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Obama's Lie about his Atheist Mother

If you haven't been the direct recipient of a Barack Obama lie then hang on, your turn will come. He'll get around to lying to everyone sooner or later in his quest to be Prez. Here's where he lied to the nice people of Iowa back in December, 2007.

Desperate to emerge from the packed Democratic field victorious, Barack apparently felt compelled to twist the truth with regards to his dear Mother. He was talking to the heartland of America, so it's time for Barack to lie about his mother and about his religious upbringing, in order to dispel rumors and innuendo surrounding his Islamic background:

At a stop at Smoky Row Coffee Shop in Oskaloosa, Obama sat down to eat some pumpkin pie with four local women and ended up having to explain how he was not a Muslim.

An older woman seated at the table asked Obama to explain his Muslim heritage, to which the candidate replied, "This is something that keeps on being misreported, so I'm glad you asked me."

Obama was referring to an e-mail chain accusing him of being a Muslim with an intent to undermine the United States. Early this year, false reports also circulated that he had attended a madrassa as a child. Obama explained his connection to Islam in this way:

"My father was from Kenya," he said, "and a lot of people in his village were Muslim. He didn't practice Islam. Truth is he wasn't very religious. He met my mother. My mother was a Christian from Kansas, and they married and then divorced. I was raised by my mother. So, I've always been a Christian. The only connection I've had to Islam is that my grandfather on my father's side came from that country. But I've never practiced Islam."

And here's what we find out four months later, unearthed by the Chicago Tribune regarding his Mother's formative years, spent in Mercer Island, Washington, not Kansas:

Obama on the campaign trail often brings to mind Stanley Ann Dunham, Obama's mother and a strong-willed, unconventional member of the Mercer Island High School graduating class of 1960.

"She was not a standard-issue girl of her times. ... She wasn't part of the matched-sweater-set crowd," said Wall, a classmate and retired philosophy teacher who used to make after-school runs to Seattle with Dunham to sit and talk -- for hours and hours -- in coffee shops.

"She touted herself as an atheist, and it was something she'd read about and could argue," said Maxine Box, who was Dunham's best friend in high school. "She was always challenging and arguing and comparing. She was already thinking about things that the rest of us hadn't."

Oh what a tangled web he wove... and here's how he wove it:

In a recent interview, Obama called his mother "the dominant figure in my formative years. . . . The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics."

Apparently "telling the truth" was one of the lessons Barack never got, or has quickly forgotten.

The education of Obama the would-be politician didn't begin, of course, until after his birth in 1961, in Honolulu. But the parental traits that would mold him -- a contrarian worldview, an initial rejection of organized religion, a questioning nature -- were already taking shape years earlier in the nomadic and sometimes tempestuous Dunham family, where the only child was a curious and precocious daughter of a father who wanted a boy so badly that he named her Stanley -- after himself.

In his best-selling book, "Dreams From My Father" and in campaign speeches, Obama frequently describes the story of his mother, who died of cancer in 1995, as a tale of the Heartland. She's the white woman from the flatlands of Kansas and the only daughter of parents who grew up in the "dab-smack, landlocked center of the country," in towns "too small to warrant boldface on a roadmap."

Implicit in that portrayal is this message: If you have any lingering questions or doubts about the Hawaiian-born presidential candidate with a funny name, just remember that Mom hails from America's good earth. That's the log cabin story, or his version of Bill Clinton's "Man from Hope."

That presentation, though, glosses over Stanley Ann Dunham's formative years, spent not on the Great Plains but more than 1,800 miles away on a small island in the Pacific Northwest.

Obama visited the Seattle area last October, and in a speech to a Democratic Party rally at Bellevue Community College, he mentioned that his mother attended Mercer Island High School before moving on to Hawaii. In "Dreams," Obama wrote that the family moved to Seattle "long enough for my mother to finish high school."

But her stop was more than some educational cup of coffee; Obama's mother spent 8th grade through high school here. Four of those five years were spent on Mercer Island, a 5-mile-long, South America-shaped stretch of Douglas firs and cedars, just across from Seattle in Lake Washington.

She was just a Christian girl from Kansas? No, in reality she was an atheist whose formative years were spent in the state of Washington.

Aww, close enough for government work, eh, America?

Update: Time for another speech perhaps?

Yes, they're just words...

