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Monday, March 12, 2012


Snapshot of a Ignorant America

Ask Barack Obama about his religious affiliation, and he’s a Christian. Ask Mississippi or Alabama voters, and you might find a different answer.

In the midst of tight GOP primaries in both states, Public Policy Polling (PPP) has released information showing that a majority of voters in the Deep South do not see Obama as a Christian. PPP’s Alabama survey of 600 likely GOP primary voters found when asked:

“Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim or are you not sure?”

Only 14% believe the President’s claim to being a Christian;
45% believe he is a Muslim and 41% are not sure.

76% identify as Republican; 3% as Democrats and 11% as independents
60% Do not believe in evolution
68% Describe themselves as Evangelical Christians
53% Have a favorable opinion of Rush Limbaugh; 33% do not
21% Believe that inter-racial marriage should be illegal

The survey emerges on the heels of a recent stream of public questioning regarding Obama’s religion. Back on Feb. 18, Rick Santorum took aim at the president’s beliefs, charging that his White House decisions are driven by a “different theology.”
“It’s not about your quality of life,” Santorum told supporters at a Tea Party rally in Columbus, Ohio. “It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible.”

Three days later, evangelist Franklin Graham joined the chorus, leaning toward the same opinion of those unsure Southern voters. Obama “has said he’s a Christian, so I just have to assume that he is,” Graham said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Facing criticism from prominent black religious leaders, Graham later apologized for his remarks:
“I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama,” 

Religion rumors are nothing new for Obama. Back in August 2010, a poll showed that almost one-fifth of all Americans believed he is a Muslim. Obama responded in an interview with “NBC Nightly News” saying that “the facts are the facts” regarding his Christian faith.

Unlettered teapublicans, the mind is truly a terrible thing to waste! Mississippi and Alabama statistically hold the lowest education standards in the country. Its people like this that make it hard to say I'm proud to be an American. I love my country, but I'm not a big fan of the idiots that give us a bad name around the world. America used to be a respected country, and these people are tarnishing the respect we once had.

Got an email earlier today and here is how it goes:
"I'm from Alabama. Young registered voter. I'm voting Republican in the primaries. I have respect for our President. I believe he's a Christian. I believe in Creationism as well as evolution to a certain degree. I believe in gradual change over time, not the idea that humans evolved from apes. I am a Christian, but I have respect for all people. I can NOT stand Rush at all. I can't stand Faux News as well. And whether or not a black man marries a white woman is there business. As long as they treat each other right and love one another why does it matter? Same with gay people. As a Christian I love all people. Don't let this survey give a bad impression of all Alabamians. I love my state. Just not all the people from my state. There are well educated people down here!"

I can honestly say four years of this ignorance is enough, but I am not surprised we are still here dealing with this considering how stupid teapublicans are!

I would love to see the United States require every citizen to take an IQ test and then see the map that produces. I'm going to lay odds that teapublican States... will be listed as having the lowest average IQ per capita than Democratic states. The standing joke about southern people having an IQ to match their shoe size... isn't a joke in Mississippi, it's a very sad reality with many in the population. Ironically, ignorance is taught in these states, passed down from generation to generation.

Anyone who doesn't believe America has a third-world need only visit the deep-South.

Roger West