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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. *frank*

    Mr Prothero, I say this with the purest sentiments of friendly concern--
    You need a vacation.

    July 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  2. zacharye

    My take: muslims, christians, mormons all believe that myth is truth. Myth is not truth.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  3. ..

    Moron vs Muslim

    what a choice

    July 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  4. A dose of reality

    Rather than inculcating our children with the primary-color simple Sunday school legends and myths most people do, might I suggest the following ten comandments to enable them to think for themselves.
    1. DO NOT automatically believe something just because a parent, priest, rabbi or minister tells you that you must.
    2. DO NOT think that claims about magic and the supernatural are more likely true because they are written in old books. That makes them less likely true.
    3. DO analyze claims about religion with the same critical eye that you would claims about money, political positions or social issues.
    4. DO NOT accept it when religious leaders tell you it is wrong to question, doubt or think for yourself. It never is. Only those selling junk cars get frightened when you want to "look under the hood".
    5. DO decouple morality from a belief in the supernatural, in any of its formulations (Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc.). One can be moral without believing in gods, ghosts and goblins and believing in any of them does not make one moral.
    6. DO a bit of independent research into whatever book you were brought up to believe in. Who are its authors and why should I believe them in what they say? How many translations has it gone through? Do we have originals, or only edited copies of copies of copies– the latter is certainly true for every single book in the Bible.
    7. DO realize that you are only a Christian (or Hindu or Jew) because of where you were born. Were you lucky enough to be born in the one part of the World that “got it right”?
    8. DO NOT be an apologist or accept the explanation “your mind is too small to understand the greatness of god” or “god moves in mysterious ways” when you come upon logical inconsistencies in your belief. A retreat to mysticism is the first refuge of the cornered wrong.
    9. DO understand where your religion came from and how it evolved from earlier beliefs to the point you were taught it. Are you lucky enough to be living at that one point in history where we “got it right”?
    10. DO educate yourself on the natural Universe, human history and the history of life on Earth, so as to be able to properly evaluate claims that a benevolent, mind-reading god is behind the whole thing.
    I sometimes think that, if we first taught our children these simple guidelines, any religion or other supernatural belief would be quickly dismissed by them as quaint nostalgia from a bygone era. I hope we get there as a species.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    These 'muslim' fantasies are coming from people who see faeries in the garden and monsters under the bed. They're the same sort of people who will continue to believe that the refrigerator light stays on when you close the door, simply because you can't see inside when the door is shut. Alas for the human race.

    July 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  6. John Bark

    The ole left-wingers in the media sure must be getting desperate.

    No wonder CNN's ratings are declining. Is the best you "journalists" can offer up for discussion? ROFLMAO

    July 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • zacharye

      Oh yea, ol left wingers are so desperate. Wait, who just called the christian president muslim?

      July 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Jesus

      -Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      July 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Yes prayer does change things. It changes otherwise rational people into believing in an imaginary friend.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • just sayin

      Interesting – a wonderful truth used as a stolen name posted over an unbelievable lie. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • A dose of reality

      Please provide proof that prayer works.

      July 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  8. Reality

    Again !!

    THE MORE IMPORTANT QUESTION IS?

    WHAT RELIGION DOES STEVIE P PROFESS?

    July 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Why?

      He is a religious scholar. He has specific training, education, and experience in the study of religions, not just "a" religion.

      If someone is ascholar of Greek/Roman mythology, do you insist they tell you if they follow Jupiter or Zeus?

      July 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Reality

      Because he is a paid commentator for CNN who basically regurgitates the religious beliefs of others without coming clean as to whether he believes in gods, angels, satans and/or tinkerbells. For all we know, he is a closet Muslim making him a potential danger to the USA and the world in general.

