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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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soundoff (831 Responses)
  1. Dorkus

    Romney is a Mormon? Does the Tea Party know that? No, really. Do they know what kind of lunacy they are supposedly supporting? Wow, they really are ignorant.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • ErikN

      No really. What kind of lunacy are they voting for?

      July 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Bill Fitzgerald

      yea watch out for those Mormons, Those liars, oh wait they are taught to be honest, those cheats, wait they are taught to never cheat, those unfriendly Mormons, wait, they are taught to love their neighbors and everyone, those drunks wait they dont drink, those drug addicts wait they dont use unprescribed drugs, well you get the point.

      July 31, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
  2. Nemoque

    I will most likely vote for Romney for his conservative economic and moral views, not because he is Mormon. Mormons are not Christians. They are a cult that holds many anti-biblical teachings. I have to remind myself that I am voting for someone to be POTUS, not someone that is a Mormon or a Muslim. Obama's understanding of Christianity was formed by Rev. Wright, which is a form of Christianity at odds with traditional Christianity.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • ErikN

      I am glad that you are voting for the principles that feel are right for this country. You are voting for president, not your pastor, something many people need to consider. Is morality important, absolutely. But morality is taught in many religions.

      I will lovingly correct you though. Mormons are most certainly Christian. Their teachings are not anti-biblical as proven by the very Bible.

      July 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Gadflie

      I'm willing to bet any amount of money that you like that you are basing your evaluation of the Rev. Wrights Christianity on less than three minutes worth of quotes out of decades of ministry. Not very Christian of you.

      July 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Kiim

      Your perception of President Obama religious beliefs are incorrect. President Obama religious belief are formed from his personal relationship with GOD and not from Rev. Wright. He attended the man church at one period in his life that is it. A christain would know to judge a man by his actions and not his words. I know of no actions that President Obama has committed that would indicate that he is not a traditional christian as you put it. Please stop spreading ignorance!

      September 6, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  3. Kirk Harrington

    I agree with the writer that we should know more about everyone's religion before we use our ignorance to put each other down. Right now this country and world needs tolerance, not ignorance and hatred to divide us.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Nemoque

      Most people don't even know the basic teachings of their own faith, much less what anybody else believes. We are an irrational society that votes and believes solely based upon emotions. Maybe 20 percent of those voting base their votes upon rational reasons.

      July 31, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  4. Don

    "The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief" – Sigmund Freud

    July 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • ironic

      Atheists often say that the level of intelligence of people in US is dancing the limbo. Funny thing is...the same group also claims that religion in US is declining.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  5. liz48

    I am a follower of Jesus and I have been contacted by mormons when I was in my country. One thing I could not shake was their emphasis on G-d's love – the Father's love. I never joined them but this memory always remained....

    They don't tell you how wonderful the muslim prayers sound, as the president did, when he referred to the muslim prayers chanted out in the morning. The mormons support Israel. They do not mouth support and then undermine Israel...by for example, getting her enemies into power, as in Egypt...

    July 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Dorkus

      In other words, let's attack, invade and try to occupy Iran. It's all there, written between the lines Mr. Chicken Hawk!

      July 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  6. Ray Harris

    What I find extremely offensive, appalling and disgusting is the question that has failed to be mentioned in this article or in any public discussion about this subject: If Obama is a Muslim SO WHAT! Everyone keeps arguing whether or not he is a secret Muslim but no one has spoken out about the implied racism in this argument. It suggests that it is ok to be any relgion in America but Muslim. As a Muslim who was born in this country and grew up here I find this very saddening. If he were suspected to be a closet Jew or Hindu would people care? What if he is truly atheist and only talks about his faith for reasons of social acceptance & "electability". It seems as if people would swallow that pill more easily. Is this not what the Nazis did in the run up to the Holocaust? Did they not spread viscious rumors about Jews such as blame all of Germany's economic woes on that particular group of people? Why can we recognize hatred & bigotry in others but not in ourselves? Have we become so preoccupied with the argument that we can no longer recognize our own double standards?

    July 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Puritan

      Bottom line, Ray. If he were a Muslim, he'd never get elected. This is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. It is what it is.

      July 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  7. Dyslexic Dog

    the upcoming election will prove two points.
    (a) that christians are believers according to convenience, and
    (b) that republican christians are republicans first and christians second

    Romney is a mormon which is a religion that, as well as co-optingsome parts and characters from the bible word for word, also contradicts and makes a mockery of so many key christian religious beliefs that it should be a bigger issue to christians than gay marriage and abortion. But ... the same way as christians always pick and choose which parts of the bible to loudly proclaim and which parts of the bible to pretend don't exist ... they will ignore all these issues and vote for Romney anyway.

