When allegedly being Muslim is bad politics…

“‘If I were a Muslim I would let you know,’ Barack Obama has said, and I believe him. In fact, he is a practicing Christian, a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ. He is not now a Muslim. But was he ever a Muslim or seen by others as a Muslim?”

“The candidate for president of the United States has delivered two principal statements in reply. His campaign website carries a statement dated Nov. 12 with the headline, ‘Barack Obama Is Not and Has Never Been a Muslim,’ followed by: Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian.’
[It’s as if he has to deny ever being Muslim so as to safeguard his political career: “No no, please, don’t mistake me for one of those… I’m NOT a Muslim… you can still vote for me.” Imagine if they accused him of having a Jewish background as if that were a bad thing… there would be an uproar with accusations of anti-semitism everywhere. Of course, the same standard is not applied to Islam and people attack candidates for their perceived Islamic background as legitimate smear campaigns.]

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