Accusations by McCain supporters that Obama is Muslim have always bothered me, not only because they’re blatantly false, but because of the implication that there is something wrong with being Muslim. Colin Powell’s response reflects my own thoughts on the subject:
“I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the [Republican] Party say… such things as ‘Well, you know that Mr Obama is a Muslim’.
“Well the correct answer is, ‘He’s not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, he’s always been a Christian’. But the really right answer is, “What if he is?’ Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is ‘No’, that’s not America.”
Actually, I don’t think Obama was always a Christian. Obama is a Christian whose religious views have evolved in his adult life. In The Audacity of Hope, Obama writes that he “was not raised in a religious household.”
But that’s not the point, is it? The important point made by Colin Powell here is that it shouldn’t matter, and I agree. Those who think it does or should, and who use the term “Muslim” as a slur or insult, only reveal their own ignorance, prejudice and bigotry.