Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In heart I am a Moslem; in heart I am an American

The video of Colin Powell in a post below included part of what he said about being a Muslim in America, but I wanted to say more about that specifically. Here's more of what Powell said:

I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?
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I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards -- Purple Heart, Bronze Star -- showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.

I had a lot more to say when I started this post, but this is enough. Here's the picture Powell was talking about. Look at it. Take a long look. Who is a better American than Specialist Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan? Who is a better American mother than Elsheba Khan?

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2 comments:

  1. I'm reading the book, "Obama Nation" because I'm curious and like to hear all sides of an issue. Most of the beginning is about how Obama had a Muslim stepfather who he attended mosque with and went to muslim school. He also went to Catholic school where he was listed as a muslim. I don't care one way or the other but why lie about it?

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  2. It's kind of funny to reference a book by a notorious liar like Jerome Corsi and talk about someone else lying. You've wasted your money if you're looking for anything like the truth about anything from Corsi. He's not a reliable source.

    I don't know if or how often Obama went to a mosque, but he didn't go to a Muslim school. He went to a Catholic school and a public school. He was listed as "Muslim" at school because that's what his stepfather was. (Nominally -- he wasn't a religious man.)

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