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My Take: Obama is not a Muslim (and Romney is a Mormon)!
There are a lot of misconceptions about the religious faiths of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, according to a new Pew survey.
July 27th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

My Take: Obama is not a Muslim (and Romney is a Mormon)!

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Before I comment on a new survey on religion and the presidency, I want to say one thing: Barack Obama is not a Muslim. The U.S. president does not observe the Five Pillars of Islam. He does not worship in a mosque. He does not call himself a Muslim.

Why not? BECAUSE HE IS NOT A MUSLIM!

Also, Mitt Romney is not a Hindu. He does not believe in reincarnation. He does not worship the Hindu god Shiva. He does not self-identify as a Hindu. Why not? BECAUSE HE IS NOT A HINDU!

I say this, and I do so in capital letters with exclamation points, because of a survey released Thursday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life regarding voter perceptions of the religious beliefs of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

The people at Pew wanted to see how the candidates' religions are affecting voters’ views of them. But it is hard to hold Romney’s Mormonism either for or against him if you don’t even know he is a Mormon. And according to Pew, only 60% of Americans do know that.

Meanwhile, one out of every six Americans (17%) continues to believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim, and of that group, two out of three (65%) are uncomfortable with his faith. Though, of course, they are not actually uncomfortable with his faith, because, as I have said: Barack Obama is not a Muslim.

If this is starting to sound like a rant, perhaps that's because it is. For years, I have been lamenting the religious ignorance of the American public. In my book "Religious Literacy," I argued that the United States is one of the most religious countries on Earth, and yet Americans know very little about their own religions and even less about the religions of others.

According to the 2010 U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, another Pew project, most Americans cannot name the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And while 82% can identify Mother Teresa as a Catholic, only 47% know that the Dalai Lama is a Buddhist.

You might imagine that this problem is going away, but it is actually getting worse. Despite the fact that Obama has talked repeatedly about his Christian faith in the years since he was elected president, most Americans (51%) do not even know that he is a Christian.

Moreover, 30% of Republicans now believe that Obama is Muslim, roughly double the figure from the 2008 campaign.

None of this would matter if religion remained private, something presidents and senators did on the weekends in their places of worship and at the supper table throughout the week. But religion is now an undeniably public concern.

Republicans and Democrats alike routinely bring religious reasons to bear on public policy questions, quoting the Good Samaritan story in debates on immigration policy and the Sermon on the Mount in conversations about marginal tax rates. And the overwhelming majority of Americans — 67%, according to Pew — continue to want their president to have strong religious beliefs.

When he was running for president in 1960, Jack Kennedy told the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, “I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic.”

That sort of argument no longer washes in a public square saturated with religion. For better or for worse, Mitt Romney isn’t just the Republican candidate for president. He is also the Mormon candidate. Or is he? If a Mormon runs for president and you vote for him without knowing that he is a Mormon, did you just vote for a Mormon president?

I used to believe that our epidemic of religious illiteracy was rooted in large part in a system of public education unwilling and unprepared to teach our young people about the Bible and the world’s religions. I now see that much of the problem can be attributed to our partisan politics, more particularly the politicization of virtually every corner of our common life, including the facts.

According to today’s Pew survey, 34% of conservative Republicans are now laboring under the misapprehension that Obama is a Muslim. This figure is up sharply from only 16% in 2008.

Where are they getting this disinformation? Obviously from people who have something to gain by it. And there is plenty to be gained by it. According to Pew, 82% of Americans who know Obama is a Christian are comfortable with his faith, versus only 26 percent of those who wrongly see him as a Muslim.

I see nothing wrong with a public square informed by religious reasons. From the beginning of our republic, religion and politics have been in conversation with one another. Church and state have never been strictly separated.

But there is something deeply troubling about the state of religion and politics in America today. And among those troubles is the cynical manipulation of religion for political gain - the use of God as a pawn in our political projects.

One solution to this problem is religious literacy. If "we the people" know more about the Bible, politicians will be less likely to quote from it haphazardly or to draw bogus conclusions from its words.

The same goes for Mormonism or Islam or Hinduism. If we know more about these religious traditions, there will be fewer opportunities for politicians to use disinformation about them to draw us toward one candidate or scare us away from another.

