Friday, July 04, 2008
Conservapedia on Barack Obama:
Great stuff: (emp add)
Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. (allegedly born in Honolulu, August 4, 1961) is the presumptive 2008 nominee of the Democratic Party for president. ...
Obama has declared himself to be a Christian, yet never replaced his Muslim name with a Christian one as many do, casting doubt on his politically self-serving claim. ...
He attended a Catholic elementary school for two years, followed by an Indonesian public school for two years. Media scrutiny in the light of Obama's campaign for President revealed that the Indonesia public school was not a madrassa, teaching Islam. However, clearly Obama would have taken days off of school in observance of Islamic holidays. ...
Daniel Pipes claims that Obama was raised a Muslim because he attended classes on the Koran while attending a Muslim school. ...
Clearly, by that logic, everyone who went to public school on Long Island is Jewish, since they got Rosh Hashanah and a few other days off.
Maybe if you studied Torah in the Long Island public schools, the logic would apply?
I haven't read much about BHO's youth, but I get the idea that there was more family pressure on the paternal side for the boy to be raised as part of the Muslim tradition than there was pressure from the maternal side of the family for him to be raised as part of the Christian tradition.
Somewhere I read that his mother was an agnostic. In the American political process (as I understand it), agnostic=athiest, and athiest=satan. This is a bit different from the American political calculation for Islam, which is: Islam=pagan, and pagan=satan. Either way, he doesn't have an warm and fuzzy puppy to offer the paranoid right reagrding this topic.
One of the attractive things about GWB though is that he has this Damascus road type intervention with Billy Graham where he went from being an "alcoholic" to having a born again experience.
It's just a double standard.
Never mind that the vast majority of the founding fathers were members of sects that are regarded in the righter side of Christian fundamentalism as cults.
It's always just been excuse code for "we'll find a reason to dislike someone no matter what, as long as it serves our political ends."