Is Barack Obama a Muslim?


by Sunny
25th May, 2008 at 10:03 pm    

Is Barack Obama a Muslim? A website that tells you the answer. Link it from your blogs and drive up its google rankings, to help those stupid Americans who keep asking this question.


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  1. addie june — on 25th May, 2008 at 10:38 pm  

    Barak Obama is not a Muslim. He’s been a member of a Christian church for the last 20 years.
    Yes, he has Muslim roots…so what.
    The US has demonized an entire major religion based on the backgrounds of terrorists.
    Hitler claimed to be a Christian… should the world assume that all Christians are evil? Persons of all religions of the world have committed atrocities… Should we condemn the religion or the individuals who pervert their religion to serve there own personal agenda?>

  2. shariq — on 26th May, 2008 at 12:45 am  

    After the Rev. Wright affair, I thought this wasn’t an issue anymore.

  3. Anas — on 26th May, 2008 at 1:26 am  

    Yeah these rumours about him being a Muslim are truly “vile”:
    http://www.barackobama.com/factcheck/2007/11/12/obama_has_never_been_a_muslim_1.php

  4. Sunny — on 26th May, 2008 at 2:59 am  

    bizarrely enough, some are still stupid enough to believe it. I saw some stories about this recently.

  5. stella — on 26th May, 2008 at 4:52 am  

    I would venture that they want to believe it. It gives legitimacy to the reason not to vote for Obama, when truth be told they won’t vote for him because of race.

  6. Random Guy — on 26th May, 2008 at 8:42 am  

    Wow, I have another question: Are all Americans stupid xenophobes?

  7. Roger — on 26th May, 2008 at 9:06 am  

    “Are all Americans stupid xenophobes?”

    No more than any Random Guy or Obama wouldn’t be where he is now.

  8. Random Guy — on 26th May, 2008 at 9:07 am  

    Well then, there’s your answer.

  9. DJ Drrrty Poonjabi — on 26th May, 2008 at 10:20 am  

    He may not be a Muslim, but he just might be the Antichrist!

  10. MaidMarian — on 26th May, 2008 at 10:28 am  

    Stella (5) – I believe that Americans will happily vote for a black man American as president.

    It just isn’t Obama. Sunny is, sadly, backing the wrong horse.

    As shariq (1) says, after the Wright affair this is all just a total red-herring.

  11. Gege — on 26th May, 2008 at 10:51 am  

    Even if he were a muslim, why should Americans make it an issue?

  12. Don — on 26th May, 2008 at 11:54 am  

    Gege,

    Because no-one is getting elected president unless they can get the voters to believe that christianity guides their lives.

  13. Sid — on 26th May, 2008 at 12:55 pm  

    I don’t get the point. So what if he is or was a Muslim?
    Is Muslim the new black?

  14. Sid — on 26th May, 2008 at 1:30 pm  

    hmmm disengenuous to the max. But what do you expect from paranoid delusionists like Daniel Pipes, Morgoth and Muzumdar (Lia Qirat). The point is, Obama’s putative status of being Muslim now or in the past is an issue for voters in the USA. This is the whole fear that Hillary’s “3am call” tactic tried to capitilise on.

  15. Piggy — on 26th May, 2008 at 1:30 pm  

    Shariq and MaidMarian, sadly, not so much:

    http://crookedtimber.org/2008/04/02/the-hobgoblin-of-little-minds/

    http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?PageID=1277

    Mere facts are no match for the sheer reality bending will power of the wingnut brigade. Especially not when they’ve got killer evidence like “some people who sort of knew Obama sort of rememeber his dad taking him to a mosque a couple of times when he was eight or something”.

  16. Nav — on 26th May, 2008 at 1:54 pm  

    He may not be a Muslim, but he just might be the Antichrist!

    HAHAHA! :-D

  17. Anas — on 26th May, 2008 at 2:46 pm  


    The point is, Obama’s putative status of being Muslim now or in the past is an issue for voters in the USA

    Exactly. US voters must decide whether having a ‘murtaad’ as President will affect the US’s position in Islamdom.

    Also, there is the very real possibility that Obama could be targeted by Islamic die-hards intent on carrying out Allah’s command to publicly execute apostates.

    Food for thought indeed…

    Yeah, cause the only reason Dubya’s not been the victim of a terrorist attempt on his life is b/c he’s not an apostate.

  18. bikhair — on 26th May, 2008 at 3:06 pm  

    I am really tierd of hearing how he isnt Muslim.

  19. Anas — on 26th May, 2008 at 3:28 pm  

    WELL HE ISN’T, OK!?!!?!!

