Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that responding to incorrect assertions that he's a Muslim has put him in a "no-win situation."
If he allows the Internet rumors and other misleading information to go unchallenged, it's an affront to his Christianity and could cost him support from voters who don't want a Muslim in the White House. But if he aggressively confronts the rumors, it could suggest to some that there's something wrong with being a Muslim.
"This is a classic example of a no-win situation," Mr. Obama told hundreds of journalists gathered in Chicago for the UNITY convention for journalists of color.
"I have repeatedly said I'm not a Muslim, but this whole strategy of suggesting that I am is indicative of anti-Muslim strategy that we have to fight against," he said.
Mr. Obama said he also didn't want his religion to be falsely identified as a matter of respect for his own faith.
"If you were a Muslim and somebody consistently said you were a Christian, I suspect that you would want to have that corrected," he said. (MORE)