"I do not trust him (Obama) he is a Muslim ..."An average woman interviewed on the CNN declared.
Many million Americans will not vote for Obama for the same reason, which is riduculous since Obama is NOT a Muslim. But he seems like a Muslim, enough. He could be a Muslim. His father may have been a Muslim. How ridiculous is that?
Could anyone have said:
I do not trust him ... he is a Jew ... or he is a Catholic?
No. Not today. That would be suicidal.
25 years ago ... Ronald Reagan, while a president, was visiting a school in Oregon, Orlando ... at the end of his speech to students he said something like: "Go home and read you bible".
The media took him for a roller coaster ride.
America had been discovering and affirming its secular voice in the previous decades ...
So, what happened?
Why isn't America so secular anymore?
It is a different world today ... that's for sure ... America had grown more religious? Possibly. The world had grown a lot more religious. I am pretty sure that the Arab-Israeli conflict had something to do with it.
Israel is a Modern Theocracy. Secular Zionists decided to use the Religious sentiments to make their enterprise possible. That came with a price. The reaction to that was an Islamist resistance movement which decidedly used the same sentiment ... religion ... a different religion ... Is it really that different ...?
Jewish lobbies also used the right-wing Christian sentiments in the US. Resurrection of Jesus required building of the Jewish Temple ... and Israel was the pre-cursor for that. So they thought ... or rather, so they thought "The Book" said ...
It is the Armageddon with flying bloody colors ... a self-fulfilling prophecy ... which exists in Islamic, Jewish and Christian religious thought.
Satellite TV came ... and with it the Religious Industry in the US and elsewhere flourished. With Religious Celebreties ... movie-star-like Charisma ... they own their channels or programs ... and they own their private planes ... and raise millions of dollars in donations ... they play on fear and frustration ... and they spread hatred and suspicion.
We have those modern "Breachers" here too in Egypt and the region ... the Movie-Star, Talk-Show religious figures ...
Obama commented on that once ... and McCain used that slip of the tongue ...
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Obama today has to say ... "I pray to Jesus Christ, our Savior ... " to stand a winning chance surely with recommendations from his campaign advisors. Obama, has to put up a show of Christian faith before the voters, to stand a chance. When did people stop thinking that a person's religion is their own business?
Discrimpination has always existed. Only against different people.
What is the world coming to?
Where is Secular America?
Can Obama, if he ever wins, try to help change that? Help pick our world from these trends of rising religious-mania ... starting with the US?
But will he ever win?
My 13-year-old daughter thought that America was not ready for a Woman president (Hillary) or a Black president (Obama) ... although she is a democract at heart (genetic disorder she inheritted from me) ...
Do we have to catch the measles to get immunity?
Can't we just get the vaccination?
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