  20. bikhair — on 26th May, 2008 at 3:41 pm  

    You Guys Are Going To Love This Courtesy Of Fox News:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjYpkvcmog0

  21. Anas — on 26th May, 2008 at 4:14 pm  

    wow, that’s mental.

  22. Sunny — on 26th May, 2008 at 4:45 pm  

    That’s Foxnews for you…

  23. fugstar — on 26th May, 2008 at 4:52 pm  

    maybe he needs an invitation

  24. digitalcntrl — on 26th May, 2008 at 4:59 pm  

    “I don’t get the point. So what if he is or was a Muslim?
    Is Muslim the new black?”

    Certainly seems like it. Can you imagine a muslim being elected PM in the UK or any european country? And if anyone was running for such a position, would they want to be labeled a muslim?

  25. fugstar — on 26th May, 2008 at 5:25 pm  

    im sure sulayman the magnificent wasnt embarrassed of his muslim identity… its all about levels of mojo at the time

  26. sonia — on 26th May, 2008 at 5:29 pm  

    comparison with suleiman the great is a good one. after all he was heading up the islamic empire so made sense for him to be muslim! if he hadn’t been muslim there might have been a prob. there. SO for a country that seems to think of its christian fundamentalists as ‘normal’ – well what can you expect? the country may have a secular constitution but..

  27. Sid — on 26th May, 2008 at 5:42 pm  

    Two possible reasons why:

    1) Voters, even urban-dwelling types, can’t disassociate Muslims from the image of bearded warlord all swishing white robes and bristling with daggers and swords. This is why Obama in a turban caused such apopleptic outburts.

    2) Muslims, by and large, can’t seem to approach politics without articulating themselves as Muslims first, everything else second. There are bound to be loyalty issues raised if Muslims are associated with Respect Redundant Party. Everyone’s a fucking proto-Jinnah separatist, including Salma Yaqoob.

  28. digitalcntrl — on 26th May, 2008 at 7:18 pm  

    “Voters, even urban-dwelling types, can’t disassociate Muslims from the image of bearded warlord all swishing white robes and bristling with daggers and swords. This is why Obama in a turban caused such apopleptic outburts.”

    This is part of the reason. The other main problem is that muslims have no natural allies in the west to help reduce their negative image.

    They are alienated from the right wing and/or Pat Roberston fundo-freak variety since these guys don’t take kindly to people from different cultures or religions.

    They are alienated from the liberal left wing since their social conservatism and penchant for judging others puts off liberals.

    That being said the media hype certainly does not help. Take for example O’Reilly’s interview with Rushdie, not only are the terrorists killers, they are muslim killers…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6xRFuY1VH4

    “Muslims, by and large, can’t seem to approach politics without articulating themselves as Muslims first, everything else second.”

    I would say this not neccesarily true in the US. Many muslims I know either won’t respond to the question, say they are equivalent, or say they are Americans first.

  29. Roger — on 26th May, 2008 at 9:18 pm  

    “Can you imagine a muslim being elected PM in the UK or any european country? And if anyone was running for such a position, would they want to be labeled a muslim?”

    Well, no-one was very keen on Tony Blair’s christian beliefs, either, and he thought it unsafe to become a roman catholic until after he’d left office.

  30. Anas — on 26th May, 2008 at 11:40 pm  

    Sunny, is this your blog?:

    http://obamamessiah.blogspot.com/

  31. fugstar — on 27th May, 2008 at 12:23 am  


    They are alienated from the right wing and/or Pat Roberston fundo-freak variety since these guys don’t take kindly to people from different cultures or religions.

    They are alienated from the liberal left wing since their social conservatism and penchant for judging others puts off liberals.

    neat obs. which leads me to beleive that we should just be ourselves and not fuss much about being partisan according to this strange european left to right polarity. esp with the blue tide on the way.

  32. digitalcntrl — on 27th May, 2008 at 2:06 am  

    “neat obs. which leads me to beleive that we should just be ourselves and not fuss much about being partisan according to this strange european left to right polarity. esp with the blue tide on the way.”

    Blue tide? Blue is generally reserved for Democrats over here, lol.

    Interestingly enough prior to 9-11, many muslims were solid Republicans, they actually voted for Bush, since they believed in the social conservatism of the evangelicals and the Republicans were less pro-Israel than the Democrats. What a difference a day makes.

  33. Desi Italiana — on 27th May, 2008 at 4:56 am  

    “I would say this not neccesarily true in the US. Many muslims I know either won’t respond to the question, say they are equivalent, or say they are Americans first.”

