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article imageOp-Ed: Poll - southern Republicans still believe Obama is a Muslim

By Layne Weiss     Mar 12, 2012 in Politics
According to a Public Policy poll, the majority of likely GOP voters in the deep south aren't buying that Barack Obama is a Christian, The Huffington Post reports.
The poll was taken in Alabama and Mississippi and asked questions about voters opinions on the GOP candidates, and their beliefs on certain issues like interracial marriage.
Of the 600 likely GOP voters surveyed in Alabama, 67% believe interracial marriage should be legal, 21% believe it shouldn't be, and 12% aren't sure.
45% of these voters also believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while only 14% believe he is a Christian. 41% aren't sure.
The results in Mississippi weren't hugely different, though more people were polled.
Of the 656 likely GOP voters polled in Mississippi, 12% said Obama was a Christian, 52% said he was a Muslim, and 36% weren't sure.
On the issue of interracial marriage, 54% said it should be legal, 29% think it should be illegal, and 17% said they aren't sure.
First of all, the interracial poll results shouldn't be overly shocking for many. They're just a tragic reflection of how little the deep south has evolved since the mid 1900s. I won't give you a history lesson. I just find it sad, but I'd like to remain optimistic that those poll numbers change overtime. Maybe one day questions like that won't even need to be on these polls at all.
Second of all, the poll results on Obama's religion aren't shocking either. The sad part is how much of a factor someone's religion plays in their ability to run this country. Obama is no stranger to Americans questioning his religion, though.
Back in February, GOP presidential candidate, Rick Santorum took aim at the president's religious beliefs. Or I guess as Santorum maintains, a lack of religious beliefs. Whatever.
"Obama's agenda is not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology," Santorum told supporters at a Tea Party rally.
And people actually cheered this. Again, none of this surprises me in any way, sadly.
I share the sentiments of the Obama campaign that it was just plain low.
But guess what, GOP voters of Mississippi and Alabama, even Rick Santorum believes Barack Obama is a Christian. I mean he did say "Obama's values run against those of Christianity," and thats a whole different issue, but still.
Maybe I'm missing something here, but I'm pretty sure President Obama is a Christian. I'm also pretty sure that I don't know why I have to point that out because it shouldn't matter! I don't even understand why these questions are still coming up in the polls or why people still don't believe him! What reason on earth do any of us have to not believe him?
I'm struggling with what's worse, the fact that so many people don't believe Barack Obama is a Christian, or the fact that it matters so much to so many people.
I won't sit here and tell you that he's excelled completely at everything he's done as president, but I fail to see where religion played a role in any of it.
I don't know, America. I personally care more about the men, women, and children who senselessly lost their lives in Afghanistan Sunday, but I guess that's just me.
I hope for a day where religion and interracial marriage cease to be issues at all. I know I'm naive, but maybe that's not the worst thing in the world.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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