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North Carolina Lawmaker Posts Photo Calling Obama an ‘Islamic Son of a Bitch’

A North Carolina lawmaker posts a photo accusing Obama of being Muslim, showing tin-hat theories about the president have yet to die.

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Seven years after Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona was forced to push back against the notion that President Barack Obama is Muslim or an Arab, tin-hat theories among the right have yet to die.

North Carolina state representative Michael Speciale, whose district includes the town of New Bern on the Carolina coast, posted a photo on Sept. 5 on Facebook that refers to the president as an “Islamic son of a bitch.” The photo shows Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As of Monday afternoon, it was still public, but we posted a screenshot of it below.

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Accusations that the president secretly practices Islam — Obama is, in fact, Christian — reflect a stubborn sentiment among the American electorate that’s especially strong among Republicans. A new CNN/ORC poll Sunday showed 29 percent of Americans, and 43 percent of Republicans, believe Obama is Muslim. A second tally by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, released this month, revealed that 54 percent of Republicans believe the president is Muslim.

Speciale didn’t post the photo himself; he shared it from a page called “1 Million People to Defeat Barack Obama,” which is liked by a little over 172,000 people, where it was posted by a user named David Bryson. Speciale did not immediately respond to emailed inquiries from Foreign Policy.

Photo credit: John Moore/Getty Images

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