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Can an Arab be a decent family man?
Can an Arab be a decent family man?
Did McCain really show integrity after a questioner said "[Obama’s] an Arab"? McCain’s response was that Obama was, in fact, a decent family man, so apparently, by definition, he can’t be an Arab. We all know, of course, that Arabs mistreat their women, and, almost
Wednesday, October 15,2008 08:49
by Shadi Hamid Democracy Arsenal

 

Did McCain really show integrity after a questioner said "[Obama"s] an Arab"? McCain"s response was that Obama was, in fact, a decent family man, so apparently, by definition, he can"t be an Arab. We all know, of course, that Arabs mistreat their women, and, almost without exception, have latent sympathies with terrorists. So, no, Arabs are not - nor are they capable - of being decent family men, which I suppose will pose a unique problem for my future wife and kids. I imagine it was also a problem for my father, who, now that I think about it, must have failed miserably in raising me.

I am sick of "Muslim" and "Arab" being used as a smear in this campaign. No, Obama isn"t Muslim. He is, quite obviously (for the 100th time) Christian. But, perhaps we should all ask ourselves a question. Let"s say that a presidential candidate was, in fact, a Muslim. Can someone tell me why that would be a bad thing? Would that disqualify him or her from running for President? Obama"s Christian, but does it really matter what he is? If you think being Muslim disqualifies you from running for high office, then let"s be very clear about what that means. It means you are a bigot, a racist, and anti-American. Period. After Obama wins, Democrats should be at the forefront of making this case, and being very clear about where we stand as liberals on this question of Muslim-baiting.

 

 


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