Some people persistent in questioning President Obama's statements about his religion. Why?
There is no religious test for office in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Constitution prohibits such a test. So why do the majority of Americans refuse to recognize the likelihood that the American President is Muslim?
Here's one reason: many liberals would be uncomfortable with supporting a man who privately accepts Muslim social values that liberals oppose, such as views against abortion, feminism, and homosexuality.
- I agree that religion is not a qualifying test for holding the Presidency. I do have an issue with people making false statements (or, at best, statements with a reckless disregard for the truth) about Obama's religion, when there are significant shortcomings in Obama's policy preferences that we Republicans can focus on. But that's just my opinion. Personally, I believe that Obama is a Christian, just as he says he is. GregG 20:35, 3 January 2013 (EST)
- "Just as he says he is" - politicians make many false statements. Some would argue that they should make false statements when it is for the good of the country, or their political party, or whatever.
- People are afraid of the unknown and will put up a mental defense to protect their ego. Obama is a proven liar. If he can't be trusted in small matters how can he be trusted to be truthful with things as important as faith? --Jpatt 21:10, 3 January 2013 (EST)
In general, attacking a political candidate's religious beliefs is like a boxer punching below the belt, and the public does not like such tactics. Here, candidate Obama and later President Obama has repeatedly stated that he is a Christian, and most people accept that at face value. However, people have to ask who was behind the email campaign that tried to mislabel him as a Muslim during both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. In the case of 2007, I personally suspect that the email rumors were launched by people anticipating that Obama would be their possible primary opponent. In the case of 2012, I think that it was political opportunism. I note that people generally treated Mitt Romney's Mormon beliefs as outside the bounds of the 2012 campaign. So, the "vocal opposition" to the false rumors about Obama's religion is a viceral reaction to dirty political tactics more than an actual concern about anything to do with the specific religion. Wschact 23:05, 4 January 2013 (EST)
- The liberal media did exaggerate the fact that Romney is a Mormon, and would have done much more of that if they thought Romney might win.
- The entries here about Obama being a Muslim are not criticizing him for it. Most recognize the political incentive for Obama not to say publicly that he is Muslim. He even joked about his inability to use his middle name, for political reasons.--Andy Schlafly 23:08, 4 January 2013 (EST)
- Would this page have prompted a better response from our editors if it were renamed, "Mystery:Why do some oppose the likelihood that Obama is Christian?" Wschact 01:45, 6 January 2013 (EST)
- Few oppose that, nor would there anything historical about it. The reality is that the evidence doesn't support politically motivated claims that Obama is a Christian.--Andy Schlafly 12:52, 6 January 2013 (EST)