Perhaps not so much a conspiracy theory as it is a crank opinion, the meme that Barack Obama is a Muslim goes hand in hand with views that he’s a [insert bad thing here]. A recent Pew Research poll says that 20% of Americans think that Barack Obama is a Muslim.
This is perhaps a little less crazy than some of the stories about Barack Obama. He spent 4 years as a small child in Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country. His Indonesian school record lists him as Muslim. His step-father’s family was Muslim. His grandparents in Africa were Muslim, and he carries the middle name Hussein.
Obama was for two decades a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ congregation and is a self-described Christian, yet Obama’s consistent refusal to demonize Muslims has fed belief that he is one of them.
A recent article in the Washington Post attributes birther sentiment and belief that Obama is a Muslim to more than rumors on the Internet. It also comes from remarks by politicians including: Sarah Palin, Jean Schmidt, Tom Ganley, Bill Posey, Randy Neugebauer, Dan Burton, John Campbell, Jim Inhofe, Richard Shelby, Marsha Blackburn, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Charles Boustany, Aaron Schock, Dave Reichert, Jeff Fortenberry, Greg Harper, David Vitter, Paul Broun, Bull Hudak and Ken Cuccinelli. The Post article has all the details.