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August 31, 2010

Poll: 24% Think Obama is a Muslim

Nearly a quarter of Americans think President Obama is a Muslim or a follower of Islam, according to a recent Newsweek poll. The poll, conducted August 25-26, suggests that 24 percent of Americans believe he is a Muslim, compared to 42 percent of respondents who believe he is a Christian.

Ten percent believe he was "something else" and 24 percent don't know. In April and June of 2008, a similar poll suggested that 13 percent of Americans believed that Obama is a Muslim.

"I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian," Obama told Christianity Today in 2008. "I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ."

A poll taken by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life before Obama's remarks related to the proposed mosque in New York City suggested that 18 percent believe he is a Muslim.

According to the latest Newsweek poll, 31 percent think it's definitely or probably true that Obama "sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world."

President Obama told NBC's Brian Williams that there is a "network of misinformation" going on.

"I'm not gonna be worrying too much about whatever rumors are floating on out there," Obama said Sunday. "If I spend all my time chasing after that, then I wouldn't get much done."

Regarding those who suggest Obama wasn't born in the United States, he said, "I can’t spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead."

Last week, World Vision president Rich Stearns, Sammy Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Florida megachurch pastor Joel Hunter were among the signatories to an open letter challenging the belief that the president is a Muslim.

George Barna responded to recent polls by suggesting he doesn't care whether Obama is a Christian or something else.

All things being equal, I’d probably prefer a genuine Christian to someone who is not a devoted follower of Christ. But, then again, all things are never equal and past experience has shown that being a committed Christian is not necessarily a recipe for successful political performance.

Charisma reports that Rick Joyner is now on the fence.

Joyner said after reading Obama's books during the 2008 presidential election he was "95 percent" sure the president was a Christian, even if a "superficial" one. But now he's not so certain.

He said he is "about 55 percent persuaded that Obama is a Christian" and 45 percent convinced that he is possibly a Muslim. "And at times I have been more persuaded that he is a Muslim," he said.

On the other hand, pastor Thabiti Anyabwile posted Jimmy Kimmel's defense on his Gospel Coalition blog.

Comments

It seems most people are so confused on the issue of whether our President is a muslim or Christian? I wish we can all go back to check the definition of what a Christian is. It is not the description in the Web dictionary, it is the ultimate description given in the book of Acts when the desciples of Christ were taken notice of by the people of Antioch.
Christian is simply someone with CHRIST-LIKE attributes. Someone with a humble spirit, with a strong desire to do things that pleases the Lord. A Christian is someone in love with Christ, thus, all he does is desiring to be in Christ presence. A Christian is a DISCIPLE of Christ. Since many people in our churches are yet to surrender and become the disciple of Christ, it will be very difficult for them to know who is a TRUE Christian and who is not. A Christian leader is someone who privately and publicly professed their allegiance to Christ. You do not have to try to guess if they are Christian or not, because their words and actions will show the fruits of Christ that ultimately will guide him to make the right decision to lead the country.
All I can say is pray for our President to allow the LORD to direct him and touch his heart.

I seriously doubt this many people believe Obama is a Muslim. The percentage has to be inflated by the practical jokers and those who want simply to gall the President and his supporters.

The polls were conducted at "Dove of the World church" in Gainesville Fl.


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Why is it that we are so quick to judge his salvation? And yet, in most of our churches we will jump at the chance to throw the "sinners prayer" at unsuspecting targets to claim them as converts. I understand that we ought to beware of false teachers, but our President is not to be confused as the nation's spiritual leader.

Also, why would anyone be a muslim when they publicly say that they are not? I can see how Christians might say that President Obama is following wrong doctrine, but why must we force a different religion on him?

President Obama's religion or lack thereof is a non-issue in his holding the presidency in this country. Article 6 of the United States Constitution expressly states that no religious test shall ever be required to qualify for public office in this country.

The President's religion is his own private business. The constitution states there shall be no religious test for public office.