posted on Jun, 20 2008 @ 04:33 PM
Originally posted by Barbs46I keep trying to research Barack Hussein Obama's middle name and it keeps coming up as Islamic or Arabic
origin. It's definitions range from the word "small" to "handsome" and something to do with the royal family of Jordan.
Husayn, Hussein, Hossain, Hussain, Husain, Hosein (Arabic:حسین Turkish: Hüseyin), is an Arabic name which is the diminutive of Hasan, meaning
"good" or "handsome". It is commonly given as a male given name among Muslims, after Husayn ibn Ali, although the name is so common it is also
given to persons of secular backgrounds. In some Persian sources the form Háosayn is used.
It's a fairly common name throughout the arab world and parts of Africa and Asia.
Originally posted by Barbs46It is this confusion that brings me to the ATS forum for any information that a Christian would feel
comfortable with a middle name of "Hussein"?
Unfortunately, whether he's comfortable with it or not, it's the middle name his parents gave him. You might take note that he doesn't tend to use
it. Mostly it is used by his detractors, generally to imply that he's a "secret Muslim", or "Crypto-Islamic" for those who like the big words.
Of course, that's just as ridiculous as implying that John Sidney McCain III is a "secret woman" (Crypto-Female?) because his middle name is
Originally posted by Barbs46There have been times this campaign season that I think this is all some kind of joke and I'm just not
getting it. Or maybe the joke's on me.
Sometimes, the joke is on all of us. They're playing out a "smear and distract" campaign strategy this time around, to keep anyone from paying
attention to the real issues.
Originally posted by Barbs46When I was Baptized, my first and middle names were used as my "Christian name", not my last name. So, as
a Christian, am I right in assuming that Senator Obama's Christian name is "Barack Hussein".
I think it really depends on the church. Traditionally, a "Christian Name" merely meant your first name, or in the case of foreign converts, the
name you were given by the priest when you were baptised.
Originally posted by Barbs46Again, if someone can clarify this I would appreciate it. I am, however, more than a little tired of the
injection of religion into our political system which our constitutional forefathers wanted to have a strong separation of church and state.
Unfortunately, the neocons of the last 8 years have whittled away at that part and we are not healthier for it. If anything, it is polarizing us even
I have to agree with you there. The neocons and the religious reich... er... right keep complaining about the secularization of America and that our
country was founded on Christian values, and keep trying to push more of their religious leanings on us every day. The separation of Church and State
were put in place to prevent just this sort of thing, to protect freedom of religion, and to make sure that no religion gained power over our
government. The religion of our politicians shouldn't be an issue because they should not be injecting religious values and issues into the politics
in the first place.
[edit on 6/20/2008 by PsychoHazard]