According to a recently-released survey, many Alabama and Mississippi Republicans overwhelmingly believe President Obama to be Muslim. Public Policy Polling asked Republicans in the two states, “Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim, or are you not sure?” In Alabama, 45% said “Muslim”, 41% said “unsure.” Only 14% said that the President is Christian.
Mississippi Republicans were even more distrusting of President Obama’s faith, with 52% saying he was Muslim, 36% unsure and only 12% saying Christian.
Since the beginning of his presidency, Obama has been dogged by rumors that he was lying about being a Christian, despite religious scholars calling his faith “explicitly Christian.”
“Obama may be the most explicitly Christian president in American history,” Messiah College professor John Fea wrote in February. “If we analyze his language in the same way that historians examine the religious language of the Founding Fathers or even George W. Bush, we will find that Obama’s piety, use of the Bible, and references to Christian faith and theology put most other American presidents to shame on this front. I think there may be good reasons why some people will not vote for Obama in November, but his commitment to Christianity is not one of them.”