Fact Check: Barack Obama Is NOT A Muslim

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Barack Obama Is NOT A Muslim He's Christian

Is former President Barack Obama a Muslim? No, that's not true: He has spoken frequently about being a Christian, not a Muslim. He gave speeches about his Christian faith before and during his eight-year presidency. The site that posted the image and claimed Obama's religion is Sunni Muslim usually shares memes, jokes and military-related posts.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on May 3, 2022. It opens:

I'm not a single issue voter, but Biden did something Republicans haven't been able to do.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed May 4 21:32:26 2022 UTC)

While the post's main focus appears to be the ongoing issue of abortion in the United States, this fact check will focus only on the false claim that Obama is a Muslim.

The image in the Facebook post lists former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama and Donald Trump; and President Joe Biden. Accompanying the photos of Clinton, Bush and Trump is the word "Protestant," for Biden it's "Catholic," and for Obama, "Sunni Muslim."

In February 2009, then-President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast where he talked about becoming a Christian, according to the White House archive:

I was not raised in a particularly religious household. I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I've ever known. She was the one who taught me as a child to love, and to understand, and to do unto others as I would want done.
I didn't become a Christian until many years later, when I moved to the South Side of Chicago after college. It happened not because of indoctrination or a sudden revelation, but because I spent month after month working with church folks who simply wanted to help neighbors who were down on their luck - no matter what they looked like, or where they came from, or who they prayed to. It was on those streets, in those neighborhoods, that I first heard God's spirit beckon me. It was there that I felt called to a higher purpose - His purpose.

The New York Times published an article in 2007 titled, "A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith," noting that Obama was baptized at the Trinity United Church of Christ in 1988 and giving a detailed history of his religious history.

Christianity Today published an interview with Obama in 2008 in which he spoke about being a Christian and said, "I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ."

He also spoke about being a Christian during the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast in 2015, according to the White House archive:

I think that's who we are as Christians, and quite frankly, I think that's who we are as Americans. We're constantly renewed as a people and as individuals by our ability to enter into the mystery. We live our faith when we instill in our children the ability to wonder, to contemplate, and to listen to that tiny whisper amid the great silence. We live our faith when we nurture the hope and possibilities that have always defined us as a country. We live Easter -- and to live Easter is to live with the constant notion that we can always do better. We can always do better.

Although the post with the false claim about Obama appeared on a site that shares humorous memes and jokes, it also appeared on social media pages with religious and political themes

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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