      July 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  9. littleJeremiah

    Let us consider the reality of
    Mitt Rommey is Mormon, NOT Christian. So if we drive a stake in the heart of President Obama,(who is Christian) who found and kill the man responsible for 9/11 who was Muslim, I remember when Presd. Bush after 9/11 bowed down in worship with the Muslim and people called him a man Of God? Will we really elect a Mormon as Christians without fear of the Lord? That is what Israel did in past history and lead the nation in idolarty, so to elect a Mormon is to be guilty of his sins and the further down fall of a nation distance from God. We need to disregard Rommey because he is “ as a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal”, at best "satan appearing as a angel of "light", to deceive many people. So like Elijah on the mountain the people of God need to stand against Rommey also. Imagine a Christian supporting the beliefs of a Mormon, be real or get off the "mountian". "And the people God said not a word..."

    July 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • littleJeremiah

      And the people of God said not a word...

      July 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • .

      Mormons are very much Christian. Here is what we believe:

      “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” 

      July 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • visitor

      It seems to me Mormons and Muslims have a lot in common. Both started in the Judeo-Christian tradition, both presented their own prophets and own books, and both have some major revisions to traditional Judaism and Chistianity. Moreover, both have a polygamous histories. At least Islam's polygamous history is cultural. Mormons' are because the founders were total p-ssy hounds. At least Islam doesn't claim to be Christianity.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  10. the voice of reason

    Larry needs to recite the words to Onward Xtian Soldiers

    July 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  11. Your Religion Might Be Bullshіt If...

    Great video explaining Mormonism and other world religions.

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

    July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • reaper062289

      Exactly my point...

      July 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Craigslist

      Best comment of the day !!!

      July 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Oy vey

      infinity

      great vdeo

      July 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  12. Bootyfunk

    let's be realistic.

    where do most of the people live that think Obama is a muslim? in the south, of course. people in new york, los angeles and chicago don't believe that cr@p. it's just the christian zombies in the south.

    seriously, if you think obama is a muslim, just give yourself a frontal lobotomy cause you aren't using your frontal lobe anyway.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • the voice of reason

      larry's favorite quote " I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy"

      July 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • tony

      We could bring all the Worlds different religions back into one quite easily. Just make it worship of the holy collecting plate.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • patrick

      ...the people in the south, and Obama is black, oops.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Hogan's Goat

      They aren't actually stupid, just mean. They know he's a Christian, but he's black so they hate him anyway.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  13. Miguel

    @KB, do you not know that a lot of issues are tackled based on their own moral perspective? why wouldn't your beliefs be important? ...........Morals, religious liberty, and pursuit of happiness are essential to this country!

    July 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i would replace "morals" with "ethics".

      July 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  14. reaper062289

    I find it funny that religious "illiteracy" is considered an epidemic. I think the main thing that is plaguing the world today IS religion. God is a mystery, and anyone who claims undeniable truth on the matter is narrow minded and ignorant. Religion offers us some good; a beacon of hope for those who fear the unknown; but it causes much more problems in the world than it helps. It divides neighborhoods, cities, states, even entire nations. It causes war and violence. It is the reason we have the superiority complex. "We are better than you because we know the 'truth'" The United States imposes it's backwards excuse for democracy on the entire world because, to our politicians and a good majority of our citizenry, it is justified and modeled by God. I don't know how "the American way" could possibly be justified by God. We are spiteful, greedy, wasteful, imperialistic, and apathetic to the plight of all but other Americans. War is "business as usual" for as long as this country has existed. Religion is an excuse and a calling card for politicians to enact radical policy that the average American simply accepts. The founding fathers of this great nation where a group of loosely Masonic potheads who believed that religion is the sole cause of Monarchies. That is WHY we have the USA today. Religious influence throughout history is usually a violent one where civilizations turn on each other over who has the right religion. The most notable religious inspired events was the crusades and WW2. Great times in history. Look at all the conflict in Africa and The Middle East today and throughout history. Look at the social unrest in china and throughout Eastern Europe in the last decade. Religion is usually a way to say, "I'm better than you" without really understanding why. I think it is important for people to understand religion so they can see how segregated, violent, and totalitarian it is. It should have no place in politics.

