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Kincaid: New Book Casts Doubt on Obama’s Christian Identity

By Cliff Kincaid

The liberal media have harangued figures such as Franklin Graham when they have refused to state categorically that Barack Obama is a Christian. Now comes author Edward Klein telling Sean Hannity that Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of United Church of Christ in Chicago, told him that he “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity “without having to renounce his Islamic background.”

All of this is consistent with our point, made in 2010, that Muslims could join Wright’s church without giving up their Muslim faith. And while Obama accepted Christianity, in the sense of calling himself a Christian, there is no evidence that he was ever officially baptized into Wright’s church. We pointed out that Obama’s claim about his own baptism, as reported in his second memoir, The Audacity of Hope, is subject to interpretation because of the lack of detail about how and when he was baptized and by whom.

Edward Klein’s unauthorized biography of Barack Obama, The Amateur: Barack Obama in The White House (Regnery) has generated some criticism from the right for badly mangling the facts about Obama and infanticide. The book is also being strongly attacked by the Soros-funded media machine as a “smear.”

But he has the goods on Obama—in the form of tape-recorded conversations with Wright, who is spilling the beans on Obama’s “conversion.” Sean Hannity’s website has posted some of the blockbuster Klein-Wright tapes.

Janet Maslin of The New York Times calls the book “skimpy, bitter,” but does not dispute the statements from Wright. Instead, she dismisses them, saying that “any biographical subject has bitter ex-friends and associates. And if they feel snubbed enough, they will talk.”

She writes, “The Rev. Jeremiah Wright asserted to Mr. Klein that during the last presidential election he was offered a bribe by the Obama camp, a payoff to stop speaking in public. Mr. Wright also says that even when Mr. Obama made this request directly, he would not cooperate. Among the reasons: he had speaking engagements scheduled, a family to support and college tuitions to pay.”

There is no reason, however, for Wright not to talk openly and honestly about his conversations with Obama when he wanted to join Wright’s church.

As we have pointed out in the past, Obama acknowledges in Dreams from My Father that his grandfather was a Muslim (page 104) and that he spent two years in a Muslim school in Indonesia studying the Koran (page 154). In The Audacity of Hope, he says (page 204) that “my father had been raised a Muslim” but that by the time he met his mother, his father was a “confirmed atheist.”

His stepfather was not particularly religious and his mother professed “secularism,” Obama wrote (pages 204-205), but as a child he went to a “predominantly Muslim school,” after being first sent to a Catholic school. His mother, he said, was concerned about him learning math, not religion.

According to Klein’s book, Wright told Obama, “Well, you already know the Muslim piece of your background. You studied Islam, didn’t you?” Obama replied, “Yeah, Rev, I studied Islam. But help me understand Christianity, because I already know Islam.”

Asked if he converted Obama from Islam to Christianity, Wright said, “That’s hard to tell. I think I convinced him that it was okay for him to make a choice in terms of who he believed Jesus is. And I told him it was really okay and not a putdown of the Muslim part of his family or his Muslim friends.”

The phrase “That’s hard to tell” is mind-boggling, in view of Obama’s claim to be a practicing Christian.

When Obama’s statements as President are examined, we find something else curious. The Koran teaches that Jesus was not divine. Obama, in his Easter message this year, spoke of Jesus as “a son of God,” not “the Son of God,” which is what the Christian faith teaches in John 3:16-18.

Obama’s statements about the importance of Islam are so numerous that they have been put into a video with over six million views titled “Obama Admits He Is A Muslim.” The video concludes with film of the 9/11 attacks and the quotation “…I am one of them,” as if Obama admitted being a Muslim. But Obama’s statement, “…I am one of them,” is taken from an Obama quotation shown earlier in the video, in which he says, “Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country—I know, because I am one of them.”

The video has been picked apart by critics, who also note that it leaves out instances in which he calls himself a Christian. But Wright’s words to Edward Klein are enough to raise the controversy all over again.

As for Wright, author Ed Klein notes his “Marxist ideology” and says that “Wright’s influence on Obama was unrivaled for more than twenty years,” the time when Obama attended Wright’s church.

However, when he writes about Wright being Obama’s “substitute father, life coach, and political inspiration wrapped into one package,” he is missing one step in the process.  Obama’s first substitute father was Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, who was Obama’s mentor during Obama’s teenage years in Hawaii.

