I confess. I am more than a little perturbed at the lingering insinuations that President-elect Barack Obama is a Muslim? He has said he's a Christian. I take him at his word.
But if he was a Muslim, what would be wrong with that?!
Gen. Colin Powell articulated my view when he appeared on "Meet The Press" in October. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDGIbJCz3Os>
But it seems as though there's this pastor who missed that meeting, and is still getting air-time on CNN to spew his hate. <http://www.cnn. com/video/ #/video/bestoftv /2008/11/ 20/nr.sanchez. preacher. sign.cnn>
Sadly, the folks at CNN are not as learned as a rich, major institution such as theirs should be. Host Rick Sanchez should go back to Civics-101 class. it is obvious that neither he, nor most other people sounding off on this subject have read the U.S. Constitution, in particular Article Six which emphatically and unequivocally makes the point: THERE SHALL BE NO RELIGIOUS TEST for public office in the United States! Not for President! Not for butler at the White House!
To wit: "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
Duh! That's not what the Founders felt or believed, or intimated, or wrote in letters before or after the fact, that's what's written in the document itself!
So what if the President-elect's a Muslim? (He's not!)
And what's wrong with being a Muslim anyway? (I am!)