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His campaign blamed “shameful, shadowy attackers.” The media actually blamed the media (and human nature). But the only person to blame for the surprising number of Americans who think the president is a Muslim is Barack Hussein Obama.

So says author and Boston talk-radio personality Chuck Morse.

“Obama bears the lion’s share of the responsibility for any confusion,” said Morse. “There are only two scenarios that can dispel it – and with Islamic law undergirding both – neither is very comforting.”

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The issue arose following a Pew Research Center poll, with its Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, that revealed nearly 1 in 5 Americans – or 18 percent – said they think Obama is a Muslim.

The poll taken just days ago is a dramatic change from the 11 percent who held that belief in March 2009. The percentage now who say they believe White House statements that Obama is Christian is at 34 percent, down from 43 percent in 2009.

A separate poll released by Time magazine showed 24 percent believe Obama is Muslim.

Morse is the author of the newly released “The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism,” which probes a forgotten chapter of World War II history and recounts how Hitler united with a Muslim leader whose anti-Jewish teachings still inform modern-day terrorists.

Morse makes an equally compelling case in his bold assertion that the president is concealing something profound about his religious and political identity.

“It’s hard to reasonably explain Obama’s cold relationship with Israel, his inaction in the face of Iran obtaining a nuclear bomb, his giving a green light to the building of a mosque near where Islamic fundamentalists hijacked passenger planes on September 11, 2001, and made them into missiles to destroy the World Trade Center in Manhattan,” says Morse.

One possible explanation, says Morse, is the Islamic principle of Taqiyya – or the sanctioning of hiding one’s Muslim faith.

It’s ultimately fear of the president’s multicultural background and suspicion about his childhood travels that drives public distrust over the president’s religion, reported the Associated Press.

“Obama is the Christian son of a Kenyan Muslim father and a Kansas mother,” writes Hillel Italie. “Born in Hawaii, he lived from ages 6 to 10 in predominantly Muslim Indonesia with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. His full name, Barack Hussein Obama, sounds Muslim to many.”

The name “Hussein” doesn’t just sound Muslim, says Morse. It is “reserved exclusively for Muslims.” In addition, Islamic law upholds that children born to a Muslim father are automatically Muslim, says Morse. The president’s stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, was Muslim. Obama’s school records indicate that in Indonesia he enrolled as a Muslim in Catholic and Muslim schools, and in his autobiography, he acknowledged studying the Quran in Indonesia.

Morse also refuses to overlook recent insights, noting:

As word of the poll’s results blazed out across online news sites, White House spokesman Bill Burton chastened Americans for “not reading a lot of news about what religion the president is.”

“The president is obviously a Christian,” said Burton “He prays every day.”

Morse notes that Obama confessed to converting to Christianity around the dawn of his political involvement, “under the tutelage of the racist anti-American and anti-Semitic pastor Jeremiah Wright,” he said.

But leaving Islam, Morse says, is fraught with complications and deadly consequences.

“By converting out of Islam, Obama either became an apostate, a murtadd, in Arabic, or he began engaging in an Islamic-sanctioned deception and thus remained Muslim,” says Morse. “If Obama truly left Islam, and actively embraced Christianity, he could be subject to severe penalties under Islamic law including the death sentence. Islamic Shariah law calls for the execution of any Muslim who becomes a murtadd.

Amid the current controversy, a 2008 New York Times commentary piece has surfaced affirming the dire circumstances that would surround a decision to leave Islam.

“Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive),” Edward N. Luttwak wrote on May 12 of that year.

It’s conceivable, says Morse, that the president never truly left Islam at all, but professes faith in Christ as a cover for his true beliefs – an allowable offense for Muslims in certain circumstances.

The “Islamic-sanctioned deception,” says Morse, remains the only explanation to escaping such punishment.

“The other possibility is that President Obama is engaging in a Taqiyya, which is a lie that is spoken in the greater interest of Islam,” says Morse. “There are several quotes in the Quran and the Hadith, the Islamic holy books, that set the conditions under which it is permissible for the Muslim to lie regarding his identity and his intentions when dealing with non-Muslims and the non-Muslim world. Lying is allowed, even encouraged, by the Muslim according to Shariah law, if the lie in some way furthers the agenda of Islam.

“If Obama is indeed a secret-believing Muslim, as opposed to an apostate, the effects on public policy and on American society would be profound,” adds Morse. “Whether Muslim or Christian, Barack Obama is the first ‘Muslim president’ in the same way that Bill Clinton was the first ‘black president.’”

Morse is an accomplished author of several books dealing with issues affecting Israel. He is a renowned radio talk-show host, co-hosting “The Fairness Doctrine” along with Patrick O’Heffernan in New England. He was also a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 4th District of Massachusetts in 2004.


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