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Forget Obamacans…

By on 8.4.08 | 3:20PM

...Barry is going to have his hands full shoring up support from "progressive Muslims," at least if one judges the lay of the land according to this op-ed/bill of grievances by Brooklyn college professor Moustafa Bayoumi:

Obama still hasn't visited a mosque in the United States, though he has frequented churches and synagogues. He refused to let his supporter Rep. Keith Ellison, the nation's first Muslim American elected to the House of Representatives, speak on his behalf in Iowa. In his famous speech on race in March, Obama acknowledged America's "pastors, priests, and rabbis" but not its imams. Then, the speech abruptly veered 6,000 miles east and landed in the middle of the Middle East, as Obama downplayed any wrongdoing on Israel's part and blamed the lion's share of the violence in the Mideast on "the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam."

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When his campaign Web site lists his being called a Muslim as a "smear," many of us take offense at that. We want him to support us, not run away from us as though we have a disease. Even a Seinfeld reply on the Muslim falsehood - "not that there's anything wrong with that!" - would go far. It's as if the Illinois senator, who stands for an expansive vision of the United States, has drawn the line at Muslim Americans and Arab Americans. Evidently, we're too much of a political liability.

What exactly constitutes an "expansive vision" of the United States? Who knows. But Muslim Americans should not take any of this personally. Obama has proven himself willing to either cower away from, dismiss as "inartful" or scuttle entirely any politically inconvenient principle, indiscriminately. His assumption is, no doubt, who else are you going to vote for? That's what He thought.

Jerry Seinfeld ain't on the ticket, buddy.

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