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Comments (20)


she lived on mercer island? wow. that's osme of the nicer property around seattle. not sure what it was like in the 50's, but today you have to be making some serious money to live there.

and things just get interestinger and interestinger (yes, i did just make up that word)

Steve Crickmore:

Obama's mother sounds like a great many people, I know. I'm not sure what my parents are or were: Christian, athieist, or agnostic. They never went to Church. But I suppose they would call themselves Christian, this is how they were raised like nearly everyone in our suburban neigborhood where I grew up, but they started to have doubts like most young people when they were in high school I'm the only one im family who went to Church regualrly in my last year of high school, but I 'm probably the least religious in my family now. I would probably consider more an atheist or a born again pagan though to be polite from time to time me I will say Christian or agnosotic ( I don't think there is a God but I have faith that in the end I wil be proved wrong). By the way, what is your religion, Lee since are you are so critical of others who can't pigeon hole close family members at particular periods what they believed in into one word? You have never told us.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Characterizing his upbringing as "Christian" when his mother was apparently a devout enough atheist to speak passionately on the subject?

"She touted herself as an atheist, and it was something she'd read about and could argue"

You don't call that a lie, Steve?

Steve Crickmore:

Obama went to a strict elementary Catholic school in Indonesia for many years..I assume you are like me and don't talk about our lack of religion very much.My kids get a soft Chritian upbringing from the school and neighborhood church. Also in his biography he said for better or worse, at the beginning that he took thinks out of chronoligical order and change some names to avoid embarassment.

Hillary in her autobigraphy glosses over the beatings that her father delivered. particularly to her brother. Apparently he was awful, a real martinet and a real rake. and the page on the New haven Black Panther teargas protest which we both gassed together Hillary was co-chairman is almost unrecognizable. As someone once said every body writes an autobiography to avoid telling the truth...Obama is probably not much of an exception but I'm sure much closer than Hilalry's or McCain ghost written autobigraphies to what really happened.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I don't care where he went to elementary school, Steve - I'm concerned about this lie:

My mother was a Christian from Kansas, and they married and then divorced. I was raised by my mother. So, I've always been a Christian.

How many lies are there? Has he always been a Christian? Well, we're supposed to believe that his mother was a Christian and that's apparently a lie -- so how many lies did he tell in those two sentences?

Obviously, as an atheist Barack was not raised by his mother to be a Christian, and yet we're supposed to believe that Barack was raised as a Christian - and his mother, and atheist, sent him to a Christian school.

And my religion is none of your business, sorry.

Steve Crickmore:

Lee, at least you are reading about Obama's life, although maybe looking at it with an unuusual prism..Let's see how good you or other readers are at this quiz. I did it pretty quickly about a week ago and only got a score around ten.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Still no comment on this lie, Steve?

Instead you link to a trivia quiz on Barack Obama?


BHO stretched the truth about his mother and her possibly odd relationship with religion. Very subjective about how deep or malicious this is on the lie scale.

Is it a "I was named after a famed mountain climber, before he famously climbed that mountain" lie?
Maybe it is a "I remember the corkscrew landing, and dodging sniper fire" kind of lie.
Or, it could be an "I played HS soccer, before my school had a girls soccer team"
Wait, is it a "My daughter was jogging by the Twin Towers when the planes hit. Even though she admits she was in bed at the time"
Or a simple "We bombed them for days in 1998 because Saddam Hussein threw out inspectors."
Perhaps it is a "Without $100, a single mother was turned down for insurance, and she and her unborn child died"

I am guessing it is closer to the Sir Edmund lie. But that's just my opinion, and I have no dog in this particular race.

Steve Crickmore:

One of the questions of the quiz is Obama was what type of school Obama went to in Indonesia..From what I know many kids who have too strong a religious education when they are young resent it and end up turned off, Obama's mom was raised as a Christian from Kansas..Her parents took their kids to a small Unitarian church in Mercer Island..My uncle graduated from the Unitarian Seminary in Berkeley and when I used to vist him and his friends in Berkeley, many like himself and really left the minsuistry but could officiate at weddings and so on I realised what a relaxed Christian approach the ministers had. You could describe as more agonostic than Christian almost. I think just as you are discreet about mentioning your religion, most peoplee unless they are really bible thumping. As an anthropologist Barack's mother whatever her personal beliefs, probably knew the imoportance religion plays in most children's life to give them a code so she would think it good to be schooled in that as long as it wasn't too heavy..Many agnostics or atheists send thir kids to religious schools for the discpline and quality of education (my five year old goes to a fairly strong Evangelical local school for instance in Brazil) and what impressed me most about Obam's upbringing was that her mother used to get up at 400am study or take Obama to classes..maybe it was her grandmother..you get the drift. here is an excerpt from wikipedia Obama childhood