    What do you think God/Jesus will think of you if you give your vote to a man who truly believes that he will one day be a God? Or a man who truly believes that Joseph Smith, a 19th century reknowned con-man, is an equal of Jesus?

    Go on christans, pretend you never read this post. Find some obscure bible quote that will justify you supporting a cult. What a joke!

    July 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • BobR

      Dear Dyslexic (appropriate!),
      Your rant about the Mormon faith is misguided and is exactly the subject of the op-ed to which you are responding. I cannot think of any religion where every belief is accepted by 100% of humanity. Mormons happen to have beliefs that we accept from the Bible, Book of Mormon, and modern day revelation from a living prophet whom we revere as much as we do Moses, Elijah, etc. I know of no other religion today that has a worldwide leadership of twelve apostles and a prophet as was organized on the earth by Jesus Christ. The Falling Away from true Christianity which led to the Reformation was foretold by early prophets and Jesus himself. When the restored church was returned to the earth, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ did so by giving the necessary authority to Joseph Smith who questioned which church upon all the earth taught the fullness of the Gospel. Their answer was none of them and that if he remained worthy he would be instrumental in the Church's re-establishment. Because our faith and belief system comes directly from God and Jesus Christ, we accept it.

      So there you have it. You may choose not to believe it – fine. You may think us weird – your privilege. It is interesting that you and others who don't understand continue to call us a cult. Early Christians, followers of Jesus Christ himself – were considered members of a cult. You and others who refuse to open their minds are very simply wrong. You make a judgement on half truths, misconceptions and the opinions of the Sadducees and Pharisees of our day.

      I don't usually waste my time responding to such angry posts but this felt good!! If you lose your bitterness and venom about something you want to hate – maybe you will be a happier person!

      July 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • BobR

      Forgot something Dys, I am voting for Obama. I think Brother Mitt and the Republican Party are completely out of touch with the problems of our country – education, healthcare, infrastructure. Mitt is far, far right of the Mormon Church's positions on abortion and immigration. Everybody know Mormon theology is pretty conservative – but Mitt has painted himself into a corner for the Tea Party, Karl Rove, and the Koch brothers (and anyone else with a big checkbook) – now there is a cult!!

      July 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  8. DANILLE

    ALL RELIGIOUS GROUPS HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON, THEY CAN NEVER GET ALONG.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  9. pops

    it is hard to determine what Obama is, he is very secretive like his has something to hid. also he changes positions to fit fund raising and political gain. when someone has no morals it is hard to determine what they are.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • bthumble

      pops: since you seem senile I will help you out. Romney is the guy you are talking about, not the president.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  10. Arvoasitis

    Obama and Romney should just declare themselves Hindu; then they could practice any faith they wanted to without contradiction.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  11. Charles Gannon

    Why would it be important to know anyway?

    July 31, 2012 at 7:44 am |
  12. neil

    Help us save the jobs of 5 people
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    July 31, 2012 at 1:12 am |
  13. McIver3

    Obama is a closet Muslim:

    Obama referred to his faith as “my Muslim faith” gaffe in an interview with George Stephanopolous.

    The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Nile TV.

    Obama recited the opening lines of the Muslim call to prayer, which includes a vow of fidelity to Islam, in flawless Arabic on a radio program. – Nikolos Kristoff, NYTs, 3-06-07 (***this one is a gottcha moment***)

    July 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Siara Delyn

      What a sorry load of b.s. , Mciver3. You ought to be ashamed of your own stupidity.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Leo

      Anyone who calls the Koran "HOLY" has to raise some flags, considering it say that God has no son.

      1 John 2:22
      Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
    • Kulow Ali

      Thomas Jefferson had a copy of the Holy Quran; the same Quran Members of Congress who follow the Islamic Faith used, now was Thomas Jefferson, the father of Declaration of Independent, a Muslim? Anyone who has a brain can read and recite the Quran.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • bthumble

      right -- and the little green men only visit you on tuesdays and saturdays -– lmao

      July 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Dee

      Please don't have children. Please. I beg of you, do NOT pass on your genetic material.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Dyslexic Dog

      time for your meds.

      July 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  14. Kamalarani

    According to Jesus' own definition, most of the people who call themselves Christians are in fact Pharisees. I believe that a persons religion is private and personal. Belonging to one or other religion will not guarantee that they are a good person. Americans expect their Presidents to be a combination of Superhero and Saint. For me, if he is a good leader, and can improve the lives of the ordinary citizen that would be just be fine with me. Even if in the privacy of his own home he worships the big white Ram.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Lisa C

      You can say that again! What I've noticed is a lot of behavior by "Christians" that's been demonstrated by the Pharisees of the bible. I totally agree.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Sohwat

      Religion, means : to bind or tobe bound by. Jesus preached against religion(Pharisees)
      Religious people do not know The Christ(Annointed One).

