Samuel Wurzelbacher, the conservative activist popularly known as “Joe the Plumber,” is circulating a letter praising President Barack Obama‘s life story and crediting Christianity with his “miraculous” ascent to the presidency.
Wurzelbacher is the Republican candidate challenging longtime Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur. He gained national fame during the 2008 election after he confronted Obama on tax policy during a campaign stop.
The letter, provided to The Daily Caller, strikes a respectful tone, at one point saying that Obama “came to Christ and he is my brother.” Fringe Obama opponents often claim that the president is secretly a Muslim.
“It’s not … well, Christian” to question Obama’s religious faith, wrote Wurzelbacher.
“One of the reasons I really dig Christianity is that it’s so incredibly powerful and amazing,” he wrote. “The lives of millions of people have been given meaning by their faith in Christ. And what better confirmation of that strength do we have than the life story of President Obama?”
Wurzelbacher then provided a brief summary of the president’s biography, implying that Obama’s Christian faith played a key role in his life’s successes.
“Imagine being the child of a mixed-race marriage – especially in the turbulent 60’s and free-wheeling ’70s,” he wrote. “And when you throw in that dad was a Muslim and mom an atheist – you know it could not have been easy – and they were Communists for crying out loud!
“At age six, young Barry was shipped off to Indonesia and exposed to Islam for several years. His parents divorced, he returned to the U.S. and Barack was placed with his grandparents. By the time he got to college, he was experimenting with cocaine, marijuana and even thought about using heroin.”
“After Barack Hussein Obama suddenly cast-off his Muslim roots, rejected his mother’s disbelief in God, turned tail on the Islam of his early life and converted to Christianity – BLAM – he’s elected President,” wrote Wurzelbacher. “Anyone who believes the two things are not connected is being disingenuous at best. I don’t know how or when it happened, whether when he was partying at college or five minutes before he first decided to run for office, but it doesn’t matter – he came to Christ and he is my brother.”
The letter is being sent to churches ahead of the November election. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wurzelbacher told the Christian Broadcast Network that he will share the story of his own conversion to Christianity on an upcoming episode of the “700 Club.”