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Obama Could Say—“So What If I Am A Muslim?”

A rumor is going around that Senator Barack Obama is a Muslim.

This rumor is false.

Here is what Senator Obama has said in denying the rumor

“I’ve been a member of the same church for nearly 20 years, praying to Jesus with my Bible,” Obama told 1,200 people at a church-run community center in Sumter. “Don’t let people turn you around because they’re just making stuff up. That’s what they do, they try to bamboozle you.”

Fine.

What I’ve not heard Senator Obama say is, “I’m not Muslim, but so what if I was?”

Being Islamic is good enough for hundreds of millions of people.

So why not just say–“I’m not Muslim, but it would not matter if I were.” 

And as Senator Obama, who is the favored candidate of this blog, makes an effort to win black voters in South Carolina, he uses a word–bamboozle– that Malcolm X had been know to use.

As in this example from Malcolm X—

You’ve been hoodwinked. You’ve been had. You’ve been took. You’ve been led astray, led amok. You’ve been bamboozled.”

Mr. Obama is paraphrasing Malcolm X to deny he is Muslim, and not saying anything, as far as I know, about how it would make no difference if he were in fact Islamic.

This does not seem like leadership from Senator Obama.

( Please click here for a Texas Liberal history of the South Carolina primary.)

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January 24, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Martin & Malcolm, Politics | , , , ,

37 Comments »

  1. I don’t care he is moslem or not as long as he don’t declare war to the moslem country (if he win to be a USA president)

    Comment by zayn hamdan | January 25, 2008

  2. Can’t argue with that. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 25, 2008

  3. Hi..just stopping by to say a Happy New Year…interesting post there, and i’ve bookmarked this blog too…keep up the good job ;)

    Comment by Texas Newspapers | January 25, 2008

  4. Hey, yeah. Wasn’t Malcom X a Muslim?

    Yep:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X

    MikeB

    Comment by Mike Barron | January 25, 2008

  5. Right–You’ve got the idea. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 25, 2008

  6. What religion are all the terrorists? Why does the Koran teach that Jews & Christians should be killed if they do not convert to Islam? Read the Koran if you do not believe it! A Muslim president would open the immigration flood gates to Muslims. Look at what happens: riots in France, riots in Australia, Sharia law imposed, “no-go” zones in Europe for non-Muslims, etc.

    Comment by Bob Allen | January 25, 2008

  7. If you think just Islamic people are doing bad things in the world, you are mistaken.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 25, 2008

  8. just what Aquino said

    Comment by austin4hillary | January 26, 2008

  9. Neil: I need your help. there is this guy Billgagar go to my site read his comment leave a comment

    Comment by austin4hillary | January 26, 2008

  10. OBAMA IS SO BUSY ATTACKING HILLARY, HE NEVER TALKS ABOUT THE ISSUES. THIS NEEDS TO STOP NOW. OUR COUNTRY IS AT A VERY SERIOUS CROSSROADS. THE RULES OF THE DEBATES SHOULD BE THAT THE DISCUSSIONS SHOULD ONLY BE ABOUT THE ISSUES FACING AMERICANS. SO FAR A HAVENT HEARD ONE THING ABOUT OBAMAS GIFTS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ONLY THING IVE HEARD THAT HE WORKS HAND IN HAND WITH A SLUMLORD WHO TAKES ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE. HE CLAIMS HE DOES NOT TAKE $$$ FROM LOBBYIST YET HE HAS NOW EXCEPTED MORE $$$ FROM THE DRUG COMPANIES THAN ANY OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES. HE IS NOT A RELATIVE OF THE BLACK SLAVES, WHO WERE TORTURED BY THEIR MASTERS, SO HOW COULD HE BE A BROTHER????? BEFORE YOU TOMARROW SC, YOU NEED TO DO SOME SOUL SEARCHING AND THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE. HILLARY IS THE BEST CANDIDATE. SHE WILL BE READY TO WORK FROM DAY ONE.

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by melody, Snohomish, wa | January 26, 2008

  11. Melody—Thanks for the comment though I wager Mr. Obama is a brother by most standards.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 26, 2008

  12. I need somebodys help to defend Clinton ANYBODY? Go to my site read this comment from Billgagr.

    Comment by austin4hillary | January 26, 2008

  13. austin4 hillary she can handle herself. she has more balls than all her peers and she is heckled for showing a human side. she will prevail and win, the people are in this world are so hateful and stupid and hillary is not exempt, but i think she can get the most done for what i believe in and what i would like to see. we will see.

    Comment by bill brady | January 27, 2008

  14. Bill
    I am talking about something very different. He’s trying to spread the wrong message on my site I need help

    Comment by austin4hillary | January 27, 2008

  15. Bill can you help me? I need it help me spread the word of Clinton

    Comment by austin4hillary | January 27, 2008

  16. So Obama is “paraphrasing Malcom X” simply because he used a single word that X used?

    Comment by Robert | January 27, 2008

  17. austin what is your site?

    Comment by bill brady | January 27, 2008

  18. Bill;
    My site is Austin4Hillary.wordpress.com

    Comment by austin4hillary | January 27, 2008

  19. No American Muslim will vote for Obama. Besides his standing in the Muslim world will be worse than Bush as they will prefer a Jew, Christian than one who had changed his religion from Islam.

    Comment by ismail | January 28, 2008

  20. Texas Liberal, And you call this NEWS?? I am appalled at you, your article and the accompanying photo of a Muslim scene. It is people like you who poison people’s views. What are you saying, that since Mr. Obama has not said what “YOU” WANT HIM TO SAY, then he must be a Muslim? Mr. Obama is a dedicated and devoted CHRISTIAN who believes in and praises our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has made this very clear. Articles like this with all the trimmings constitue slander of the worst kind. Shame on you! And just so you don’t come back and say I didn’t say he isn’t a Muslim…here, I’ll say it, loudly and clearly: MR OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM, PERIOD!!!