I have no problem with voters who care about the religious faith of their presidential candidates. But if religion is so darn important to our public life, can't we at least make a modest effort to learn something about it?

If so, let's start with these two indisputable facts: Mitt Romney is a Mormon. And Barack Obama is not a Muslim.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

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  1. AtheistSteve

    I guarantee that if the pew poll were to focus on non-believers the religious literacy stats would go WAY up. That's because when you're surrounded by people with supernatural beliefs founded on unsubstantiated claims then you tend to pay VERY close attention.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  2. mukazzi

    "According to today’s Pew survey, 34% of conservative Republicans are now LABORING under the misapprehension that Obama is a Muslim.". "Laboring" is right -these people are not "pondering' or "wrestling" with this poorly packed and misguided missile. They have DECIDED to ACCEPT and SHOULDER the weight of this innane, insane, insipid falsehood -inspite of the obvious truth consistently put before them.

    Why, oh WHY, are they CHOOSING to wear this disinformation like a badge of honor? This isn't ignorant behavior because truthful information has all but been slapped across their faces; this is prejudice in practice.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Peter

      Let me give you the level of many people's information gathering.

      My 70-year old uncle told me last Thanksgiving that he didn't like Obama because "he was a Muslim".

      I asked him where he got his information.

      He said "I heard it".

      I asked where?

      He couldn't answer. He just "heard" that Obama is "a Muslim" so now–in his mind–he is a Muslim.

      This is the level that we are at in this country.

      People have no BS detector and just swallow whatever they hear.

      Sad.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  3. Joshua

    I would like more information about Romney's faith. President Obama had to distance his self from Rev Wright for issues that were completely transparent. Mormonism is extremely secretive (which is why my parents left the group when I was a kid) and Romney is secret about his finances. I would like some media coverage on Mormonism and explinations on why they need secrecy.

    July 27, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • .

      What nonsense! Mormonism is not secretive. We have a missionary force of over 50,000 explaining our beliefs. We have an excellent website at mormon.org and I will talk to you. What do you want to know?

      July 27, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Mitt Rmoney

      "What do you want to know?"
      Why do I have to wear magic underwear in order to go to Planet Kolob? Can't I just wear Underoos?

      July 27, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Ermegherd its the Berg

      Anyone that watched Battlestar Galactica will have all the answers regarding Kobol and the Lost Tribe and will know that Gaius Baltar is God.

      As for Mormonism its just a cult like all the rest...what is there to know?

      July 27, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • adam l

      at . It's not nonsense, There is a big white Church down in the states that "non- Mormons" cannot enter, for a religion that loosely follows the bible, that's not right. and Mormons went against the bible; By writing a "new book" when it clearly states in the bible: "If anyone is to add to this book, he will be added to the plagues described in the book, and if anyone takes anything out, he will have his share of the tree of life taken away." There is nothing else that needs to be added unless it sways people from the true bible (which is Satan's deception)

      July 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    July 27, 2012 at 6:59 am |
    • just sayin

      Even a Muslim or a Mormon can find life changing salvation through Jesus Christ in prayer. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 7:11 am |
    • nottolate

      @just sayin,

      "Even a Muslim or a Mormon can find life changing salvation through Jesus Christ in prayer."

      Not while remaining Mormon or Muslim they can't. Let them renounce their idols first.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Kafoodie

      "Prayer changes things". Prove it.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      "Praying: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled on behalf of a single pet'itioner confessedly unworthy."

      July 27, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Sure, the terrorists prayed while they smashed planes into the WTC. Big deal. Please don't attack and kill me for saying that, mister christian guy.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      nottoobright, how do you 'know' this? Got facts?

      The Bible won't do.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • .

      @just sayin. Mormons are already Christian, thank-you very much. The real name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here are our beliefs:

      “We believe in God the eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
      “We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
      “We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
      “We believe that the first principle[s] and ordinances of the Gospel are: (1) Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; (2) Repentance; (3) Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; (4) Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
      “We believe that a man must be called of God by prophecy and by the laying on hands, by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
      “We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive Church, viz: apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc.
      “We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, etc.
      “We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
      “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
      “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion will be built upon this [the American] continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
      “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the di ctates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
      “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates, in obeying[,] honoring, and sustaining the law.
      “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul, ‘We believe all thing[s], we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
      “Respectfully, &c., Joseph Smith” 
      Anyone who would like to know more about the church can go to mormon.org.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Cindy

      Do you believe in the Trinity?

