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   Obama a Muslim! Lincoln a Catholic! FDR a Jew! Why Americans Don’t Like Their President's God

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8/20/2010 11:30 am

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Entered 8/20/2010, Updated 8/20/2010

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In 1860, in the midst of the tensions surrounding the Civil War, it was widely believed in the United States that Abraham Lincoln was Catholic. Coming on the heels of decades of anti-Catholic sentiment, the rumors seem to have had two roots: The first was the ambiguous nature of Lincoln’s upbringing in Illinois, where Jesuits were very active, leading to the notion that Lincoln had been baptized a Catholic; the other was that Lincoln represented a prominent critic of the Church. The rumors were widely repeated by Lincoln’s political opponents. In 1940, in the midst of tensions surrounding World War II as well as economic hardship from the Great Depression, it was widely believed in the United States that Franklin Roosevelt was Jewish. Coming on the heels of decades of anti-Jewish sentiment, the rumors seem to have had several roots: The first was the ambiguous origins of Roosevelt’s earliest American ancestors, who came from Holland in the 17th century; the second was the abundance of Jewish appointees to Roosevelt’s administrations in New York and Washington. The rumors were widely repeated by Roosevelt’s political opponents.


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