Thursday July 21, 2011 | 08:00 AM

Was Scott D’Amboise, a Tea Party-aligned primary challenger to GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe misquoted by the conservative web site FrumForum? D’Amboise’s campaign said he was Wednesday when Maine on the Hill wrote about the story, but the web site now has posted a transcript of the interview, and unless that transcript is inaccurate it supports the web site’s story.

The web site posted a story earlier this week saying that D’Amboise did not believe President Obama is a Christian. Obama, of course, has repeatedly said he is a Christian.

Here is a link to the transcript, with some of the questions/answers also below. (FrumForum reporter Nicole Glass’s questions are in italics and she applied the emphasis in bold in the transcript to some of D’Amboise’s answers regarding Obama’s Christianity that were relevant to her story’s contention that D’Amboise said he did not believe Obama to be a Christian. It also is her statement in bold continuing the interview on a separate day. The reference to the National Republican Trust PAC was in the context of that group endorsing D’Amboise.):

 FrumForum transcript:

(FrumForum reporter) One of the reporters in our office has discovered that the National Republican Trust PAC has actually run ads that were widely derided as racist. They said that the president is “getting in touch with his Muslim roots” and they have actually said that you represent their views. So how would you respond to that claim?

(D'Amboise) The President says he’s Christian but you know, he’s exercising a lot of Muslim faith too. Me personally, I’m a Christian conservative and I don’t hold any malice to anybody whether they’re Muslim or Jewish or Catholic or anything else. It’s the fact that everybody has a right to believe in what they do. Am I concerned? Of course I’m concerned, but I’m concerned of all of his views as president. I don’t think he’s been a good president at all. He’s very underqualified for the position. And I just believe that he needs to come forward with his views a little bit clearer.

(FrumForum reporter) Because we were so intrigued by his comments, I scheduled a follow up interview with Scott D’Amboise on Monday, July 18. Here is the full transcription of what he said:

You said in our previous interview that you have some doubt about Obama’s faith. So I just wanted to clarify: do you feel that Obama is not really an authentic Christian?

I feel that he is not.

Can you elaborate?

I just believe by his actions – eliminating the Day of Prayer on August 6, but yet celebrating a Muslim – uh, I don’t know if it was a holiday or – uh – I can’t think of the name right now. I don’t know exactly, but he cancelled the Day of Prayer.

So you think he’s a secret Muslim?

I don’t know if he is or isn’t, but I don’t believe he’s a Christian.

How are his beliefs affecting his policies – other than cancelling the Day of Prayer? Do you think his beliefs have anything to do with his foreign policy?

I don’t think so – I just think it’s his complete ideology and his form of governing – what he believes – I don’t think it has to do with his religion at all, I think it’s just a form of ideology.

You did say that you thought he was “exercising his Muslim faith” in your previous interview – so do you think he has a tendency towards Islam?

Yes I do. But again, if he is a Muslim or if he isn’t – that isn’t for me to judge him on that. But the fact is, he seems to show more tendencies towards that faith than towards a Christian faith.

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