    Not in the parts where I’m from. I agree with Sid, many who are involved in politics and religiously identify themselves as Muslims launch everything from the religious platform. Makes everything worse and does a disservice to so many issues that can be framed in a more accurate way, and does not get to the root of the real problems, which is inequality, economic imperialism, blah blah. Not too different from some of the so-called “Hindu-Americans” here who are politically active and swarm Capitol Hill to advocate “Hindu issues”, like human rights violations in Bangladesh. Suddenly, the principle of being against attacking someone because of the religion takes a backseat and becomes a “global Hindu persecution” issue.

    We’ve also seen some really cheesy groups sprout up on the side of self-identified “Muslim Americans” post 9/11. Again, totally deflects the root issues.

  34. Desi Italiana — on 27th May, 2008 at 4:58 am  

    I mean, people can bring in religion if they want, it’s a free country. I just don’t like religionizing politics, which happens too often in the US.

  35. Desi Italiana — on 27th May, 2008 at 5:02 am  

    “Interestingly enough prior to 9-11, many muslims were solid Republicans, they actually voted for Bush, since they believed in the social conservatism of the evangelicals and the Republicans were less pro-Israel than the Democrats. What a difference a day makes.”

    Not anymore, with the advent of Republican “Christian Zionists”.

  36. Cover Drive — on 27th May, 2008 at 6:30 am  

    SO for a country that seems to think of its christian fundamentalists as ‘normal’ – well what can you expect? the country may have a secular constitution but..

    - the democratic system actually works quite well

    - people are free to follow a religion of their choice without the intervention of the state (i.e. no anti-conversion/apostasy laws)

    - the state ensures equal rights to members of minority communities

    - politicians don’t generally magnify and exploit divisions between religious communities to stay in or gain power

    - the state does not stand by and allow pogroms on minoity communities

    - no politician is above the law and immune to scrutiny

    - society in general has embraced the values of the Constitution

  37. stella — on 27th May, 2008 at 6:42 am  

    When were Republicans less pro Israel than Democrats????
    What I don’t understand is the persistant rumours of Obama being a Muslim in the face of the Rev. Wright fiasco.

  38. Desi Italiana — on 27th May, 2008 at 7:59 am  

    Cover Drive:

    “- the democratic system actually works quite well

    - people are free to follow a religion of their choice without the intervention of the state (i.e. no anti-conversion/apostasy laws)

    - the state ensures equal rights to members of minority communities

    - politicians don’t generally magnify and exploit divisions between religious communities to stay in or gain power

    - the state does not stand by and allow pogroms on minoity communities

    - no politician is above the law and immune to scrutiny

    - society in general has embraced the values of the Constitution”

    Not in the US, you are right, but the US sure does support most of the things above in other countries (some of the happenings above that occur in other countries, however, are cherry picked to prove a point and/or convince the masses that we need to intervene to ‘bring democracy’…ahem.

    But I do beg to differ on this point:

    “politicians don’t generally magnify and exploit divisions between religious communities to stay in or gain power”

    Not divisions, but evidently, there are some religions that are the bogeymen of the day, and I don’t need to say which one that is right now.

  39. Sid — on 27th May, 2008 at 8:10 am  

    digitalcntrl #27

    Here in the UK, old school socialist politics of Labour has been replaced by the New Labour version of Thatcherism. Traditional support of the left wing came from the white working class (WWC) and the brown working class (BWC: read Muslims). Now the two groups have drifted electorally towards their own flavour of identity politics.

    English Pundits and politicians have tended to blame this drift on class in the case of the WWC and on loyalty-issues in the case of the BWC. The language they use is a pungent mix of middle class snobbery and racism.

    The last thing they will blame is the ideological bankruptcy and ineptitude of centre-left politics.

  40. fugstar — on 27th May, 2008 at 10:43 am  

    31, blue as in the uk context. doh!

  41. Roger — on 27th May, 2008 at 11:30 am  

    “the ideological bankruptcy and ineptitude of centre-left politics.”
    Centre-left politics is not bankrupt but non-existent; indeed, the continuing use of the term and the dominance of the concept is one of the factors making a radical egalitarian political and social movement in the U.K. that will respond to the actual existing world harder to achieve.

  42. Rumbold — on 27th May, 2008 at 11:35 am  

    Heh Anas.

  43. Beware — on 27th May, 2008 at 1:43 pm  

    Obama is the Anti Christ

  44. digitalcntrl — on 27th May, 2008 at 2:03 pm  

    “When were Republicans less pro Israel than Democrats????”

    Both parties have always tended to support Israel. However, Jews tend to support the Democractic party to a large extent. Thus the Democratic party was and still is more pro-Israel than the Republicans.

    http://njdc.typepad.com/njdcs_blog/2007/12/steve-sheffey-g.html

    “What I don’t understand is the persistant rumours of Obama being a Muslim in the face of the Rev. Wright fiasco.”

