This story is picking up a lot of traction pretty fast. What is President Barack Obama’s religious affiliation? Does it matter? It does to a lot of Americans.

So, naturally, the news networks have been polling and parsing and pulling in analysts, and inevitably the Rev. Franklin Graham wound up on one of them. He is a man who always speaks what he believes, views which this ABC piece calls “controversial.”

“I think the president’s problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name,” Graham told CNN’s John King in a televised interview that aired Thursday night.

“Now it’s obvious that the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed, and he has renounced Islam, and he has accepted Jesus Christ. That’s what he says he has done. I cannot say that he hasn’t. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said,” Graham continued, adding that “the Islamic world sees the president as one of theirs.”

This is not going to go away soon. Or soon enough for Obama, who has dodged the religion question and avoided joining a particular Christian church since taking office. The media have helped, generally answering it themselves.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....