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Campbell Brown Nails It Again: So WHAT if He WAS an Arab?

Posted by honestpoet on October 15, 2008

I’m really starting to love Campbell Brown. When the ignorant lady at a McCain rally recently said she couldn’t trust Obama because he’s an Arab (she didn’t quite manage a sentence as complex as that, but it’s what she tried to say), McCain corrected her by saying that no, Obama is a decent family man (that’s the opposite of Arab?). Ms. Brown decided that the underlying assumption that Arab and Muslim are slurs finally needed to be addressed:

Now, anyone who reads this blog knows I’m not keen on religion, and that one of the things I am keen on is the separation of Church and State. And key to that separation is the idea that it shouldn’t matter what religion someone is (despite the fundies’ paranoia and Turkey’s misunderstanding of what secularism means, it does not mean getting rid of religion entirely) when they run for public office. It also shouldn’t matter what ethnicity someone is, which is more to the point with the word Arab, though I know for the ignorant folk like this McCain supporter Arab and Muslim are synonymous, since they’re clueless of the fact that there are actually secular and Christian Arabs, and, for all I know, Buddhist and Hindu and Wiccan and Zoroastrian Arabs, as well, especially here in America where they are free to choose.

America is not a Christian country. America is a free country where people of all religions or no religion can and must coexist, and I’m glad some people in the media are starting to speak up about it.


9 Responses to “Campbell Brown Nails It Again: So WHAT if He WAS an Arab?”

  1. Marianne said

    That lady was not too smart….but there are democrats that think like that too, but in the opposite direction.

    The main concern is any verifiable connection with terrorists, and having a similar background with Muslims increases that probability. Obama was raised a muslim, and there are radical muslims. So people want reassurance that there is no “radical” connection between Obama and the extremists.

    My conclusion is that the answer is yes. Hamas has a phone bank set up in GAZA to solicit funds and support for Obama. I actually had one of them call me, and push me into donating $200, even when I said I was not voting for him. If Palestinian HAMAS members are supporting Obama, then that makes him suspicious. So he lost my vote.

    He should not be accepting donations from terrorist groups, or outside suspicious Muslim agencies that show “out of area” phone IDS, instead of Obama IDs connected with calls.

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  2. honestpoet said

    Your assertion sounds scary, but could certainly be a lie. Even if you are telling the truth, I wouldn’t put it past GOP operatives to pretend to be Hamas; they’ve stooped to all sorts of new lows in this election.

    You were raised a Christian (if not, you certainly are one now, by the name of your website), and there are radical Christians. Does that mean you’re a radical Christian? Should I assume that anyone with a Jesus fish on their bumper plants bombs at abortion clinics? These smear tactics are racist and demeaning. This election has brought out the worst in America. I’ll be glad when it’s over.

    And Obama was not raised a Muslim, though he had a Muslim stepfather for a short period of time. He spent most of his childhood with his atheist (brave!) mother and his Christian grandparents.

  3. Monte said

    My goodness.

    HAMAS is not raising money for Obama. It would be illegal in half a dozen ways and all over the news.

    You’ve been had, Marianne. Like the more familiar push-poll, the goal was not at all what it seemed. They never intended to get money from you. The plan was to accomplish just what was accomplished: convince you that terrorists support Obama.

    Gracious – if terrorists were supporting Obama, would they call people up and say, “Hello, this is the terrorists. Would you please give us money to support Barack Obama?”

    I think Americans need reassurance from the whack-job right wing that they’re going to straighten up and quit this immoral deception.

  4. honestpoet said

    I agree, Monte. You know, Majutsu has been a Republican for over twenty years (though he’s always ended up voting democratic), because he believed in what Goldwater had to say. But they are so far from that, and with this latest round, he finally sees them for the racist fearmongers that they are.

  5. Monte said

    I suppose I was a Republican for about that long, too. I recently came across two related and excellent articles.

    First, one of Maureen Dowd, Mud Pies for ‘That One’, that reflects on Lee Atwater and Republican history since the ’80s.

    But second, and deeper, is a Republican historical survey that begins with Goldwater. It led me to see a consistent theme that I have not seen before.
    The GOP Goes Back to its Ugly Roots.

  6. Monte said

    Marianne, Marianne, (forgive me for excess comments) think what you’re saying:

    You’re saying that a member of the United States Senate, America’s most prestigious legislative body … and a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, the key source of American foreign policy legislation … and, in fact, Chair of the Subcommittee on European Affairs …
    You’re saying that you’re worried that a United States Senator might have secret connections to terrorists?

    Do pay careful attention to HP’s comment: He was not raised a Muslim. Prior to 5th grade, he had a step-dad who was a secular Muslim and he went to a rather non-religious primary school for a little while in Indonesia (CNN has been there and checked it out). But from 5th grade on, he grew up with his Kansan grandparents in Hawaii. Think he could really have terrorist connections from those brief years prior to 5th grade?

    So here’s a former Illinois State Senator, now a U.S. Senator, who grew up in the USA and has had no Muslim connection since grade school.

    Now Muslims are less likely, as a group, to believe that violence against civilians is acceptable than Americans are. And there are terrorists of all faiths and none.

    But the idea, Marianne, is quite a stretch. And you’ll notice that many of those who raise the question don’t offer an answer; they just want to put the question on the table to suggest something that isn’t there.

    I have never seen the Republican apparatus work in as ungodly a manner as it has in this election. I hope you’ll spread the doubt around a bit!

    Monte, Marianne attempted another comment reiterating her belief that she had been called by Hamas, as well as directing us to Youtube to “confirm” some other rumors. I’m not posting the comment. She clearly didn’t “hear” you, and I’m not interested in either getting you into another debate with someone else — like that Paul fellow at your blog — who doesn’t listen to reason, or in giving more airtime to the rumors she’d like to spread. — HP

  7. honestpoet said

    I love Maureen Dowd. I couldn’t get the Salon thing to load, but I can imagine what it’s got in it. Just the fact that the GOP opposed anti-lynching laws is enough history for me.

  8. elodie said

    Did you know that Ms. Brown is from Natchez, Mississippi? We’re pretty proud of her here. She went to the same high school I did.

  9. honestpoet said

    Hi Elodie! No, I didn’t know that. I’d be proud of her, too. (And I’m very glad to see you here.)

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