The mantra has begun: depending on the poll, 11-to-18 percent of Americans apparently think President Obama is a Muslim, proving that his opponents are racist, Islamophobic ignoramuses. Whoa, cowboy! Here are a few thoughts on those figures, assuming them to be accurate.
First, you can find significant numbers of people who believe almost anything, including that the U.S. planned the World Trade Center attacks. Second, why is it such a terrible thing to believe he’s a Muslim? Respondents might be misinformed or ill-read, but why do we assume they hate the guy? Maybe they just misidentified his religion. Maybe some of those who were polled actually were Muslims. Maybe they were Democrats. It’s safe to say at least 18% of Americans would make the wrong guess about any President’s religion.
Third, why is it so unfathomably moronic to believe he’s a Muslim? It’s not as if they’re saying he’s a Martian. Obama’s mixed heritage was touted as a great plus during the campaign. How surprised should we be that some people made a wrong assumption?
And finally, why are these poll findings being characterized as an attack on the President? Is it wrong to be a Muslim? Is it something to be ashamed of? Why is the Left so upset by this? Aren’t they protesting just a bit too much?