Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Barack Obama may avoid Sikh temple on Asia visit over fears of being branded a Muslim

A VISIT by Barack Obama to the holiest of Sikh shrines may be cancelled because his advisers do not want the US President to wear a headscarf - fearing that it could fuel false rumours that he is a secret Muslim.

Regardless of views about legitimacy... I will repeat a portion of an earlier post concerning Obama's cultural identity, from Once to Every Man and Nation. Apparently that post strikes a nerve, as it's received more antagonistic, juvenile and vulgar comments than any other on this blog.
But the president spent the most formative years of his childhood in the company of communists, invited into his home as beloved family members. He lived in a communist nation, Indonesia, still home to the largest muslim population in the world. His values do not align with those of most Americans; his cultural identity is not that of an American.
Can you imagine a controversy, concern or clamor over whether any other U. S. President would wear a headcovering in a Sikh (not muslim) temple? The confusion about this president's religion persists because of his actions, and lack thereof. From his affiliation and devotion to Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the tutelage of a communist mentor and Fellow Traveler mother, and his current affinity for the links vice the pews on Sunday mornings, his actions perpetuate the perception that he is not a Christian.

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