Obama’s First 50 Days Via Conservapedia

This is Ron Gold checking in.

Barack Obama has now spent 50 days in the White House. Instead of waiting for the standard first 100 days evaluation, I thought I’d get a head start and give some early thoughts. However, when I think about it, I realize it’s extremely difficult to say if Obama is doing a good job. He’s done some good things, such as erasing the federal ban on funding embryonic stem cell research, but is he making smart economic decisions? Not even the top economists can reach a consensus, making it nearly impossible for the average person to know for sure.

So maybe the best way to evaluate Obama is to look at the most irrational part of the populace – like the 10% who thought he was Muslim during the campaign – and figure the opposite of their opinion is true. Luckily, I know the perfect place to find these folks: Conservapedia!

Looking at its entry on Barack Obama, the suspicion is that he’s still secretly a Muslim. Here is a small selection of its evidence (Conservapedia is user-edited, meaning the content is subject to change, though this is all accurate as of the time it was posted):

–Obama’s background, education, and outlook are Muslim, and fewer than 1% of Muslims convert to Christianity.

–Obama’s middle name (Hussein) references Husayn, who was the grandson of Muhammad, which most Christians would not retain.

–Obama uses the Muslim Pakistani pronunciation for “Pakistan” rather than the common American one.

–Obama has chosen the Secret Service code name “Renegade”. “Renegade” conventionally describes someone who goes against normal conventions of behavior, but its first usage was to describe someone who has turned from their religion. It is a word derived from the Spanish renegado, meaning “Christian turned Muslim.”

If you’re somehow not convinced Obama is a Muslim, well, maybe you’re right. According to Conservapedia’s “Religion of Barack Hussein Obama” article, he might secretly be an atheist. The proof:

–When he initially took the oath of office on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, Obama misspoke (possibly due to Chief Justice Roberts not being prepared) and out of an “abundance of caution” the oath was retaken the next day. CNN.com noted, “Though a Bible was used in Tuesday’s oath, one was not used for Wednesday’s.”

–Since assuming office Obama has not attended a single church function.

I wish he were an atheist, but that evidence is laughably weak. Obama is a Christian, and it’s as simple as that. And even if he were an atheist or a Muslim, it wouldn’t mean that he’s an evil man who wants to destroy the American way of life. But it Conservapedia land, non-Christian means un-American.

Moving from religion to the economic issues, Conservapedia hammers Obama on pretty much everything he has done so far. It says his “response to economic crisis closely parallels that of Herbert Hoover in 1930-31 in dealing with the Great Depression.” Furthermore, Obama’s 2010 budget “will likely lead to a decrease in charitable giving” and “will raise consumer energy prices.” And to top it off, he’s a scandal-ridden Leftist.

Alright then, I think I can evaluate Obama’s first 50 days after my enlightenment from Conservapedia: He’s doing a fantastic job.

  • http://newref.blogspot.com/ James

    Poe’s Law is in full effect with Conservapedia. Is it parody or real?

  • Polly

    –Obama’s middle name (Hussein) references Husayn, who was the grandson of Muhammad, which most Christians would not retain.

    Hmmm…My real name contains Paul and Mark. I deconverted, do I need to change my overly Christiany name?

  • http://ozatheist.wordpress.com/ OzAtheist

    Alright then, I think I can evaluate Obama’s first 50 days after my enlightenment from Conservapedia: He’s doing a fantastic job.

    Now that’s what I call an excellent logical deduction. :)

  • http://jewmanist.com/ Rose

    Hmmm…My real name contains Paul and Mark. I deconverted, do I need to change my overly Christiany name?

    LOL… well having the name Rose Schwartz makes people automatically assume… well I don’t need to tell you. :)

    According to my mom (reform Jew), religion has nothing to do with who she votes for. But she somehow (at least lately) votes for all the creationists and uber right wing nutjobs. wtf!

  • schism

    It says his “response to economic crisis closely parallels that of Herbert Hoover in 1930-31 in dealing with the Great Depression.”

    …I thought the current conservative refrain was that FDR and the New Deal caused the Great Depression. Conservapedia has a better grasp of history than the GOP? Great Jiggly Cthulhu, that’s sad.

  • Miko

    Conservapedia also has a fairly negative article on Stalin, so I guess he must be a pretty great guy too, right? Let’s stick with the initial version: not even the economists agree, and the politicians on both sides are just trying to push through whatever they wanted to do before the crisis (tax cuts and reckless spending on one side, sort-of-tax-increases-from-a-certain-temporal-perspective and reckless spending on the other) as if it were a solution crafted in response to what’s happened rather than decade old partisan dogma.

