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Labrador: No matter if Obama is a Muslim

10 April 2012 General 23 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

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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23 Comments »

  1. Well, Duh!

  2. Then why the big hoopla over his faith? Liars all. The party of “God” is not very charitable.

  3. Exactly right. Good for him for speaking the truth. It should not matter at all what, if any, religion a candidate is.

  4. I can’t even believe this is still a topic of discussion…

  5. Cause they’d hate him just the same

  6. It wouldn’t matter if he was a Snake Handler or a Yogic Flyer, either.

    None of this silly benevolent/wrathful sky-father nonsense matters.

  7. Being that religious litmus test only matters to Republicans. Of course it doesn’t matter, he could be an atheist or a wicken for all I care. It doesn’t matter. Regardless of what the right chooses to believe we do have a Separation of Church and state in this country as mentioned in the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution that states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” this is any religion. Our founding fathers understood there were differences in worship even in this Christian church so they passed this clause to prevent our country from becoming another country governed by a church (as in the Church of England).

  8. Liar, liar. Pants on fire

  9. I was surprised to hear him say that, but pleased.

  10. I thought I read it wrong when I saw that he was a Republican. Maybe there is a tiny vestige of sanity left in the GOP after all.

  11. Glad to see not all right wingers are crazy

  12. Labrador is proof that not all Republicans are nutjobs. Thank you, Mr. Labrador!

  13. Wow. A Republican who seems to have actually READ the Constitution. Will wonders never cease? And, BTW, the applicable part of the Constitution is not the 1st Amendment, but Article 6, Paragraph 2.

  14. @Michael: Technically neither part is relevant to the Constitution. Article 6 prohibits a legislative religious test. It does not prevent voters from using religion as a consideration.

    Voting against someone based on their religion is usually stupid bigotry, and it certainly is in the case of Birtherism. But there are plenty of horrible and stupid things that are perfectly Constitutional, and this is one of those.

  15. I would love to hear more republicans echo similar sentiments.

  16. I would prefer him to be Muslim any day than how is turned out to actually be a Republican; the true threat to civility and democracy.

  17. @Zachary- I don’t have a problem with people using their religious convictions in evaluating a candidate, but I do have a problem when people start saying that a candidate is unfit to hold office because of his/her religion. That constitutes a test of religion, which does violate Art. 6, Par. 2. Telling people they can’t use their faith to help inform their (individual) voting behaviour is a violation of the 1st Amendment. The two are different issues (although, as with all human activity, there is some intertwining).

  18. I’ve said it before, I would rather see a good Muslim in the White House than a bad Christian and there are plenty of THEM running for President right now, there is no proof that Obama is Muslim, or that these “christians” are in fact, Christian. Even Glenn Beck said he isn’t a Muslim but a bad Christian, coming from Beck, who has said he’s fed up of hearing from victims of 911 and Hurricane Katrina, and is a prime example of a “bad Christian”, it MUST be true!

  19. Well spoken, Representative Labrador.

  20. I agree. It shouldn’t matter.

  21. It should not matter, but Obama is still not a Muslim.

  22. Well stated. A candidate’s religious beliefs should not matter, unless he is a Republican.

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