    By the way, I do believe in God. I believe in god as the battery behind existence. But to claim any knowledge as truth beyond that, based on faith or whatever the case, is simply falling in line with the herd to be subservient. We should mature past the belief that knowledge of our creation and divinity itself is written in a book that was written by men. The fact that each religion has its own book and claims it to be "divine truth straight from god" separate from other faiths; that is proof to me that there is no true religion at all. How many religions have come and gone from this world. How many religions where upheld by most of the world as truth until we abandoned it for a new truth. What happened to the religion of the Egyptians; the Greek and Roman Gods, Norse mythology, etc, etc. Can anyone say, without a reason of a doubt, that Jesus and Mohammed weren't just idealists? Can anyone actually claims to have seen Shiva or Krishna? I know religious folk play on faith as their trump card, but I grew up in church. I've been a Pentecostal, Catholic, and Mormon. I have had brief studies in Islam and Hinduism. My mothers a preacher and my father cherishes Buddhist beliefs. I have seen faith come and go in many people. Just because you believe something, even down to your very core, it doesn't mean it is true.

    In conclusion, I think belief is fine. Dogma is acceptable. But organized religion will be the end of us. We shouldn't pick our leaders based on the arrogance of religion.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • John

      Well thought out, good read. All organized religions are bullshіt. That does not mean there is no god or that there is no afterlife. Nobody knows that, but it is obvious no organized religion is truth.

      Technically you can not disprove them, just like technically you can not disprove Santa or the Easter Bunny. However it is obvious when you look at them objectively.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Madtown

      Well said, I agree with you. I believe in God, not in religion.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  15. CB

    Obama could very well be Islamic- practicing Taqiyya

    http://www.islam-watch.org/Warner/Taqiyya-Islamic-Principle-Lying-for-Allah.htm

    July 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      get an education.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      Taqiyya – 'adherents may conceal their religion when they are under threat, persecution, or compulsion'

      so, no, try again.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • the voice of reason

      like when xtian missionaries go into other countries sayine they are there to teach english, but their real goal is to convert and "save souls"

      July 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      The basic 5 pillars of Islam are:
      1- Believe in One God (Testify that there is no God but One God and Muhammad and Jesus and any other prophet came before tham are just the messangers of God and having no divine power, believe in books of Quran, Injeel, Torah and Zabur... believing in the Hell, Heaven, The day of Judgment and also the owner of Judgement is The Almighty and not any human)
      2- Praying 5 times a day
      3- Fasting in the month of Ramadan
      4- Paying Zakah (Charity) 2.5% of surplus of your earning for the entire year
      5- Pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca if you have abilities

      These are obligatory for someone to claim as Muslim... now you will see lots of muslims do not follow them... and I would not advice to look into those muslims who are muslim just by the name but not in actions...

      When someone believes in Jesus (PBUH) as Lord or in holy ghost/spirit as Lord and pray to them and any other creations (could be human either dead or alive, animals or any other objects) or believes that there is a partner with The Almighty or God begotten a son etc.... does not comes under the umbrella of Islam....

      I hope it will help...

      Peace!!!

      July 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  16. Mike Texoma

    Folks who really believe in God tend to demonstrate a bit more humility in their relations with others than those who do not. Those who truly believe in God tend to take more of an interest in social and economic fairness than those who do not. They tend to be less predatory, they tend to take a genuine interest in others, they tend to see goodness in others rather than generally assuming the worst, and they tend to worry less about money or power or losing what of it they have because they know where their strength comes from. The people are right, strong religeous beliefs are amazingly important. But rather than studying religeon, friends, study the man. Study how he thinks, how he speaks and conducts himself, what he says, what he does. If you see that he has genuine humility, if you see the love of fairness, if you see the lack of personal anxiety, chances are you are looking at a Godly man.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      by your description i think the population of godly people on the planet can be counted on the fingers of a leper's hand.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Wilcodude

      Chances are you're looking at a Liberal (maybe a democrat) then.

      -Social programs for the poor
      -Affordable care for the sick
      -Medicare for the elderly
      -Tax cuts for the Middle Class & poor

      These are positions championed by one party and not the other. Funny how that 'other' party puts God and religion right at the very front of campaign.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Fred Kratz

      Is this from your own national survey?

      July 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Thank you for not ending that with "libtard" the way most sensible-sounding Christians do in the end. I hate people who begin by saying "God loves us all" and end with "we must drive nails into the eyes of the liberals!"

