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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 26, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    There are 6 million Mormons in the USA and approximately the same number of Muslims.
    I'm waiting for a White House dinner honoring Pioneer Day. (Even a visit to Utah would be a nice gesture. We're at the end of his list of 57 states so it may take awhile.)
    Seriously, what is with this president and his theological affirmative action?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 26, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    Why is Obama hesitant with admitting he's Muslim?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 26, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    What a sad commentary on America that even when the President offers a gesture of good will it provides an opening for some sour and bitter detractors to gripe and moan.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 26, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    Craig Clark--"some sour and bitter detractors to gripe and moan."?

    Where did you find this?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 26, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Answer to worf's last question: in plenty of posts on this site - and leave it at that. As to why Muslims get a holiday recognized at the White House and Mormons don't, it might be because the world has about 1 billion Muslims, with Mormons well short of that.

    worf must be the last possible person anywhere to contend that Obama is a Muslim. In fact, nothing in the Constitution or law anywhere precludes a Muslim from holding ANY political office. But just as a reminder, the whole Obama family was in church on Easter. Yes, a Christian church, within a couple of blocks from the White House.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 26, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    @Mark
    Hey, it was a nice day and the church was within walking distance. It made a nice photo op.
    Besides, the preacher took a good swipe at the religious right in his sermons.
    It's tough to call Obama a Christian when he favors abortion, abortion pills and gays.
    Did I mention he's not keen on soldiers having religious discussions among themselves?
    I'd say the president has sort of a political brand of religion

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    @worf
    "Why is Obama hesitant with admitting he's Muslim?"

    I'd like to know how Obama is simultaneously a Muslim and a black liberation theologist (and also an atheist which some others claim).

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    @Say No to BO
    "It's tough to call Obama a Christian when he favors abortion, abortion pills and gays."

    If we assume every single non-Christian in the US is pro-choice and for same-sex marriage that still leaves roughly 1/3 of Christians in this nation as pro-choice and 1/3 (and growing) of Christians supporting same-sex marriage. Not exactly all that rare a belief.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 26, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    Look at his behavior-not words. Grew up in a Muslim school.

    Obama has proven on many occasions, that his words are not true.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 26, 2013 3:06 p.m.

    The president owes me no explanations about his religion, and none would be adequate for Say No. Happy Ramadan.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    @worf
    "Grew up in a Muslim school."

    Heh, so? My dad grew up in a Catholic school, he's an atheist now. You say to look at his behavior and ignore all the time he's spent at Christian churches. Hey maybe he's Jewish, after all they've had White House events for Jewish holidays too.

  • Democrat Provo, UT
    July 26, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    Whoaa! Hold your horses.
    President Obama HAS hosted Mormons in the White House--multiple times. He hosted President Monson and Elder Oaks. He also hosted a group of young Mormons that was reported on in the bloggernacle. Members of the 12 were also guests at both his inaugurations and he invited President Uchtdorff to come and discuss immigration policy.

    As for the President's faith: well documented Christian! Let the doubters re-watch the Charlie Rose interview. When asked how he made the decision to send in the Seals instead of cruise missiles to get Bin Laden he replied: "A whole lotta prayer".

    If all you do is get your news from Matt Drudge or Glenn Beck then yes, you might live in a lonely, ugly world where you think everything is a conspiracy against you and that preachers at the National Cathedral are actually taking swipes against the religious right (laughable). But if you will stick with the regular news (this site is not too bad) you might learn that all of the Presidents of our lifetimes have been men of sound Christian faith and this country is blessed by God and not the rotten place you think it is.

  • Democrat Provo, UT
    July 26, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    I would add to Worf: the canard about President Obama attending a Madrassa was debunked eons ago. That rumor was used against him by other Dems during the 08 primaries but was proven false. Besides, even if it were true, why wouldn't we take a man's word about his religion? How many Protestants have attended a Catholic school and we never made an issue of it.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    July 26, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    Has anyone else noticed how few times in the past, oh say 8 months or so (since November of 2012)the Obamas have been seen attending a church (any church)? Gosh. Last summer, at this time, they were being photographed almost weekly attending one church or another. Ya know, kind of like the Romneys. I wonder what's changed....

