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August 24th, 2010
09:33 PM ET

Muslim tweet meant sarcastically, RNC says

The Republican National Committee distanced itself Tuesday from a tweet issued by the committee's new media director, Todd Herman, which questioned whether President Obama himself is part of the 20 percent of the country that believes he is a Muslim.

"Watch – Is @BarackObama amongst the 20% who think he's Muslim?" Herman tweeted on Friday. The message included a link to an interview taped during the 2008 campaign in which Obama stumbled while explaining his religious views.

First reported Tuesday by Politico, the tweet prompted the RNC to make clear that President Obama's Christian faith is "crystal clear" and that the tweet was sarcastic in nature.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Islam • Leaders • Muslim • Politics

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. markscoular

    And they want us to consider themselves leaders? As long as the GOP continues to act like the bully mean girl in high school or the poseur jock, they continue to demonstarte their inability to run a serious government.

    August 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  2. A Dirty Protestant

    @CatholicMom

    The Catholic Church is persecuting Jesus...and has been for a great many hundreds of years.
    When the Messiah comes, look out!
    The Catholic Church cannot escape the truth of what it does with (yet one more) proclamation.

    Where are the words that Jesus wrote?
    He was a clever lad. Did he not ever write on anything?
    Is that why he supposedly hated scribes along with Pharisees?
    Tell us, now. Are these "words" you ascribe to Jesus as reliable as a tape recorder? And yet you build upon them.
    There seems to be a bit of sand underneath your Vatican.

    August 26, 2010 at 7:04 am |
    • FastEddie

      @A Dirty Protestant
      Its going to take someone like the Messiah to put a stop to their sick evil. Good luck with getting sane answers to yer questions.

      August 26, 2010 at 9:38 am |
    • CatholicMom

      A Dirty Protestant,

      Sand? NO! ROCK!!

      “For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid down, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11

      “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain…..” Psalms 127:1

      THE LORD BUILT A HOUSE, NOT HOUSES….

      “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

      THIS HOUSE IS THE HOUSE OF GOD AND WE BEST KNOW HOW TO BEHAVE IN IT….

      “And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.” Mt. 16:18

      THE LORD SPEAKS OF BUILDING HIS CHURCH, CALLING IT ‘MY CHURCH’….NOT CHURCHES

      “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” Luke 11:23

      DO YOU GATHER IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD OR DO YOU SCATTER TO OTHER HOUSES?

      August 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  3. ODIrony

    RE: Iqbal Khan's youtube item. The imam errs on several points. As already noted, Jesus said, "Why do you persecute me?" not "the Church". Also, it is only the modern liberal scholars who posit that the Gospels were written so late. There is much evidence that Mark and John's Gospels may have been written much more contemporaneously with some of Paul's writings. Also, not stated by many Moslems is the fact that the Koran as it has come down to us is the product of a forced revision/standardization project some years after Muhammad's death. There were suras that were excluded because those in charge of standardizing the text didn't like them. We further can only speculate what 'tweaking' happend to the texts that did make it into the final collation. Then there is the fact that the Haddith are also loose collections typically chosen by various leaders to justify their rule.

    August 25, 2010 at 10:06 am |
    • CatholicMom

      To be more clear.... on what was said.....
      "Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me?"And he said, "Who art thou Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom thou art persecuting."
      Each Christian is a member of Christ's Body. Thus when Saul persecuted Christians he was persecuting Jesus. This is what is still happening today....
      Who is doing Saul's work today?

      August 25, 2010 at 10:56 am |
    • Amy J

      The same thing happened with the New Testament. Come on.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  4. abdulla

    The malicious anti muslim campaign unleashed is coming back to roost. Now this does not even spare the president.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  5. Reality

    Based on his "silent" approach to religious practice, BO is probably more of an atheist or agnostic than he is a Christian or Muslim. As with most intelligent humans, he has determined that religions are simply ancient con jobs who time is about to run out.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
    • Luke

      Holy crap, I actually agree with you. And look – you did it without hyphenating anything. Good work!

      August 25, 2010 at 8:06 am |
    • Reality

      Luke,

      The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comments in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like t-itle, beati-tude and const-tution. Then there words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate. You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge offensive.

      August 25, 2010 at 8:22 am |
    • Amy J

      I agree with you, for no other reason than that's what my gut tells me about him. I hope we're right, and I cannot wait for the day we have a president who can come out and say, "I do not believe in your god, Christian America! But that does not mean I can't lead your country." Without being persecuted by said Christian America, of course.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  6. Sally

    Impossible. Sarcasm would require a sense of humor, which can't be found in Republicans.

    August 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Iqbal Khan

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edmyCHwPabs&w=640&h=390]

    August 24, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Jesus did not say to Saul, 'why do you persecute my Church?'; He said, 'Why do you persecute me?'

      August 24, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
    • zingye

      @CatholicMom

      There are a lot of things Jesus did not say.

      August 25, 2010 at 2:28 am |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      this is what Jesus' scripture said about someone else suffering for your sin.

      "The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself." Ezekiel 18:20

      August 25, 2010 at 3:02 am |
    • CatholicMom

      (B)iraq Hussein Osama,

      This why it is important to repent of sins and be Baptized.

      August 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
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