Did Obama just say he's a Muslim (again)?
(by Bob Unruh, WND) -- Born to a Muslim father and raised in his early childhood by a Muslim stepfather in a Muslim nation, where he was registered in school as Muslim, Barack Obama has many ties to Islam that have caused some to doubt his profession of Christian faith.
Obama, who as president has supported the Muslim Brotherhood, even referred in a television interview to “my Muslim faith.”
Apparently, he’s done it again.
The headline on C-SPAN following a recent Obama speech in Turkey read: “Did President Obama Just Admit He Was Muslim?”
“I think, on one hand, non-Muslims cannot stereotype,” Obama said, “but I also think the Muslim community has to think about how we make sure that children are not being affected with this twisted notion that somehow they can kill innocent people.”
He even appeared to emphasize the word “we.”
See video of President Obama’s statement:
C-SPAN said, "Pay attention to when he uses the word 'we.'"
Obama's "my Muslim faith" remark came in an interview during the 2008 presidential campaign with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who stopped the then-senator mid-sentence.
"My Christian faith," Obama said, before continuing.
Obama also has a long record of omitting references to God and Christianity.
WND reported he issued a statement endorsing the National Day of Prayer but excised virtually any reference to Christianity, the primary faith of the nation’s founders.
In 2009, he did cite the prayers of the Continental Congress and President Lincoln’s call for prayer during the Civil War. But the next year he mentioned "God" only twice, asking for "blessings" and "guidance." The closest reference to the nation’s Christian heritage was a statement that the U.S. "counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles."
By 2012, Obama’s proclamation was merely giving thanks "for our democracy that respects the beliefs and protects the religious freedom of all people to pray, worship, or abstain."
In 2013, his text included "faith" only to reference it as "our faith" and recognized "God" only for delivering liberties and guidance.
He also repeatedly has excised "endowed by their Creator" from the line in the Declaration of Independence that reads: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
By the count of WND columnist Chuck Norris, Obama dropped "their Creator" seven times in just a two-month span in 2012.
In 2009, WND reported Obama told the Turkish press "we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."
And in December 2010 , a letter from the Congressional Prayer Caucus rebuked Obama for incorrectly replacing the nation's motto of "In God We Trust" with "E pluribus unum" in a speech at the University of Indonesia.
Further, he told the United Nations in 2012, "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."
And in 2009, he told a French reporter: "[I]f you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." (In fact, in 2008, Christians made up 76 percent of the population at 173 million, religious Jews 1.2 percent at 2.6 million, and Muslims only 0.6 percent at 1.3 million.)
His policies also have been flagrantly anti-Christian at times. The abortion mandate in Obamacare, for example, still is being fought in the courts.
Through the IRS, the administration demanded that conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status reveal the contents of their prayers.
In an interview, now-retired Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp revealed that Obama personally threatened to fire any service leaders who disagreed with the president's decision to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy toward homosexuals in the military.
"We were called into the Oval Office, and President Obama looked all five service chiefs in the eye and said, 'This is what I want to do.' I cannot divulge everything he said to us, that’s private communications within the Oval Office, but if we didn’t agree with it — if any of us didn’t agree with it — we all had the opportunity to resign our commissions and go do other things," said Papp.
And during a free-ranging interview with the New York Times, Obama described the Muslim call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”
The Times’ Nicholos Kristof wrote Obama recited, “with a first-class [Arabic] accent,” the opening lines of the Muslim call to prayer.
The first few lines of the call to prayer state:
Allah is Supreme!
Allah is Supreme!
Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that Muhammad is his prophet …
Obama has long denied he was ever a Muslim.
But as WND reported, public records in Indonesia listed Obama as a Muslim during his early years, and a number of childhood friends told the media the future president was once a mosque-attending Muslim.
A Los Angeles Times report quoted a childhood friend stating Obama prayed in a mosque – something the then-presidential candidate said he never did. Obama’s campaign released a statement explaining the senator had never been a "practicing Muslim."
Widely distributed reports noted that in January 1968, Obama was registered as a Muslim at Jakarta’s Roman Catholic Franciscus Assisi Primary School under the name Barry Soetoro. He was listed as an Indonesian citizen whose stepfather, listed on school documents as “L Soetoro Ma,” worked for the topography department of the Indonesian Army.
After attending the Assisi Primary School, Obama was enrolled – also as a Muslim, according to documents – in the Besuki Primary School, a public school in Jakarta.
Indeed, in his autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama acknowledged studying the Quran and described the public school as "a Muslim school."