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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. Michael

    Point made: even the posters here lack any knowledge of religion. For someone's sake, didn't a god tell each of them to run for the presidency during the GOP primaries?

    July 27, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • John

      Neither Obama or Romney has not made that claim.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Tell?????????,,Come on,,,,is GOD a human ???????????????

      July 27, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Xdoc

      According to the religious mythological book called the Bible, God has orchestrated all of this for a reason. He did this on purpose. He's actually knows I'm writing this response right now. Oh crap, he's here, he's coming.... AHHHHHHHH! Lol

      July 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  2. concerned citizen

    I DO believe Obama is most definitely a muslim, and my beliefs ARE founded on compelling evidence. The website directly below states the case way better than I can. Click on the following link, go to the bottom of the page, then clink on one of the two video links:

    http://www.thestraightway.org/

    The following website also offers some pretty interesting articles regarding Obama's special considerations for muslims and another in which the Egyptian president claims that Obama told him in confidence that he is a muslim.

    http://lettingfreedomring.com/2012/06/26/obama-said-i-am-a-muslim-egyptian-foreign-minister-ahmed-aboul-gheit/

    July 27, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Michael

      I do have great concerns about the American educational system, especially when people use sites like that as their source of what is really the truth! God (sic) help us all.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Even Obama is Muslim,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so what ????????

      Human was monkey according to modern science,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      A good monkey will become a human 🙂

      July 27, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Now that...

      is sad

      July 27, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Varney

      If you are concerned as your handle implies why not do some proper research. I'll bet you are convinced that he wasn't born in Hawaii despite all the evidence showing he was and no evidence showing he was born elsewhere.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Peter

      Yes, I always look at crazy internet sites for the truth.

      But wait.....didn't the right go nuts about Obama being a member of the Trinity BAPTIST Church for 20 years (emphasis on 20 years)?

      And now, that is all forgotten and he is "a Muslim"

      So, which is it?

      July 27, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • the voice of reason

      "concerned".....stop drinking the kool-aid. You are dillusional. If Obama is Muslim, so are you.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Andacar

      Gosh concerned! You're absolutely right! According to this spurious and uncredited source, an Egyptian politician allegedly told somebody that supposedly he heard that Obama told him that he was a Muslim. And if it's on the web it MUST be true! And a whole lot of short out of context comments put on a fearmongering website for credulous dimwits must equal the truth! Those durn liberals!

      July 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Xdoc

      It's ok, this is the same type of belief system they use to have faith in their sky fairy. I expect nothing less.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • George

      "It took me a while not to believe everything I read on the internet"
      Abraham Lincoln

      July 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • sjajr

      Your one of the idots that this article is talking about.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  3. ObamaJoe

    All religion are about the heart,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    But,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,GOP voters don't care the good heart,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,they hate Ron Paul,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 27, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  4. Your Religion Might Be Bullshіt If...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z4iaUFSkME

    July 27, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      What is religion good for ?????

      July 27, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  5. ObamaJoe

    Mitt Romney / Michael Bachamnn 2012 😀

    We all have faith in Jesus 🙂

    July 27, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  6. asdf

    Also according to Pew – the group who is most knowledgeable about world religions were atheists...so yeah, we're doing fine.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Atheists???? so what,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if they love their neighbors and even love their enemies,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      They are Jesus followers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      July 27, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • asdf

      Nice try, ObamaJoe. I am a good person and definitely not a follower of Jesus. I like your method though – that way Christianity can take credit for all good people in the world while disavowing all bad people! Very convenient.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • jim

      I don’t think “we” are confused about the faith of these two men. I think the confusion is almost entirely among right wing conservative Christians, though I sometimes wonder how many of them are really Christian, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. This group is our nations albatross, not because they are Christian, but because they are some of the most uninformed, intolerant, ignorant, and racist people in our country.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Hi,asdf:

      No church has copy right of Jesus,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if you do his way,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I can call you his follower,,,,,,,,,,,,even you deny that ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      No credit goes to any church ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,because religion is all about heart,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,not credit

      July 27, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      If you believe in a religion because of its credit,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you are brain washed,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      Your eye is not opened and you may fall in that cult,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      July 27, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Mildred Gillers

      Works out well for you, ObamaJoe. NOBODY will ever accuse you of being brain washed.