Throughout his early years, Obama was commonly known at home and school as "Barry".[4] Obama's parents met while both were attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where his father was enrolled as a foreign student.[5] They separated when he was two years old and later divorced.[6] His father received a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Harvard University, then returned to Kenya, where he became a finance minister before dying in an automobile accident in 1982.[7][8] His mother married another foreign student, Lolo Soetoro, and the family moved to Soetoro's home country of Indonesia in 1967.[9] Obama attended local schools in Jakarta, from ages 6 to 10, where classes were taught in Bahasa, the language of Indonesia. He first attended St. Francis Assisi Catholic school for almost three years, where he received weekly lessons in that Christian faith although he was registered by his family as a Muslim, the stated religion of his stepfather.[10] When his family moved to a new neighborhood, he attended the secular, government-run SDN Menteng 1 school for his fourth year, and received similar weekly lessons in Islam, the predominant religion of Indonesia.[11][12][13][14] Obama's stepfather was "not religious", and "never went to prayer services except for big communal events", according to Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng.[11] When Obama was in third grade he wrote an essay saying that he wanted to become president. His teacher later told the...

Steve Crickmore:

Again these were four females strangers in a coffee shop...Most people don't go into a long convoluted story about their religion. or their parents or their stepfather's or their grandparent's. A simpler approach would be say say it's none of their business..that would probably be McCain's approach probably but with a few choice words..Obama is over and over again very patient and must explain his ancestry. It is difficult to summarize in one word or two where his ancestors come from where his mother where his father even where he came from. This why he wrote a book in part..I have a similar problem in Brazil..Where am I from, which I am asked over and over again, every day because of my acccent and appearance I feel I should give people a xeroxed paper, the UK, the US, and Canada basically but sometimes I just say Paraquay..and leave it that.and they seem relieved..I'm glad people don't ask about my parent's religion or my own. I honestly wouldn't know how to answer them. By the standards you are demanding of Obama to four strangers in a coffee shop no one would pass. I thought he made a prety good pass at it.


Interesting post. I know that Obama is pathologically deceptive, but it's always fun to read more about his lies when people catch on.

It might not seem like a big deal that he lied about his mother's teenage years. But it is a big deal. No offense to Washington state but it is part of that West Coast mentality. I've always felt people there - even up into Vancouver BC - were less moral and had less standards than here in the South where I live. I think of Kansas as part of the American heartland where people also have Christian values, so growing up there would have been different.

These "little details" Obama keeps changing just to suit his audience - these are important.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

You're right, Lyn - and as my pal Steve Crickmore will quickly point out, Hillary ain't no saint. I've never claimed she was.

However, a lot of people voted for Barack Obama under the premise that he was some sort of "non-politician" - and they bought into his BS that he would change the way politics are done in America.

All Barack Obama wants to change is his street address to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and he's no different, just less experienced, than the rest of the pack.

Steve Crickmore:

Obama's mother came from Kansas..Her mother was born in Kansas He visted the same school is grandfather inEl Dorado..Obama talked mainly about about his grandfather's home town not his mothers even though his mother spent her first 12 or 13 years there. You have missed the whole point of what Obama has been talking about in his books its his grandparents who had in big part in raising him even more than his mother and they spent their first 40 years of their life in Kansas, does that count that his family had strong Kansas or Mid Western roots. I'm sure his grandparents talked much more about their lives in Kansas and their little girl not their five years in the state of Washington when Obama was growing up with them and spending his formative years as you call them in Hawaii.

I think anything that Obama says won't satisfy you..He has been alot more open about his life and religion, than nearly anyone I know. Of course he gets crucified for it..so much easier to say it is none of your business or I live in some non-specific city on the coast or go get a ghost writer to write about your life as McCain and the Clintons did. Obaam's present street address is listed in Chicago next door to 5050 Greenwood Ave -You don't have to wait until he gets to 1600 Pennsylvania you can look him up now- maybe you know someone who would like to build next door to him. I don't know why you don't ask him all these questions yourself Lee personally if you are so worried,.. unlike most people he has nothing to hide.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Steve wrote: "You have missed the whole point of what Obama has been talking about in his books its his grandparents who had in big part in raising him even more than his mother and they spent their first 40 years of their life in Kansas, does that count that his family had strong Kansas or Mid Western roots."

No, I haven't missed the point, you've changed the subject -- again.

