Today I saw online, on the radio and on TV multiple stories about Obama being a Muslim. Just like in 2008. Just like in 2009. Just like in 2011, for that matter.
All sane people know he was born in Hawaii and is a legal US citizen. Hawaii has produced a birth certificate.
So why does the GOP/Tea Party/Conservative Radio keep bringing it up? Simple: they aren't trying to convince America that he is a Muslim, but rather want to scare America into fearing Muslims in general.
Every time a liberal/progressive refutes the "Muslim" charge, they're in a sense, being taught that it's bad to be Muslim.
Remember during the 2008 election when Obama was accused of being: an "elitist" or a "socialist" or an "angry black guy" or a "terrorist"? It was like a laundry list of bad things. However, the campaigns for each of those sounded very similar. Lots of trumped up charges, crazy connections and plenty of the innuendo to go around. No facts. No proof. Just slander and ad hominem attacks.
But the Muslim charges different, isn't it. It would be hard to find someone who actually thinks that Islam is really a dangerous religion. Radical Islamists, did attack the US nine years ago, but so what? Radical Christians have attacked Americans many many times, including since then, including bombings (Atlanta Olympics), shootings( killed a doctor in a church? hello) and planning the overthrow of our country (just Google "militia"sometime).
It's not the "Islamist" part we should be paying attention to, it's the "radical".
However, every time somebody has another talk show or write a blog post about how Obama is not a "dirty rotten terrible horrible evil mean murderess crazy wild eyed" Muslim, the brainwashing will continue. You aren't meaning to think it, but it's still happening. And it might even be more insidious than having a rat cage on your head, Winston.
Soon even you, Keith Olbermann, will believe that it was Muslims that stole your bike in sixth grade, along with causing global warming and every other bad thing you can think of, real or imagined.
I'm not falling for it.