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July 31st, 2008
09:29 AM ET

TONIGHT: The Muslim myth

Barack Obama and the Muslim myth…Why do so many Americans believe it, despite overwhelming evidence that it just isn’t true? We look for answers. Tonight, 10 ET


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  1. George A. Abdur-Rahman

    At one time I as an independent said I would vote for J. McCain over H. Clinton. That would have been a huge mistake as J. McCain has shown his racist inners. I found it quite insulting when Pres. Clinton was referred to as the first black president. Think of what the McCain campaign did. They compared Obama a brilliant young black man, graduating at the top of his class at Harvard Law school to two young Caucasian women of limited education. That's about as racist as one can get, Caucasian women are know better then any other women on the face of the earth. They like all women come in many forms, brilliant, imbeciles, beautiful, ugly, kind, selfish. Since he felt the need to air such a ridiculous add, why couldn't he use an African American woman? No!!! he knew exactly what he was doing, appealing to the fears and ignorance of some insecure Caucasians. I say some because most are not, but all it takes is a small percentage to effect the outcome of this election. America is one of the greatest countries of all time on the planet earth, but it will never achieve the title of greatest of all time until it first admits that racism built this country and then attacks the disease of ignorance and fear that racism fosters. I believe that many people are not racist, but there are enough racist in this country to make life difficult for many none Caucasians in the U.S. The media and most people in this society are afraid to address this issue openly and honestly. If J. McCain can link a brilliant young black man with two young Caucasian women of limited education, the symbol that has always been held up as the standard of purity and hardly anything is said publicly, I rest my case. If the public can expect moderate Muslims to speak out against radical islamist, then why is that same standard not expected of the majority of Caucasians against the racist minority, unless that majority agrees with the racist minority. When Obama reacts to these baseless statements, he is called a racist. Think about it when McCain continuely attacked Obama while he was out of the country, he always took the high road side stepping comments about McCain. Don't let the racist republicans steal this election with false racist statements,. I would have no problem with confronting McCain and the racist that crafted that insulting commercial. Sincerely, GEORGE

    PS. I'm glad to see most networks like CNN take the high road when it comes to female attire. Fox news prostitute their female reporters, making them dress and sit like prostitutes, they have no class. Women should dress in moderate business attire the way male reporters are required to dress.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:46 am |
  2. Ayse-London

    Unfortunately Obama is making quite a few errors of judgement which is causing people to question him. He needs to act more quickly when issues like Rev Wright comes up. By being a sitting duck, he has allowed the news media to go crazy over his religion.

    Alot of countries in the Middle East have religious people/values etc as opposed to good old politics in itself, and western countries like America have always seperated politics from religion.

    Why does Obama have to be questioned about his religion over and over again? Get over it.

    If he came out and said 'I have re-discovered Islam' would that be the golden key for peole not voting for him as the next president.?

    August 1, 2008 at 5:29 am |
  3. Kim

    I haven't decided who I am going to vote for, but I do know this: throwing out the "muslim card" is a scare/fear tactic that many people will let dictate how they vote without REALLY finding out the truth. I also think that both candidates "acting presidential" (ie, Obama going on an over-seas tour) and some of the things McCain has said is VERY presumptious.....the American people are not as stupid as all of these candidates think they are,and can see thru a lot of this stuff.

    August 1, 2008 at 12:48 am |
  4. joi

    Correction lampe the term your looking for here is: Nation of Islam Member who refer to themselves as Muslims. Sen. Barack Obama's father is a Kenya native where the practicing religion is Islam. His mother is by all means what the very articulate gentleman in the interview called "Anglo Saxon", from Kansas. He was raised by his very Anglo Saxon mother and grandmother (aren't all Anglo Saxon's Christian?? Or maybe just the one's who don't marry and have children by former slaves). I find the question of this man's religious affiliation totally biased(wasn't Kennedy a Catholic). What difference does it make if he was Buddist, Christian, AME, Saintafied and Saved.
    However here's what some very "Christian "had to say about Sen. Barack Obama: "I think you all need to go sign up for this newsletter so when those hippie liberals start talking about this dark skinned closet-muslum, you can be armed with a whole slew of things to spew back at them.

    Fist off you can use my favorite facts:

    1) Obama is black. God marked black people with dark skin so we could be wary of them and recognize their evil from a distance.

    2) Obama is a secret muslum. If Obama isn't a secret muslum why won't he come out and say "If elected president I will not follow the commands of Osama Bin Laden and destroy the united states." Why won't he say this???

    3) His middle name is Hussein!

    After this you can use the knowledge from the Obama Exposed newsletter.

