I don't really care what people think, but it is
sad that so many Americans are taken in by this stuff. Sad for the rest of us because these people apparently vote, and that has consequences.
While I still want to believe that Obama is not a Muslim, his actions as well as what is defined by Islam suggest that he very well could be.
I really don't see what "actions" you're referring to. There's absolutely zero evidence that he's a Muslim....because he's not a Muslim.
In Islam, if your father is a Muslim, then you are indeed a Muslim.
Technically in Judaism if you're Mother is Jewish, so are you. But if you're not raised Jewish, don't consider yourself Jewish, and never think about Judaism, are you Jewish? If you're born into a specific caste in India but go to live in Sweden at age 2 and stay there you're whole life, does that caste really matter? Technically perhaps, but this is America, not Israel and not Saudi Arabia and not India. And we have freedom of choice here and freedom of Religion. And freedom from it.
His biological father who did not raise him is a Muslim and the man who filled the role of his father was also a Muslim.
So what? My father was raised in a STRONGLY Catholic home in Europe. He's an Athiest. So what?
He was listed as a Muslim at the Catholic school he attended and at the Madrasa he attended in Malaysia.
A secular school, not a Madrasah in the sense that Americans would be familiar with that word. Spreading the idea that Obama attended a "Madrasah" just lends credence to this absurd theory. Now it happens that the word for "school" in Arabic is Madrasah - but that's not the whole story. There are several kinds of Madrasah, only two of which connote religious education - dīniyyah and Islāmiyyah. Technically speaking there are Medical schools that are Madrasahs.
Conservatives seem to love talking about how Obama attended a Madrasah - and you know, we haven't been hearing about terrorist-breeding Madrasahs on TV
for about a decade now, have we?
His actions such as bowing to the Saudi King
Nixon bowed to Emporer Hirohito. Does that mean Nixon was a traitor to his country? I guess I don't understand how a part of normal state protocol somehow makes you a Muslim. I'm pretty sure President Bush bowed to the Saudi King as well, especially considering how buddy-buddy he is with Prince Bandar.
multiple quotes from the Quran
Multiple quotes from the Quran where? In what context?
I won't even address the notion that he can't speak clearly about economics but can recite the Quran as if from memory. That's just patently false.
refusal to use the term "Islamic terrorist"
I don't recall President Bush using that term very frequently either. Perhaps this is because both of these Presidents understand that not all terrorists are Muslims, and not all Muslims are terrorists, and that granting a platform and legitimacy to terrorists is not a good thing.
Some like to pretend that only the racist feel this way but that is far from the truth.
No, I think it's fairly close to the truth. The people who seem to most want to link Obama and Islam are the people who seem to have the hardest time accepting that this person could be elected President and who seem to have the most outlandish theories about him - things which, were they not so often repeated by the right wing echo chamber, would have been dismissed as ludicrous delusions by now.
If Obama was 8th generation Black American that was descendant from slaves, raised in the US and had a more conventional name, no one would question or even care much of his religious affiliations.
Actually, I'm sure they would. I think his name happens to give people a convenient excuse to try and link him to things which have become publicly defined as America's worst enemies. And I think this entire theory that he's secretly a Muslim is entirely, totally, 100% without merit and the kind of thing people come up with when they have no legitimate arguments at the ready.
I'll say it again - he's (still) not a Muslim.
[Edited 2010-11-28 23:56:26]