There's an e-mail floating around the Internet which purports to show Barack Obama getting ready to pray at a mosque in Washington, D.C. It offers this photograph up as conclusive proof that he is, as some have always suspected, a "secret" Muslim.
To nobody's surprise, this is a total lie.
In reality, the photo was released by the White House Press Office, and was released after his visit to Turkey. The mosque in question is the historic Blue Mosque, which seems to be a standard stop for dignitaries visiting that country.
Which illustrates once again why it's such a terrible idea to let our emotions affect what we accept to be true.
From the White House's official flickr feed:
President Barack Obama removes his shoes as he prepares to visit the Blue Mosque April 7, 2009, in Istanbul. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
I'll post the original e-mail below the fold. Thanks to David A. for bringing this to our attention!
Just in case there was ANY doubt.Look who's prayingAnd what was it he said to all of you that were in Washington , DC last week....."don't question my religion." ???Oh yes, Obama prays all right:[photo here]HE PRAYS WITH THE MUSLIMS!!This is OUR President at a MOSQUE prayer session LAST WEEK AT THE WHITE HOUSE, on the site where the INAUGURATION is held every 4 years!He canceled OUR CHRISTIAN "NATIONAL!!!! DAY OF PRAYER"...Now...THIS.For Obama to continue as our president is an INSULT TO OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ..AND DISGUSTING TO EVERY RED BLOODED AMERICANForward this to every American Citizen as the media won't!