The South says Obama is not Christian, but a Muslim

Sad to say, it appears that Obamaphobia is rampant in the South. If you listen to a majority of Republican voters in two key Southern states, President Obama lies about his religion. Photo: President Obama takes the oath of office on the Lincoln Bible

EASTON, Md., March 12, 2012 – Just when you were feeling good about being an American, maybe because spring has sprung a little earlier this year, out comes some news that makes you wonder about your country. Sad to say, it appears that Obamaphobia is rampant in the South. If you listen to a majority of Republican voters in two key Southern states, President Obama lies about his religion.

Obama may claim he is Christian, but voters in Mississippi and Alabama say that is just not true. He’s a Muslim. A few others aren’t so sure what he is.

A Public Policy Poll released on March 12 that looks at the voters in the Mississippi and Alabama races and their choices in the primary also asked them about their values. No matter what you think of their choices for Tuesday’s primary, their values and lack of knowledge are truly appalling.

For starters, they have a high opinion of Rush Limbaugh and by a two-thirds majority they do not believe in evolution. Is there any hope for a country when its electorate is so ill informed? How are they going to be making informed choices in the primary? What the heck are they reading or even listening to?

No matter what your own political persuasion, such downright ignorance is frightening. But it gets worse when they basically insist that President Obama is a Muslim no matter what he says.

Just take a gander at these numbers. They say it all:

Alabama

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion

of Rush Limbaugh?

Favorable ……………………………………………….. 53%

Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 33%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 14%

Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a

Muslim, or are you not sure?

Christian…………………………………………………. 14%

Muslim …………………………………………………… 45%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 41%

Do you believe in evolution, or not?

Believe in evolution…………………………………..26%

Do not ……………………………………………………. 60%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 13%

Mississippi

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion

of Rush Limbaugh?

Favorable ……………………………………………….. 51%

Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 30%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 20%

Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a

Muslim, or are you not sure?

Christian…………………………………………………. 12%

Muslim …………………………………………………… 52%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 36%

Do you believe in evolution, or not?

Believe in evolution…………………………………..22%

Do not ……………………………………………………. 66%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 11%

Santorum’s Dog Whistle

But then again you have Rick Santorum, the fair-haired boy of the social conservatives, calling President Obama out on his “phony theology” and then later back tracking that he was referring to the President’s environmental stance. Right, Rick. Using the terminology “phony theology” is what’s known in political circles as a dog whistle remark, one that perks up the ears of constitutents, who know exactly what it means.

President Obama’s hand on Lincoln’s Bible

And then The Drudge Report, not exactly a Liberal media outlet, reminded Conservatives last week of some remarks (that Santorum would rather lie forgotten somewhere) from 2008 when Rick addressed students at Ave Maria University in Florida, saying “Satan has set his sights on the United States of America,” and that Satan was “attacking the great institutions of America.”

Santorum now claims those remarks were said in jest, taken out of context and/or were dug up by a media looking for anything in gotcha politics. 

Of course, Newt Gingrich has been playing this religion card all along with his own brand of Gotcha Obama Politics. Now we have Mitt Romney succumbing to the siren song of Obama’s religion and making inflammatory comments as he did during the Arizona debate: “I don’t think we’ve seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we’ve seen under Barack Obama,” he said.

This is the level of debate we have nowadays, so tune your ears to listen as the candidates move deeper into the South for more dog whistles, painful as they can be to the ear.

As for whom the polls now show to be the favorites on Tuesday, it’s a horse race, but, hey, there are another 24 hours left before the primary in which to question whether the President is a Christian, an American, or even one of us.

Here is what the Public Policy Polling found as of March 12 for the voters’ preference in the Tuesday primary:

“Tuesday looks like it’s going to be a close election night in both Mississippi and Alabama. In Mississippi Newt Gingrich is holding on to a slight lead with 33% to 31% for Mitt Romney, 27% for Rick Santorum, and 7% for Ron Paul.

“And Alabama is even closer with Romney at 31% to 30% for Gingrich, 29% for Santorum, and 8% for Paul.”

Time to start holding your ears.

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Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

Catherine has been published in a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including Newsday, Star Democrat, Rocky Mountain News, Yellowstone News, and the Massachusetts Review.

If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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