    Thank you for saying he is not a muslim, tho.

    You remind of my sister, she gives you a compliment and then follows up with a negative on the same issue. That is exactly what you have done. What a shame!!

    Comment by NinaK | January 28, 2008

  21. Continued: I notice your subheading: “ALL PEOPLE MATTER”
    Your article and accompanying photo contradict that heading. Guess Mr. Obama does not matter to you.

    Comment by NinaK | January 28, 2008

  22. Neil: Leonard Pitts is copying you. (I think that Pitts is the best syndicated columnist around.)

    Even if Obama were a Muslim, so what?
    Leonard Pitts, McClatchy Tribune Newspapers

    Barack Obama is not a Muslim.

    We know this because he has told us so.

    We know it because there is no credible evidence to suggest otherwise.
    We know it despite a campaign of lies and whispers from various bloggers, pundits and head cases.

    Barack Obama is not a Muslim. But what if he were?

    Same guy, same charisma, same inspirational idealism. But also, a Muslim. Not a crazy Muslim. Not a guy prone to strapping bombs to his chest in hopes of meeting virgins in heaven. A Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-type Muslim. A Dave Chappelle, Ahmad Rashad, Shaquille O’Neal-type Muslim. A guy you like and admire who just happened to be, you know, Muslim.

    Would it matter? Should it?

    The question bears answering because of the creepy, are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been attitude toward Islam that seems to be seeping into the public dialogue lately. As in that campaign of lies and whispers that keeps showing up in my inbox — claims that Obama won’t salute the flag, took his oath of office on a Quran, belongs to a terror cell and other assorted idiocy.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-oped0129pittsjan29,0,4580814.story

    Comment by Julie | January 29, 2008

  23. Julie–Great to have you here and thanks for this comment that adds well to the post.

    Maybe he is copying me–You never know. But likely not.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 30, 2008

  24. Great point, Neil. 1) I agree…he should be able to state what he is and what he believes and at the same time explicitly say “and so what if I was Muslim?!”. unfortunately we live in a time and place where there is so much hostility and MIS-information about Islam and Muslims – hence he neglected to acknowledge the issue of being Muslim being equated with negativity. 2) and YES, I agree, he IS most-definitely a brother! 3) and YES i agree he was paraphrasing malcolm X (peace be upon him) in his well-known, popularly recognized use of the term “bamboozled”.

    peace & progress!

    Comment by Aisha | January 31, 2008

  25. Great comment. Please visit the blog again.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 31, 2008

  26. Hey Neil Aquino here’s a question. ARE YOU A MUSLIM?

    Because Neil you sure seem to care an awful lot about what should be a trivial matter to you…unless you are a Muslim.

    Isn’t the point that certain people (Hillary campaign) want to keep spreading rumors and falsehoods and that Senator Obama has unequivocally refuted these falsehoods and stated the TRUTH?

    When falsehoods are being spread the truth will set you free Neil!

    Your criticism of Senator Obama’s clearcut statement of truth is one of the dumbest commentaries I’ve heard this political season (and that’s saying alot).

    SO Neil Aquino are you really that dumb or are you doing dirty work on behalf of the Hillary campaign? Or both?

    Comment by Averroes | February 21, 2008

  27. I think clicking to the home of the blog will suggest I’m not working for Mrs. Clinton. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 21, 2008

  28. “Why does the Koran teach that Jews & Christians should be killed if they do not convert to Islam? Read the Koran if you do not believe it!”

    The Koran says this:
    “Sura 2:62 “Lo! those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabaeans –whoever believes in God and the Last day, and does right –surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them, neither shall they greive.””

    Comment by Norwegian Student | May 29, 2008

  29. Yeah—What about all the crimes done in the name of the Bible? And in the name of all sorts of beliefs? Easy to sit in some remote place like Norway and disapprove of people. Muslim folks want no more or less trouble than anybody else.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 29, 2008

  30. Neil:
    Do you support Obama?

    Comment by austin4hillary | May 29, 2008

  31. Yep.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 30, 2008

  32. Neil:
    I still hate Obama but how will he bring change, how can he ensure it, and what is the change?

    Comment by austin4hillary | June 1, 2008

  33. Why is more needed among Democrats than that he is not McCain? I would be voting for Hillary if she were the nominee. When does this stuff end? Thanks.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 1, 2008

  34. Neil:
    Either I missed something, or you failed to answer the questions, how will he bring change, how can he ensure it,and what is the change?

    Comment by austin4hillary | June 1, 2008

  35. Hi I am from South Africa and I just managed to stumble upon this blog.I really think Obama will bring change to your country and to the world and also how the world percieves americans at present.Come on lets face it you guys are the most hated country in the world at present, it is not my personal feeling towards americans but bush has really screwed up your country with his war.It is time for change and believe me that change will be positive with Obama.Economies are bad accross the world and it is all thanks to war no matter who is at war, so I think he can do it.Give him a chance.Our country is also in trouble where leaders are concerned but we are the people that put them there and they should listen to us as a people.

    Comment by Eugene | August 27, 2008

  36. Eugene–Great comment. Nothing I can say to improve it.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 28, 2008

  37. obama is a very good president..we need a good ruler rite now b/c america is in deep danger…obamas ideas will bring change…. he looks and acts like a president with a strong voice and a caring heart..i think he’ll make a great president.. :)

    Comment by happy | February 6, 2009


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