March 15, 2007


As a child, Obama crossed a cultural divide in Indonesia (Paul Watson, March 15, 2007, LA Times)

Obama's campaign aides have emphasized his strong Christian beliefs and downplayed any Islamic connection. The candidate was raised "in a secular household in Indonesia by his stepfather and mother," his chief spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said in a statement in January after false reports began circulating that Obama had attended a radical madrasa, or Koranic school, as a child.

"To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago," Gibbs' Jan. 24 statement said. In a statement to The Times on Wednesday, the campaign offered slightly different wording, saying: "Obama has never been a practicing Muslim." The statement added that as a child, Obama had spent time in the neighborhood's Islamic center.

His former Roman Catholic and Muslim teachers, along with two people who were identified by Obama's grade-school teacher as childhood friends, say Obama was registered by his family as a Muslim at both of the schools he attended.

That registration meant that during the third and fourth grades, Obama learned about Islam for two hours each week in religion class.

The childhood friends say Obama sometimes went to Friday prayers at the local mosque. "We prayed but not really seriously, just following actions done by older people in the mosque. But as kids, we loved to meet our friends and went to the mosque together and played," said Zulfin Adi, who describes himself as among Obama's closest childhood friends.

The campaign's national press secretary, Bill Burton, said Wednesday that the friends were recalling events "that are 40 years old and subject to four decades of other information." Obama's younger sister, Maya Soetoro, said in a statement released by the campaign that the family attended the mosque only "for big communal events," not every Friday.

Disingenuousness seem,s a dangerous defense.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2007 6:53 AM

The New York Times slams Gore on his lack of science and the LA Times gets Obama on being a muslim. He He! Her reach has grown long indeed.

Posted by: Bob at March 15, 2007 9:51 AM

She who would be Tsarina knows how to undo her rivals!

Posted by: Dave W at March 15, 2007 10:08 AM

Sounds like St.Barack is about to learn the hard way that in politics, it's the coverup that causes the scandal, not the crime (or non-crime). If he was as smart as is being claimed, he'd have noticed that by now.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 15, 2007 10:25 AM

The only people who seem to care are the ones who won't be voting for him in any case.

His story is that he was raised in a secular family, the family lived in a Muslim majority country for several years, and that he's been a professed Christian for his adult life. The evidence supports that.

I know foreign Muslims that lived in this country, but went to Roman Catholic schools because those were the best schools in the area. They occassionally went to chapel and learned about Catholicism. It did not make them Christian. Sounds like Obama did the same thing but in reverse.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at March 15, 2007 10:49 AM

Yes, white Christians.

Posted by: oj at March 15, 2007 1:38 PM