Barack Hussein Obama - Birther / Muslim
The U.S. Constitution requires that the president must have been a U.S. citizen at birth. But some of Mr. Obama's political opponents, nicknamed "birthers," questioned whether he hds adequately proven his native birth and his qualification to be president. Some have alleged that he was born in Kenya, his father's home country. They said their suspicions were based on the president's failure to supply his original birth certificate.
In 2008, the Obama campaign released an official state of Hawaii document, called a "certification of birth." That document, produced at a later date, provides information about Obama's parents and time and place of birth. The U.S. government accepted the certification as proof of birth, and the president said that should have put the matter to rest.
A poll released 18 August 2010 by the Pew Research Center indicated that only 34 percent of people knew the president is Christian. A substantial and growing number of Americans said that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian had declined. More than a year and a half into his presidency, a plurality of the public said they do not know what religion Obama follows. The national survey by the Pew Research Center foundd that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Roughly a third of conservative Republicans (34%) said Obama is a Muslim, as do 30% of those who disapprove of Obama’s job performance. But even among many of his supporters and allies, less than half now say Obama is a Christian. Among Democrats, for instance, 46% say Obama is a Christian, down from 55% in March 2009.
Beliefs about Obama’s religion were closely linked to political judgments about him. Those who said he is a Muslim overwhelmingly disapproved of his job performance, while a majority of those who think he is a Christian approve of the job Obama is doing. Those who are unsure about Obama’s religion are about evenly divided in their views of his performance.
The controversy continued, with 45 percent of Republicans questioned in a 2011 CBS/New York Times poll saying they believe Obama was not born in the United States. Real estate mogul and television personality Donald Trump, a possible Republican presidential contender in 2012, repeatedly questioned the circumstances of the president's birth. Trump, a billionaire real estate tycoon, fueled the so-called "birther" movement by repeatedly demanding that Obama prove he was not born in Kenya, as some of the president's fringe detractors incorrectly asserted. Trump repeatedly questioned the validity of Obama’s presidency over eight years and fed into conspiracy theories over the authenticity of his birth certificate.
In March 2011, Franklin Graham, an internationally known evangelist like his father, Billy Graham, warned that the Muslim Brotherhood, with the complicity of the Obama administration, had infiltrated the U.S. government at the highest levels and is influencing American policy that leaves the world’s Christians in grave danger “The Muslim Brotherhood is very strong and active here in our country,” Graham told Newsmax. “We have these people advising our military and State Department. We’ve brought in Muslims to tell us how to make policy toward Muslim countries. It’s like a farmer asking a fox, ‘How do I protect my hen house?’"
Trump was well aware of the signals he was sending by using Obama's middle name of Hussein, implying a possible Muslim conspiracy and leaving the door open to renew his arguments if additional terror attacks occur. Trump's controversial statements and blunt attacks on his political opponents divided the Republican Party, with some leading party members denouncing his candidacy and calling him unfit to lead. President Obama released his long-form birth certificate on 27 April 2011. “We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers,” Mr. Obama said, a clear reference — if not by name — to Trump.
Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement: “The president ought to spend his time getting serious about repairing our economy, working with Republicans and focusing on the long-term sustainability of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Unfortunately his campaign politics and talk about birth certificates is distracting him from our No. 1 priority — our economy.”
A September 2015 poll found that 29 percent of Americans think President Barack Obama is a Muslim. The CNN/ORC survey also showed that 1 in 5 Americans — 20 percent — believe the American president was born outside of the United States. While about 3 in 10 Americans think Obama is a Muslim, 45 percent do say they believe he is some sort of Christian — either Protestant, Catholic or Mormon. Fourteen percent of respondents have no opinion on the matter while 11 percent, when asked the president’s religion, said he is not religious. There appears to be an education gap when it comes to people’s opinions. Most people who earned a college degree — 63 percent — agree that Obama is a Protestant while 28 percent of those without a college degree say that he is.
Campaigning 19 September 2015 in New Hampshire, Trump allowed a supporter who called Obama a non-American Muslim to go unchallenged. Trump, chuckling, interrupted the accuser, saying: "We need this question. This is the first question." Trump did not correct a supporter who had questioned President Barack Obama's religious faith and nationality, and said that he was not obligated to defend the president. However, another Republican candidate, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, in a separate campaign stop, described Obama as "an American and a Christian" and said he would not lend credence false conspiracy theories about the president.
