A University of Texas poll finds some 23 percent of Texans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Chris Matthews on MSNBC Thursday was quick to dismiss the poll, saying Obama "is a Christian and always was."
But Matthews claim is factually wrong.
Obama, by his own account, was not always a Christian and was raised partially as a Muslim.
Strangely, the media, which has been quick to overturn every rock in Sarah Palin's religious life, considers any discussion about Obama's faith as taboo.
Here are the indisputable facts about Obama's childhood faith: Barack Obama was raised during his childhood as a Muslim.He was named after his father, a Muslim, Barack Hussein Obama.His mother re-married another man, also a Muslim, from Indonesia.Obama was raised by his stepfather in Indonesia.In Indonesia, Obama was registered at two schools as a Muslim student.In both schools he studied the Koran and prayed with his fellow Muslim students. He infrequently attended Mosque with his stepfather.Obama, by his own account, became a Christian in his 20s after meeting the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Obama's Web site and campaign once claimed that he "never was a Muslim and never attended Mosque." His campaign has removed that inaccurate statement from the campaign Web site.
Details about Obama's Muslim upbringing as a child were first reported by the Los Angeles Times. You can read the report reprinted on the Baltimore Sun's web site [Editor's Note: See "Islam an unknown factor in Obama bid."]
Daniel Pipes, a Mid East expert and scholar, has accused Obama of "lying" about his childhood faith. [Editor's Note: See "Obama 'Lying' About Muslim Past, Expert Says."]
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