Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Wingnut Debbie Schlussel Questions Barack Obama's Religion

You knew it would happen, probably sooner than later, and it has -- the wingnuts are going after Barack Obama with insinuations and flat out lies. The source of this first major attack is a third-rate attack dog by the name of Debbie Schlussel. Maybe she wants to be the next Ann Coulter?

Here is the post in question, entitled "Barack Hussein Obama: Once a Muslim, Always A Muslim":
I decided to look further into Obama's background. His full name--as by now you have probably heard--is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Hussein is a Muslim name, which comes from the name of Ali's son--Hussein Ibn Ali. And Obama is named after his late Kenyan father, the late Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., apparently a Muslim.

And while Obama may not identify as a Muslim, that's not how the Arab and Muslim Streets see it. In Arab culture and under Islamic law, if your father is a Muslim, so are you. And once a Muslim, always a Muslim. You cannot go back. In Islamic eyes, Obama is certainly a Muslim. He may think he's a Christian, but they do not.

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So, even if he identifies strongly as a Christian, and even if he despised the behavior of his father (as Obama said on Oprah); is a man who Muslims think is a Muslim, who feels some sort of psychological need to prove himself to his absent Muslim father, and who is now moving in the direction of his father's heritage, a man we want as President when we are fighting the war of our lives against Islam? Where will his loyalties be?

Is that even the man we'd want to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency, if Hillary Clinton offers him the Vice Presidential candidacy on her ticket (which he certainly wouldn't turn down)?

NO WAY, JOSE . . . Or, is that, HUSSEIN?

Emphasis added.

What a load of crap. Where will his loyalties be? As if he is going to direct the CIA to support the jihad against the US? Is Ms. Schussel serious?

I can't believe the wingnuts are going this far already.

Media Matters for America has the details that refute this idiotic post -- by a person who regularly is a guest on MSNBC. It seems that the media, or at least the cable news media -- those leftists the neo-cons are always complaining about -- are waging a campaign to mention Obama's middle name as often as humanly possible. Even the somewhat politically confused Chris Matthews is playing along.

It's going to be an ugly next two years.


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