Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Islam and Politics
24 Jan 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com
Religion and US polls

By Syed Amir

24 January, 2012

Religion became an election issue for the first time during the candidacy of president John Kennedy in 1960, since he was a Roman Catholic. He, however, defused the issue by pledging that his religious beliefs would have no bearing on his decisions as president. Religion as a factor surfaced again four years ago, when some opponents of candidate Obama misrepresented him as a closet Muslim. The story was soon quashed. Son of a Kenyan Muslim father, Obama was raised as a Christian by his white maternal grandparents. -- Syed Amir


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