Is there anything this man won’t do to pander for votes?
Barack Obama today lied at the National Prayer Breakfast and covered up his father’s Muslim faith.
CNN posted the transcript:This may come as a surprise, for as some of you know, I did not come from a particularly religious family. My father, who I barely knew – I only met once for a month in my entire life – was said to be a non-believer throughout his life.
Of course, this is not true.
Obama’s father Barack Obama, Sr. was a Muslim and it even lists him as a Muslim on his Wikepedia page.
And while the Wikipedia entry references Obama Sr.'s father as a Muslim, it clearly states that Barack Obama's father was an "atheist". A man who was born into a mixed Christian/Muslim family, mind you.
But the dishonest nature of the reactionary Right doesn't end their, as it seems that simply because you are born into a family that practices a particular religion that you are somehow magically imbued with those same set of beliefs.
Having grown up in a Christian family ( Methodist/Southern Baptist ) I never fully agreed with those Biblical teachings - as they are rarely, if ever, put into practice - and to this day do not consider myself a Christian. Acceptance of a particular theology is a "choice", not something that is thrust upon you at birth.
The full transcript of Obama's address to the Prayer Breakfast can be found here.
The modern American Right seem to be tilting more and more towards a desire for Theocratic Rule rather than a Democracy that accepts all religious beliefs and does not deny anyone the free practice thereof. And regardless of when and where Obama goes to church, where and what and why he prays, the reactionary Right in America are going to find a way to claim their own religious superiority to him. I find a rather delicious irony in all of this actually, considering how those that allegedly practice the teaching of Holy text are more than willing to "judge" another person.