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    July 27, 2013 2:14 a.m.

    Oh, Democrat… the rose-colored glasses some people choose to look through.

    You remind me of some of my relatives in Nazi-occupied Denmark: “Don’t worry, everything will be fine. Hitler just wants to improve things for everybody,” they claimed. “You say there’s talk of rounding up the Jews here in Denmark. Don’t be silly -- That could never happen here!” they insisted.

    How about sizing up people by what they actually do rather than what you think they do? Ask yourself who actually believes the Bible’s teachings, yet still supports abortion, large scale welfare and socialism; all blights on a country supposedly today still “blessed by God”. Ask yourself which party voted to remove God from their national platform.
    And, lastly, you cannot make statements like “punished with a child” and “abortions help fulfill dreams”, like he has, and be a person of faith. Let’s size him up by what he actually does versus who we want him to be.

  • Contrarius mid-state, TN
    July 27, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    @worf --

    "Why is Obama hesitant with admitting he's Muslim?"

    Obama also hosts Passover seders every year, and he was in fact the first president to ever do so.

    Are you going to accuse him of being Jewish now?

  • Democrat Provo, UT
    July 27, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    LasVegasPam:
    Yes there are Rose Colored glasses and then there are those who see a cloud in front of every silver lining. President Obama is not perfect and I don't agree with him on everything. But there is a line coming from right-wing media that insists he is some evil-Charlatan (see your own Hitler comparisons). Far lefty's said the same things about Reagan and the Bushes but this stuff is all hyberbole used to win elections and sell radio advertising. For example, I heard people say Clinton was going to lead us down the road of Communism and take our guns but that never happened either.

    Also, the Democrats didn't "remove God" from their platform. Check it your self--He is still there.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    There are a lot of useless criticisms of each other on here. However, none of them negated the logic of the first comment.

    To profess tolerance, and practically demand great lengths of respect be shown to the Muslim world is very ironic and is inconsistent.

    Members of the LDS Church don't believe in recognizing gay marriage, but we do believe in being respectful, etc. Muslims are far more at odds with liberal views on nearly all points of policy. Some Muslim countries are very violent against gays as a general practice.

    Yet many still cater to their "pretend tolerance" for the sake of political popularity and feeling "good inside".

    I'm not saying tolerance is bad. I'm not saying anyone is wrong for showing tolerance of Muslims or any religion. I'm only saying that the right thing to do is show true tolerance for other beliefs, not cater to popular demand.

    He can start any time now. Many of us are waiting.

  • Larceny Rural Hall, USA, NC
    July 29, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    This is not the Daily Mormon. Why does every article about Obama turn into a fist fight with Liberals vs. Mormons? Why can't we talk about what this really is, and not describe those with radical or anti Liberal feelings as "Mormons".

  • Whos Life RU Living? Ogden, UT
    July 29, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    Larceny,

    You would understand this nonsense if you lived in Utah.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    The problem isn't whether he's really a Muslim. The problem with Obama is he'll be exactly what you want him to be when you want it.

    The guy is actually nobody and everybody all at once.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 30, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Whos life RU Living

    Do you understand the nonsense of living in the America that has twice elected the most unprepared and unqualified man in history to be President? And with all the bad results of that, Obama still is about 50/50 on popularity, whereas Bush was in the 30s when his Presidency went sour? It's a lot more than just Utah that can't believe or understand what this country is doing.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    @happy2bhere
    "Do you understand the nonsense of living in the America that has twice elected the most unprepared and unqualified man in history to be President? And with all the bad results of that, Obama still is about 50/50 on popularity, whereas Bush was in the 30s when his Presidency went sour?"

    Or maybe you're not very good at assessing how prepared, qualified, and capable presidents are in an objective sense. Is he really doing a bad job or are you just mad because he's a Democrat and Democrats tend to advocate things you don't like?