"By writing, 'Barack Hussein Obama,' are you
calling Barack Obama a Muslim?"
There is nothing wrong with calling President Barack Hussein Obama
by his full name - "Barack Hussein Obama" - including his Muslim middle name, "Hussein,"
that he retained by choice and
that represents Barack Hussein Obama's past
and present Muslim influences.
Some people are given names they dislike, but the vast majority
of those people retain them while a small minority alter them.
President Obama is in that small minority. During his childhood and teenage
years, Barack Hussein Obama called himself, "Barry Hussein Obama," which he changed to "Barack
Hussein Obama" in adulthood. That he changed "Barry" to "Barack" but
retained "Hussein" as his middle name indicates that he was
pleased with the name of Mohammed's grandson whom Shia Muslims revere today (see
Christian God vs. Allah).
Why did Barack Obama retain "Hussein" as his
Barack Obama's father and stepfather were Muslims and his
mother is someone who twice chose to marry Muslim men. Barack Hussein Obama spent part of
his childhood in Indonesia, the world's largest Islamic nation, and even
attended an Islamic school.
Until 2008, Barack Obama was a member of a congregation led by Jeremiah Wright
Jr., a 'christian' pastor who holds Louis Farrakhan, the radical Muslim
leader, in high esteem. In 1984, Wright accompanied Farrakhan to
visit Libya's Muammar Quadaffi, and in 2007, Wright honored Farrakhan with a gala event at his church, conferring upon him the modestly named,
"Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer" award.
How close are Barack Hussein Obama's values to those of his mother, who chose
Muslim husbands and to those of Wright, who honored a radical Muslim who denies
Jesus' deity and resurrection (see
Proof of Jesus'
In 2006, Barack Obama told Oprah Winfrey, "When I think about the values I hold
most dear, they came from my mother." As for Jeremiah Wright, he married Barack
and Michelle Obama and baptized their children.
Until Wright became a political liability to his presidential ambitions in 2008, Barack Obama called him his pastor and
To President Obama, Islam is neither a dangerous nor a distant religion. It is
the religion of his father and stepfather, the religion his mother preferred,
the religion into which he was born, and the religion in which he spent some of
the formative years of his childhood.
Even if President Obama never publicly identifies himself with Islam, the image
of Islam, thus far closely linked to terrorism, will benefit from the ascendancy
to the White House of a man whose fathers were Muslims and who bears a Muslim
"Hussein" no longer will be remembered as the surname of an Iraqi dictator but
the middle name of the 44th U.S. president.
2016 Update: Barack Hussein Obama has exceeded our
worst expectations from six years ago. His pro-Muslim decisions, actions and
fruit indicate him to be at least a sympathizer of Islam and most certainly not