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msmcghee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-13-08 03:31 PM
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6. The internet has added a truly lethal dimension . .
Edited on Sun Jan-13-08 03:33 PM by msmcghee
. . to politics. Lies can be spread instantly to millions. A small percentage will pick up on it because they already hold beliefs that the new info supports. In other cases it will add a small amount of doubt that for some will eventually have an effect on their judgment.

But, the lies spread in this email are based on some facts that may be relevant.

From the LA Times article on this:

* "Interviews with dozens of former classmates, teachers, neighbors and friends show that Obama was not a regular practicing Muslim when he was in Indonesia"

* "Obama occasionally followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers, a few neighbors said"

* "Obama's 3rd-grade teacher at the Catholic school, who lived near the family Rarely, Barry went to the mosque with Lolo'"

IMO this exposure to Islam at an early age only adds to his qualifications as a potential president of the US. I'll be voting for whoever has the "D" next to their name in November.

One issue that has been raised, is if Muslims would see this as positive. He is at least familiar with the bare basics of Muslim teaching and (I assume) observed a message of peace toward others. He therefore knows firsthand that all Muslims are not jihadis - as I think many xenophobic and religiously bigoted people believe. As I said above, I see that as a positive.

Or, would some Muslims see in him an American president who was exposed to Muslim teachings by his father, but who is not now a Muslim. Would they see him as an apostate, someone who rejected Islam as an adult - and therefore deserves enmity and mistrust. (Pipes mentions this but I think in a fairly non-inflammatory way.)

I don't know the answer to this but I think it would be useful for American voters to hear some thoughtful analysis on the topic from unbiased scholars outside the campaign - not political propaganda during an election year. I'd like to hear from some imams in the Muslim states we are likely to be involved with.

I'd be really surprised if Clinton's campaign even raised the subject. There is far more to lose from liberals who would see it as religious bigotry than could be gained from the far RW - who will not be voting for her anyway. But then, I'm not very good at politics so what do I know.

Obama has already expressed fairly unqualified support for Israel in the I/P conflict. It seems reasonable to ask - if that support for Israel plus some perceived Muslim apostasy would make him any less effective as a spokesman for America dealing with the Muslim world. I don't know but it seems a fair question.
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