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One in five Americans still believe Obama is Muslim

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 18, 2010 | 10:41 pm

Still?! You’ve got to be kidding me.

That’s right: One in five Americans still believe President Obama is a Muslim. That’s from a Pew Research Center study, via USA Today:

Responses in the poll tended to fall along ideological lines, Pew found. About one-third of self-described conservative Republicans said they believe Obama is a Muslim.

“Those who say he is a Muslim overwhelmingly disapprove of his job performance, while a majority of those who think he is a Christian approve of the job Obama is doing,” said a Pew report about the poll. Pew found that “even among many of his supporters and allies, less than half now say Obama is a Christian.”

Obama has spoken frequently about his Christian faith, including at the annual National Prayer Breakfasts and at a White House event celebrating Easter this year with Christian leaders. He receives a daily devotional prayer sent to his BlackBerry device.

As a candidate, Obama participated in a forum led by prominent Christian pastor Rick Warren, in which he said his “starting point” is “Jesus Christ died for my sins, and that I am redeemed through him.”

And yet people don’t believe. I’m all for being skeptical of politicians’ proclaimed religious beliefs. But this is absurd.

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