Religion, politics - a natural mix by ProQuest


In a more recent example, Republicans tried to portray Barack Obama as a Muslim during the 2008 presidential elections. Understandably, many Americans were concerned (after all, he might be taking orders from Osama bin Laden himself, for all we know!). One brave soul asked opponent John McCain whether Obama really was an Arab, and presumably Muslim. Admirably, McCain didn't go for the quick political point but clarified by saying, "No ma'am, no ma'am, he's a decent family man," implying that Obama was indeed not Muslim.Religious outsiders are understandably viewed with suspicion, and it was wise of the Republican Party to use this Christian propensity to help America evaluate the credentials, background and motivations of a presidential candidate. It is this collective identity that defines America. Collective identities are sometimes looked down upon by academics in their ivory towers. But in reality,, these identities make life easier. In the example above, were I to have been that woman and Obama really were Muslim, I wouldn't even have to think about whom I was going to vote for. It's a matter of fact that I would distrust and never elect a Muslim. Moral certainty never felt so good.Some people like io make ludicrous assertions about America really being a secular country, but the last time I checked, America was a democracy (some say a republic), and that means Christian. Other arguments have to do with the founders being deist or wanting the country to be secular. The purveyors of such arguments are, in actuality', morally bankrupt and academically dishonest. They know very well that the drafters of the Treaty of Tripoli were being sarcastic when they wrote, "As die Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion. . ."

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