      August 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  7. Genold

    Faith is one of those boring things that somehow keeps popping up in a post Christian world. Frankly I could care less. We've been using God as the best excuse to torture, subjugate and kill each other for centuries. Faith is just a bunch of nonsense. Enough is enough.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Pretend you have faith is an interesting game,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      But,,,,,,,,,maybe you do have when time comes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      Like that 3 guys in that theater,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      July 27, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Xdoc

      So, what are you trying to say, that the 3 guys in the theater prayed when they were getting shot in order to get into heaven because they were afraid of dying and going to hell? You don't even know those guys. And if you're trying to also imply that they were god-fearing men and did what they did, courageously protect their girlfriends, then God is a narcissistic, selfish being.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  8. Rainer Braendlein

    Both Obama and Romney prove that today rulers have lost close contact to their people.

    Both Obama and Romney have certain political aims like reduction of unemployment, stabilisation of economy, health care, etc..

    Yet, I would like to know how many Americans could identify themselves with Obama or Romney. I guess they will elect the lesser of two "evils".

    I guess most Americans would like a president who reflects the American values or is the personification of the American way of life.

    Here, I think, freedom and righteousness play an important role.

    I am not sure, if Obama or Romney still represent the values righteousness and freedom. I guess that they are more inclined to adore capitalism and materialism. Of course, it is good when a ruler promotes the economy, but that should not be his only concern. Life is more than food and cloths (+shelter), yet Jesus said.

    A happy country needs a happy leader, in whom the people can reflect themselves or it least what they would like to be. A virtuous leader helps the ordinary people to live a life of virtue. It should be common agreement that virtue has the primacy before profit.

    The primacy of economical success makes us unhappy longterms. Why? If we make success and idol, we will surely commit injustices (not necessarily crimes). Maybe a boss forces his employees to work 16 hours per day. Can such a man be happy? Or banks sell houses to people of whom they know that they will never be able to pay the whole price. As they exaggerated this game, the prices for houses plummet and the money of forced sale doesn't cover the debts of the people. Hence, they lose their house and have still debts. What an idiocy.

    Anyway, there is a problem that the today rulers put pressure on the youth to aspire for the most high professions like scientist, engineer and the like. But don't we need taylors, carpenters, gardeners, bakers, etc. too?

    If people of a country would simply learn many professions, low and modest and high, all demands of the people of a country could be satisfied and there would be nearly no unemployment. You could get every service and good for a reasonable price. Of course, there are many people which pofit from a ballooned educational system. But a good ruler must have the courage to change things.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Wrong,,,,,,,because there are too many tricky Darth and brainwashed voter,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,good guy may have to play that way ,,,,,,,

      Like in Star war,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,even a Jedi may withdraw ,,,,,,,in order to beat Darth finally,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      July 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  9. ObamaJoe

    Frankly,,,,,,,I still don't feel Mormons are bad guys,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    They are normal guys,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,seems,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    I read that story ,,,,,,,a Mormon guy did not talk to his twin brother because his twin brother is not a Mormon,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Sad,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Not even a "Happy new year" ,,,,,for ten years??????

    Come on,,,,,,,,,,,,,I believe you said "Happy new year" to many non-Mormons or anti-Mormons,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    It's just a so called religion,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it's not a true religion,,,,,,,,,,,,,to me,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 27, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • just sayin

      A person who believes in a man who looked through a top hat to write his Holy Book cannot be trusted.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  10. Gary

    Lets just agree, that both have no faith other than POWER, and WE have No faith in them.
    While Rome burns ... we discuss who fiddles best

    July 27, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Wrong,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Obama is not as greedy as MItt,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I have faith in Obama,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      July 27, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      You said "we" don't have faith in them? Who "we" are you referring to? I must say I do have a whole lot of trust and faith in President Obama because he has served this country well and has represented the American people the way they should be represented. When President-Elect Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech in Grant Park in 2008, he said "I know some of you didn't vote for me, but I want you to know that I'm your President too." And so far, President Obama has exemplified that principle for three and a half years, being President of all of the people. And when the President put his hand on the Holy Bible at his Inauguration and took the Oath to serve, defend and protect the United States to the best of his ability, he meant it as he has done so not only in words but also by deeds. Yes, I have faith in President Obama and I believe he's the best President this country has ever had!