      July 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  17. larry

    I know Obama is a Muslim and Muslims are killing people all over the world because they are not Muslims.
    by the way. Obama admitted he was a Muslim. You can not leave Islam or you have to be exterminated. So he has to be a Muslim.
    I know Romney is a Mormon and never heard of a Mormon killing anybody.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • sleepytime

      Never heard of a Mormon Killing anybody? Really? Why don't you do yourself a favor and google "Mountain Meadows massacre" or read the book Under the Banner of Heaven.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • ME II

      Troll much?
      "Obama admitted he was a Muslim."
      Citation please.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • the voice of reason

      Larry, I know you are an idiot, and idiots all over the world kill people. Make sense to you?

      July 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i'm pretty sure 'Larry' means 'moron' in chinese.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      larry you are one class A fool, you really are.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      It is true that his father was a Muslim... but what we know from what has been expressed to us publicly that he goes to Church for his religious activities... and we do not know what a person has inside of him... which only known by The Almighty.... we only know by observing externally or what is being shown to us... so in my opinion what he has inside of him is between him and his The Creator... and I would not put myself in a sit of judge as I am not assign to do that... all i care about that he is doing the right thing for American people and the people around the earth... thats all count to me...

      Peace!!!

      July 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Fred Kratz

      Of course you haven't larry, one has to read to find such information.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Moe and Curly

      Larry, come on, we're late to the show. Two stooges aren't enough. We need you.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  18. catimka

    Adam, So Catholicism is not Christianity? Tell that to the martyrs who died for their beliefs in Christ. And who are you to decide what is Christian is or isn't? Read some history.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      Do you know that there is a group of people that do not call themselves as Christian with the reference of that no where in the Bible Jesus (Peace be upon him) called himself as a Christian... and this group of people call themselves as a 'Follower of Christ' and they also follows the verses talks about Jesus in Quran... just for your information....

      Peace!!!

      July 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  19. Sivick

    I pray for an aethiest president who won't have to deal with this nonsense.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • EH

      "AMEN!" 😉

      July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • You need to

      pray for a decent spell checker. *aethiest* ????

      July 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      Dear Sivick... with due respect... whom do you pray where you do not believe in any Creator who created the entire universe??? or you do not believe that there is anyone who is worothy of your worships/prayers.... or deep down inside of you believe that there is a Creator who is taking care your entire system in your body....

      Peace!!!

      July 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mohammed_Islam,
      I believe Sivick is being ironic. Similar to saying, 'thank god i'm an atheist.'

      July 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      :):):)

      July 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  20. KB

    Who gives a flying fig WHAT religion Obama and Romney practice? Aren't there more important issues at hand? Education, maybe? Jobs? Healthcare? When are politicians going to have a mature conversation about topics that really matter in the larger scheme of things? Hopefully sooner rather than later!

    July 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • larry

      No. because Obama is a Muslim his duty is to destroy our country and install Sharia Law,

      July 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      "No. because Obama is a Muslim his duty is to destroy our country and install Sharia Law,"

      grow up

      July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • the voice of reason

      Hey larry....Obama drinks beer, on camera. Muslims do not consume beer. You, however, consume the KoolAid

      July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • ME II

      @the voice of reason,
      "Obama drinks beer, on camera. Muslims do not consume beer."
      I think that is referred to as Tecateyya, or drinking beer under threat, persecution, or compulsion. ; )

      July 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      Dear <>
      no one on the face of earth could come up witht he laws are given in the quran and it is an open challange... it was there during the time of Quran was being revealed to Meccans where they were the best in their language and this challange is still open... I suggest you go and study these laws and you will be amazed dear brother/sister from another mother... you do not have to follow but there is nothing wrong to increase your knowladge database.... 🙂 and whatever laws are there in the quran are for mankind regardless of their faiths... but its upto human whether to follow or not... but at the same time there is nothing wrong following the laws of the land we live as long as it does not contradicts...

      Peace be upon you all!!!

      July 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Reality

      Mohammed, Mohammed, Mohammed,

      The reality of the situation:

      What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon?

      And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

      The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

      Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

      Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

      Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

      July 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
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