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What happened to Diversity?

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Submitted by Nadia (United States), Oct 29, 2008 at 22:02

After reading half of these comments i am so disgusted with the remarks. As if being Muslim is something bad or wrong, and somehow the mark of a Muslim automatically means your evil and cannot be trusted. It is evident that the scare tactics over the last few years have worked well on many of you being so closed minded you forget about other horrific history in America .Timothy mcvey, the KKK, slavery, .all of which acts carried out by Christians. This country has risen above so much, we have broad shoulders, thick skin, and generally we try to do good. However these comments are down right disgraceful and don't represent the America I know ,my world. The world that as gone down hill the last 8 years. I am Muslim . Born and raised in the United States. So what do I tell my little brother who is in Iraq fighting for the freedom of people in America; you people who think he is "unfit , cant be trusted". What do I tell him when he had to join the military to get his college paid for due to Bush's cuts on many student grants? What do I say to him when he comes back to a country where many people would rather judge him by his name than by the content of his character? And what do I tell him when he calls wishing he was safe at home, praying 5x a day the tasks he is forced to carry out don't weigh heavily on his soul and will be righteous?

So Obama's father was Muslim. And so many people want to say he is as well. I get that, I get how for the history of the United States we have had the same face in the white house and the chance of a new face for some is scary. This country needs change. This country was once a country thought by many as the land of diversity, equal opportunity, so called Promised Land. What happened to the American dream "be all you can". Is that not are so called slogan? What If all you can be is the child of a bi-racial single family who against all odds when on to attend Columbia University, then Harvard Law, graduate top of your class go on to be elected as state senator , the role model for millions Americans and first African American to successfully run as president? And now, for many all that you can be isn't good enough because you didn't disgrace your heritage and change your birth name so that you would "fit in" . People need to really understand what's really at risk here, the last 8 years this country has tanked, and to put it politely Obama is the best choice of trying to recover our beautiful nation. I do not believe he is Muslim. If he were it would not matter to me. And it should not matter when voting. Islam is a religion of peace. To discriminate against someone based upon the acts of few very foolish people is ignorance. I really thought most Americans were smarter than that.

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