    Some right-wingers argue that Obama is a closet muslim or was in the past a practising muslim. The view his connections to Rev. Wright as merely an alliance of political expediency to attract the black vote.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=60559

  45. digitalcntrl — on 27th May, 2008 at 2:38 pm  

    “Not in the parts where I’m from. I agree with Sid, many who are involved in politics and religiously identify themselves as Muslims launch everything from the religious platform.”

    I don’t doubt many of the devout muslim americans identify in a ethnoreligious fashion. However, the beer chugging variety of muslims that are my friends tend to stay away from such sectarian issues : ). Nevertheless even many religious muslims are ambigious on this issue.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6071738

    “Makes everything worse and does a disservice to so many issues that can be framed in a more accurate way, and does not get to the root of the real problems, which is inequality, economic imperialism, blah blah.”

    Never doubt the power of clan identity. Perhaps gen 2 or 3 will move away from the clannishness of gen 1.

  46. digitalcntrl — on 27th May, 2008 at 3:08 pm  

    “Now the two groups have drifted electorally towards their own flavour of identity politics.”

    Sounds like the same situation as with blacks and latinos over here. You would expect them to be natural allies since they both experienced discrimination, however they seem to despise one another. Which probably explains why latinos vote for Hillary disproportinately. No offense to them, but it seems WC people have a tougher time working with people from different races and cultures.

  47. Roger — on 27th May, 2008 at 5:15 pm  

    “Both parties have always tended to support Israel. However, Jews tend to support the Democractic party to a large extent. Thus the Democratic party was and still is more pro-Israel than the Republicans.”
    Thus?

  48. Hermes123 — on 28th May, 2008 at 2:48 pm  

    Obama is Muslim. Period. Just pretending to be otherwise.

  49. Anas — on 28th May, 2008 at 8:39 pm  
  50. digitalcntrl — on 29th May, 2008 at 3:49 am  

    “Obama is Muslim. Period. Just pretending to be otherwise.”

    You are soo right : P

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNbLQ6DC8mw&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O4y-G5idbE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pts0zrSRfQo

    The women in the second video is down right pathetic and the allegations in the last video have been easily refuted. I can see it now, droves of right wing rednecks heading off to Indonesia to look to see if Obama was consuming halal meat or if he refused to partake in some bacon.

  51. digitalcntrl — on 29th May, 2008 at 4:08 am  

    Forget to add the crowning achievement from John Stewart:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1x81XODP-o&feature=related

  52. Desi Italiana — on 30th May, 2008 at 1:16 pm  

    Digital Control:

    “Never doubt the power of clan identity. Perhaps gen 2 or 3 will move away from the clannishness of gen 1.”

    To be fair, I have met some 1-gers who are not clannish at all (and others sometimes actually shirk from being seen with other Desis), and I have known many a 2-ger who is clannish as hell. You just have to walk around any university campus with a large number of Desis, locate the Indian Club, and revel in the clannishness of it all.

    “However, the beer chugging variety of muslims that are my friends tend to stay away from such sectarian issues : )”

    Yup, I also know peeps who identify themselves as Muslims and will down lots of laal paani with me without any compunction. I meant the politically active ones and the personages who speak as a “Muslim American” on “Muslim issues”. Which is why I said:

    “I agree with Sid, many WHO ARE INVOLVED IN POLITICS and religiously identify themselves as Muslims launch everything from the religious platform.”

    Of course, there is the issue of whether these people get a lot of coverage BECAUSE they are talking in the language that others want to hear, and some of this I suspect has to do with multiculturalist ideologies that reign in the US. It does not mean that these well-known people actually represent everyone else, and in fact, more often than not, they do not.

  53. tom heneghan — on 30th May, 2008 at 10:55 pm  

    If you’re interested in the issue of Obama, Islam and whether he might be a Muslim apostate, you might want to check out “Muslim scholar responds to ‘Sharia smear’ against Obama” — http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/05/30/muslim-scholar-responds-to-sharia-smear-against-obama/ — on the Reuters FaithWorld blog.

  54. Ibrahim — on 7th June, 2008 at 4:34 am  

    What everyone fails to understand is that Islam is too powerful a religion. In Islam, if your ultimate goal is to advance the religion in the world stage, it is permissible to convert to other religions. I whole heartedly believe Barack Obama’s secret goal is to advance Islam. He converted to Christianity as an adult, Islam’s power is very much present in Obama’s psyche and everyday. The advancement of Islam in the world is his goal and he will befriend the Arab nations and the entire Islamic world. He will give them what they want.

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