      July 27, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  11. Steve

    Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? That's the 4 contradictory stories of Jesus Christ, evidence enough that the whole ridiculous story was made up. Add in the fact that evidence for Jesus (and most biblical characters and events) is non existent in the historic record. There were plenty of historians around the time the supposed Jesus lived, but no one saw fit to write anything about him despite writing about all the other actors of the day, large and small. Hmmm....

    July 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Cindy

      Not true

      July 27, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      I like Jesus,,,,,,,,,,,,he is good,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      July 27, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Genold

      The whole idea of modern Christianity is hogwash. Christianity is nothing more then spiritual fantasies bordering on fetishism. Frankly it is appalling to hear people moan and cry for Jesus as if they want him to sleep with them. Kinda weird.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • BigBen

      Steve,
      Apparently you haven't actually read the 4 books you speak of. It is quite the opposite. One of the great mysteries of Christianity is that the entire Bible, written over the course of 1500 years and by many, many authors, is all in sync. The 4 Gospels compliment each other. Sure, they tell different stories about Jesus from different times, but those stories never contradict themselves. Read them sometime. It might do you some good. (And as a side note, I find it somewhat ironic that a story about people not understanding the world's religions brings about many comments from people who do not understand Christianity.)

      July 27, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @BigBen
      There are numerous contradictions between the gospels.
      For example – was Christ taken to Egypt as a child? Matthew says yes, Luke says no.
      Was it both Mary Magdalene and The Virgin Mary who went to the sepulchre? John says just the former, Matthew says both.
      Was Jairus' daughter dying or all ready dead when he asked Christ for help? Matthew says dead, Luke says dying.
      Were John the Baptist and Elias the same person? Matthew says yes, John says no.
      The list could go on, but hopefully the point is made. The Gospels are not in synch on some rather imporant points.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Will

      There is certainly historical evidence for the existence of a Jesus of Nazareth, via the records of Josephus. That's no evidence that Christianity is true, but the religion certainly did start as a cult of personality that followed a charismatic teacher who is generally accepted to be an historical personage.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  12. ObamaJoe

    Ron Paul has a great heart,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but he will not be a president of America,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 27, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • just sayin

      Ron Paul is too meek. He looks weak. I like his ideas but the man is not assertive enough to be a leader

      July 27, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • And....

      He's a little whiney too. Good guy though.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  13. ObamaJoe

    Who cares their religion,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    If he has a good heart,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he is good,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    All true religions are same,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 27, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  14. Steve

    I guess the author fails to realize religions are incompatible, which is where this all comes from.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Because there are too many fake religions 🙁

      July 27, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Genold

      No. Religion is incompatible with living in a modern society. Tax the churches.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  15. Cindy

    At this point, I don't trust either party regardless of what faith they claim to be. Obama is no Christian as he supports things that God abhors. Don't know about Romeny except the morman religion is not based on Jesus Christ. It's based on a man. Neither are any good.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Matt

      Supports things that God abhors? The part in the article about Americans knowing very litte about their faith applies to you, go back and read the Bible in a scholarly, figurative manner.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • GornDD

      Christianity was invented by Paul, a Roman who never met Jesus Christ, who rewrote and changed Jesus' teachings.
      Mormanism was invented by Joseph Smith, an American who never met Jesus Christ, who rewrote and changed Jesus' teachings.

      Tell me again how they are different???

      July 27, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Cindy

      Matt-I probably know more than you do about what the scriptures say. I have been studying it for many years. I think you need to read it again and realize the trugh.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Cindy

      Gordon-Christianity was not invented by Paul. Christ created the church and Paul did not change Christ's teachings. If that is what you think, prove it.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Cindy

      Sorry. GornDD

      July 27, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • GornDD

      @Cindy: "Paul didn't change Jesus' teachings"??? LOL I guess you've never actually read the New Testament then...? He reversed every single thing Jesus ever said and invented entirely new concepts Jesus never said a word about.

