Study Confirms That a Significant Number of Americans Are Clueless

Nearly 20% of White Evangelicals STILL think Obama is  Muslim!obama-muslim-sign

In fact, since the election, the electorate hasn’t seemed to learn any more about President Obama’s faith…

EVEN THOUGH IT HAS BEEN REPEATEDLY, WIDELY PUBLICIZED, a meaningful number of Americans either aren’t paying attention or REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH.

They apparently are FOX NEWS watchers, who also believe global warming’s a hoax, dinosaurs walked the earth with humans and Ann Coulter is a credible journalist.

Liberals are chronically accused by the right of thinking they’re stupid.  Anyone can be stupid. When someone is, one doesn’t have to notify the rest of the world and frankly, it’s impolite to do so.  I do suggest, however, that one way  to appear cognizant what’s happening around him or her,  is to get such a simple question right.  Further, if this is the behavior liberals interpret as “stupid,”   I certainly understand it.  I don’t condone it but  when one lacks the intellectual curiosity required to overlook  a simple fact that has been so widely publicized for so long,  I get why some would consider such a person to be not the brightest light in the strand.   It’s maddening.

This, from a recent Pew Research Study:

“More than two months into Barack Obama’s presidency, as many people incorrectly identify him as a Muslim as did so during the 2008 campaign. When asked about Obama’s religious beliefs, 11% say he is a Muslim. In October, 12% said Obama is a Muslim, which was unchanged from earlier in the campaign.

In the current survey, 35% say they do not know Obama’s religion, either because they do not know enough about him (22%), or because they have heard different things about his religion (13%); another 6% refused to answer.

As was the case last fall, white evangelical Protestants (19%) and Republicans (17%) are among the most likely to view Obama as a Muslim. Fewer than half in each group — 38% of white evangelicals and 46% of Republicans — correctly identify Obama as a Christian.”


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16 Responses to Study Confirms That a Significant Number of Americans Are Clueless

  1. Polycarp says:

    So the Church without Walls….thinks that for some reason having a Muslim as president is a sin against God? Really? Upon what evidence?

    Further, who cares if Obama is a Muslim – which he is not – or a Buddhist or even an Evangelical (heaven help us if he is)? Religion is not proscribed in the Constitution as a requirement to hold office.

  2. Paul Sonderman says:

    Exactly…What I take from this is that GOP-planted seeds of doubt and outright lies are indeed effective. They “inform” those who choose to believe and yield the desired result–division.

    Further, they apply negative stereotypes to victims as they feed prejudices and promote fear.

    Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

  3. Gar says:

    Only a muslim would bow before a Saudi king.

    Only a Rev. Wright trained-anti-American would go onto foreign soil and criticize the US.

    This clown is the biggest disgrace in US history.

  4. Paul Sonderman says:

    Bullshit. The article is about you and those like you. Get a clue.

  5. Polycarp says:

    Gar, this is not my blog, but you are a complete idiot. If a foreign leader came to this soil and refused to shake the President’s hand, then we would be up in arms – although that may not be something in his culture.

    Further, after 8 years of Bush, we need a little self-humiliation, a little truth telling, and little forgiveness.

  6. Paul Sonderman says:

    Thanks, Polycarp. After 8 years of belligerent unilateral foreign policy that ignored prevailing customs in countries in which diplomacy could indeed convey at minimum INTEREST in addressing concerns or — heaven forbid, actually WORK, it’s time for a “do-over”.

  7. Polycarp says:

    Not to be biblical here, but if this is a Christian nation, then we should start acting a bit Christian – including asking for forgiveness.

    My goodness – look at Cuba and the problems that our foreign policy caused there! I cannot wait to head on over.

  8. Polycarp says:

    Paul, you are now of the blogroll!

  9. Paul Sonderman says:

    Honored, Polycarp. Many thanks.

  10. Catherine says:

    Paul I loved this post and good for you for calling Gar out!

  11. Paul Sonderman says:

    Thanks, Catherine. Also thanks for linking to me. I love reading your blog. I can’t keep up with you!

  12. Paul Sonderman says:

    BTW Polycarp, meet you in Havana!

  13. B says:

    Bowing before a royal king is a disgrace? But prancing around, holding his hand and kissing him on the cheeks is, what, perfectly acceptable? If Obama had done what Bush had done, oh lord, hold on to your seat. There are some out there in this country right now who need to get over it, we get it, you’ve been foaming at the mouth because all you do is listen to Faux News and Right-Wing propaganda and you believe the lies and refuse to educate yourself. I pity the fool who cannot even educate themselves on such simple matters.

    On the comment about being a Christian nation. I don’t believe for one second we are a Christian nation or believe for one second that we should be a Christian nation; we’re a free democracy that happens to be inhabited by a lot of Christians. We’re a country that was founded because of fleeing English trying to get away from religious prosecution and yet, as soon as they landed on American soil, they continued with their religious prosecution (witch trials and the likes) and 400 years later, we’re still doing it. We’re a country whose forefathers set up the idea of the separation of Church and State, and the ones who claim to love America the most are the ones who always seem to forget that subtle little detail when they stand on their box preaching that we should base our laws around Christianity.

    For being a country that is made up of mostly Christians, I find it utterly disgusting that so many are really evil, money hungry fools incapable of forgiveness (like you suggested) who wave their Bibles and quote only specific parts so they can continue with their evil hate towards their fellow A. brother or sister in Christ and B. fellow American! It’s amazing how so many don’t have the love of Jesus Christ in their heart and have the compassion He taught us. I also laugh whenever they (Christians) think they are the ones who are oppressed. And this is coming from a Christian herself!

  14. Paul Sonderman says:

    I think the right should quit being such ass clowns and rail only when its warranted rather than daily, just to deflect criticism of things that really matter.

    Further, we should have some fun with these foreign dignitaries. Let’s adopt a “When in Rome” policy. If a culture has a prevailing custom we consider odd, like Arab men holding hands, we let them know in advance, we’re down with that– but we indulge them ONLY ON THEIR TURF. WHEN THEY COME HERE, we convince them that it’s a traditional/ceremonial sign of courtesy and respect to walk ONE STEP BEHIND our president, cupping his or her ass cheeks. (My first inclination was “walk facing our president, cupping his nut sack” but in deference to an inevitable future female president, I chose “ass cheeks.” I like to be PC.

    Thanks for commenting. Good points.

  15. Love your site, extremely worth-while.

    Here’s my rant about conservative politics and brainwashing: Why do we let them redefine us? Remember when there was a Republican Party and a DEMOCRATIC Party? This Democrat party thing (Ugh!) is designed to subtly undermine the image of our party, while hiding behind Southern grammatical dysfunction. NOBODY stands up to correct them! Shame on us.

  16. Paul Sonderman says:

    Like a knife in my ear every time the Boner, Rush, Palin or any other simpering republicon utters “The Democrat Party,” while some may consider this a small thing, it’s not. Liberal media personalities (Air America, etc.) used to correct them but after a time, it became akin to pissing in the wind. Even so, it’s something we shouldn’t minimize because as you say, they “define” us (by using “code” that Fox hammers home hourly).

    We must remind folks that a bleeding heart is preferable to no heart at all. Shame on us, indeed.

    Thanks, Tom.

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