Sunday, June 29, 2008

Obama Supporters Take "Hussein" Name

"Obama Supporters Take His Name as Their Own "
The New York Times (June 29, 2008)

"Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father."

Well, it's about time!

Not the "shocking her father" part. Fathers of teenage girls get startled enough as it is.

Changing online names to 'something-Hussein' is catching on among supporters of Barack Hussein Obama. They're reacting to ill-considered, ignorant, and apparently ongoing claims that the presidential candidate is a Muslim.

Which, apparently, is regarded as an unacceptable trait for an American president.

I'm not an Obama supporter: but not because I think he's a Muslim, or because he's black, or because he doesn't wear a beard. I do not support Obama because I do not believe that any of the iterations of his policies is a good idea for America.

As I've said before, this blog isn't political.

But, "Another War-on-Terror Blog" does deal with the War on Terror. Relations between Islam and the rest of the world go with that topic.

I'm one of those people who still think that Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and similar groups, are not typical of Islam. And, I think that whether or not Obama is Muslim is irrelevant to his suitability for the presidency.

And, there's every indication that he's Christian, with no evidence that he's a Muslim. (Remember Wright's "God Damn America" remarks?)

So, it's time for Americans who are interested in the upcoming presidential election to take a deep breath, and get over the fact that we've got a candidate with "Hussein" as a middle name.

America survived an Irish president, we should be able to deal with a candidate whose middle name is Hussein.

(More, at "A Presidential Candidate Named Hussein?
Get a Grip!
" (February 28, 2008).)

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Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.