Barack Hussein Obama is not a Muslim
As I've often stated, I don't make political recommendations on this blog, nor do I reveal whom I vote for, but I do comment on politics and political issues -- as every reader undoubtedly already knows.
Last February when I visited my hometown in the Arkansas Ozarks, I had a discussion with the father-in-law of one of my brothers. He was convinced that Obama was a Muslim. Apparently, some significant percentage of voters believe this as well.
A billboard near West Plains, Missouri -- a small town about 35 miles from my hometown of Salem, Arkansas and a place that I know very well -- presents a political caricature of Obama wearing a turban and identified as Barack "Hussein" Obama. Obviously, this billboard is an attempt to play upon the suspicion that Obama is a Muslim.
Barack Hussein Obama is not a Muslim despite his middle name "Hussein" and even his first name "Barack" -- not if freedom to choose one's religion has any significance in the United States. Obama was born in Hawaii to parents who were a nominally Muslim father from Kenya and a nominally Christian mother from Kansas. If one follows Muslim law, also known as shariah, then that would indeed qualify Obama as a 'Muslim', but the United States does not follow shariah. Obama was raised primarily by his nominally Christian grandparents and does not seem to have been religious at all until converting to evangelical Christianity during his post-university time as a community organizer working in Chicago.
Obama is therefore a Christian by choice.
I ought to add -- in partial agreement with Colin Powell -- that even if Obama were Muslim, that point should not matter. It would only matter if Obama were an Islamist aiming at instituting shariah rather than defending the US constitution.
Whether one votes for or against Obama, vote on the issues, not on the false rumor of Obama being a Muslim.
More about the controversial billboard can be read in the Baxter Bulletin.