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28% of Kentucky Republicans Believe Obama Is Muslim

So says a new survey from Herald-Leader/WKYT Kentucky
Republican leader Larry Forgy explained, “I know he’s not a practicing Muslim but, to me, his preacher, Jeremiah Wright, sounds more like Malcolm X than Billy Graham.”

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posted October 28, 2008 at 9:58 am

That’s just code for “we hate him.” I bet not one of that 28% actually believes in his heart that Obama is a Muslim.

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Karen Brown

posted October 28, 2008 at 11:14 am

What’s actually even sadder is that one example, who seems to even be implying that Wright is Muslim too, because they don’t like what he preaches.
So, basically, as Alicia said. Anyone we don’t like.. then he can’t be Christian, he’s gotta be something else.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 11:36 am

I bet if you asked, the same 28% would say the Pope is the antichrist.
These same people wouldn’t vote for Jesus because he’s a Jew.

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Your Name

posted October 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm

“28% of Kentucky Republicans Believe Obama Is Muslim”
SO much ignorance, so little time.

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Ginna Gray

posted October 28, 2008 at 12:50 pm

I’m from Alabama and I would say that a good percentage here also believe he is a Muslim or a “closet” Muslim. I’m not sure that they “really” believe he is or that it is just more socially acceptable to them to say they wouldn’t vote for a Muslim than to say what they really mean. They wouldn’t vote for someone who is black. The good thing is that in the South, a huge portion of those voters wouldn’t vote for a Democrat anyway, so I don’t think the South will hurt Obama. He may even be able to carry Florida and North Carolina which are more diverse. I think the saddest thing is that this nation began with a group of people who came here for religious freedom but a significant portion of Southerners don’t think someone who is not a Christian should be President.

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Charles Cosimano

posted October 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Kentucky has never been the intellectual capital of the country.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm

“28% of Kentucky Republicans Believe Obama Is Muslim”
Such is the case when inbreeding becomes the norm.

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Joe Plumber

posted October 28, 2008 at 1:38 pm

It’s not clear what The One truly believes.
He says he’s not a Muslim. Ok.
But though he claims to be a Christian, he attended church with Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. Those two things do not go together.
So it is a bit confusing what to believe or disbelieve.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Then 28% of Kentucky Republicans are either willfully ignorant or stupid AND I know plenty of smart folks from that state.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Can this kind of stupid ever be fixed?

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posted October 28, 2008 at 3:17 pm

As a Kentucky native and current resident (not to mention a registered Republican), I should be appalled, offended, and outraged… but I’m not surprised.
Ironically, the majority of Kentucky voters are registered Democrats, but this is a legacy of the 60s and 70s, as Ky is very much a red state. I wonder what percentage of Kentucky Dems think the same?

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posted October 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm

To Joe the Plumber: Get a license and pay your taxes like any other law-abiding American.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Of course most Republicans thought George Bush was a conservative, a compassion conservative at that, and look how that turned out.
Ron Paul would be rolling around in his grave if he were dead.

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Joe Siegler

posted October 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Don’t forget George Carlin’s classic line..
“Take your average stupid person, and then realize that half of them are stupider than that!”

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posted October 28, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Even if he were a Muslim…what is the issue? As a Muslim Canadian I often hear Americans talk about whether Obama is a Muslim….like its a bad thing. Being a Muslim does not equate you to being a terrorist. What is so wrong with being Muslim in America?

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posted October 28, 2008 at 7:53 pm

The media, especially Hannity and Limbaugh, have pushed many lies about Obama and they know the information is false. In many rural areas only AM radio is available. Hannity and Limbaugh’s radio programs on AM radio are reaching a large number of people.
Add McCain and Palin’s many false statements about Obama it is no wonder belief Obama is a Muslim. Palin, “Obama pals around with terrorist.”
It is all a very sad reflection of the morals in the US.

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posted October 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm

It is Kentucky…nuff said.
And what would be so bad if indeed he was a Muslim?

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One Person

posted October 30, 2008 at 12:19 pm

So much distain for the people of Kentucky- ALL the people of Kentucky.
There is supposed to be no test of religion for the presidency, therefore there should be nothing wrong with being a Muslin. But what kind of Muslim?
Preferably not the kind that have proclaimed that they want to wipe Israel and all Jews from the face of the earth, or the substantial percentage of American Muslims who find nothing wrong with the bombing of London subways, or the kind that fly airplanes into American buildings.

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posted October 30, 2008 at 1:25 pm

“his preacher, Jeremiah Wright, sounds more like Malcolm X than Billy Graham.”
Well, according to a 2007 article in the New Republic, Wright is a former Muslim. (see link)
“After many lectures like this, Obama decided to take a second look at Wright’s church. Older pastors warned him that Trinity was for “Buppies”–black urban professionals–and didn’t have enough street cred. But Wright was a former Muslim and black nationalist who had studied at Howard and Chicago, and Trinity’s guiding principles–what the church calls the “Black Value System”–included a “Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness.'”

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