Trump Gotcha, Really? Is it Idiotic to Have Doubts About Whether Pres. Barack Obama Is Christian or Muslim?

CNN: “When Donald Trump tries to sow doubt about President Obama’s citizenship, how should media figures respond?” Brian Stelter speaks to Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg.

Some people would say it is a waste of time to argue whether Barack Obama is a Muslim or a Christian, especially compared to pressing issue such as the national debt, the Iranian nuclear deal and jobs. However, the Muslim issue has been a pesky little question for year. Now it’s popped into the spotlight again this weekend after a man presented himself last Thursday as a Trump supporter at a rally, and commented that Obama is a Muslim and not an American citizen. During the September 17th Rochester, New Hampshire event, the unknown man in a “Trump” T-shirt said that our current president “is one” (a Muslim). The man also wanted Trump to “get rid of” supposed Muslim “training camps” in the United States. Since the identity of the man has not come out, and he is nowhere to be found, some people suspect he was a plant. The response to Trump’s lack of response festered over the weekend.

Apparently, there are many media figures and political figures that believe the confirmation of Obama’s citizenship and religion is a done deal, but polls indicate the issue is not a done deal. Here CNN’s Brian Stelter confidently states that Barack Obama is a Christian and is a citizen of the United States. Even though Barack Obama isn’t running for President of the United States, the question is being used as a tool to attempt to electrocute Trump’s campaign.

But Steve Malzberg, from NewsMax, who explains that he is not a defender of Donald Trump, says he understands what the fuss is all about. Malzberg believes Obama is perceived as an Islamist sympathizer by his actions — citing support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and his rocky relationship with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In addition, comments and gaffes have raised suspicions about where his heart is.

THEY THINK HE IS MUSLIM OR THEY JUST KNOW

15% of Democrats in a CNN poll think Obama is a Muslim

Almost 48% surveyed think Obama is a Muslim and/or say they don’t know in a CNN poll.

— Steve Malzberg, Newsmax TV host in interview with Brian Stelter

President Barack Obama says he prays regularly and that he and his wife, Michelle, aren’t bothered when they “hear our faith questioned from time to time.”

The following is not meant to infer that Barack Obama is comparable to historical dictators, but obviously leaders in history have lied or deceived about their religious belief or devotion to Christianity for political gain. In a 1922 speech — a little over a decade before his rise from chancellor to dictator, Adolf Hitler said,”My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter” while insiders knew him as skeptical or ambiguous about Christianity — and opportunistic. Historians report that Hitler moved to destroy the influence of the Christian church in Germany after carefully appearing religious in order to gain power and trust of German citizens in a free election.

Just before World War II, and following the most recent persecution and banning of religion from 1928-1941 (with churches decreasing from about 30,000 to 500), Joseph Stalin revived the Russian Orthodox Church to intensify patriotic support for the war effort and presented Russia as a defender of Christian civilization. Stalin knew the church had an ability to organize and motivate people.

It may be polite to trust Barack Obama on his word that he is a Christian, but it is certainly not hateful to be skeptical about his actual belief or his potential for utilizing the perception that he is a Christian for his own political gain. Besides President Barack Obama has said that he and the First Lady aren’t bothered when they hear their faith questioned.

Here are videos that have been used by skeptics regarding Barack Obama’s religious background.

“High Horse” comment. Obama used a Prayer Breakfast to bring up the Crusades to criticize actions of Christians in the 14th century to illustrate our hypocrisy. CNN: “At a prayer breakfast on Thursday, President Obama discussed the crusades and slavery, saying many terrible things were done in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Obama at Easter Prayer Breakfast: “Less than loving expressions by Christians.”

Michael Savage: Jesus Missing From Obama’s Georgetown Speech. The gold “IHS” monogram (described as an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ) inscribed on a pediment in the hall was covered over by a piece of black-painted plywood, and remained covered over the next day, CNSNews.com reported (NBC News: Jesus Missing From Obama’s Georgetown Speech).

As a Senator, Obama mocked the Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and The Sermon on the Mount as guidance for modern world public policity.

“My Muslim faith” corrected by ABC’s George Stephanopolos.

