Thursday, May 8, 2008

Never Bet Against Stupidity

Read the following quote at the Chicago Sun-Times website today regarding an ongoing myth circulating among voters about Barack Obama:

At a restaurant outside Indianapolis Tuesday morning, one man waved Obama away when the senator approached him to shake his hand. The man told a reporter, "I can't stand him. He's a Muslim. He's not even pro-American as far as I'm concerned."

Obama has never been a Muslim, but bogus e-mails accuse him of being a Muslim who put his hand on a copy of the Quran to be sworn into the U.S. Senate and refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

This sort of thing (sheer ignorance fanned by Obama’s detractors) is going to be an issue for him this fall. Yet what’s even sadder is this myth encourages an overall prejudice versus Muslims, which in today’s society feels disturbingly tolerated.

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