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OK to be Godless?

CNN's Campbell Brown took Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole to task for her despicable smear ad linking her opponent to godlessness. She points out the distortions and the fact that the Democrat, Kay Hagan, is a god-fearing Presbyterian. But at no point does she say it is OK to be godless. She only treats it as a smear one must push back against.

During this election she's been more outspoken in her commentary and has defended against sexism and racism. Recently, as Obama was called an "Arab," she addressed the elephant in the room:

So what if Obama was Arab or Muslim? So what if John McCain was Arab or Muslim? Would it matter?

When did that become a disqualifier for higher office in our country? When did Arab and Muslim become dirty words? The equivalent of dishonorable or radical?


There are more than 1.2 million Arab-Americans and about 7 million Muslim-Americans, former Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, successful business people, normal average Americans from all walks of life.

These are the people being maligned here, and we can only imagine how this conversation plays in the Muslim world. We can't tolerate this ignorance -- not in the media, not on the campaign trail.

There are more people who are "godless" in this country than Muslim. I'm not trying to put this on the level of racism against Obama, but as Campbell says, "We can't tolerate this ignorance -- not in the media, not on the campaign trail."

10.30.2008 |