On the heels of a new poll suggesting that nearly one in five Americans incorrectly believes that President Obama is a Muslim, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical leaders has weighed in with a seemingly lukewarm endorsement of the president's Christian faith.
The Rev. Franklin Graham waded into the discussion with his own controversial explanation of why people wrongly believe the president is a Muslim. Graham, who prayed with Obama in a session with his father, Billy Graham, earlier this year, was asked whether he has any doubts about Obama's self-avowed Christian faith.
"I think the president's problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name,"
The president himself has written that his father, Barack Obama Sr., was already a confirmed atheist by the time he was born. His father divorced his mother when Obama was 2 years old, and he had little contact with his father during his childhood.
As a Christian, Franklin Graham's comments towards President Obama make me understand why the amount of followers of Christianity is declining. The spreading of misinformation and division is definitely NOT what my religion stands for. We stand for love, peace, unity, forgiveness and FACTS. Do not be mislead by people like Mr. Graham. The White House said it best (and I'm paraphrasing); His father is a peacemaker while he seems to stand for division.
BUT....let's say their was a Muslim whether Arabic, White or Black (because Muslim is NOT a race) who wanted to run for president to make a positive impact on our nation while imposing the beliefs that ALL religions share of unity, peace and love while at the same time not necessarily forcing Americans to conform to one belief and realizing that although we are all different in religion, race etc. we are all still Americans, can you tell me what's wrong with that?? What is so heinous about having a Muslim-American president in future or an Arabic-American president no matter what religion a potential Arabic-American candidate would be? As long as I still have the right to serve my God and still go about practicing my Christian religion, I don't see the problem with that (unless we have political differences, but that is a whole different story; I'm finding reasons to endorse him because of his policies NOT his race!). When you openly discriminate against your OWN people (because Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans are STILL AMERICANS, and as Americans we stand TOGETHER); do not be surprised when they take comfort in being a part of an extremist, radical and spun version of Islam which does not correlate with the real practices and values of Islam. You are rejecting your own people while someone else who wants to make Jihad in America accepts them with open hands, WHAT THE HELL DO YOU EXPECT!!!
Now back to the Obama. Do not be surprised by the amounts of people who STILL think you are Muslim, when your administration has failed to take over and decide the what the national conversation is. Instead you let right-wing bloggers, conspiracy theorists, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Fox News spew out incorrect facts and opinions as facts whenever they want. Yes, they have the right to say whatever they want through the 1st Amendment, but you need to put up a STRONG ATTACK AGAINST ALL OF THESE INACCURACIES or you will be a ONE-TERM PRESIDENT and even worse than Jimmy Carter.