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Did Neil Armstrong convert to Islam?

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10/04/2013

No. he was a deist
No he was a deist. That is a commonly circulated myth.

The following letter was sent to all US embassies, except that the street address and phone number of Mr. Armstrong contained in that copy are deleted. The above also shows where this idea came from, that Mr. Armstrong supposedly lives in Lebanon. Yes, Lebanon is true, yet this "Lebanon" is not in the Middle East, but in the US state of Ohio, near Cincinnati.

A statement by the US State Department sent to all embassies and consulates in the Islamic world:P 04085 0Z MAR 83 ZEX

FM SECSTATE WASHD C

TO ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS PRIORITY

BI

UNCLAS STATE 056309

FOLLOWING REPEAT SENT ACTION ALL EAST ASIAN AND

PACIFIC DIPLOMATIC POSTS DTD MAR 02.

QUOTE: UNCLAS STATE 056309

E.O. 12356: N/A

TAGS: PREL, PGOV, US, ID

SUBJECT: ALLEGED CONVERSION OF NEIL ARMSTRONG TO ISLAM

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REF: JAKARTA 3281 AND 2374 (NOT ..)

1. FORMER ASTRONAUT NEIL ARMSTRONG, NOW IN PRIVATE

BUSINESS, HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF PRESS REPORTS IN

EGYPT, MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA (AND PERHAPS ELSEWHERE)

ALLEGING HIS CONVERSION TO ISLAM DURING HIS LANDING ON

THE MOON IN 1969. AS A RESULT OF SUCH REPORTS,

ARMSTRONG HAS RECEIVED COMMUNICATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS

AND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, AND A FEELER FROM AT LEAST

ONE GOVERNMENT, ABOUT HIS POSSIBLE PARTICIPATION IN

ISLAMIC ACTIVITIES.

2. WHILE STRESSING HIS STRONG DESIRE NOT TO OFFEND

ANYONE OR SHOW DISRESPECT FOR ANY RELIGION, ARMSTRONG

HAS ADVISED DEPARTMENT THAT REPORTS OF HIS CONVERSION

TO ISLAM ARE INACCURATE.

3. IF POST RECEIVE QUERIES ON THIS MATTER, ARMSTRONG

REQUESTS THAT THEY POLITELY BUT FIRMLY INFORM QUERYING

PARTY THAT HE HAS NOT CONVERTED TO ISLAM AND HAS NO

CURRENT PLANS OR DESIRE TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS TO

PARTICIPATE IN ISLAMIC RELIGOUS ACTIVITIES.

Furthermore, the following letter to the editor was printed in the Journal Arabia, The Islamic World Review, Issue June 1985/Ramadan 1405, page 5: A MUSLIM OVER THE MOON?

Arabia is by far the superior newsmagazine regarding

what is going on in the Muslim world today. Your reporting

is extremely thorough and seeks to be as objective as

possible. Your willingness to criticise political policies

as well as religious happenings in the Muslim world is

refreshing. As an American I would feel your slant on the

West is basically fair.

It would be most helpful if you would dispel a misconception

prevalent in almost all Muslim countries. From Morocco to the

Philippines it is commonly believed that Neil Armstrong heard

the Azan on the moon, converted to Islam and is now engaged in

the full-time propagation of the Muslim faith.

The US State Department has issued a memo saying that the story

about Armstrong's conversion was untrue. The memo said "While

stressing his strong desire not so offend anyone or show

disrespect for any religion, Armstrong has advised Department

that reports of his conversion to Islam are inaccurate." The

memo further says, "if post receives queries on this matter,

Armstrong requests that they politely but firmly inform querying

party that he has not converted to Islam and has no current

plans or desires to travel overseas to participate in Islamic

religious activities."

N.B. The memo was sent to all our diplomatic and consular posts.

Dr Phil Parshall

Director, Asian Research Centre Manila, Philippines

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