      July 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  15. Kulow Ali

    Obama is not and has never been a Muslim. Because a Muslim is the one who believes that There is God, but Allah and Muhammed was the last Prophet. Jesus being of those Prophets. Muslims Don't believe Jesus is the Son of God, Because God too powerful to have a child with a woman named Mary.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Linda

      Obama is a Muslim, I saw the video on the internet and he admitted that he is a muslim and I saw pictures of him with the muslim clothing and talking about the quaran how it needs to be repected and we should have many schools in America of muslims teaching. He would like to convert America into a muslim natiion. That will never happen!!!!! He can go back to Kenya and stay there. If he dosen't like America he can get out of our country. We are Americans and no one is going to change that.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • Hahaha

      Yeah, Obama the muslim who calls a beer summit, eats bacon and bows to people (all 3 of which is forbidden in Islam). So I guess REVEREND Jeremiah Wright is a muslim too then? You guys are such failures. If you hate America so much that you refuse to have even the slightest shred of pride in our country to at least educate yourself, take your treacherous idiocy and get the heck out of this great nation. Refusal to be educated is a complete lack of pride in being American, and frankly I think it's treasonous.

      There are dozens of valid criticisms of Obama. But going the route of looking like an idiot in lieu of valid policy concerns will hand over the election to Obama without much challenge.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • Dyslexic Dog

      Linda: you saw it on the internet so it must be true ... just like you saw it on FOX News so it must be true. Must be about time for your meds.

      July 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • 9hydra

      Linda, are you serious or are you making fun of gullible Republicans? I can't tell.

      July 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  16. kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith ....above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    July 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Jenna

      Who Cares!

      July 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Kamalarani

      Yaaaawn,

      July 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Jim Gl

      Blah, Blah Bah and yeh right

      July 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • The D

      "kindness" has too much time to waste.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  17. INDEPENDENT

    Everyone should read Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven. A Violent Story." before they cast their vote this year. How about google "The Mountain Meadow Massacre". Very interesting reading.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • c

      Also read the Book of Morman, Doctrines & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price and youtube what ex mormans are saying about tthe LDS and Romney.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • ErikN

      How about read a piece of American history around 1840, like the Hauns Mill Massacre or the illegal Extermination Order. The Mountain Meadows Massacre was a horrible occurence that involved Mormons, but not condoned by the LDS church. Your rational is like saying the perpetrator of the Colorado shootings should condemn all citizen of Colorado. Under the Banner of Heaven is about as historically accurate as National Treasure starring Nicolas Cage

      July 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  18. solex

    The fact that Christians are going to vote for someone who is a cult follower (by their own definition) clearly shows that it is NOT about being a christian, mormon, or muslim.

    It is about skin color. Anyone who thinks differently is kidding themselves.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • merridee

      You nailed it in one!

      July 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • The D

      Enough said!

      July 31, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • Sohwat

      Amen to that, Solex

      July 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Dyslexic Dog

      exactamundo!!!

      July 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Marc

      Actually, it's about the fundamental difference in their understanding of the proper role of government (regardless of religion). Conservatives (like Romney) believe our rights come from God and we delegate some of those rights to the government not losing the right – just delegating the enforcement of it. Liberals (like Obama) believe rights come from the government. If government gave, government can take away and can dictate every part of our lives. Which do you believe? Vote accordingly. Really that simple. Has nothing to do with religion or skin color.

      July 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  19. rp1588

    Obama is a Christian, but he is not a follower of the teachings of Jesus. His many wars reveal him to be a Krazy Killer Kristian, a follower of Satan, the anti-Christ. Romney, while a Morman, is also a KKK. (The Mormons officially approve of war.)

    KKKs make up a large fraction of the US population.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • c

      Where in the world did you get these pearls of wisdom?

      July 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Toosliq

      Very FEW American Christians actually follow the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • merridee

      Thanks for proving the writer's points.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Jim Gl

      Thanks, you prove a point, ypu are an idiot

      July 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • IHopeYoureJoking

      ....my...my brain...she hurts from all of the stupid.

      July 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  20. Dyslexic Dog

    American Christians vote for whoever FOX News tells them to vote for.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Cerebus the Aardvark

      Wrong, D-Dog - I'm a Christian – I'm an American – and I don't watch Faux News.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • Price

      I'm afraid that is not correct: Many African-Americans are devout Christians, the vast majority vote Democratic, and, I suspect, are not fond of Fox news. It is unfortunate that you seem to be circulating a tired stereotype.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:00 am |
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