Jimmy Kimmel Asks: Can You Spot The Americans Who Think Barack Obama Is a Muslim?
Earlier in the week, we were surprised to learn that, according to a recent poll, a surprising amount of Americans believe that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. Apparently this belief stems from a series of chain e-mails.
A chain e-mail circulating during the presidential campaign claimed that Obama took his oath of office as a U.S. Senator in 2005 while placing his hand on a Qur’an rather than a Bible. This claim is false, as Obama was sworn into office using a Bible that he owned. The claim may have been inspired by a photo-op re-enactment of the 2007 swearing-in of U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who used a Qur’an that had belonged to Thomas Jefferson.
One chain e-mail claimed incorrectly that President Obama’s middle name is Mohammed or Muhammed. His actual middle name is Hussein.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, one chain e-mail accused Barack Obama of secretly being the biblical Antichrist.
I mean, we’ve all had an email chain forwarded to us suggesting something insane. I, for one, was of the incorrect belief that the people who were sharing those emails, were doing so ironically. I can’t believe I have to tell you this, but guys, that’s where viruses come from. If it’s got more than one “Fwd:” at the beginning of the email, you’re putting your dell at major risk. It might even explode. I don’t know, I’m not a computer doctor.
Anyway, the fine people at Jimmy Kimmel Live, decided to do their own man on the street style poll, but because a straight poll wouldn’t make all that great of a YouTube video, Kimmel and Co. turned it into a fun little game where you guess if the respondent believes Obama is a Muslim or not.
I got about half of them right. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
For the record, here’s what Google says when you ask it “What is President Obama’s Religion?”
So, now you know. If you want to know more about his religious affiliation for whatever reason, you can read this interview from 2008 when he addressed those virus-y emails that I talked about above.