UPDATE: Moe has debunked this post see “The Obama Muslim video, revisited.”
This is not exactly what I had in mind when I said Obama should address his Muslim issue head on:
John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith.
I’m sure before long we will hear that this clip is taken out of context, that Obama misspoke, and Obama will explain what he really meant to say. In the meantime it sure sounds like an admission that he is or was Muslim.
I did try to find the context of the clip. All I can find is this from ABC:
Obama also suggested that the McCain was behind persistent rumors that Obama is a Muslim rather than a Christian.
“These guys love to throw rocks and hide their hand,” Obama said, referring to the Republicans.
Reminded that McCain and his top aides have denied pushing the Muslim rumor, Obama said the rumor is “being promulgated on Fox News … and Republican commentators who are closely allied to these folks.”
He later added, “What I think is fair to say is that coming out of the Republican camp there have been efforts to suggest that perhaps I’m not who I say I am when it comes to my faith.”
I have not heard any commentator, Republican or otherwise, promulgating rumors that Obama is Muslim. To the contrary commentators are always careful to point out that Obama is in fact Christian.
As I said in “Obama Should Confront His Muslim Problem Head On,” I was raised to respect others and was taught that I should strive, like God, to be “no respecter of persons.” I’ve always tried to do that. It does not matter to me what a person’s religious beliefs are. What is important to me is that our leaders have some religious belief.