In an indication of how poorly informed the public is, a growing number of Americans believe that President Obama is a Muslim, according to a Pew Research Center poll:
A new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama’s religion is.
The White House decided to go so far as to assure the public that Obama is a Christian. Franklin Graham, Christian evangelist and son of Billy Graham, pinpointed the president's "problem" on CNN:
So according to Graham, "...the president's problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim." (Note, too, his vague answer as to whether the president is a Christian. Similarly, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that he'll take Obama "at his word" that he's a Christian.) This profoundly anti-American statement reflects not only the opposition to the mosque near ground zero, but opposition to mosques throughout the country. Ironically, it is the intolerant who are delivering to Muslim citizens a message of alienation from, not assimilation into, American culture.
Ultimately, the question is not whether Obama is a Muslim. The question is why it would be a problem if he were one.