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Barak Obama Isn’t a Muslim…But Over 1 BILLION People Are! | January 24, 2008

The headline line grabbed me by the balls, eyeballs that is.

Obama: I Am Not a Muslim.

“I’ve been to the same church — the same Christian church — for almost 20 years,” Obama said, stressing the word Christian and drawing cheers from the faithful in reply. “I was sworn in with my hand on the family Bible. Whenever I’m in the United States Senate, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. So if you get some silly e-mail . . . send it back to whoever sent it and tell them this is all crazy. Educate.

The Christian author Jim Wallis was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart discussing his new book, the Great Awakening, last night, and one of the things he said was: “the dominance of the Christian Right over our politics is finally finished”. I really want to believe him, but, when I see politicians like Mr Obama flat out pandering to religious conservatives, acting like being called a Muslim was somehow a smear, something dishonorable,  I have to wonder if that is in fact so.

Ok, Barak, we know you are “Christian”. We get it. But how about instead of taking the low road of defensive defiance you stop pandering to a right wing rumor mill?

A couple of your fore bearers were MUSLIM. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. You want change?? Howzabout talking about being a president who has cultural roots that connect him to a world in which we are in the deepest ideological conflict. Isn’t it possible that you could use that heritage to reach out, to give substance to your call for CHANGE??

The High Road has you giving forth about tolerance, responding to the rumor mill with withering wit, dispatching the hate mongers to the political compost pile.The question to ask is why is it that being called Muslim can be used as a smear? Define the kind of people who would do that. Denounce them not because they called you a Muslim, but because what they did was bigoted & hateful.

And intolerant.
That’s the real message.

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