Friday, August 20, 2010
43% Don't Know Obama's Religion
Everyone keeps talking about the 1 in 5 Americans thinking that Obama is a Muslim, but for me the more telling number is that almost half the country has no idea what religion this President is.
"President Barack Obama is a Christian who prays daily, a White House official said Thursday, trying to tamp down growing doubts about the president's religion.
A new poll showed that nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, believe Obama is Muslim. That was up from 11 percent who said so in March 2009. The survey also showed that just 34 percent said Obama is Christian, down from 48 percent who said so last year. The largest share of people, 43 percent, said they don't know his religion.
White House spokesman Bill Burton said most Americans care more about the economy and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and "they are not reading a lot of news about what religion the president is." He commented on Air Force One as Obama headed for a vacation in Massachusetts on Martha's Vineyard.
Burton added, "The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday." (source)
The problem for the White House is...if the President was "obviously a Christian" half the country wouldn't be at a loss to name his religion and the rest wouldn't think he was a Muslim. Now, the one in five that say he's a Muslim might be savvy bloggers that know that the Muslim world considers him a Muslim because his father was a Muslim.
Count me among the 43% that doesn't know what religion he is. Reverend Wright's church, in which he sat for 20 years, had nothing to do with religion or Jesus Christ but political and racial activism. And Obama has spoken of a "collective salvation" which anyone that has actually read the Bible knows that there is no such concept mentioned or implied.