Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has launched a tirade against John McCain, claiming he and his campaign are behind reports tying him to the Muslim faith.
Obama, a committed Christian today, was born to the Muslim faith and raised as a Muslim in his early youth, though he did not actively practice his religion.
Obama's ties to Islam is hereditary,he was born Muslim, his father was a Muslim, according to Muslim law, the religion is passed paternally. His fathers name Barack Hussein Obama is an Arabic name. The name Barack is a derivation of the horse that took the prophet Muhammad on his flight into heaven. Obama's father disappeared soon after his birth, however , he was raised by his white mother and her second husband, an Indonesian, who was also Muslim.
Obama attended a Catholic school in Indonesia, however he was registered as a Muslim. He was required to spend time praying with Muslim students and studying the Koran.
Though Obama biological father disappeared from his son's life soon after he was born and traveled to his native Kenya, he was raised by his Kansas-born mother and her second husband, an Indonesian who was also a Muslim.
Obama has described his mother as a Christian, but Newsweek recently noted she had eschewed her parents' faith in favor of secular humanism.
A close boyhood friend of Obama Zulfin Adi said Obama was a Muslim, he went to the mosque.
Obama's first-grade teacher at a Catholic school, Israella Dharmawan, said: "Barry (Barack's nickname) was Muslim. He was registered as a Muslim because his father was Muslim.
In the third grade, Obama transferred to a public school, where he was also registered as a Muslim. At the school, Muslim students attended weekly religion lessons about Islam.
Some of these details have been confirmed by Obama himself. In his autobiography, Dreams From My Father," Obama mentions studying the Koran and describes the public school as "a Muslim school."
Earlier this year,an Obama spokesman stated Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian.
But these statements are no true.
Everything suggests Obama was born a Muslim, to a nonpracticing father and for some years had considerable Muslim influence from his Indonesian stepfather.
Contrary to what Obama suggests, several pro-Obama sources have confirmed that he has many ties to Islam, through his upbringing, friends and associates.
His campaign states he never prayed in a mosque, untrue. There is proof that he did otherwise. No matter how much he tries to spin it, the facts are there.
26 percent of Americans believe he has Muslim ties.