      July 27, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Mormonism is such nonsense. Christianities developed historically ONLY in communities, or people like Smith were declared a "heretic", as they cooked up nonsense. Historically, Mormonism cannot claim to be a Christian sect, as it did not develop FROM a community.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcyzkd_m6KE

      July 27, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • AtheistSam

      Atheists are good people. I'm more successful and healthy (mentally and physically) than more than half of the people I grew up with.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • cedar rapids

      "Prayer changes things."

      like rain dances change the weather

      July 27, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • GornDD

      @Cindy: The "Trinity" (as you call it) was never taught by Jesus. Paul invented that concept years after Jesus' death. Remember Paul was a Roman who never met Jesus while he was alive and took it upon himself to pervert the teachings of Jesus.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • adam l

      at . It's not nonsense, There is a big white Church down in the states that "non- Mormons" cannot enter, for a religion that loosely follows the bible, that's not right. and Mormons went against the bible; By writing a "new book" when it clearly states in the bible: "If anyone is to add to this book, he will be added to the plagues described in the book, and if anyone takes anything out, he will have his share of the tree of life taken away." There is nothing else that needs to be added unless it sways people from the true bible (which is Satan's deception)

      also, we are judged by both our sins and Adam's sin. For if there was no prince of the earth(satan) and Eve and Adam did not sin, there would be no sin in man. but the moment we sinned, Earth (which was given to man) was then handed over to Satan, and the generations that followed were tainted by evil.

      The Bible is the Truth, not the bible and "a future installment" at least I never read that in the bible. now yes there are future prophets but only to elaborate on the bible and things to be, but not to create a "new holy text" but the Word, which was already written.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  5. Reality

    THE MORE IMPORTANT QUESTION IS?

    WHAT RELIGION DOES STEVIE P PROFESS?

    July 27, 2012 at 6:59 am |
  6. John Stefanyszyn

    President Obama , Mitt Romney, the American people, the people of all demkcratic nations...,each and every one have different petsonal faiths.....BUT......each and every one worships the same way of life (the same "religion") ....the belief in ffeedom of self-rights.....a belief that denies and rejects the Preeminence of the One and Only Creator God whose Son is Jesus Christ, the Only True Way of life.

    July 27, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • Mirosal

      So... "god" is jesus's father, and Mary is his mother ... a god for a dad and a mortal woman for a mom.. can you say "Hercules"?

      July 27, 2012 at 6:59 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Mirosal: You understood that grade 2 writing? I'm impressed...my 2 year old nephew has better grammar skills and more intelligence than this John freak and much like John has imaginary friends.

      July 27, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      except there is no "creator god" as that would require a being, ... first to "exist", (requires time), and then also "act" (also requires time), *before* she created spacetime. That is simply a meaningless string of linguistic nonsense, in the English language. Secondly, the general honorific ti'tle "son of god" was accorded many "good guys" in those days. It never did mean he was THE son of god.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      "a belief that denies and rejects the Preeminence of the One and Only Creator God "
      Right, we don't think that one, or Allah, or BAAL, or Cthulhu, or Elvis, or Apple™ is a supreme deity, and so far we've been right. Get it now?

      July 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Hello_World

      Only begotten would certainly qualify as the God Father of the Son of God Jesus.

      July 28, 2012 at 5:07 am |
  7. Republican grandma

    Yupe! It does not matter. What matter is I paid 35% and Romney paid 14% tax!

    What matter is he wants to cut my social security and medicare!

    What matter is he did not create jobs while he was in Bain. He fired hundred of thousands employees! That's the fact! Ask all KB employees and some other companies that Bain bought and sold after they unloaded all the debt.

    That's Romney!

    July 27, 2012 at 6:05 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Tell me again why you guys decided on him as your candidate? He's terrible! He couldn't beat an egg.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Nietodarwin

      I'm a democrat and feel sorry for you. "What happened to your party?" is correct. I guess now you can vote for Obama, (that's what my dad, a LONG TIME republican will do,) or not vote at all. Either way, it must be sad to see THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY TAKEN OVER BY LIARS AND NUT JOBS.