Breitbart News reported 30 June 2016 that Capt. Joseph R. John, USN (Ret), the Chairman of Combat Veterans for Congress PAC, writes that members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist front groups have become “a very dangerous ‘Fifth Column’ in the United States, appointed by Obama to very high and sensitive positions in the US Government agencies.” It was claimed that the "Muslim Brotherhood (the progenitor of Jihadism), and its front groups, the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), do not have members who are law abiding Muslim Americans..... Members of the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, and MPAC have sinister goals that are not in support of the US Constitution or The Bill of Rights. They have become a very dangerous “Fifth Column” in the United States, appointed by Obama to very high and sensitive positions in the US Government agencies.
"For nearly 8 years Obama has been filling the Washington bureaucracy including DHS, the CIA, DOD, the National Security Council, the White House, the State Department, every US Intelligence Agency, and the US Armed Forces with thousands of members of the CAIR, MPAC, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Muslim Brotherhood front groups.
"Phil Haney (former Custom & Border Protection DHS Law Enforcement Officer) and Richard Higgins (former DOD Manager of the Combating Terrorism & Technical Support Office & Irregular Warfare Section) made explosive charges on national radio. They stated that the Obama administration is a “tool” for the Jihadi movement in the US. That the driving force behind America’s domestic counter-terrorism strategies and its foreign policy is a massive Muslim Brotherhood (MB) movement in the United States, that the MB controls how the issue of terrorism is handled at the National Security Agency level."
In a campaign rally 11 August 2016, Trump claimed that President Barack Obama “founded” the Islamic State. Trump called Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “the MVPs of ISIS,” reiterating claims from a day earlier when he told a crowd of supporters at a campaign stop in Florida that Obama is “the founder of ISIS. He's the founder of ISIS. He's the founder. He founded ISIS.” ISIS is an acronym for the militant group.
“It’s inflammatory, but it’s more than that,” said David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the Foreign Policy Group, of Trump’s latest statements. “It’s encouraging tropes that Obama is a Muslim, that Obama isn’t American, that Obama doesn’t have the same goals and values."
President Barack Obama released copies of his original birth certificate 16 September 2016, hoping to end a controversy over his place of birth and his qualification to be president. The president said the so-called "birther" controversy has distracted the country from serious issues. "We do not have time for this kind of silliness," Obama added. "We've got better stuff to do. I have got better stuff to do. We have got big problems to solve, and I am confident that we can solve them. But we have got to focus on them, not on this."
Donald Trump - or, at least his campaign - admitted 16 September 2016 he believed President Barack Obama was actually born in the United States, after years of questioning the president’s citizenship. The Trump campaign, in a statement, credited Trump with forcing Obama to release his birth certificate and bringing closure to an issue he helped bring into the spotlight over the course of Obama’s presidency. “Inarguably, Donald J. Trump is a closer,” spokesman Jason Miller said. “Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States.”
In 2012 an Egyptian magazine claimed six American Muslim leaders who work with the Obama administration were Muslim Brotherhood operatives who have significant influence on US policy. Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, in a 22 December story, said the six men turned the White House “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
In July 2012, Gohmert, along with Rep. Michele Bachmann, R, Minn., and three other Republican House members, pointed to Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, as a possible Muslim Brotherhood influence on US policy. The lawmakers asked the inspectors general at the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State to investigate, prompting Democrats and Republicans to rush to Abedin’s defense.
On 13 June 2012, Gohmert wrote to Ambassador Harold W. Geisel, Deputy Inspector General, Department of State, ", information has recently come to light that raises serious questions about Department of State policies and activities that appear to be a result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Given that the US government has established in federal court that the Muslim Brotherhood’s mission in the United States is “destroying the Western civilization from within” — a practice the Muslim Brothers call “civilization jihad” — we believe that the apparent involvement of those with such ties raises serious security concerns that warrant your urgent attention."
Abedin worked for an organization founded by her family that was claimed to be at the forefront of a grand Saudi plan to mobilize US Muslim minorities to transform America into a strict Wahhabi-style Islamic state. Abedin, was an assistant editor for a dozen years for the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs for the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs. The institute – founded by her late father and currently directed by her mother – is backed by the Muslim World League.
Abedin also was a member of the executive board of the Brotherhood’s Muslim Student Association. An purported internal Saudi memo said Muslim Brotherhood members “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and by the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
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