      Jesus' exact words when asked on who's authority to change Jewish Law: "I did not come to change the Law, or abolish the prophets"

      Paul: Hey guys, let's completely throw out the Old Testament and write an entirely new religion!!

      July 27, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Madtown

      he supports things that God abhors
      ----–
      Wow! Someone who actually knows what God thinks. We have someone special in our midst!

      July 27, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • cmbarton

      Cindy-
      Mormonism isn't based on Jesus Christ? Really? Maybe you should do your homework. The official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. LDS is all about Jesus Christ and we use the King James Bible. We also use the Book of Mormon which was revealed to Joseph Smith ("the man" as you refer to him as) who was a PROPHET of Jesus Christ. Just as the Catholic church has the Pope as their prophet, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints also has a prophet. Joseph Smith happened to be the first. Maybe if people stopped using the term "Mormon" and started using the correct name of the church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, then maybe people would realize that the LDS church is ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRIST!!! Don't believe me still, try coming to Sunday Sacrement and seeing for yourself. You might be very pleasantly surprised!!

      July 27, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Genold

      If you are going to base your vote on the religion of a candidate, you are the sort of person who would love to put a Christian mullah in the White House.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • John

      Every single Christian I know has done things that God does not like. I know of pastors who cheat on their taxes, believers who have lied to one another and 99% of all my christian friends masturrbate. Please show me one Christian who has not done anything that God does not like. Oh, wait, that is the whole poiint in believing in Jesus! He SAVES us from our sin.

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

      Sounds like you don't know anything about the Mormon Religion. Thats sad. The Mormon Religion is all about Jesus and the Book of Mormon was also written by Prophes & Apostiles, but from a different part of the world. You should learn more about things before you write about them. Will pray for you.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Ahhhh....

      Poor little Cindy...you are confused.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  16. mb

    Ok, two thoughts. First, maybe the people who said they are uncomfortable with Obama's faith really are uncomfortable with HIS faith since we all know about the crazy rev. Wright. Second, for someone who is so uptight as this author about knowing religions and even writing a book about it, the mere fact that not ONCE in this article did you use the official and correct name of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints (aka Mormon) in my mind completely discredits your temper tantrum.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • S0MA

      author also completely ignores the concept of seperate of church and state.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Chelle

      Given the fact that most Mormans refer to themselves as "Morman", why is this a problem? When you call someone Catholic, most people assume you mean a member of the Roman Catholic Church, not someone who follows the catholic beliefs that are contained in most Protestant religions.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  17. mslisac363

    what a waste of time. please give us some important news.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Mitt Romney / Michael Bachamnn 2012 😀

      July 27, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • ryan

      It caught your attention enough for you to post a comment. I'd say cnn did their job.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  18. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Keith must be having kittens over this article.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  19. Wunter Slouch

    Obama is not a Muslim (and Romney is a Mormon)!

    I think it should read... Who cares what Obama is (and Romney is a Moron)!

    July 27, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      YES 🙂

      July 27, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  20. highplainsparson

    They may not be Muslim or Hindu, but neither one of them are Christians. And I will not be voting for either.

    July 27, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sitting this one out? Good for you!

      July 27, 2012 at 9:53 am |
      • highplainsparson

        I'm holding out for Rand Paul '16. 😉

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

      Not my post.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Wunter Slouch

      Perfect...if we can get everyone that votes based on religion to not vote, common sence will prevail.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      highplainsperson, please do stay out of the voting booth. It would probably be the most valuable action you could take.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      I'm sure L.Ron Paul will appreciate your support. Good luck with that.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:13 am |
      • highplainsparson

        I said Rand, not Ron. And they are Christians.

        July 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • ironman59

      Good, that is one less right wing nut to muck up the works. Religion is irrelevant because it does not exist. There is no "gawd" in any form or context. That is why the more someone grandizes their religion for political gain the more i distrust them. Ever since the "immoral minority" got involved with politics this country has been screwed up. We stopped working for real solutions and started focusing on theology.

