June 3, 2009
Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller, reporting for ABC News, say that during a conference call in preparation for Obama’s trip to Cairo, Egypt, where he will address the Muslim world, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough said “the President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to — or before he’s been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world — you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father — obviously Muslim Americans (are) a key part of Illinois and Chicago.”
|During the election, political opponents within the Democratic Party claimed Obama attended a Wahabbi madrassa in Indonesia.|
During the election, the Obama spin-machine downplayed â€“ even tried to eradicate entirely â€“ his Muslim roots and made the candidate out to be a devout Christian. He joined the United Church of Christ in an effort to purge any notion that he is a Muslim.
Barack Hussein Obama Sr., of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Kenya, was a Muslim. His parents divorced when Obama was two and his mother, Ann Dunham of Wichita, Kansas, married Lolo Soetoro, another Muslim. They moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, with Obama when he was six years old. Obama spent two years in a Muslim school in Indonesia and two more in a Catholic school.
“Widely distributed reports have noted 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,” writes Aaron Klein for World Net Daily. “Catholic schools in Indonesia routinely accept non-Catholic students, but exempt them from studying religion.”
Obama’s Muslim studies were of the radical Wahabbi variety, although this is widely disputed. During the election, political opponents within the Democratic Party claimed Obama attended a madrassa in Indonesia. “Sources said the background check, conducted by researchers connected to Senator Clinton, disclosed details of Mr. Obama’s Muslim past. The sources said the Clinton camp concluded the Illinois Democrat concealed his prior Muslim faith and education,” the Washington Times and Times Online reported in January, 2007, citing a report published in Insight magazine.
[efoods]”My father was basically agnostic, as far as I can tell, and I didn’t know him,” Obama said during a town hall meeting on May 22, 2008, in Boca Raton, Florida. In September 2008, candidate Obama told a Pennsylvania crowd Republicans were “just making stuff up” about his Muslim past.
Obama’s “Organizing for America” website would have use believe the president had nothing to do with Islam. “Obama Has Never Been A Muslim, And Is a Committed Christian,” the site proclaims, and even attempts to erase the past with a claim that “Barack Never Attended a Muslim School.” The site also claims Obama is a devout Christian and “reads the Bible, though not as regularly as he’d like, now that he’s on the campaign trail. But he does find time to pray.”
Now that Obama is “reaching out” to the Muslim world, his Muslim past is useful. In his April 6 address to the Turkish Parliament, President Obama referenced how many “Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim majority country. I know, because I am one of them.” Barrack Obama wants it both ways, depending on which way the political winds are blowing. It helps that most Americans have no long term memory and are carried along by the corporate media orchestrated news cycle.
Of course, it does not matter if Obama attended a Wahabbist madrassa in Indonesia or a Christian church on Chicago’s Southside. Obama’s Muslin roots are only an issue for neocons and other Islamophobes. Obama is a front man for the international bankers and the ruling elite. His religion — if indeed he follows a religion — is entirely irrelevant and only of use when the elite want to bamboozle and distract the masses.
Obama’s religion is the global state. He is a devout follower of the New World Order. He is also an accomplished liar, which is a job prerequisite if one is going to pretend he represents the American people and follows the Constutition.