    Lets band together people. If we don't now only will there be a Democrat in the while house, but there will be a black person in the white house. As Republicans, we can't let this happen! "-OsamaLovesObama.com–OH Yes, my Christian Brothers and Sisters-GOD BLESS

    July 31, 2008 at 11:54 pm |
  5. Lucky Sanders Fairburn,Georgia

    For over thirty years I taught High School. One of the major courses I taught was American Literature. Unless I taught the courses incorrectly, many of the forefather came to America to seek religious freedom. So pray tell me, where/when does it say that I have to be of one particular faith, to become President? I thought all I needed to be was an Amerian citizen. We have/had Jewish governors, a Jewish Secretary, Hindus in major positions, governors from other countries, etc.. Are we making rules that say I'm not a good person if I were to serve God differently than someone else? All of the world's religions say the same thing., they just call themselves by different names.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  6. Mary Kinzer

    Did he or didn't he state that if he were elected he would be sworn in with his hand on the Karan instead of the Holy Bible? If so, that's all the evidence I need.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  7. ANDRE SLADE

    Its so disturbing when I see programs that still suggest that we are a highly racist society. What is even more disturbing is the promotion to hate the religion of Islam and muslims. This is something that started in the Bush era and will more than likely continue into the distant future. Muslims and Islam do not hate white people and in fact there are many white muslims. People who practice the religion of Islam correctly do not promote violence or hatred for any people. There are good muslims and there are bad muslims which can be said for any group, Christians not excluded. When Timothy McVeigh blew up the buildings in Oklahoma all Christians weren't targeted as being bad people so I think its wrong to say all Muslims are bad people because of the actions of a few. Most of those Muslims may dislike the inhumane acts that are being perpetrated in their countries and due to the difference in background religion, race, etc. get thrown into the equation. Also, Obama shouldn't have to prove what religion he is and it really shouldn't be a requirement and if so they should make it clear that you have to be a Christian to be the president of the U.S.. I'm tired of Black people having to prove things that white people are never asked to prove. It just goes to show that there are still a large number of people that feel like is America is for white people only and anyone else is just visiting. This is the same country where the first settlers came here fleeing religious persecution and here we are still persecuting people because he doesn't believe exactly like you wish him to believe. They have attacked everything about this man and if he dares to speak up they point their fingers and say he went overboard. Racism can never be executed by the oppressed, only the oppressor. There is nothing wrong with having an ethnic name or something that ties you to your roots. Blacks have been strippedof everythingthat attaches them to their heritage while every other group has been allowed to maintain. Soon all non-white races will be forced to abandon anything that remotely refers to ethnicity if it isn't Anglo-Saxon.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  8. GAIL Centre,Al;

    I'm not worried if he's muslim, he's muslim. If John MCcain can't beat someone that's been in the senate only a short time, voted over 100 times present, has listened to Rev. wright for 20 years,wont ware a flag pin, wont pedge alligence to the flaG, thinks there are 57 states, and whose middle name is HUSSIEN, WITH A RACIST WIFE. JOHN MCCAIN DOESN'T NEED TO BE IN THE RACE ANYWAY. If he can't beat that. And by the way I didn't mention Farrighan, and Rev. pfleger,

    July 31, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  9. lampe

    You don't sit in a church for 20 years listening to hate-filled speeches,about white people,and not hate white people yourself. And there are only a few religions, that hate white america that much,one of which is Muslims, you might be willing to bet your life and that of your family that he isn't a muslim but Iam not.

    July 31, 2008 at 9:14 pm |
  10. Josiah O.

    Josiah from Framingham Mass
    John McCain should find a better topic to discuss than denying the fact that he and his campaign team had place Obama on the watch list of those that we cannot allow to take leadership role in this country.

    July 31, 2008 at 8:21 pm |
  11. james messina

    Obama’s name is an asset not obstacle
    If the media insists on using the race card and elaborating on his middle name and somehow insinuate that he is an Arab and will blow up the country, then why not say the opposite? Terrorism is a real thing. The extremists hate America. War should be the last resort. Talking to the Muslim terrorists is a real option. Education is the answer to why they hate us and what we can do to simmer down the fire. What better man that has a Muslim middle name can sit down and talk, not compromise but get to the root of the issues. Why don’t the media ever say something like that?

    July 31, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  12. Cris, Wisc

    Anderson,

    Why don't the talking heads ask Mc Chainey if he believes Sen Obama is a Muslim?

    I would like to see Mc Cain and the RNC held to the same level of scrutiney Sen Obama has had to deal with.

    Since the we have little or no voice, it is up to the media to call Mc Bush and his cronies on the lies, half truths, and partial quotes.

    July 31, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  13. NateSC

    The problem is that some Americans actually still thinks he is a Muslim so this issue has to resolved. Even after all the issues with his old pastor people still think he is muslim.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  14. Heather

    Havent you already covered this on the show before?

    July 31, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  15. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    Good day everyone
    Why do they insist on bringing this controversal issue up time and time again? They just want to cruxify Obama by using race as an excuse .The repulican party is to blame ,making Obama lok like he's in the pocket of terrorists groups. This is only to further John McCain's campaign .

    July 31, 2008 at 9:41 am |