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Entry 32 – Obama’s a Muslim! Yawn.

August 26, 2010

Disclaimer: I have only read part of the article published August 23rd in the Christian Science Monitor by Peter Grier, and only a few of the comments posted to the CSM website.

But even so, why do we even give the tiniest amount of oxygen to this most flammable of conversations? 

Why should we care what religion President Obama or anyone else for that matter practices?  

How does one even go about trying to prove someone follows a particular religion anyway?  Church-time?  Minutes spent in prayer in public at an eating table?  [Insert Sacred Text] special study attendance on a weeknight?  And does someone who goes to Church, prays before every meal in public with a bowed head, and is front and center at the [insert sacred text] class, constitute a full fledged practicing [insert religionist]? 

What if that same person is also cheating on his or her spouse, involved in risky business deals that gamble away his or her family’s savings, or committed some other heinous crime? (see numerous members of Congress who profess a belief in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour).

My point here is that we are wasting unbelievably precious time talking about something that can never be proven or disproven. 

President Obama could hold a press conference, address congress, make a special plea to the Nation via the three major networks that he is a practicing Christian, produce church logs that he was sitting in a pew at a Christian Church for X number of Sundays, and it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.  People would still believe what they want to believe about him. 

This whole issue of Barack Obama as a Muslim is patently absurd for a Nation as well-educated and technologically advanced as the United States to be having for its national discourse.  We should be ashamed that with a constitution that states in Article VI that there shall be no religious test as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States, that we continue to test people based on their religion or the lack thereof. 

Can we PLEASE close this ugly chapter of our national discourse on this topic, and move on to more pressing matters like what to do about jobs for our many citizens who are out of work, and helping the unfortunate people in Pakistan recover from numerous devastating natural disasters?

PLEASE, let’s be better people, and close this book for good.  This conversation on Barack Obama is hateful, fearful, does nothing but spread discord throughout our great country, and is quite frankly, tiresome. 

Again, PLEASE, let’s stop this right here and right now.  We can all do it…yes we can!

Thanks for stopping by,

TRC

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. tax slave permalink
    October 19, 2010 6:28 pm

    Obama is a Moslem (sic). Yet he is also a egotistical old school politician who is happy to tell you how to live as he raises your taxes. Hope and change is no plan.

    • Anonymous permalink*
      January 19, 2011 8:17 am

      I must disagree with you tax slave. Hope and change are probably our only plans, and I’m glad we have someone like Obama at the helm so to speak to invoke such things. Taxes last time I checked are simply fees that are extracted from people to help pay for necessary services like road and bridge building and defending our country against an attack. Costs go up every year in every realm of our existence here on the planet. When was the last time you didn’t see the price of a gallon of milk go up? Why is it so egregious for our government to ask of its citizens to help pay for increased costs that it incurs simply by being involved in a global economy where prices go up simply because the free market requires it? Granted there should be limits on the tax increases, but raising taxes is just a fact of life…it’s economics 101 and shouldn’t be looked at as something of a huge surprise that politicians have to ask the people they represent to pay more in taxes each year.

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