Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The New Age - Dawning Still
My sister told me today about encountering last week a woman, a self-proclaimed born-again Lexus-driving rabbi, who said she doesn't want to vote for Obama because he is "Muslim," a fact that she just has to believe.

I replied to my sister in some flippant manner, because that's the kind of person I am.

And a moment later I told her, in seriousness, this is probably a basis for optimism.  Racial bigotry, while still a serious concern, is on its last legs.  Many of the people willing to grasp at the straw of Obama's "Muslim" religion are aware that the anti-black prejudice that ultimately dictates their vote is now something shameful that must be hidden.  They are the children of a population that couldn't feel shame about disliking blacks;  the parents of people who will begrudgingly vote for Obama.  And they are grandparents of people who will not even remember who the first non-white president was.


Julie said...

Obama's "religion" (or lack thereof) is not why I won't vote for him. The fact that he's black (well, HALF black, his mom was white) isn't the issue either.

The fact that he associates with a known terrorist, part of his role as a "community organizer" was to teach people how to vote illegally, supports infanticide, was #3 on the list of people who profited the most from Fannie Mae, and has some pretty shady fundraising records...those are just a few of the many reasons why I won't vote for him.

Anonymous said...

Now, that Obama has won even a real Muslim can run for president in future elections. Hopefully, being a Muslim will stop being a bad adjective.