Racism is why white conservative voters in the Deep South continue to raise questions about the religious leanings of America's first black president, author Michael H. Cottman writes at BlackAmericaWeb. He asks what it will take for some Americans to realize that President Barack Obama is not Muslim.

Steadfast in his faith, President Barack Obama has spent the past three years in the White House reaffirming that he is, indeed, a Christian.

It's an absolute shame that Obama, America's first black president, has to constantly remind some Americans that he's a Christian, but apparently there are many conservative voters in the Deep South who either don't believe Obama embraces Christianity or they don't care enough to learn the truth.

Either way, it's a disturbing set of circumstances.

A new survey by Public Policy Polling shows is that a majority of Republicans in Alabama and Mississippi — where primary elections were held on Tuesday — believe Obama is a Muslim. In Alabama, 45 percent of Republican voters think Obama is a Muslim, while 41 percent are not sure. In Mississippi, 52 percent of Republicans think Obama is Muslim, while 36 percent are not sure.

Still, despite Obama's closed-minded critics, the president continues to make his case.

"I have fallen on my knees with great regularity … asking God for guidance not just in my personal life and my Christian walk, but in the life of this nation and in the values that hold us together and keep us strong," Obama told faith leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast last month. "I know that He will guide us. He always has, and He always will."

Read Michael H. Cottman's entire blog entry at BlackAmericaWeb.