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A breath of fresh air

Reader comment on item: Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood
in response to reader comment: What One Believes is Not Genetically or Legally Imposed - Processes of Thought (Especially Religious Ones) are Learned and Acted Upon

Submitted by K.H. Ahmed (United States), May 24, 2008 at 08:23

M. Tovey,

Thank you for that well written - thoughtful response. The question of Mr. Obama's predispositions or perhaps even prejudices is one that is certainly open to dialogue and discussion. And it is a discussion I would certainly like to see take place on this blog or any other blog. For me those types of issues are relavent whether it is Obama's knowledge of Islam, Liebermans of Judaism or even McCains age and infamous temper. Although I do think Obama's is far more interesting.

The problem as you point out is that "bias" is so rampant and so fomented by some that the ability to really address the issues before us is limited by the amount of time it takes to respond to the innuendos, half truths, straight out falsehoods and other forms of propaganda. So what do we do? I try to answer as many of them as I can - sometimes with success sometimes without. I have a great respect for Mr. Pipes intellect and some of the work that he has done. However, everything has been so generalized in opposition to "Islam" that some of the educating and informing that needs to be done is left on the cutting room floor.

Again I enjoyed very much reading a thought out piece and will attempt to write something that is more of a direct response to your comments a little later in time - however I just wanted to take the moment to acknowledge your comments.

Thanks,

K.H. Ahmed

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