Powell: Obama Is Not Muslim

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.”

BBC News

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.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On

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4 responses to “Powell: Obama Is Not Muslim

  • saintpaulgrrl

    Colin Powell is such a wise man. Of course, the really correct answer is, “So what if he is?” The respect for diversity is what this country was founded on. Have we as a nation lost that appreciation of what our own Constitution was founded on? We need to get those core values back.

  • Postman

    Well, no worse than any other crazy mythology.

  • Lottie

    Exactly!

    This bothered me, in particular, because people were trying to equate “Muslim” with “dark-skinned terrorist”.

    But, yeah, I wouldn’t be any more bothered by a President of Muslim faith than I am with a Christian. In fact, the Christian we have now scares me more than any Muslim I ever met.

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