Summary of the eRumor: Various stories and questions
about Barack Obama.
The Truth: Barack Obama announced
his candidacy for President of the United States in February, 2007. As with other high profile
politicians there are stories and questions that began circulating on
the Internet about him.
There are several emails
circulating that, in different ways, say that Obama is
In December 2009 a new
rumor began circulating with a photo of the President saying that he was
preparing to pray with Muslims at the Whitehouse in Washington DC during
a Muslim prayer event in September 2009. The photo was taken
several months before in April 2009 while the President was removing his
shoes to visit a mosque in Turkey.
Obama's middle name is Hussein (named after his father, Barack Hussein
Obama, Sr.), his heritage does include Islam, and his grandfather was
Muslim. But there does not seem to be a time when either he or his
parents were practicing Muslims and Obama regards himself as a Christian.
Until his resignation from membership in 2008, he was a member of Chicago's Trinity United
Church of Christ where one Sunday morning in 1988 he said walked down
the aisle during an alter call by the pastor, Jeremiah
One of the emails says
that Obama used the Koran for his swearing-in ceremony in the Senate and
intended to use it for his swearing in as president. He did not use a
Koran for his swearing in to the Senate and used a Bible when he was
inaugurated as president.
Keith Ellison, a Muslim, did use the Koran for his swearing in ceremony
In response to email rumors
that have circulated about Obama, his campaign has created a page to
respond to the rumors including ones about his faith. CLICK
HERE for the "Fight the Smears" page.
Falsini Interview Some of the most definitive information about Obama's faith comes from
an interview he did with journalist Cathleen Falsini. She writes
that Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii to a white mother who came from
Protestant Midwestern stock but whom Obama describes in his own book as
a Christian but "a lonely witness for secular humanism."
Obama's father was a black African from the Luo tribe of Kenya.
Obama called him agnostic. Obama's grandfather on his father's
side was Muslim. When he was six years old, Obama's mother and
father divorced and she married an Indonesian man who was a
non-practicing Moslem. They moved to Indonesia where Obama said he
attended a Roman Catholic school until he was 10. An article Scott
Turow on Salon.com in 2004, however, said that while in Indonesia, Obama
spent 2 years in a Moslem school then 2 more in the Catholic school.
In terms of actual beliefs, Obama told Falsini that he has a deep faith
"...rooted in the Christian tradition." He added, "I
believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a
belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a
people, that there are values that transcend race or culture, that move
us forward, and that there’s an obligation for all of us individually
as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived."
He said his mother
"...was a deeply spiritual person and would
spend a lot of time talking about values and give me books about the
world’s religions and talk to me about them. Her view always was
that underlying these religions was a common set of beliefs about how
you treat other people and how you aspire to act, not just for yourself
but also for the greater good."
He also told Falsini,
"Alongside my own deep personal faith, I am a follower, as well, of
our civic religion. I am a big believer in the separation of church and
state. I am a big believer in our constitutional
Regarding his conversion experience, Obama said,
" It wasn’t an epiphany. It was much
more of a gradual process for me. I know there are some people who
fall out. Which is wonderful. God bless them. For me,
I think it was just a moment to certify or publicly affirm a growing
faith in me." Critics have said that his Christian faith is a
political choice to help his image and conceal Islam in his life.
Supporters point out that his conversion took place before he ran for
any public office. In the Falsini interview he said he reads the
Bible, although not as much as he wants to, and that prayer is a part of
his daily life but not in the formal sense. "I think I have
an ongoing conversation with God. Throughout the day I’m
constantly asking myself questions about what I’m doing, why I am
doing it," he said. "The difficult thing about any
religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call
to evangelize and proselytize. There’s the belief, certainly in
some quarters, that if people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their
personal savior, they’re going to hell," he told Falsini.
