Barack Obama's middle name is Mohammed and he's a "covert" Muslim.
Chain email on Friday, January 11th, 2008 in
Not a Muslim; not Mohammed
First off, Barack Obama's middle name is not Mohammed; it's Hussein. He was named after his father, a Kenyan who came to the United States from Africa as a student.
The e-mail also raises the possibility that Obama is a "covert" Muslim at the same time it attacks his membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ, a Christian denomination. This claim seems contradictory at best.
Earlier this year, Obama spokeman Robert Gibbs said, "To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago." We find this claim to be so wrong we give it our Pants on Fire rating.
UPDATE: Barack Obama resigned from Trinity United Church of Christ on May 31, 2008, after church pastor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. made controversial remarks about U.S. foreign policy and other matters. Obama said he intends to join another church after the election.
Published: Friday, January 11th, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.
Sources:Web site for Trinity United Church of Christ
Statement from the Trinity United Church of Christ
Statement from the Barack Obama campaign
Interview with Martin E. Marty , retired historian
Interview with Dwight Hopkins of the University of Chicago
Interview with Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center
Interview with John C. Green of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Hannity & Colmes, Obama's Pastor: Rev. Jeremiah Wright , March 2, 2007
New York Times, A candidate, his minister and a search for faith , April 30, 2007
Associated Press, Obama's activist church enters spotlight , March 20, 2007
New York Times, Disinvitation by Obama Is Criticized , March 6, 2007
Chicago Tribune, Pastor inspires "audacity to hope" , Jan. 21, 2007
Barack Obama Senate office, Call to Renewal Keynote Address , June 28, 2006
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