A Manchurian Candidate?
Do voters really know who Barack Obama is, or are they just wishfully thinking whom they would want him to be?

June 1st, 2008
by Thomas Tomczyk

[private] v6-6-My Voice-ObamaIf it wasn’t for disillusionment with George W. Bush’s policies Americans wouldn’t be on the verge of electing a black man, or maybe even a woman for president. This attitude of “anything is better than Bush” has a risk: Barack Obama could become one of the least experienced, least proven presidents in US history.

What Obama would do as president, or how he would respond to any issue is purely speculative. But looking at Barak Obama’s past, it should be concerning that he is unable to be honest and forthcoming about his Muslim roots and transition to Christianity.

Islam is the only religion in the world that punishes apostasy by death. Muslims do not have the freedom to search their path for spiritual belief outside of Islam. It would be nice to hear about Obama’s transition from Islam to Christianity. Still, this will be difficult as Obama denies being or practicing Islam at any point of his life.

Obama’s official campaign website BarackObama.com states: “Barack Obama Is Not and Has Never Been a Muslim. Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ.” Hmm… Things are a bit more complicated.

Barak Obama’s mother has married twice, both times to much older than her Muslims, government bureaucrats, one black, the other Asian. Obama’s father, grandfather, stepfather, all his Kenyan stepbrothers and Indonesian stepsister Maya are Muslims.

Obama began his education in Jakarta, Indonesia at the St. Francis of Assisi primary school in 1968. In his class 1B he was registered as Barry Soetoro, an Indonesian citizen, and his religion was listed as Islam. In 1971, Obama was transferred to Besuki Primary School, a government school, and documents also list him as a Muslim.

Obama, in accordance with the school’s policy of educating children according to their declared religious beliefs, studied Koran, learned to recite it, and was exempt from taking bible classes that he would have taken if he were declared a Christian.

In a 2007 New York Times article Obama is quoted as reciting the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

In 2007, Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia and Obama’s one-time classmate, was quoted as saying, “He [Obama] was often in the prayer room wearing a ‘sarong’, at that time. He was quite religious in Islam but only after marrying Michelle, he changed his religion.”

What interests me is not necessarily how the American electoral public perceives Barak Obama, but how the Muslim societies do. He is not seen as a traitor of his Muslim faith, but as an agent of Muslim interests. In Indonesia his conversion from Islam to Christianity is often described as “mengaku,” meaning “claimed.” A Hamas spokesperson in the US has expressed preference for Obama above other presidential candidates.

I believe that a person of any faith, even with no faith at all, could become a US president. I personally think Obama follows his mother’s attitude and is more an atheist, or a-religious person, but that would be not particularly practical in the US election season. [/private]

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