Although Mitt Romney hasn’t been directly attacked recently about his religion, some wags think the presidential election will feature a Mormon and a Muslim. So, it isn’t premature to consider whether President Obama is a Christian or a Muslim. Some political opponents depict Obama as a Muslim while he proclaims himself a Christian.
Far be it from me to question whether our President’s true allegiance is to Allah or God. However, as Pastor Rick Warren declared earlier this year – when accused of claiming Allah and God are the same entity with different names – he neither said they were nor did he believe they are.
Some claim Obama is Muslim because he was schooled in Islam. Furthermore, since Islamic laws don’t allow Muslims to be proselytized – and includes death for apostates – he will, forever, be a Muslim.
However, after considerable research and thought, I offer two, more nuanced and semi-definitive answers. Obama claims Christianity as his faith – but still recites, without a teleprompter, Islamic daily prayers. So, in this “age of hybrids” – he may be a “Christlum”, basically Christian with some Islamic beliefs.
Or, possibly, he’s a “Muslian”, basically Muslim with some Christian beliefs. Please notice the absence of “Christ” in this definition. That’s because the Prophet Mohammed taught Jesus wasn’t crucified (God intervened and saved Him at the last moment.) Without the crucifixion, there can be no resurrection, the core concept of Christianity.
Mohammed’s “revelation” of Christ as a minor prophet came directly from Allah who, therefore, cannot be Christianity’s Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The reader now has four theological choices for Obama: Christian; Muslim; Christlum: Muslian. Meanwhile, Mitt remains a Mormon.