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Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?
in response to reader comment: Why should it matter

Submitted by bos (United Kingdom), Mar 28, 2008 at 09:27

If a muslim was running for president it would not be bigotry to more deeply examine his perspective on a number of issues, after all a large number of muslims do consider your state to be the great satan and you are involved in a number of conflicts many muslims percieve to be persecution and/or contrary to their interests (If a Jew with relatives in Israel, who had been educated in Israel ran for president I'm sure you would have questions). If a muslim, pretending to be a christian dedicated to democracy was running for president then you would need to be very slow witted to not see the issue.

in the likely reality of this case the starting point of why it matters is the honesty issue. He appears to have lied about the very basics of his background in order to be more attractive to the electorate. I am not naive about politicians lying, but if you feel the need to lie on so basic an issue you cant have any respect for those you seek to represent, and certainly cant claim to be seeking office on their behalf.

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