Jan 23, 2007

Tracking Down Obama in Indonesia - Part 2

Above is a photo of Besuki Primary School in Menteng. Jakarta, Indonesia. This is where according to Indonesian reports, Obama first attended school when he lived on Dempo Street.

Besuki Primary School is a Public school in Jakarta, Indonesia, it is not a madrassa as reported by Insight Magazine in the subscriber-only article entitled "Hillary's Team has questions about Obama's Muslim background".

The article begins by asking the following question:

"Are the American people ready for an elected president who was educated in a madrassa as a young boy and has not been forthcoming about his Muslim heritage?"

The article then continues:

"This is the question Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s camp is asking about Senator Barack Obama."

Looking at the school, it is easy to see how someone could confuse it with a madrassa with it's domed roof and Islamic architecture, but SD Besuki is indeed a government primary school and not a madrassa.

That being said, a government primary school in Indonesia is not quite as secular as one in the west might imagine. In fact Islam plays a very important role in Indonesian schools and a foreigner might be surprised to find out that religious classes are compulsory for all Indonesian students.

All Indonesian students are required to study religion at school and a young "Barry Soetoro" being a Muslim would have been required to study Islam daily in school. He would have been taught to read and write Arabic, to recite his prayers properly, to read and recite from the Quran and to study the laws of Islam.

Obama Barack Hussein might not have attended an Indonesian madrassa, but evidence will show later that he has not been completely forthcoming on his Muslim heritage and upbringing.


  1. I fail to see how a child's early education, over which he has little choice, can fairly be used as evidence of his "Muslim upbringing".
    While living in Indonesia, which was only part of Obama's childhood, and certainly not the part with which he most strongly identifies,he may have been sent to a Muslim school and indeed studied the Q'uran. That he chose to follow his mother's Christian faith as an older child and as an adult is far more relevant to his candidacy than what he studied in school and how he behaved as a small child.

  2. Regardless of what religion he chose to follow now, what happens to a child at a young and at a vulnerable state surely defines and sculpts the child into an adult. The islamos have been know to teach hatred against all other religions or non-religious followers.

  3. then is your own Christian wisdom lost on you Naomi: "train up a child the way in which they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it."
    - Proverbs 22:6

    Yes, people can change...

    but it is imperative to know everything about the future leader of our country as a matter of security against 'enemies foreign and domestic'.

  4. What is most important is his slipping around the issue and not facing it. "I wasn't brought up in a Muslim home." I am a member of a gang. To become a member, you must make a kill as part of your initiation. We meet at a local bar and discuss our hatred towards jews, christians, and muslims. We plan our next demonstration, beating, or murder.
    But... I was not brought up in a gang household. My mother was Christian and my father ran out on me when I was two. I want to run for President as well so I will ignore my gang activity and convert to...


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