LA Times: Young Obama went to mosque, "bowed to Allah"

Remember, his campaign previously said he’d never ever evuh been a Muslim.

Now it seems their position has evolved.

Eh. I think this is a non-story, but not everyone agrees so here you go. Emphasis mine:

“To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago,” Gibbs’ Jan. 24 statement said. In a statement to The Times on Wednesday, the campaign offered slightly different wording, saying: “Obama has never been a practicing Muslim.” The statement added that as a child, Obama had spent time in the neighborhood’s Islamic center.

As it turns out, he did a little more than that.

The childhood friends say Obama sometimes went to Friday prayers at the local mosque. “We prayed but not really seriously, just following actions done by older people in the mosque. But as kids, we loved to meet our friends and went to the mosque together and played,” said Zulfin Adi, who describes himself as among Obama’s closest childhood friends…

“His mother often went to the church, but Barry was Muslim. He went to the mosque,” Adi said. “I remember him wearing a sarong.”

His sister insists the family went to mosque only “for big communal events.” I wonder — what do Barry’s schoolteachers think?

“At that time, Barry was also praying in a Catholic way, but Barry was Muslim,” Dharmawan said in Obama’s old [third- and fourth-grade] classroom, where she still teaches 39 years later. “He was registered as a Muslim because his father, Lolo Soetoro, was Muslim.”…

Bugs have eaten Obama’s file in the [middle] school’s archive, said Vice Principal Hardi Priyono. But two of his teachers, former Vice Principal Tine Hahiyari and third-grade teacher Effendi, said they remember clearly that at this school too, he was registered as a Muslim, which determined what class he attended during weekly religion lessons.

So there you have it. For at least a few years of his life, he identified as Muslim. As did Abdul Rahman. (And of course Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Walid Shoebat.)

Exit question: Which would be more damning in the eyes of American voters, a Muslim upbringing or an atheist upbringing?

Update: I agree with JPod. But does this mean Obama has to go to rehab?