25 February 2008

A New Low in the 2008 Campaign

Barack Obama, right, is dressed as a Somali elder by Sheikh
Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir in northeastern
Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia.

Well, here is the mystery. Who dug up this Associated Press photograph and decided to circulate it? The Obama and Clinton campaign staffs are trading accusations more or less furiously. According to the story in The Guardian Obama is running as fast as he can from suspiscions that he might be Muslim - as though somehow that is something about which to be ashamed. Just ike virtually every other viable political candidate, he, of course, is Christian. That should make him safe from American bigotry if only he can prove it!

This really makes me want to spit. I find it disgusting not beause I worry that it will make any difference to the campaign (frankly neither the Obama nor the Clinton "team" looks terribly good here), but because it confirms that Americans really are as intolerant and closed-minded as people all around the world suspect.



Blogger Danielle said...

That's what's been killing me about all this hoopla in the first place. People are acting like being Muslim is something to be ashamed of, something you should keep under wraps as a public figure. It's disgraceful and offensive to the 1 billion+ Muslims in the world right now. Is this really where we are in 2008? That "dirt" on a political candidate means proving someone is a different religion besides Christian? It's ridiculous.

25 February, 2008 23:53  
Blogger Stan B. said...

And it's just starting...

26 February, 2008 01:29  
Anonymous Dawei from Beijing said...

Are Americans any less tolerant than, say, Arabs, Chinese, Turks, Indians, Serbs, Germans, etc? Let us be fair, here. It's not as if any of the aforementioned nations have leaders that are outside the majority culture, either. No nation is a perfect bastion of tolerance but, comparatively, Americans rank pretty high on that front, in my humble opinion. I'm pretty sure a potential Muslim head of state would also cause ire in Europe, and a Christian leader would be totally unthinkable in the Muslim world.

26 February, 2008 08:15  

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