Of Muslims, Mosques and Morons

WARNING: Political content ahead!

Sometimes I wonder if the leadership of the Democratic Party isn’t infested with Republican moles (cue the cries from the false-equivalency brigade that all politicians are horrible). If not, then they certainly epitomize the words of wisdom offered by the venerable Dark Helmet, “Evil will always win, because Good is stupid.”

Take, for instance, the overall reaction to the reports of a new poll showing that one in five of the inbred hicks that make up the populous of this nation believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim. The Democratic leadership, as usual, is flailing about trying to maintain some sort of worthless air of sophistication, when the only sane response should be the following; preferably delivered by Obama during prime time from the Oval Office:

My fellow Americans. Recently a poll was conducted in which it was determined that one-fifth of you believe me to be a Muslim. I come to you tonight to set the record straight.

First of all, my religious beliefs, or lack thereof, are a personal matter and have no bearing on the governance of this great nation. In their great wisdom the Founding Fathers of this nation enshrined in the very first amendment to the Constitution of the United States the notion that every person has the undisputed right to practice the religion of their choice, or to not practice religion at all. This freedom of religion is one of the cornerstones of our society, and fundamentally separates us from the religious ideologues such as the ones who masterminded and perpetrated the vile acts of terrorism that shook this country on September 11th 2001.

Having said that, I will affirm that I am a Christian, not because there is a special virtue in that fact but to highlight the falsehoods that are being spread by members of the media such as Fox News and partisan members of the Republican Party. For too long the media has been allowed to shamelessly promote patent untruths offered by members of the Republican Party regarding myself, members of my administration and legislation that we are attempting to implement. The very same First Amendment that guarantees us all the right to choose our own religious beliefs also guarantees us the right to freedom of expression, but it does not guarantee that lies will go unchallenged.

Earlier I spoke of the horrible tragedy of 9/11. Right now there is debate underway regarding the site of that tragedy and the question of if a Muslim community center should be allowed to be located near that site. The very fact that we are having that debate, along with the fact that the question of my religion is even considered germane aptly demonstrate how the media and members of the Republican Party have used a baseless fear of Islam to manipulate public opinion. Islam, like any other religion, has both ideologues and idealists, demagogues and dreamers. That the Cordoba House should generate any more controversy than a Jewish or Catholic community center is shameful. In the words of Ted Olson, who lost is wife to this very act of terrorism, “We don’t want to turn an act of hate against us by extremists into an act of intolerance for people of religious faith.”

Well, I can dream can’t I.