White House spokesman Bill Burton said most Americans care more about the economy and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and “they are not reading a lot of news about what religion the president is.” He commented on Air Force One as Obama headed for a vacation in Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard.
Burton added, “The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday.”
When I was an undergraduate in mechanical engineering, I always knew I was in trouble when the professor (or the textbook) stated that something was “intuitively obvious.” It may have been obvious to the professor and the writer of the book, but at that point in my education it wasn’t obvious to me. Ever since that time, I’ve always taken statements like Burton’s with a grain of salt.
Barack Obama is the most enigmatic president the US has ever had. To say something is “obvious” about his personality is either disingenuous or ignorant, especially when you’re paid to say things like that. Burton (along with a lot of other people) should realise that, just because someone prays, he or she isn’t necessarily a Christian. Muslims, for example, pray five times a day.
And that brings us to the other point of the article: one out of every four Americans thinks that Obama is a Muslim. That’s not only not obvious, it’s more than likely not correct. If it were so, the LGBT community wouldn’t be rolling up the victories it is these days.
One thing that bothers me about Americans is that they, on the whole, consider it worse for Obama to be a Muslim than Obama to be a secularist. Looking at his agenda objectively, the latter is far more likely than the former. Yet, even after a fifty year struggle to defeat a left-wing atheistic movement which cost us far more in “blood and treasure” than the war on terror did (including 9/11), Americans still get more riled up about the possible Muslim in the White House than the more probable left-wing secularist.