What’s wrong with having a Muslim for president?

October 23, 2008

What about other groups? If the idea of a Latino or a Muslim in the White House is beyond belief, what does that say of American society? Either the White House is strictly reserved for those who profess to be orthodox Christians (that excludes Mormons like Mitt Romney) and the whole notion of plurality is a lie, or something has gone wrong.

If the US is the most progressive nation in these matters, what are the implications for western democracies? Is the idea of people being judged on merit, by the content of their character rather than on characteristics like race and religion just an illusion?  >>>>>

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Bipartisan Islamophobia Frustrates Muslim Voters

October 23, 2008

Muslim-Americans are twice as likely as most Americans to be independents according to several polls. Most will vote for Barack Obama, but even supporters of the Democratic candidate express frustration at the rampant Islamophobia popping up throughout all sides of the presidential election.  >>>>>


Bush Decides to Keep Guantánamo Open

October 21, 2008

WASHINGTON — Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals drafted in the State Department and the Pentagon that outlined options for transferring the detainees elsewhere, according to senior administration officials.  >>>>>>


There’s nothing wrong with being a Muslim — It’s wrong to think so

October 21, 2008

So Kudos to McCain for correcting a false statement. Barack Obama is indeed, not an Arab. That’s where my praise ends, and my issue begins. His ‘answer’ to this misguided woman made it sound like there’s a difference between being an Arab and being a decent family man… citizen. The two are not mutually exclusive. >>>>>


Powell Rejects Islamophobia

October 21, 2008

“I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said. Such things as ‘Well you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.’ Well the correct answer is ‘He is 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.’ Is there something wrong with some 7-year old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she can be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion he’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.  >>>>>


‘Muslim’ shouldn’t be a slur

October 15, 2008

In a “don’t worry, be happy” tone, I breezily noted that although the stoking of racial fear and xenophobia was a cherished tradition of American politics, I really didn’t think that this time around the candidates would permit the wholesale slander of Islam or Muslims.

Apparently, I was wrong. The undertones have become screaming overtones. And it is past time to object.  >>>>>

This is by design, in order to help keep the excuse(s) to continue the war on terror alive.  It helps that even the opposing party’s candidate also reject any future potential of exonerating Muslims in the public eye while at the same time, forcing the hand of democrats to continue to maintain their position on the Islamophobic bandwagon.


JACKSON ON OBAMA’S AMERICA

October 14, 2008

“The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.  Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House…

“Barack is determined to repair our relations with the world of Islam and Muslims,” Jackson says. “Thanks to his background and ecumenical approach, he knows how Muslims feel while remaining committed to his own faith.” >>>>>

While there is report that Obama’s camp is distancing itself from the statement, its probably moreso due to trying not to muddy waters more than about his convictions.  There is nothing wrong with what Jesse Jackson said.  However, the truth does seem to hurt.  Compared with the ‘Schlep’ talk all day, what’s wrong with putting the U.S. before any other nation; and dealing justly with other nations, even though we hold special favor of one over another?