Seriously? Why is THIS an issue?

Like many Americans,   I’m tired of politics.  This presidential campaign has been going on for too many months, and while important, I’m growing tired of hearing about it.   You could ask yourself “then why is he writing about it now?”  Yes, you COULD ask that – but you won’t, because you’re a loyal reader.  

There is one thing in particular about this election that has annoyed me from the start.  That is – people who make the claim that Obama is Muslim, and/or Arab.  This is usually used as a negative attack against Obama.  It’s used in such a way as to suggest that, were he either, he would be unfit for the job of being president.    They’re used as slurs.    

I say: who gives a shit what religion he is?   I don’t know about you but, I prefer to focus on things such as economic policy, foreign policy, health care policy and reform, tax plans, etc.   I care about the real issues, the ones that actually matter.   The rest of America should too, however for some reason this has become a SERIOUS issue for some people.  For some, the very notion of someone being Muslim makes them an enemy of the state, a terrorist.  This is fundamentally flawed thinking in a country founded on the tenant of freedom of religion and separation of church and state.  When did being Christian become a prerequisite for being POTUS?

 It seems like many people have a hard time differentiating between the radical jihadist Muslims who are waging a “Holy War” against us, and your everyday Muslim-Americans who just want to lead normal lives and practice their religion in peace (you know, one of those basic rights we have in this country…)

It’s a lot like the difference between the right wing, radical Christians and the normal Christians – some take it to extremes while others just want to follow their faith and lead a normal life.

Seriously though, people, let’s stop making religion an issue – it’s time we all grow up and respect not only ourselves and our countrymen, but people everywhere – from all walks of life and belief.