Foes Use Obama’s Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him
By Perry Bacon Jr.
In his speeches and often on the Internet, the part of Sen. Barack Obama’s biography that gets the most attention is not his race but his connections to the Muslim world.
Since declaring his candidacy for president in February, Obama, a member of a congregation of the United Church of Christ in Chicago, has had to address assertions that he is a Muslim or that he had received training in Islam in Indonesia, where he lived from ages 6 to 10. While his father was an atheist and his mother did not practice religion, Obama’s stepfather did occasionally attend services at a mosque there.
Despite his denials, rumors and e-mails circulating on the Internet continue to allege that Obama (D-Ill.) is a Muslim, a “Muslim plant” in a conspiracy against America, and that, if elected president, he would take the oath of office using a Koran, rather than a Bible, as did Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the only Muslim in Congress, when he was sworn in earlier this year. [...]
The rumors about Obama have been echoed on Internet message boards and chain e-mails.
Bryan Keelin of Charleston, S.C., who works with an organization of churches there, posted on an Internet board his suspicion that Obama is a Muslim. “I assume his father instructed him on the ways of being a Muslim,” said Keelin, who described himself in an interview as a conservative Republican who will vote for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
“The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S. from the inside out,” says one of the e-mails that was posted recently on a blog at BarackObama.com, the campaign’s Web site, by an Obama supporter who warned of an attempt to “Swift Boat” the candidate. “What better way to start than at the highest level, through the President of the United States, one of their own!”
I love the way this is framed: “Despite his denials, crazy assholes on the Internets are still accusing him of plotting to implement Sharia law upon being elected.”
In recent days I had the question posed to me: “Is Senator Barack Obama secretly a Muslim?” [...]
Obama doesn’t drink. That’s a red flag, believe it or not. He does smoke though, as I mentioned before. Oops. Another red flag. Why? Well, alcohol consumption is taboo in Islam, but smoking is anything but: smoking fine, drinking baaaaad. Just coincidence? [...]
The bottom line is this: Barack was influenced by Islamic teachings in his formative years (the Indonesian school in question teaches ages 6 to 12). This is not the chemical mixture for someone that I want to see holding a seat of any type in the White House.
So there you have it. The Washington Post is now giving voice to some of the craziest assholes in the entire crazy asshole world. Thanks, guys. Maybe next week you can write a science story that gives equal time to real geologists and the Hollow Earth crowd. Losers.
UPDATE: Holy crap. This turd was printed on PAGE 1 of the Post today. That entire paper needs to fire itself.
UPDATE II: See also Digby.