According to Islamic law, if your father is a Muslim, so are you, and once a Muslim, always a Muslim. 

That fact has become relevant in the campaign for the Republican nomination for the presidency ever since Sen. Rick Santorum called into question Barack Obama’s religion when Santorum alleged the president was motivated by “some phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible” and also referred to Obama’s “radical Islamic policies.”    

First of all, let’s stipulate that religion has no place in American politics–with one important exception: If someone has misstated his religion and misled the electorate, the issue becomes not one of religion but of truth and honesty. 

Barack Hussein Obama’s Muslim father, Barack Hussein Obama, Senior, conferred his Islamic middle name, derived from Hussein Ibn Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, on Barack Hussein Obama, Junior.  At least in the eyes of Islam, our president is a Muslim, although he has said that “Hussein” is an African name and that he is a Christian. 

The case should be closed but isn’t for a variety of reasons. 

The president has said that his Kenyan father denied abandoned his Islamic faith before he abandoned his family.  He was raised–in part–by his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Obama, an atheist. 

A young boy possibly in his early teens, a younger girl (about age five), a woman and an elderly man sit on a lawn wearing contemporary c.-1970 attire. The adults wear sunglasses and the boy wears sandals.  Much of his upbringing was provided by his maternal grandparents after his mother married another Muslim, Lolo Soetero, took her son with her to live his formative years in Muslim Indonesia where he attended a Wahabi school in Jakarta and ultimately turned young Barry over to her parents while she pursued her education and career.  

All that abandonment had to have warped her child but none of the above proves Obama is a closet Muslim or a religious hypocrite who followed in his father’s footsteps by turning his back on Islam.  

The president’s collegiate life is still cloaked in mystery although it is known that he had Muslim roommates and travelled to Indonesia during his years at Columbia University and subsequently visited his father’s Muslim family in Kenya.  And, of course, he fondly wrote of dreams inherited from the Marxist father he resented for dumping his family but, again, none of that proves he is really a Muslim and not a Christian. 

Antagonizing America’s only ally in the Mideast, Obama has demonstrated an affinity for Islamic interests, has bowed to a Saudi potentate, has humiliated Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and has banished the term “Islamic extremism” from his administration’s lexicon. 

Ahmed_Aboul_Gheit_with_Obamas  Furthermore, according to an article titled, “Obama ‘A Strategic Catastrophe’ ” in Israel Today, in January, 2010 Obama met in private with then-Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit.  Gheit later said on Nile TV that, “The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim,” boasted of his Muslim roots, asked for patience from the Muslim world until the time was ripe, and swore his allegiance to the Muslim agenda. (http://bit.ly/alnzuF)  

Some people would say, Where there’s Islamic smoke, there’s a Muslim fire, but I reject that analogy as irrelevant.  There is no concrete evidence that President Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim anymore than there is concrete evidence that grass grows or that birds sing in springtime. 

On the other hand, there is substantial evidence that he is intent on subverting and destroying the United States of America, which is more than sufficient reason to send him back to his old job of agitating communities in Chicago.