Labrador: No matter if Obama is a Muslim
By BYRON TAU |
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said Sunday that it wouldn’t matter if President Barack Obama were a Muslim.
“It wouldn’t matter if he is,” Labrador said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “What we need to look at is the policies”
“I don’t believe he’s a Muslim. He’s told us he’s a Christian, and I believe him,” Labrador said in response to the false, but persistent belief that Obama is a closet Muslim.
Obama is a Christian, whose father was born into a mixed Muslim-Christian Kenyan family but was a pronounced atheist at the time of his son’s birth. Obama took the Christian religion of his mother’s side of the family from birth — but has battled rumors from political opponents that he is a Muslim.
Labrador was asked about Obama’s faith in the context of former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s denunciation of those rumors on “Meet the Press” in 2008.
“The correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian,” Powell said then. “He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America.”
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