      July 28, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  8. Paulbot

    Ron Paul is still in the race and will be speaking at the RNC in August. Also, he is Southern Baptist if you actually care about such things.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      "Also, he is Southern Baptist" He's a Randite anarchist first and a Libertarian second. I doubt his church attendance is anything but a sham to get votes.
      "For centuries, the mystics of spirit had existed by running a protection racket – by making life on earth unbearable, then charging you for consolation and relief, by forbidding all the virtues that make existence possible, then riding on the shoulders of your guilt, by declaring production and joy to be sins, then collecting blackmail from the sinners." Ayn Rand, For the New Intellectual

      July 27, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  9. Max

    How can we discuss Obama's religion without discussing his 20+ years in a radical church that espoused Black Liberation Theology from the radical Reverend Wright? Way to go CNN.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Spoken like a white man. "Let my people go" is a pretty basic American sentiment.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Montykoolaid

      Im more worried about Brigham Young and his whole mormon stance of "If you sleep with a black person, you will instantly be struck dead" and "Black people can only be servents in heaven."

      July 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Joshua

      At least we know what liberation theology is, it focuses on historically accurate events and how to overcome the wrongs done in the past. We have no idea what goes on behind certain ceremonies and meetings...and no idea where Romney's money went. Not a president I can trust.

      July 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  10. Muslim

    It is shameful to see the media and the president refusing to stand up for muslims in US
    when their religion is under nonsensical attacks by the far right.
    So what if Obama were to be a Muslim? (he never was) Does that make him a terrorist?
    Does anyone even know the percentage of muslims who are terrorists?

    Is there a separation between Church and State?

    July 27, 2012 at 5:22 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      "Is there a separation between Church and State?"

      That's exactly why he never chooses one belief or the other to stand up for. He at least upholds the consti.tution.

      July 27, 2012 at 6:20 am |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Did you hear the one about the butt in Canadian that minded its own business?

      July 27, 2012 at 6:53 am |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      You won't.Even when the topic has no relevance to a foreign nation the ass hole will be trying to influence Americans with its bull sh it.

      July 27, 2012 at 6:56 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Hear the one about Dodney...he was released from the asylum for a weekend pass and still has not learned the definition of "international".
      You are as clueless as a rock...we're going to stick around regardless of how much hate you spew and stop trying to cover it cover with the lie of not hating the country but hating the 'butt in' people...you only look like a bigger tool than you already are.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Joshua

      The discrimination against Muslims is off the chart and still socially acceptable. If the shooter in Colorado was Muslim or appeared to be of Middle Eastern heritage he would be linked to Terrorism already.

      July 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  11. Mike12354

    Couldn't care less what mythology they want to hide in.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • elopez

      I personally follow The Sun. Like Carlin said: "I can see it. That helps!"

      July 27, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  12. Paula

    Even after an article on knowledge of religion people still show their lack of knowledge and worship of power, money, and greed.

    People need to find out just what Mormon's believe and about their founder(s). Mormon faith(?) is a cult not a religion. They do not worship Christ, therefore they are not Christians. In fact, they believe they are same as Christ. They do not believe in a God just a "heavenly father" who is like "earthly fathers." They do believe that people with dark skin are that way because they disobeyed the "heavenly father" and as a result will not go to heaven in order to repopulate the "new world." Good Mormons wear an undergarment that "protects" them. In other words, they put their faith and belief into what is seen, not in the Word of God. Even their "holy" books were written not by God, but by Smith.

    There are many more facts about Mormonism that the public needs to know but will overlook because of hate and greed. Don’t take my word for what Mormons believe, look it up. Just do a quick goggle search.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:04 am |
    • Dan

      A religion is just a successful cult, and Mormonism certainly is that

      July 27, 2012 at 5:11 am |
    • Virgil

      I'm not sure what your source is but most of what you posted is very inaccurate. Here is where you can get correct information about Mormons: http://mormon.org/what-do-mormons-believe. Also, the term "Mormons" is a nick name. Members belong to "The Church of Jesus Christ of L.D.S." If you don't like Mormons, that's fine. But putting out wrong information is just ignorant.

