Short and sweet: A poll just out (click!) shows that one in five Americans thinks that President Obama is a Muslim.
No, seriously, that’s what it says.
He’s not, of course. He was also born in Hawaii and, as far as I know, does not have any computerized body organs, nor does he regularly communicate through mental telepathy with the Planet Zoom.
It is hard to parce a thing like this. Do people say he’s a Muslim on these polls just to be silly? To cause trouble?
Can they possibly really believe it? Can one if five Americans really be this stupid? If there were any truth to the allegation do they honestly think that John McCain wouldn’t have pointed it out during the campaign?
If you click on the link, you get a blog at the Washington Post that looks at some of the comments on the Post’s story about this, as well as links to the poll. Those who defend saying Obama is a Muslim are similar to the “Birther” camp who say, essentially, that nobody has proven he is not, so they will assume he is.
And what will prove he is not? Since you cannot prove a negative, they will never accept any proof. He goes to church? A clever disguise. He says he’s Christian? That’s what you’d expect him to say.
Nobody’s ever seen him worship as a Muslim? My cousins’ friend’s brother-in-law’s buddy from the Army heard a news report that Obama once said he thinks Muslims are nice. What further proof do you need?
Around and around we go, spreading hate and ignorance.
So, in that same spirit, I will make these statements, and you are free to try to prove me wrong:
Sarah Palin is a member of the Zuni Indian tribe and regularly attends nude potlatches.
Newt Gingrich worships at the feet of Baal, including sacrificing human babies.
Glenn Beck is an athiest. All his professions to the contrary are to be expected from one who is trying to hide the truth. Why do you think he works so hard to sell Gold?
How do I know these things are true?
The same way one in five Americans knows Obama is a Muslim.