Perhaps Obama should distance himself from Islam. It is problematic. And most of the issues surrounding Islam were created by Muslims themselves. The violence via the Prophet. The need to take over countries they immigrate to. To impose a restrictive Islamic way of life on even non-Muslims. The problem is Islam does not respect freedom. There is almost no Islamic country on earth that practices it in a way we can understand. Here is Ramadan, in most Muslim countries you would be arrested for eating during daylight hours. Non-Muslims are given only secondary rights to the meagre rights of Muslim citizens. It is simply not wise to back Islam. Backing people is another matter. That would depend on their conduct and intentions. Not their religion.
One in five Americans mistakenly believes Barack Obama is a Muslim, according to a new poll.
Despite the US president’s attendance in church and his repeated and public statements about his Christian faith, the number of Americans who believe he is actually Muslim is rising, the Pew Research Center poll found.
Meanwhile, the number of Americans who correctly identify Mr Obama as a Christian has fallen by nearly half from a year, to 34 per cent.
The poll, conducted by The Washington Post, found one third of conservative Republicans believe Mr Obama is a Muslim, nearly double the figure who said so last year.
The number of independent voters with the same mistaken belief has also risen, by eight points, to 18 per cent, the Post said.
The poll was taken before Mr Obama waded into a bitter dispute last week over plans for a mosque and interfaith centres just blocks from the New York site of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Mr Obama said on Friday that US principles protecting freedom of religion should apply equally to all faiths, and that Muslims should be able to worship freely in the United States.
But a day later he added that his comments were not intended to pass judgement on the wisdom of building a mosque near ground zero.
Of those who said they believe Mr Obama is Muslim, 60 per cent said they had learned about his religion from the media.
White House officials told the Post that mistaken impressions about Mr Obama’s faith were the result of “misinformation campaigns” being waged by his opponents.
“While the president has been diligent and personally committed to his own Christian faith, there’s certainly folks who are intent on spreading falsehoods about the president and his values and beliefs,” faith adviser Joshua DuBois said.