The question of religion, often handled very poorly by candidate Obama has now come back to hunt him. According to a poll, 18% of Americans believe that the President is a Muslim.
BBC says “Some 18% said the president was a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009, according to the Pew Research survey of 3,003 Americans.”
It is easy to guess why the 18% believe that President Obama is a Muslim. The right wing nuts and conservative commentators have used his speech on right of Muslim Americans to practice their religion, as a confirmation that Obama is indeed a Muslim. And now they are spreading lies about his religion.
President Obama is a Christian. It is wrong to say that he is a Muslim- because it is wrong to spread lies. But sadly, the whole issue has been twisted to sound like it is wrong to be a Muslim.
President Obama encountered similar issue when he was candidate Obama. He was “accused” of being a “covert Muslim”. He handled the whole incident very poorly and did not end the matters then and there. And now the issue has boomeranged.
Instead of repeating time and again that he is NOT a MUSLIM, candidate Obama should have stood strongly and said that he is a Christian and even if he was a Muslim he would not be sacred to declare his faith proudly. That would have silenced this morons.
But he looked at poll numbers more than taking this high but difficult road. He acted as if even he was offended to be considered a Muslim.
Right wingers found a touchy button and now they are pushing it.
It is because of their misinformation campaign number of Americans who believe that the President is a Muslim is growing.The 18% whole believe that Obama is a Muslim, they may not all be hateful people. Some may be genuinely misled by the people they know or the things they read-online or on the paper. But majority of them believe that being a Muslim is wrong that that President Obama is a Muslim.
How to deal to such hateful, mislead people? There is still time for the President to shut this debate once and for all.Mr. Obama just has to stand up and tell these people to go find hobby. Let them know that he is a Christian and that if was a Muslim he would not mind declaring that to the world.