unknown reasons, and Obama has also criticized state lotteries despite being heavily favored by most Democrats. The reason may be that gambling is forbidden in the Koran [41] and frowned upon by many Protestant denominations.[42]
  • In 2006, Obama gave an irreverent speech about using the Bible in public policy. It resembled a stand-up comedy act, with Obama making fun of the books of the Torah, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount and other key Biblical passages.[43]
  • In 2010, Obama changed the logo of the Missile Defense Agency, incorporating a crescent and star.[44] The new logo closely resembles that of the Iranian Space Agency.[45]
  • In 2012, Obama participated in a $40,000 per plate fundraiser on Holy Thursday, which many devout Christians would find to be inappropriate.
  • On September 25, 2012, in his address to United Nations General Assembly, Obama said that "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."[46] This outrageous comment was predictably ignored by the lamestream media, but rightly highlighted by Conservative commentators.[47]

Obama tries to downplay his Islamic background by claiming that his Kenyan Muslim father was a "confirmed atheist" before Obama was born, but in fact less than 1% of Kenyans are atheists, agnostics, or non-religious.[48] (This obviously does not completely rule out the possibility that his father was a member of that 1%.) There is apparently no evidence of any Christian activities or local church participation by Obama while he was in Massachusetts from 1988 to 1991. Finally, Obama abruptly left his radical Christian church in Chicago in 2008, when it became politically controversial, without first finding another church to join. On April 7, 2009, Obama toured a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.[49][50]

See Also


  1. [1]
  2. http://middleeast.about.com/b/2009/04/06/obama-in-turkey-at-the-gates-of-islam.htm
  3. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-jesus-son-god
  4. http://www.religionnewsblog.com/17736/barack-obama-2
  5. http://www.faithfreedom.org/oped/sina31103.htm. During the third and fourth grades, Obama learned about Islam for two hours each week in religion class, according to the LA Times. Campaign downplays his connection during boyhood in Indonesia, Baltimore Sun, March 16, 2007
  6. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/24/AR2007012400371_pf.html
  7. A Brief History of The Fourteen Infallibles. Qum: Ansariyan Publications. 2004.
  8. al-Qarashi, Baqir Shareef (2007). The life of Imam Husain. Qum: Ansariyan Publications.
  9. http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=30814
  10. http://www.ukdp.co.uk/pages/religiousconversion.php
  11. http://www.answers.com/topic/christian-name
  12. [2]
  13. Christina Bellantoni, "Obama’s verbal slip fuels his critics", Washington Times
  14. Barack Obama's Christian Journey | Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008
  15. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=78309
  16. For example, Obama writes in his own autobiography, "Only Malcolm X's autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me. The blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will. ... [E]ven as I imagine myself following Malcolm's call, one line in the book stayed with me. He spoke of a wish he'd once had, the wish that the white blood that ran through him, there by an act of violence, might somehow be expunged."[3]
  17. [4] Text of the agreement, as three images: [5]
  18. In his book, Obama oddly claims to have been baptized without giving his age or date, and later gave a date that postdates his political ambition (1992).
  19. Wolffe: President Missed Rev. Wright’s Racist Rants Because 'He Wasn’t Much of a Churchgoer' NewsBusters.org, June 16, 2009
  20. http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=fa8cf1bf-2cc8-4d6e-b72d-a07d406e19ff
  21. http://www.villagevoice.com/2005-08-09/news/the-interpreter/
  22. Obama repeatedly pronounced "Pakistan" as "Pokiston" in the first presidential debate.
  23. The Indian press has been highly critical of Obama about this. [6]
  24. Obama, ACORN, and the churches SperoNews, October 7, 2008
  25. Man's worst friend? By Dana Milbank, Washington Post, April 27, 2010.
  26. [http://www.nowpublic.com/world/obama-organized-farrakhan-s-million-man-march, Obama Organized Farrakhan’s ‘Million Man March’, NowPublic.com, April 2, 2008
  27. http://islamizationwatch.blogspot.com/2010/01/kenyan-delegation-visits-sderot-israel.html
  28. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/3452281/Renegade-and-Renaissance-Obama-to-replace-Trailblazer-and-Tempo-Bush-in-the-White-House.html
  29. http://www.altmuslim.com/a/a/a/2873/
  30. http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/postglobal/islamsadvance/2008/11/is_obama_the_muslim_worlds_sup.html
  31. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15902.html
  32. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-obama-religion26-2008dec26,0,1910913.story
  33. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-blackberry-faith-white-house/story?id=9689272#.T5jUxp8rpfV
  34. Video of Obama bowing almost to King's waist
  35. http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/07/barack-takes-a-bow/
  36. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0409/White_House_No_bow_to_Saudi.html
  37. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WlqW6UCeaY
  38. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71N34K9EVLU
  39. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/33289_Bush_Bowed_Too
  40. Georgetown hides Jesus' name at request of Obama's White House
  41. Lawmakers upset over Obama's 2nd anti-Vegas remark, WashingtonPost, February 2, 2010
  42. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CE0QFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.efa2009.org%2Fpapers%2FSSRN-id1335855.pdf&ei=h7kUUPHTA8aBqgHysIHYCw&usg=AFQjCNG1qfZFDgF1FpHG46FFDbMGzBu0Iw
  43. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnmS_vULPxw
  44. US Missile Defense Agency Changes Logo to Obama~Islamic Crescent Hybrid!
  45. Missile Defense Agency Logo – A new twist to the tale
  46. FOX News: Transcript: Obama address to U.N. General Assembly (September 25, 2012)
  47. FOX News: Media ignore Obama attack on ‘those who slander the Prophet of Islam’ (September 26, 2012)
  48. http://www.adherents.com/Na/Na_14.html
  49. http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/barackobama/ss/obama_praying_at_mosque.htm
  50. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.c2e3700ab4e271bc32827b0fccfe560b.421&show_article=1