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A couple of readers responded to my recent post about the religions of Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell by asking why I didn't spend my time digging deeper into the religious history of President Obama.

As one of them reminded me, Obama attended school "in a MUSLIM country." A real reporter would keep probing, he said. I took that admonition to heart and went searching for clear evidence. And truly, I uncovered information that could be troubling to every real American.

In fact, Obama did spend several of his childhood years in Indonesia, the world's largest mostly-Muslim nation. He attended two schools. One, by all accounts, is a public school attended by affluent kids. The other, where he took classes for a couple of years, was in a poor neighborhood. And the record indicates this school engaged in daily religious indoctrination of its students, including prayers.

President ObamaIs it a stretch to think that the young Obama might have had his beliefs shaped by his years at that school? The question must be asked: What did he learn and when did he learn it at Santo Fransiskus Asisi? Is it possible that President Obama is a secret Catholic? (I'm not the first person to raise the question, btw. )

Obama cleverly hid his Catholic history by only mentioning it in his autobiography and several interviews. But that hasn't stopped a few reporters from pulling out the facts. The anti-Obama troops at the Washington Post did a long profile of that Catholic school earlier this year.

The foreboding foreign name of the school actually translates into the deceptively friendly "Saint Francis of Assisi." Why would the school try to hide that if there were no nefarious schemes going on?

I know that other seekers after truth have tended to focus on Obama's distant connection with Islam. Historically speaking, however, Muslims haven't been great with conspiracies. They keep their animosities right out in the open. Did anybody think that al-Qaeda was a charity group, even before 9/11?

But Catholics? As any reader of "The DaVinci Code" knows, the Catholic Church can keep its secrets for centuries.

How implausible is it that a Dutch Catholic priest running a school in Jakarta would have identified a black, American tween with an Arabic name more than 30 years ago and marked him as a future president of the United States? And programmed him to do the Vatican's bidding? Attention must be paid!

I call upon the White House press corps to ask the hard questions the next time Obama is willing to face the queries:

Are you, Mr. President, a hidden Catholic, taking orders broadcast by the pope through the antenna in that tall hat he wears? Can you prove you are not a Catholic? If so, you should be able to produce a certificate of non-baptism signed by the priest who didn't baptize you.

If Obama is unable to answer the questions, I call upon every Catholic in the entire world to sign a certified statement disavowing any link between the president and their faith.

Otherwise, my readers and I will know the truth.
Tagged: indone, islam, religion

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jaimzee

GOOD GRIEF ! HES A MUSLIM, HES A CATHOLIC, HES AN ATHEIST, HES NOT AN AMERICAN CITIZEN..........WHAT NEXT ???? SOUNDS LIKE KARL ROVE IN ACTION HERE WITH ALL THIS CRAP. ALL I KNOW IS THAT THIS PRESIDENT IS SMART. HE HAS 20 TIMES THE BRAIN CAPACITY BUSH HAD. HE IS TRYING VERY HARD TO UNDO THE DAMAGE BUSH LEFT US. BUT THE REPUBLICANS, AS USUAL, JUST WONT LET HIM DO HIS JOB BY HELPING HIM. FOR THE REPUBLICANS ITS NOT PATRIOTISM, BUT POWER THAT THEY CRAVE.

September 29 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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George and Ellen

Well said! I couldn't agree more! Heis the best this country has had in the Whiote House since Lincoln. Brain power , staying power and a spine of steel. God bless him...... EmeraldT.

October 18 2010 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AL MARTINECK SR.

christians dont lie

September 29 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
palanz1

In all of this hullabaloo about Obama's religion we have forgotten that the man's religion is his personal and private business. Whether he be Protestant, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Hindu or (horrors) Muslim is none of our damned concern. As Americans we can subscribe to any faith we please or none if that is our choice so leave his faith alone. We elected Mr. Obama President of the United States. We have every right to criticize his performance in that role but that's all. While we're at it his family is sacrosanct. He may be fair game but his family is not.

September 29 2010 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
helencuritiba

I find this article beyond prejudice, but not only that, it is also full of mistakes. The statement: "As any reader of "The DaVinci Code" knows, the Catholic Church can keep its secrets for centuries", is a sad one, to say the least. Whoever bases his/her knowledge of Christian Catholicism on what is written in that book can rest assured that they know zero about the real Catholic faith. But then many anti-catholic protestants think they know ALL about Catholicism: That it is evil. That is so much so, that some-one would go great lengths to assert on the ‘need’ to reveal the truth about Obama’s Catholicism, as though being a Christian Catholic was some sort of sordid secret that people should have to feel ashamed of, and therefore, would have to hide it. Now,the author might not know this, but it is very easy to find out if some-one is a Catholic or not. The Catholic Church preserves its great Tradition of a Sacrament instituted by Christ himself: This Sacrament is called baptism, without which no-one can be called a Catholic, even if he carries an icon of the Virgin Mary in his wallet. Now, no priest or Catholic laic should have to provide evidence for any-one Catholicity, simply because the various archdioceses around the world hold extensive data on every Catholic individual accepted into the Holy Church through baptism. I suggest, therefore, that he’d perform a quick search in Mr Obama’s country of birth and he should be able find-out the ‘truth’.

