Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong
shadesong

One thing that has been driving me nuts.

One of the huge talking points this wacky election season has been "Barack Obama is a Muslim!"/"No, he isn't!"

And he isn't; he's Christian. And making assumptions about someone's religion based on their name is daft.

But.

The people who accuse and the people who protest so much are treating Islam as A Bad Thing. Saying "Muslim" as if that equals "terrorist".

And yeah, we've had some Muslim extremists these past dozen years. Absolutely. But they are a minority. And tarring and feathering a whole religion based on the actions of its radical fringe -

Well, if you want to do that, come talk to me about the Holocaust. And the Crusades, for that matter.

Obama's not Muslim... not that there's anything wrong with that. And I know. I know. That y'all are not so stupid as to believe that all Muslims are terrorists. Or that being a Muslim is in any way bad, or that Muslims are worse people than the people of your chosen religion.

But every time you react with that indignance and outrage, that "how dare they call him that", it sends a message to people who maybe don't know any Muslims that being Muslim is a Bad Thing.

And it's just not.
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