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Is Obama a Muslim?

Contact: Dane Rose, 202-546-8329, ext.106; Rev. Schenck, 703-447-7686


WASHINGTON, March 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- Missionary to Capitol Hill and Evangelical leader Rev. Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK) takes on the thorny question of Barack Obama's religious identity in a new video blog posting called Faith and Action Live! which will post today, March 5, at 1:00 PM (EST) at www.faithandaction.org.


Schenck is president of Faith and Action in Washington, DC, and chairman of the Committee on Church and Society for the Evangelical Church Alliance. Over the last four years Schenck has been at the forefront of a series of religious dialogues between Evangelical leaders and their Muslim counterparts. Schenck's adult daughter has for the last year lived among Muslims while directing a private school in the desert of North Africa.


More than a year ago Schenck sent a research assistant to Chicago to investigate Obama's relationship to his church, the Trinity United Church of Christ, where until recently Obama's spiritual mentor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, was pastor.


In his video blog, Rev. Schenck discusses Senator Obama's public profession of Christian faith, his Muslim background and the view of the Islamic world on what defines a Muslim.


The 15-minute video blog may be viewed beginning today at 1:00 PM at www.faithandaction.org. In addition to the video, two religious profiles of Obama are also available at the same site.