As the result of this omission, Klein’s book ultimately fails the test of completely explaining Obama. The public will be able to fill the gap when Paul Kengor’s book, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor, comes out in July.

As we have pointed out before, the Obama campaign apparatus, which has claimed Obama is a baptized Christian, also asserted that the mysterious “Frank” in Obama’s book, Dreams from My Father, was just a black civil rights activist. We know better. The ruse is over.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at  

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  1. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    May 18, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    Obummer is a muslim, Wright is a racist/marxist/race baiting/hater and should never be allowed a pulpit to preach from. God watches you Wright.

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  2. bna42Comment by bna42
    May 18, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    “And while Obama accepted Christianity, in the sense of calling himself a Christian. . .”

    I believe that calling himself a Christian is the only aspect of Obama accepting Christianity. He announced his Christian faith because it was expedient for him to identify with a population that claims to be a vastly Christian majority. It is very obvious to those who understand Christianity that Obama is NOT a Christian based on his own remarks. He has publicly made statements such as he believes there are many avenues for a person to come to God, he says he can’t point to a specific time he became a Christian and he thinks it was just a “gradual” conversion, and he doesn’t understand that being a Christian means being Christ-like in beliefs and actions. Most of the beliefs and actions he displays are completely opposed to Christian teachings in the areas of abortion, approval of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, attacks on religious institutions, lies, deceit, and several other areas.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      May 18, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

      Christ and Obama are polar opposites.

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    • Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
      May 21, 2012 @ 9:58 am

      Calling oneself a Christian has absolutely no meaning if one does not LIVE as a Christian.

      It’s like the old saying…Standing in a garage does not make one a car either!

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  3. jewelofgodComment by jewelofgod
    May 19, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    You mean with all the photos of Obama bowing down with his Muslim friends in prayer, that have been all over the media, they are just now deciding that maybe he is not a Christian????

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  4. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    May 19, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I have to completely agree with Rev. Wright when he states, ” It’s hard to tell” if Obama converted to Christianity from Islam because everything that I’ve witnessed coming out of Obama indicates a total lack of the Holy Spirit. G_d’s word says that the world will know you by your fruits, and while he exhibits all the signs of being a fruit, I don’t see ANY of his words or actions coming from a Christian understanding.

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  5. GHUComment by GHU
    May 19, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16“You will know them by their fruits. Matthew 7: 15-16

    Wright’s preaching of Black Liberation theology is actually Marxist theology…..of which Obama has been part of all his life. It is not Christianity!

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  6. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    May 19, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    The truest way to tell if someone is Christian (or any faith) is by their actions as well as words. How they profess their faith, how they stand up for their faith, how they act in keeping with the tenets of their faith. For someone to say that they are Christian and yet act in ways against many of the most basic principles and commandments, to embrace other religions more than the one you profess to be a member of, to attack the religious freedom of other Christians…these are not actions or words that make one wonder.

    God alone knows what is in Obama’s heart but we can only go by his words and actions.

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  7. lareb58Comment by lareb58
    May 19, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    Ppracticing” Christianity does not make one a Christian. All true believers know that you must accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, ask for forgiveness of your sins, and then be baptized. I doubt that Obama has done this and as a supposed Christian Pastor, Jeremiah Wright should have made sure that Obama knew and understood this.

    “Asked if he converted Obama from Islam to Christianity, Wright said, “That’s hard to tell. I think I convinced him that it was okay for him to make a choice in terms of who he believed Jesus is. And I told him it was really okay and not a putdown of the Muslim part of his family or his Muslim friends.” This part is unacceptable. And to say that Jesus was a son of God instead of THE son of God shows Obama’s true lack of understanding of Christianity.

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  8. appraisherComment by appraisher
    May 20, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    I’m christian. I’m muslim. I’m black when I need to be, white when it’s expedient. I’m a cool toker, I’m a button down lawyer. I’m a constitutional professor, that believes the Constitution is outdated. I’m here to tell you what you want to hear and be who you want me to be. I’m a dangerous shape shifter, hiding a life that would scare the hell out of most Americans. I’m here to prove to my dead father that I’m worthy by bringing America to her knees, just like he dreamed, while stupid Americans stand by and watch.

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