She said Obama did not believe that he or anyone else was going to hell
and that he wasn't sure he was going to heaven either. "What
I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be
rewarded. I don't presume to have knowledge of what happens after
I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the
here and now or in the hereafter, aligning myself to my faith and values
is a good thing.”
Obama's support of abortion, including the
controversial partial-birth abortion procedure, resulted in controversy
when he was invited by evangelical pastor Rick Warren to be the keynote
speaker at an AIDS conference at Saddleback Church in Southern
California in 2006. Warren, who is opposed to abortion, said his
invitation to Obama had nothing to do with abortion and that he wanted
to embrace diverse voices in his fight against AIDS. Abortion
opponents argued, however, that someone like Obama whose support of
abortion included something so extreme as partial-birth abortion should
not be given such a prominent platform and endorsement from pro-lifers.
Christianity Today In an interview published in Christianity Today magazine in January, 2008,
Obama said regarding his beliefs "I am a Christian, and I am a devout
Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin
and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that
Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always
prioritizing the least of these over the powerful."
In the same interview Obama said, "There is one thing that I want to
mention that I think is important. Part of what we've been seeing during
the course this campaign is some scurrilous e-mails that have been sent
out, denying my faith, talking about me being a Muslim, suggesting that I
got sworn in the U.S. Senate with a Quran in my hand or that I don't
pledge allegiance to the flag. I think it's really important for your
readers to know that I have been a member of the same church for almost 20
years, and I have never practiced Islam. I am respectful of the religion,
but it's not my own."
Click here for the page on Obama's site that deals with his faith.
for a list of other related stories about Barack Obama
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to
Barack Hussein Obama Sr. (black muslim) of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya , and Ann Dunham of Wichita , Kansas . (white atheist ).
When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced and his father returned
to Kenya . His mother married Lolo Soetoro -- a Muslim -- moving to
Jakarta with Obama when he was six years old. Within six months he had
learned to speak the Indonesian language Obama spent "two years in a
Muslim school, then two more in a Catholic school" in Jakarta . Obama
takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim while admitting
that he was once a Muslim, mitigating that damning information by saying
that, for two years, he also attended a Catholic school. Obama's father,
Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was a radical Muslim who migrated from Kenya to
Jakarta, Indonesia . He met Obama's mother, Ann Dunham—a white atheist
from Wichita , Kansas —at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Obama, Sr.
and Dunham divorced when Barack, Jr. was two. Obama's spinmeisters are now
attempting to make it appear that Obama's introduction to Islam came from
his father and that influence was temporary at best. In reality, the
senior Obama returned to Kenya immediately following the divorce and never
again had any direct influence over his son's education. Dunham married
another Muslim, Lolo Soetoro who educated his stepson as a good Muslim by
enrolling him in one of Jakarta 's Wahabbi schools. Wahabbism is the
radical teaching that created the Muslim terrorists who are now waging
Jihad on the industrialized world. Since it is politically expedient to be
a Christian when you are seeking political office in the United States ,
Obama joined the United Church of Christ to help purge any notion that he
is still a Muslim.
Who is Barack Obama?
Very interesting and something that should be considered
in your choice.
If you do not ever forward anything else, please forward
this to all your
contacts...this is very scarey to think of what lies ahead of
us here in our own United States...better heed this and pray about it and
Who is Barack Obama?
Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein
Obama was born in
Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from
Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHIEST from
Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii. When
Obama was two years
old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya. His mother then
married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia ?
When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocate to
attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a Catholic
Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a
Muslim. He is
quick to point out that, "He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended
Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it
appear that that he
is not a radical.
Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and
that this influence
was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon
after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son's
Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama's mother, Ann
introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in
Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the
who are now waging Jihad a gainst the western world.
Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN
when seeking majorpublic office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the
United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background.
ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the
Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.
Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of
Allegiance nor will he
show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands over their
hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.
Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected
The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US
from the inside
out, what better way to start than at the highest level - through the
President of the United States, one of their own!!!!
Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this
man leading our
country?...... NOT ME!!!