Backing a Mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.

“Touring all 57 states in America” — perhaps a Freudian slip while mindful of the 57 States that are members of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation.

57 Members of Organization of the Islamic Cooperation

Republic of AZERBAIJAN
Member Since 1992
National Day 28/5
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Hashemite Kingdom of JORDAN
Member Since 1969
National Day 25/5
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Islamic Republic of AFGHANISTAN
Member Since 1969
National Day 19/8
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of ALBANIA
Member Since 1992
National Day 28/11
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

State of The UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Member Since 1972
National Day 2/12
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of INDONESIA
Member Since 1969
National Day 17/8
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of UZBEKISTAN
Member Since 1996
National Day 1/9
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of UGANDA
Member Since 1974
National Day 9/10
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Islamic Republic of IRAN
Member Since 1969
National Day 11/2
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Islamic Republic of PAKISTAN
Member Since 1969
National Day 23/3
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kingdom of BAHRAIN
Member Since 1972
National Day 16/12
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

BRUNEI-DARUSSALAM
Member Since 1984
National Day 23/2
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

People’s Republic of BANGLADESH
Member Since 1974
National Day 26/3
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of BENIN
Member Since 1983
National Day 1/8
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

BURKINA-FASO (then Upper Volta)
Member Since 1974
National Day 11/12
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of TAJIKISTAN
Member Since 1992
National Day 9/9
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of TURKEY
Member Since 1969
National Day 29/10
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Turkmenistan
Member Since 1992
National Day 27/10
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of CHAD
Member Since 1969
National Day 11/8
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of TOGO
Member Since 1997
National Day 27/4
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of TUNISIA
Member Since 1969
National Day 20/3
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

People’s Democratic Republic of ALGERIA
Member Since 1969
National Day 1/11
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of DJIBOUTI
Member Since 1978
National Day 27/6
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kingdom of SAUDI ARABIA
Member Since 1969
National Day 23/9
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of SENEGAL
Member Since 1969
National Day 4/4
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of The SUDAN
Member Since 1969
National Day 1/1
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SYRIAN Arab Republic
Member Since 1972
National Day 17/4
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of SURINAME
Member Since 1996
National Day 25/11
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of SIERRA LEONE
Member Since 1972
National Day 27/4
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of SOMALIA
Member Since 1969
National Day 1/7
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of IRAQ
Member Since 1975
National Day –/–
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Sultanate of OMAN
Member Since 1972
National Day 18/11
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of GABON
Member Since 1974
National Day 17/8
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of The GAMBIA
Member Since 1974
National Day 18/2
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of GUYANA
Member Since 1998
National Day 23/2
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of GUINEA
Member Since 1969
National Day 2/10
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of GUINEA-BISSAU
Member Since 1974
National Day 24/9
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

State of PALESTINE
Member Since 1969
National Day 1/1
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Union of The COMOROS
Member Since 1976
National Day 6/7
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

KYRGYZ Republic
Member Since 1992
National Day 31/8
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

State of QATAR
Member Since 1972
National Day 18/12
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of KAZAKHSTAN
Member Since 1995
National Day 16/12
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of CAMEROON
Member Since 1974
National Day 20/5
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of COTE D’IVOIRE
Member Since 2001
National Day 7/8
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

State of KUWAIT
Member Since 1969
National Day 25/2
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of LEBANON
Member Since 1969
National Day 22/11
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Libya
Member Since 1969
National Day 24/12
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of MALDIVES
Member Since 1976
National Day 26/7
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of MALI
Member Since 1969
National Day 22/9
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MALAYSIA
Member Since 1969
National Day 31/8
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Arab Republic of EGYPT
Member Since 1969
National Day 23/7
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kingdom of MOROCCO
Member Since 1969
National Day 30/7
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Islamic Republic of MAURITANIA
Member Since 1969
National Day 28/11
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of MOZAMBIQUE
Member Since 1994
National Day 25/6
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of NIGER
Member Since 1969
National Day 18/12
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Federal Republic of NIGERIA
Member Since 1986
National Day 1/10
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of YEMEN
Member Since 1969
National Day 22/5
Ministry of Foreign Affairs



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