    The scepticism that I advocate amounts only to this: (1) that when the experts are agreed, the opposite opinion cannot be held to be certain; (2) that when they are not agreed, no opinion can be regarded as certain by a non-expert; and (3) that when they all hold that no sufficient grounds for a positive opinion exist, the ordinary man would do well to suspend his judgment. These propositions may seem mild, yet, if accepted, they would absolutely revolutionize human life.
    –Bertrand Russell, “On the Value of Scepticism”

    (Disclaimer: I’m not making a comparison between Obama and Stalin.)

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who skips church for gym gets my thumbs up!

    Skipping a complete waste of time in favor of something that actually does something for you…

    Work for your health, don’t pray for it!

  • http://www.otmatheist.com hoverFrog

    My middle name is Clyde. I was named after a river. Clearly I should live in a barge or river boat of some kind.

    Is there really more than one pronunciation for “Pakistan”? If Obama is using the one that is closest to the actual word then I think that just demonstrates his education and willingness to make an effort to get things right. We wouldn’t want some moron who can’t pronounce the word “nuclear” or finish a sentence without bumbling would we?

  • Chal

    Poe’s Law is in full effect with Conservapedia. Is it parody or real?

    This was one of the funniest things I’ve seen on that site.

  • The Unbrainwashed

    Conservepedia is a disgrace to all right leaning individuals (as well as the Republican Party) like myself. I much prefer the writings of those like Charles Murray, Gene Expression, and Heather MacDonald.

  • Mover

    Obama is not a Muslim. And even though he claims Christianity as his faith, a true Christian would have to conclude that he is not. Why?

    Modern Christianity is the faith of life and real Christians who follow their faith do not condone killing humans for one’s own convenience (only defense qualifies. Obama supports abortion and turning human embryos into a commodity. That’s not what I would call ‘faith of life’.

    He only claims Christianity to help his own personal political aspirations as 71% of Americans (2007) are self-identified as Christians.

  • Helfrick
  • Cereal Man

    “Obama is a Christian, and it’s as simple as that.”

    The flavor of that statement makes it seems that being a “Christian” is well defined category and that Obama is firmly on the “other side” (whatever side that is). There are many “Christians” like myself who claim Christianity as their religious tradition, who make it their aim to follow the teachings of Jesus, even belong to a church, but are also humanists.

    The old definitions of who is a Christian and who is an atheist don’t work for many of us anymore.

  • Somero

    Cereal Man, I find that stance interesting.

    But I have a question.
    If Jesus existed then it seems like he’d be a great guy, but he did’t have a monopoly on morality.

    There are plenty of other people/groups/philosophies that have taught simmilar morals. What’s the point of just subscribing to one if he’s not so special?(like being the son of a god)

  • Vincent

    There’s more than one way to pronounce Pakistan?
    Seriously, I can only think of one.

  • Rsanders

    Pakistan can be pronounced with the long A sound (the same as the sound of the letter itself) or the short A sound (as in what the doctor tells you to do when looking in your mouth). Our president uses the correct pronunciation which is the short A (Ah) which simply shows his intelligence, education and sensitivity are beyond that of the average American. Nothing against average Americans but we do tend to be a bit insular and uneducated about the rest of the World. I doubt that Sarah Palin is the only one who thought Africa was a country instead of a (you can use either short or long here) continent.

  • http://www.bernerbits.com/ Derek

    Obama uses the Muslim Pakistani pronunciation for “Pakistan” rather than the common American one.

    Uh, my very Christian mother and grandparents spent several years in the middle east doing missionary work, and they pronounce it the “muslim way”.

    Of all the anti-muslim arguments I hear, when you start arguing linguistic dialect = religion, you lose any respect you may have had from me.

  • Tankred

    –Obama has chosen the Secret Service code name “Renegade”.

    What a bad ass!

  • Cereal Man

    Somero – Christianity was my upbringing, and I embrace it as my religious tradition. It has a lot of value and I have found it worth holding on to (not in the fundamentalist sense, in case you hadn’t caught on to that). But I didn’t mean to imply that I limit myself from learning from other teachers, religions, or philosophies.

  • Indigo

    Cereal Man – you’re right, there isn’t a clear definition of “Christian”. As such, it’s probably easiest to go with “Someone who says he’s a Christian, is one” as a definition.

  • Brian Macker

    Actually Bush’s response was like Hoover’s. That is, he responded the same month with all sorts of wasteful bailouts and programs.

    Obama’s is more like FDR’s. He’s going to take what should have been a 2 year recession and make it last a decade while impoverishing the country.

    Get ready for some extreme monetary then price inflation.

    This guy’s doing the same stupid things Bush did to try to cure the Clinton bubble bursting. Which only lead to a bigger bubble, and a bigger burst. Stupid, stupid, stupid.


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