President Obama has been known to make basic math errors, as when he claimed he had been in all 57 states – and had one to go, or when he signed the guest book at Westminster Abbey on May 24, 2011 and dated it May 24, 2008.

Or when he announced that a tornado had “killed 10,000 and destroyed an entire town in Kansas,” when the actual dozen casualties were tragic enough.

Or when he told Americans that his signature health care program, Obamacare, would save them $2,500 annually.

And 12-year-old First Daughter, Malia, was probably thrilled, but surprised when her father told the press she was 13.

His confusion has also, at times, extended to United States geography – placing Hawaii, where he was born, in Asia, or rearranging the map so Arkansas and Kentucky share a border.

But his recent statement to the French press was more than a misstatement of statistics – it was a revealing and startling misunderstanding of the religious make-up of his country, claiming, “If you actually took the number of Muslims [sic] Americans… we’d be one of the largest countries in the world.”

Politifact puts the United States’ ranking at #58 using the highly reliable CIA Online World Factbook and even the Islamic Information Center’s less reliable statistics put the U.S. percentage of Muslims at #29 in the world.

In truth, at 0.6 percent of the population, the United States has fewer Muslims per capita than New Zealand. Japan. Mongolia. Less than the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, and less than Bermuda.

In fact, according to the Religion & Public Life Religious Landscape Study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2014, 83 percent of Americans self-identify as Christians.

Only four percent identify as non-Christian, combining Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus, as well as other belief systems, while a full 13 percent say they are agnostic, atheist or “nothing in particular.”

Clearly, the president is either unaware of the actual numbers as represented in recent demography studies, or was attempting to portray an America that does not exist by ignoring the facts.

A third alternative is that he knows very little of how Americans worship given his twenty-year membership in Rev. Wright’s “church” in Chicago.




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