As posted in the NYT, this is what Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barak Obama's half-sister, says about Islam in an interview
. It would be better to hear a fuller comment. But here's what she says so far:
NYT: Your mom has been described as an atheist.
MAYA: I wouldn't have called her an atheist. She was an agnostic. She basically gave us all the good books — the Bible, the Hindu Upanishads and the Buddhist scripture, the Tao Te Ching — and wanted us to recognize that everyone has something beautiful to contribute.
NYT: You didn't mention the Koran in that list, although Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world.
MAYA: I should have mentioned the Koran. Mom didn't really emphasize the Koran, but we read little parts of it. We did listen to morning prayers in Indonesia.
NYT: Are you worried about mentioning Islam because it has already been evoked by negative campaigners trying to tarnish your brother?
MAYA: I'm not worried. I don't want to deny Islam. I think it's obviously very important that we have an understanding of Islam, a better understanding. At the same time, it has been erroneously attached to my brother. The man has been a Christian for 20 years.