posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 05:36 AM
e-mail I received this morning:
Thank you for inquiring about various rumors circulating about my childhood education, religion, and patriotism. I appreciate the opportunity to set
the record straight, directly with you.
First, let me address the rumors regarding my childhood education. In early 2007, a right-wing publication reported that I was educated in a madrassa
when I was a child living with my mother in Indonesia. That report is false. In fact, CNN sent a reporter to Indonesia to look into these claims. The
result of its investigation aired on January 22, 2007 in a report entitled, “CNN Debunks False Report About Obama.” The report concluded that:
Allegations that Sen. Barack Obama was educated in a radical Muslim school known as a "madrassa" are not accurate. . . .Reporting by CNN in Jakarta,
Indonesia and Washington, D.C., shows the allegations that Obama attended a madrassa to be false.
In further debunking this charge, Washington Post staff writer Howard Kurtz observed that, "This, unfortunately, is how the media food chain works. A
bogus charge appears in some magazine or on some website and works its way up to bigger news outlets, all based on little or no evidence."
You may also be interested to know that a number of prominent religious leaders and heads of major denominations, including the head of the National
Council of Churches, the National Baptist Convention, and Reform and Orthodox Jewish rabbis, signed an open letter to the religious community that
stated, in part, that:
Many of you have seen hateful emails, blog postings and reports circulating on the Internet and in the media about Senator Barack Obama and his
religious upbringing. These outrageous charges began as reports of his potential candidacy for President emerged. . .and have now been picked up as
fact by Fox News and some partisan commentators.
We are writing to deplore this despicable tactic and set the record straight. We have had enough of the slash and burn politics calculated to divide
us as children of God.
Senator Obama never attended a radical Madrassa nor was he ever educated in a wahabi school.
Senator Obama was not raised in a religious household – neither his mother nor [Indonesian] stepfather practiced any religion.
Senator Obama became a Christian long before he entered politics. . . .and [he is] active in Trinity United Church of Christ.
I thought you might like to see this letter, a copy which is enclosed for you review.
Second, let me address the rumors regarding my religion. I am a practicing Christian. And I have been for over twenty years. I have never been a
Lastly, I would like to address the erroneous rumors impugning my patriotism. I have been pledging allegiance to the flag since I was a child and
always place my hand over my heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. However, my grandfather taught me a different tradition for the Star Spangled
Banner. He always told me to put my hand over my heart during the pledge, but during the Star Spangled Banner he told me to sing.
I appreciate your taking the time to contact me with your questions regarding these baseless rumors. I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the
future if you have any future questions.
United States Senator
“Who gossips with you will gossip of you” Irish saying.