This post isn't about Barack's grandmother, this post documents Barack Obama's lie that he told regarding his mother wherein he claimed that he wasn't a Muslim, and pointed to his mother's Christian upbringing of him as evidence of that.

It's a lie. His mother was an atheist.

"He has been alot more open about his life and religion, than nearly anyone I know."

Sorry, Steve, but openly lying isn't the same as "being open," in fact - it's quite the opposite.


"For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness.

This isn't to say that she provided me with no religious instruction. In her mind, a working knowledge of the world's great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites. But I was made to understand that such religious samplings required no sustained commitment on my part. Religion was an expression of human culture, she would explain, not its wellspring, just one of the many ways -- and not necessarily the best way -- that man attempted to control the unknowable and understand the deeper truths about our lives.

In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist she would become; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well." From: Dreams of My Father

I think Ann Dunham was raised as a Christian, and was a Christian at one time in her life, but then moved away from it. This is what Barack Obama is refers to when he says, "My mother was a Christian."

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Odd that there isn't one mention in Barack's writings of his mother's atheism, although there are plenty of clues -- Barack just never comes right out and says it -- instead we get...

"In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites."

She was certainly not a Christian.

Obviously, he has not been wholly truthful with regards to his mother, but we know that the book is mainly about his deceased father, and his mother was alive when Barack wrote the book. Maybe his mother wasn't proud of her atheism -- maybe Barack wasn't proud of his mother's atheism.

Now we know it was something Barack kept hidden, and felt compelled to lie about when campaigning in Iowa. His mother had passed away -- and wasn't around to witness his lying. I believe that if she was alive today he wouldn't have lied about "being raised by his Christian mother."

But she wasn't around, so he did lie.


She may not have been a Christian in the evangelical bible thumping sense of the term, but that doesn't mean she wasn't a Christian. Having been raised in Kansas, she probably was a Christian earlier in her life but as she matured, she adopted the wider view of religion described by her son. I think this is making a big deal out of a nothing. Compared to issues like the economy, the war, health care, the environment, etc., who cares about petty gossip?

..."Compared to issues like the economy, the war, health care, the environment, etc"

Actually it's quite important, and a big deal, WHO and what type of politics handle those issues.
We have grown accustomed to Politicians who lie, but this Obama is a liar, a racist, a marxist-C and a fraud.
Americans have fought and died to prevent against his marxist communist ideology. In addition, this con man, should he lose, will have set this country back 50 years of progress as anger will divide the country.

SuperDelegates realize this too...they need him to screw up

Catching him in additional lies is important weather they be of his mother, the pawn, or the father, the idol.

Obama Must destroy himself, and Exposing Obama is the only way to provide an understanding salve should he lose to that hillary liar.

From his marxist professors, Communist mentor, to racist theology, Obama sought out, by choice , paths to become the 'image' of daddy.

Post racial? One has to question weather swooners have read his books.

This is not a man who wants to 'cross-over'...to unite.

His entire young life was spent manufacturing self-loathing, distancing himself from 'his mothers race' while fantasizing grievences, and lived all of his adult life in the front pews with those who agreed with his own pervasive perspective of the racist white captors world.

Obama wasn't dupped into joining a Church where it's message - had he known - was unknown to him.

If anything this Church's message was precisely where Barack could comfortably finaly fit in, emulating, with his very own views of, Afrocentric attributes, marxist ideology, and beliefs of victimization.


"...but this Obama is a liar, a racist, a marxist-C and a fraud."

Even if he was all these things, and he's not, that's a huge improvement over a 3rd Bush (republican) term of war, loss of civil liberty, economic meltdown, and general incompetence. Aren't you embarrassed to have Bush as your President, greybeard? Why be a glutton for punishment?


I attended Mercer Island High School in a class two years ahead of Ann Dunham. The article is totally and completely untrue about the high school being " hotbed of pro-Marxist radical teachers." Val Foubert and Jim Wichterman were some of the best teachers in the school because they had high expectations for their students and encouraged us to think . I attended their classes for three years and they never "taught a critical theory curriculum to students which included; rejection of societal norms, attacks on Christianity, the traditional family" It is possible that Jim discussed Marxist philosophy (he was teaching philosophy!) but I do not remember it. I do remember that we had a very extensive discussion of John Stuart Mill's "Essay on Liberty" (hardly a radical or marxist tome). By the way, Jim Wichterman was also my church youth group leader - a strange thing to do if he was also attacking christianity as the article incorrectly states.


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