Yesterday, Rick Santorum's spokeswoman retracted a comment Santorum made, saying, "He was not questioning the president's character, he wasn't questioning the president's religion."
Since then, I have had several emails asking me my opinion of whether Barack Obama is a Muslim, or not. My personal view is that he is more Muslim than Christian, but being the ObamaMessiah, he's really above all that religious nonsense.
But, what does the evidence say?
Islam is patralineal. Barack Obama's grandfather was a Muslim. His father was a Muslim, According to Islamic theologians, and The New York Times, Barack Obama is either a Muslim, or an apostate Muslim.
The Times reports, "His [Obama] conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is 'irtidad' or 'ridda,' usually translated from the Arabic as 'apostasy,' but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive)."
According to Obama, his religious education as a child was clearly in Islam.
On page 142 of his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," Obama mentions studying the Quran and describes the public school as "a Muslim school."
"In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell mother I made faces during Koranic studies."
Tine Hahiyary, one of Obama's teachers and the principal of the school from 1971 through 1989, said that Barry actively took part in the Islamic religious lessons during his time at the school. His teacher was named Maimunah and she lived in the Puncak area, the Cianjur Regency.
"I remembered that he had studied 'mengaji' (recitation of the Quran)," Tine said.
An American Expat in Southeast Asia writes: "The actual usage of the word 'mengaji' in Indonesian and Malaysian societies means the study of learning to recite the Quran in the Arabic language rather than the native tongue. "Mengagi" is a word and a term that is accorded the highest value and status in the mindset of fundamentalist societies here in Southeast Asia. To put it quite simply, 'mengaji classes' are not something that a non practicing or so-called moderate Muslim family would ever send their child to. To put this in a Christian context, this is something above and beyond simply enrolling your child in Sunday school classes."
Maya Soetoro-NG, Obama's sister was quoted in The New York Times, saying, "My whole family was Muslim, and most of the people I knew were Muslim."
I assume Maya thinks of Barack Obama as a member of her family.
But, here is the smoking gun -- in an interview with Nicholas Kristof, published in The New York Times, Obama recited the Muslim call to prayer, the Adhan, "with a first-class [Arabic] accent."
The opening lines of the Adhan (Azaan) is the Shahada:
"Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that Muhammad is his prophet... "
According to Islamic scholars, reciting the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith, makes one a Muslim. This simple yet profound statement expresses a Muslim's complete acceptance of, and total commitment to, the message of Islam.
Obama knows this from his Quranic studies -- and he knows the New York Times will publish this fact and it will be seen throughout the Islamic world.
Regardless of what Obama says his religion is, what message was he sending the world's 1.2 billion Muslims?
But Team Obama says Barack Obama is a "committed Christian," even though his public affirmation of his Muslim faith and other related accounts were published in The New York Times.
So it's pretty clear that "the newspaper of record" is convinced that Obama was, or is, Muslim.
But Team Obama still insists that Barack Obama is a "committed Christian." But is their assertion one of fact or one of political expediency?
As an adult, Obama's religious experience was hardly mainstream Christianity. The only form of Christianity he's ever been around is the angry Marxist Black Liberation Theology preached to him by his "religious mentor," the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright.
Wright is a leftist black nationalist preacher, who preaches African-American unity through antipathy toward whites. He dabbled in Islam, and received his master's degree from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School with a focus on Islam in West Africa during the 19th Century -- when the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was at its zenith.
Wright sought to build his church on the black "Theology of Liberation," the Marxist ideology introduced in 1968 by Rev. James Cone of New York. It emphasizes Africa's contribution to Christianity rather than that of mainstream theologians.
Black Liberation Theology embraces a black God.
Liberation Theology's god isn't the loving, forgiving, wise, and powerful God most Christians know. Obama's god, the god of Trinity, is not in the business of bringing people together, instead he is a god that is totally exclusive to the black community. White Americans need to realize that Obama's god is not here for understanding, or reconciliation. Obama's god is here to participate in the destruction of the white race by any means possible.
Barack Obama's Jesus, a black man, was sent to this world by God to endure the pain and humiliation of black people in order to free them from the oppression of whites and transform them into liberating servants. Trinity's Jesus is not the Jesus of the bible. So when Obama says Rev. Wright, "introduced me to Jesus," he is speaking of a Jesus that belongs solely to the black community. In the words of Rev. Wright's mentor and most prominent theologian in this religion, James Cone, "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community ... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy."
Many people doubt that Obama can believe this stuff, but Obama admits that the first thing that attracted him to Trinity was the "Black Value System." A system based on James Cone's revelation that Jesus is for black people only, "In the New Testament, Jesus is not for all, but for the oppressed, the poor and unwanted of society, and against oppressors ... Either God is for black people in their fight for liberation and against the white oppressors, or he is not." Add to this his twenty year membership, marriage, and baptism of his daughters and you have a man that is up to his ears in hatred of white people.
America be warned, Obama's god is very similar to the god of jihad and terror. Obama's faith and extreme Islam share a common thread: they both see America as an oppressor that god has decided to destroy. As James Cone says, "What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love."
Pope Benedict XVI fought the infiltration of Marxists promoting Liberation Theology in the church. In "Liberation Theology" (2007) he wrote:
"...where the Marxist ideology of liberation had been consistently applied, a total lack of freedom had developed, whose horrors were now laid bare before the eyes of the entire world. Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic."
So, it's up to the reader to decide whether Obama is a Muslim, a Chritian, or something else.
Personally, I believe Obama's religion is Marxism. He's a Marxist who is empathetic towards Islam.
Christianity? Oh that! That's political.
Obama explained his relationship to Christianity himself. In the paperback version of "The Audacity of Hope," in the chapter entitled "Faith," beginning on page 195, and ending on page 208, Obama tells us that he doesn’t really have any profound religious belief, but that in his early Chicago days he felt he needed to acquire some spiritual "street cred."