September 28 2010 at 10:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
smanastas

I hope the writer of this article just has a lot of time on his hands for a "tongue and cheek" article. Does he really think the DA Vinci Code is a true story! The ending actually invalidates the entire plot-not even it is logical. Did anyone ever read the history of the Arab dynasties of Saudia Arabia, Spain, Turkey, and North Africa-talk about intrigue and conspiracies! Do you really think any self-respecting Catholic would sit and listen to the Rev Wright for 20 years? I'm Catholic on my paternal grandmother's side, but my mother was Methodist with a background of every protestant religion that ever got into a huff and broke away from each other, my grandfather Greek Orthodox. There is a lot of lef- over medieval teaching taught from the cradle fostered against Catholics to justify groups breaking with Rome, as nationalism spread, but don't blame Obama on us. Do some reading-do you know tens of thousands of English Catholics were put to the flame or drawn and quartered by Henry VII and his henchmen because they didn't want to give up their Roman religion-probably more than killed in the Spanish Inquistion? The flower of English nobility were killed so the greedy in power guardians of Henry's poor weak son, who inherited and died before Elizabeth I, could confiscate their homes and nearby monasteries on that excuse. Did you know learning in England suffered because the monasteries actually were the educational force? The average poor had nowhere to go for an education for hundreds of years after the monks were driven out and killed. And about Gutenberg in the 1400's -no one (churchmen or laity) had readily available and remotely affordable books until around the 1600's when supply and demand kicked in. (all things are economic) Books were very expensive until the 1800's-why do we still donate books to the poor even today? Its convenient to blame the Catholic Church for that. That is another old Protestant story made up about the Church hiding learning to justify Protestism. Would you blame Neanderthalls for hiding books or hiding the space program? Silly nonsence-there is a time when invention is ripe in any era. One needs to study history to find the facts, and there is a concentrated effort not to have it taught by those that want to retain their power.

September 28 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
FadingToStatic

What does it say about our society when people can't write satire anymore without people recognizing it as such?

September 28 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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mallory

It says that our politics has itself become a satire. Look no further than the Tea Party. "Keep your government hands off my Medicare," anyone?

September 29 2010 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
swmazul

Wow. I think you are on to something. Obama really has been good about keeping his true religion a secret. He never sets foot in a Catholic church. He only walks across the street to the Episcopal church once or twice a year especially when elections are near. He has said that the Muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful sound on earth and can even recite it with a perfect accent. We never hear him speak in Latin or reference the Mass. I don't believe he has ever met with the Pope. He covers his true faith by bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia instead. He even believes in abortion on demand. Nice cover Barry! And giving a White House dinner to break the fast of Ramadan was pure genius. Not to mention the proposed removal of the creche from the White House at Christmas. All these things definitely point to Obama being a closet Catholic. Good in depth reporting!

September 28 2010 at 7:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jaburns29

Sarah Palin was baptized a Catholic, so I guess she qualifies as a fallen away Catholic.

September 27 2010 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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flavorsplashchef

For the record, regardless of the demonination, one is not baptized "into" any particular church. There is one baptism into Christianity in general. Baptism is a uniting, not a dividing sacrament.

September 27 2010 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mrheimco

Baptism doesnt make you a catholic, Confirmation does

September 28 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
kentdyer1

In a country that is supposed to be free of religious persecution. I find asking these questions as offensive as asking my bedroom preferences. It is absolutely none of your business! Now ask if I am patriotic...Ask what are my ideas..ask me what I have done before to lend credibility to my future actions. Whether a Protestant, Baptist, Jewish, Catholic or Muslim should not be the question. Fundamentally and especially here in this country where we are free to practice any religion or none at all.

September 22 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
puzzleguy1

As is evident from the posts of the Obama-haters on this board, their emotions are running so high that they can't even recognize Weiss' "send-up" for what it is. The right-wing media and notable conservatives (think Gingrich) are doing everything they can to sustain emotions at a fever pitch, all the better to keep the base energized and in non-thinking mode because that's what emotions do; they shut down your critical thinking ability. That's why Kipling said "When you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, then you are a man my son".

September 22 2010 at 10:51 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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swmazul

I think the author is on to something. Obama has been good at hiding his true faith. He never goes to a Cahtolic church. He only walks across the street to the Episcopal church once or twice a year, especially when people are speculating about his faith or when elections are on the horizon. He has never met with the Pope but bows to the King of Saudi Arabia. He believes in abortion on demand. Nice cover Barry! And the White House dinner to break the Ramadan fast was a smart move. Add to that the threat to remove the White House creche at Christmas and I think we may be on to something. And of course there is the comment that the Muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful sound in the world. Why, he can even recite it with a perfect accent. He never speaks Latin or references the Mass. More good cover. I guess the author is absolutely right. Obama is a closet Catholic.

September 28 2010 at 7:24 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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