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First it was ‘Barak the magic negro.’ Now it’s ‘Barak the closet Muslim.’ Enough!

January 14, 2008

It’s starting again. I’m seeing “news” stories claiming that Sen. Barak Obama is a closet Muslim. This, to me, is the epitome of “going negative.”

First and foremost: Sen. Obama says he is a committed Christian — and I believe him. However, I wouldn’t care if he was a practicing Muslim. This country was founded by people escaping religious persecution wanting a homeland in which they could practice religion as they saw fit. We’ve had elected officials and citizens of different religions. Religious freedom is still protected by the Constitution. So why is religion an “issue” now?

We the people believe that faith is a matter between each individual and God. So why is it that some of us appear upset over a story about a candidate who might possibly have attended a mosque a few times with his “Muslim stepfather?”

And another thing… why is it that all of the other candidates had “childhood” friends, but Barak Obama had “boyhood” friends?  Not that there is anything wrong with the word “boyhood,” it just sounds a little suspect when the only recipient of the description is a person of color.

While I’m on the topic of religion, Mitt Romney’s religion is mocked (“Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers”) by another candidate and not much attention is raised over that very personal attack. I’ve also heard complaints about Rudy Giuliani’s practice of his chosen religion (or seeming lack of). What does any of this have to do with our political process?

This is America, not Iran or Pakistan. We don’t have religious litmus tests for prospective elected officials. Read the Constitution and try to understand the principles which guided our founding fathers at the birth of this great nation. Cast your ballot based on the candidate’s merit, not political party, religion or what you heard a reporter say. It’s up to each one of us to ensure that we elect officials that will actually represent us.

Let Freedom ring!

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