Wow: Most Mississippi Republicans Still Think Obama is a Muslim

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President Obama attended a Christian church, the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, for two decades.  If you ask Obama about his religious affiliation, he makes it clear that he’s a Christian.  But for some reason, people in Alabama, Mississippi and other states that have historically hated black people refuse to believe the president’s answer.

Public Policy Polling (PPP) released a survey showing that the majority of GOP primary voters do not believe that President Obama is a Christian.   The poll surveyed 600 likely voters in the GOP primaries in Alabama, to find that only 14 percent consider Obama to be a Christian.  Another 45 percent said that he is a Muslim and the rest weren’t sure.

Across the border in Mississippi, a majority (52%) of survey respondents said they believe the president is a Muslim and another 36% said they aren’t sure.

GOP candidate Rick Santorum has aligned himself with such thinking, hinting that he’s not sure where President Obama is coming from.

“It’s not about your quality of life,” Santorum said at a rally in Columbus, Ohio. “It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible.”

The thing I find most interesting about the surveys in Alabama and Mississippi is that the majority of the respondents either didn’t know the answer to the question, or they believed an answer that is not validated by certifiable evidence.  This is a reflection of how, in many bible belt states, there is a deadly mixture of ignorance, arrogance and defiance that serves to define the culture which shapes the thinking of far too many Americans.

There is almost nothing that Barack Obama can do for these people to convince them that he is a “real American.” Their decision to portray an intelligent, respectful black man as an enemy of the state reflects the fact that they will never forgive him for being who he is.

These survey results bring forth another very interesting question:  What in the world is wrong with being a Muslim?  There has been a witch hunt to prove that President Obama is a Muslim, as if studying the Quran somehow makes you into an evil, undesirable beast unworthy of even a basic amount of decency.  The very worst of Southern Baptist self-righteousness can turn us into one of the most intolerant countries in the world.

Fortunately, there are many Americans who don’t think that being a Muslim is a crime.  There are millions of other Christians who accept President Obama as their brother in peace, even when they disagree with him, and don’t engage in this sort of nonsense.  These individuals form the backbone of America’s future, while those who stubbornly stand in the way of progress will find their ideas disappearing into the past.


Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, “Black American Money.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.


17 Comment

  1. If people don’t like you in the first place they tend to accept anything that they feel supports their dislike for you and they do not care whether it is true or false. Alabama and Mississippi have always been a breeding place for racial hatred against blacks. Rick Santorum has already established his intolerance for black people when said that blacks are living off of other people’s money. Let these backwoods bigots think what they want, they would never vote for President Obama in the first place and so there is no love lost. He is still their president whether they like it or not.

  2. I live in MISSISSIPPI and it is a REPUBLICAN state.This year we had state elections and there is only ONE Democratic in an elected state office. Attorney General Jim Hood who went against former Governor Haley Barbour for pardoning all those criminals and murderers! Our state supreme court upheld Governor Barbours pardons…now that says it all about MISSISSIPPI our highest court says the governor can override the Constitution?!!

  3. Please people in Alabama, Mississippi and other Southern states- grow up. Remember how George Wallace regretted for hating Blacks. Before his death Wallace confessed he made a terrible mistake hating others because of their race. For this reason, please stop looking at people’s race or religion or national origin as reasons to vote for or against. President Obama is Christian married to a Christian wife. President Obama is best person for the job now and in the next 4 years. Remember his accomplishments were BIG. All those GOP potential nominees have horrible backgrounds. They will dump you if you elect them. See what happened in states that voted Republican in 2010. People in those states are now crying they made mistake voting republican. Too late now – they have to wait another 2 years to vote morons out. Vote for your friend – President Obama.

  4. These bigots don’t have a clue as to what Islam
    Is about. If they took the time to understand
    Why so many of the people they are supposed
    to serve are Muslim and stop looking at
    Muslim extremist as the whole religion they
    would make for better officials and better people.
    Islam is religion of peace. Maybe they don’t
    accept it because they are not peaceful people.
    They never extended peace and blessing to
    anyone that doesn’t look, think, or live as they do.
    No matter how “Christian” they claim to be.
    Maybe they forgot that to be Christian mean
    to attempt to be Christ like.

  5. Who really cares what these people think? They probably don’t even understand what it means to be a Christian.

  6. What amazes me is the people in the southern states believing Obama is a muslin and claiming to be Christians themselves. How can anyone be a Christian and be so hateful. Christians are not suppose to judge. God tells us we can not judge and to love our neighbor. So people of the south or any place in the world, if you are a Christian stop hating your neighbor, and your president of the united states.

  7. There is nothing more horrid to be than to be christian….most of them are a bunch of backwood racist ass hicks to begin with.

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