      The problem is that all of the nuts running around waving their book of fairytales have no clue what is in it. What they do know they get wrong and worst of all they don't talk about the parts that don't fit their agenda. Find me an evangelical that will admit openly that they worship a Jew and that their 10 commandments are Jewish law. You can't because they conveniently ignore it. They refuse to admit they simply stole the content of another nation and rewrote it to fit their needs.

      When we stop focusing on religion as the solution and focus on it as the problem, we will be a better planet.

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

        It wasn't stolen, friend. It was spread as light shining from a lamp post to illuminate all nations with the Grace of God through Jehoshua the Messiah, as the Jewish prophets had foretold: (Psalm 2, Isaiah 3, Jeremiah 3, etc.) The Jews were chosen in order to be a light to the nations through the Messiah, not so that only they could be saved.

        July 27, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Mark Bailey

      Religious belief is the downfall of us all. I am much less inclined to vote for anyone with a professed religion–especially the idiotic Mormon faith! Why do people waste so much valuable energy on something so blatantly ignorant and childish?

      July 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      So you say you're not voting for President Obama because in your view he's not Christian? Then what is your definition of a Christian? I believe the definition of a Christian is one who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus. Then in what way has President Obama differed from that prophecy? Please get a life!

      July 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • highplainsparson

        One who professes faith in Jesus Christ as He is revealed in the Scriptures, who has a life which adds credibility to this profession. This would include believing that Jesus is God come in flesh to save sinners, and seeking membership in a Christian church which preaches the Bible.

        July 27, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Suzy

      You got that right highplainsparson......this country has aborted over 52 million unborn babies....we think God created Adam and Steve, instead of Adam and Eve, we need to repent and turn to our Creator,, especially now.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Cindy

      Amen Suzy!

      July 27, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Madtown

      Suzy
      we think God created Adam and Steve, instead of Adam and Eve
      ------
      More comedy! Another nut, who can't understand that if God was against gays, he wouldn't continue to make them.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Matt

      Religion literally scares me. I bet half these people posting think dinosaurs and man walked the earth together 4000 years ago and denies evolution. Who allows these people to vote?

      July 27, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • LinCA

      @Suzy

      You said, "we think God created Adam and Steve"
      But it did.

      Your Adam and Eve myth shows that your god was pretty open minded about sexuality. Since Eve is said to have been crafted from Adam's rib, she is genetically a man. She (and so nice of christians to be all-inclusive and calling her "she") and Adam formed the first transgender marriage. Maybe what christians call "traditional marriage", isn't so traditional after all.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:30 am |
      • highplainsparson

        I think you win the prize for the weirdest post ever.

        July 27, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • ATMT

      "Religion literally scares me. I bet half these people posting think dinosaurs and man walked the earth together 4000 years ago and denies evolution. Who allows these people to vote?"

      You really are so scare that you seemed to be staying inside your basement for quite a while to know that the const.itution mandates every person at the legal age the right to suffrage.

      Please don't worry too much about other people's belief, the consti.tution also grants everyone of us the freedom to practice whatever it is and (even) the lack thereof.

      Don't let your paranoia to take its toll on you and pull you down the drain.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • highplainsparson

        We Christians, on the other hand, have nothing to be afraid of, since we know who wins in the end.

        July 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • LinCA

      @highplainsparson

      You said, "I think you win the prize for the weirdest post ever."
      Having a hard time understanding simple statements? Why doesn't that surprise me.

      Is there anything in particular that you consider weird? Anything you have a particular hard time understanding? Would you like me to elaborate?

      July 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
      • highplainsparson

        No, it's just weird. Sometimes it's best not to answer a fool according to his folly.

        July 29, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're the one who's weird, high. You're also ignorant about the scientific basis for LinCa's comment, but you're too full of yourself to admit it.

      July 29, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • LinCA

      @highplainsparson

      You said, "No, it's just weird. Sometimes it's best not to answer a fool according to his folly."
      So you're just a typical religitard, no argument, just insults. Got it.

      July 29, 2012 at 2:18 am |
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