      July 27, 2012 at 5:47 am |
    • Mirosal

      So you deny the racial bias the Mormon church held for 140 years?

      July 27, 2012 at 5:51 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      My goggle search says Morons believe in goggles. Maybe I did it wrong?

      July 27, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  13. Roshdi

    Radicalism is the problem, it is not Islam, it is not christanity, why can Americans just love one another for the sake of our country? Love comes first and there is no place for hate. We are the greatest nation because we are a country of immigrants from all faith and the journey that started with mayflower countinoues till today.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:00 am |
  14. ama

    Why is being a muslim such a big deal? So what if obama was a Muslim which I highly doubt since he is funding israel in killing innocent civilians in Palestine. Furthemore I agree with one of your statements that people in the u.s. are completley IGNORANT when it comes to religion. This article shows just how bad islamophobia is, many who are uncomfortable with Islam have no REAL knowledge of islam.

    July 27, 2012 at 4:49 am |
  15. Michael

    I want a president that will stand up for every american. A president that does not throw people aside due to them being republican or democrat, hindu, muslim, chatholic, mormon, atheist or any other religious belief. A president that will give every person in our society the benifits of being an american citizen and the accompanying rights.

    July 27, 2012 at 4:41 am |
    • ama

      Thank you! I couldnt agree more.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • Roshdi

      You are a True American

      July 27, 2012 at 4:55 am |
    • Cindy

      Agreed.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  16. pjm66

    There are 2 most important christian in the world: mr Putin and mr Obama. They have done already a deal and their favorite book is The Book of Revelation: "[9] And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:[10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? [11] And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

    Sleep well U the people....

    July 27, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • elopez

      If you're so eager for the end of the world, go ahead and kill yourself. Us reasonables will keep working on improving life on this planet. Still looking for end of world prophesies in the Jewish fairy tales book? Grow up

      July 27, 2012 at 8:37 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      cool story, dude

      July 27, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  17. Tommy Drew

    Barry Sorento???? Barak Obama????? Who IS he? A foreign exchange student? An American born student?

    A Muslim bowing to the Imams?.......He want's Romney, a great person as seen by his previous actions, to "come clean"!!!!

    Who is our existing president?

    July 27, 2012 at 3:58 am |
    • Brian

      And that is exactly what this article is about. Muslims don't bow to imams. They bow to God. And I was pretty sure Pres. Obama is not a Muslim when the first thing he did is have a beer summit–Muslims can't drink alcohol. And he slaughtered the pronunciation of al-Azhar on his trip to Cairo. If he is a Muslim, epic fail. 🙂

      July 27, 2012 at 5:02 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Who is Tommy Drew? Real estate agent or pawn of the GOP? IS he a foreign agent here to undermine the president of the United States in an election year, or merely a useful tool in the hands of our North Korean enemies? Show your REAL birth certificate before you post again, Tomidru. We're onto your act.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • cedar rapids

      "A foreign exchange student? "

      dont tell me you still believe that april fools joke about him claiming foreign aid when he applied to college?
      oh thats priceless.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  18. nevadasmith

    Forget Sectarianism or Secularism. How about One is a jerk, the other is not. Decide for yourself, which is which.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:56 am |
    • deano

      Yep...now throw in Bush and Clinton and you have a circle jerk......off

      July 27, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  19. KeithF

    Flamespeak has it dead on.

    I think I would rather Obama follow secular Islam than to have ever had such a tight relationship with Jeremiah Wright and his horrible American hating sermons.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • Andy

      What on earth would it mean to "follow secular islam?"

      July 27, 2012 at 4:02 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      By "tight relationship," you mean going to his church once in a while and dropping him when his sermons got too crazy, then you are probably just the boy the Tea Party is looking for! Send them all your money right now so they can save you from secular Islam, wink wink.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  20. Flamespeak

    Obama isn't a Muslim, but he was a follower of church with heavy anti-american views for many years.

    Still, I could forgive that if he was a stand-up president, but so far he is just more of the same.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • Andy

      Romney belonged to the Mormon church when it was an openly-racist organization

      July 27, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • Flamespeak

      He did. I am not supporting either one. Romney or Obama, just 4 more years of the same ol' same ol' either way.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:55 am |
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