Hi all,

I was just reading an article from the Associated Press posted on Yahoo, discussing what a poll suggests about our president’s religion.  In this article it says, “…a recent poll showing that nearly one-fifth of Americans believe he is a Muslim….A poll released earlier this month by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center showed that 18 percent of people believe Obama is Muslim. That was up from 11 percent who said so in March 2009. Just 34 percent said Obama is Christian, down from 48 percent who said so last year.”  In other words, those who think that he’s Christian went down and up for those who think he’s Muslim (18% nearly 1 in 5 people).

On one hand, he says he is a Christian and had been one his entire life.  He went to church (and as questionable as the church’s views and pastor(s) and they are questionable) it still believed in a version of Jesus Christ.

But on the other hand, nearly the 1 in 5 people believe his Muslim because of his support for the 9/11 mosque as well as a father who was raised Muslim but was confirmed atheist by the time his father met his mother (from Wikipedia).

Now here are my thoughts:  I would like to make a note first regarding religion/ religious beliefs.  I think that there are 2 components to religious beliefs.  One is by blood that if your parents were born to a specific religion, then you would have the blood of the religion(s) from your parents (for example, Pres. Obama is half christian and half Muslim by blood from ancestry).  The other is by self identification regardless of your blood (for example, Pres. Obama self identifies as a christian so he’s christian regardless of his acknowledgment of his  Muslim half and his father identifies as atheist regardless of his acknowledgment of his Muslim blood from his family).  So the way I see it,  I feel it is more so important for a person to decide to go down a religious path that they feel is right for them regardless of their bloodline.  Religion and spirituality is different and personal for each person that they feel they should identify themselves as they feel.  Unless is Barack Obama decides the next day he’s muslim or Buddhist or some random ancient South American Indian Tribe’s religion, I’ll take him at that value with that identification.

Steve

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