Friday, January 12, 2007
Barack Obama Is a Closet Muslim
Friday's Urban Legend: FALSE
There's an email circulating that Barack Obama was educated as a Muslim in a Wahabbi school in Indonesia. According to the email message ("The Enemy Within"), his step-father, Lolo Soetoro, was a Muslim who brought up Obama in the Muslim tradition. (The truth is that Obama's mother was an atheist and so was his biological father. His step-father was a non-practicing Muslim.)
Later on as an adult, Obama joined the United Church of Christ in order to convince voters that he was a Christian but he's still an ideological Muslim, according to the email message.
The take-home message is FALSE according to snopes.com [The Enemy Within] but there are elements of truth in the email message. It's worth reading the entire snopes article in order to understand Obama's religious views. This is the sort of thing that's going to come out during the Presidential campaign and if the snopes article is accurate, there's trouble brewing.