March 18, 2008

Obama is NOT a Muslim

As if the popularity of religion in America was not evidence enough that we humans are an irrational bunch, a recent MSNBC poll reveals that 13% of Americans are convinced that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Never mind repeated statements from the candidate and members of the news media not affiliated with Fox "News," some people are going to believe what they want without the slightest regard for the truth. They want him to be a Muslim, so he's a Muslim. End of story.

Personally, I would be no less likely to vote for Obama if he was in fact a Muslim than I am now. I have absolutely no reason to believe that Christianity is any better (or worse) than Islam. They are equivalently absurd.

Obama is a Christian, and I have a hard enough time with the idea of electing someone to office who is willing to abandon reason and embrace faith. It is not that such an individual would necessarily be a bad leader; it is just that I want to make sure the individual can operate as a member of the reality-based community during the course of leading the country. If he or she wants to indulge in religious delusion in private, so be it.

I support Barack Obama not because he is a Christian but in spite of it. I would like to see him become the next American president, and I sincerely hope that he will be able to do so without abandoning the secular principles that make America great.

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