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.