WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is a Christian who prays daily, a White House official said Thursday, trying to tamp down growing doubts about the president's religion. A new poll showed that nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, believe Obama is Muslim. That was up from 11 percent who said so in March 2009. The survey also showed that just 34 percent said Obama is Christian, down from 48 percent who said so last year. The largest share of people, 43 percent, said they don't know his religion.
I'd say that the 43% who don't know his religion are probably ahead of the game - and it is a game. Lately, there have been a few stories about some misconceptions about the President's religion. Some of it is the result of the proposed Mosque being built at the site of the former World Trade Center (sometimes referred to as Ground Zero) and some of it just nonsense brought about by people who like to stir the pot.
We're big on grave sites in America. They're sacred ground, and we go so far to put up stones and build granite structures commemorating them. Occasionally, you'll see flowers and a makeshift cross on a roadside where some careless driver lost his life. It's all part of the grand scheme.
The older I get (every day) the more I am convinced that religion is a superstition brought about by our desire to think that something bigger than us is in charge and how we are supposed to believe in something that will reap rewards later in ... death.
As far as our president is concerned, I'm at a loss to figure out why his religious beliefs make a difference in what he says or does politically. There are probably plenty of agnostics and atheists in office, but you don't hear about them. There may even be a few Satan worshipers around, if they'd dare to tell you so.
What religion does, mostly, is divide people into either believers or non-believers, or into sects that break down religion into groups based on which set of principles you adhere to. Personally, I couldn't care less about any of them, because there are just as many scoundrels in one sect as there are in another, and if any of them were worth anything, you wouldn't need any other sects or divisions. They were all made up by people - just like God was made up by people.