Salaam-Alaikum, fellow citizen. Surely, by now you have received a strange email or seen a segment on Fox News entertaining the idea that Barack Obama might be a closet Muslim. According to these people, he is not your typical run-of-the-mill Muslim, but a radical one with secret plans of jihad for all the American swine who are dumb enough to vote for him come November. Then again, to some, that is your typical Muslim; and with a name like Barack Hussein Obama he must be a terrorist in politician's clothing.
Alright, let us return from Lalaland, for that is the only place where basic reasoning and common sense can be suspended in order to believe such a nonsensical thing. The fact that mainstream news outlets are perpetuating such asinine rumors—the kind started up by some hillbilly with a Jesus fish on the back of his truck, right next to his Terrorist Hunting permit—is quite sickening. Then again, that is Fox News' base: uneducated hypocritical bigots. It is that segment of American society, which has been holding us back for some time now. All one has to do is wave a cross, be seen attending church, and mention Jesus and his greatness in a speech as a means of locking up their votes, which number in the tens-of-millions.
Obama has said numerous times that he is a practicing Christian, but once news broke that he went to an all-black church with an out-spoken and bitter\ minister, Obama's religious ties once again worked against him rather than for him. Of course, it was the media who was behind this religious undoing. The clip of Rev. Wright, which played for weeks, was taken so far out of context that it baffles me as to why the other news networks decided to play it on a continuous loop.
It has gotten to the point where the major news channels are on the same level as The Daily Show, cutting and editing video in order to manipulate it for their own ulterior reasons. The Daily Show, however, admits to this, but they are a comedy show with the sole purpose of entertaining rather than informing. They are not a credible journalistic entity, which has responsibilities to the American people. Oddly enough, in this Bushy time period, it is fitting that a comedy show is far more credible than any of the news channels. And if you think editing a video to take it out context isn't that grave of an offense, then you are underestimating the value of context. A determined video editor could make Hitler look like a saint while making Martin Luther King look like Hitler.
However, the comments Rev. Wright made a few weeks after the clip flooded the airwaves displayed a kind of anger that is responsible for the blind hatred and racial intolerance that has forever stained American history. And while blacks do have a right to be angry about America's past they, along with whites, must learn from that pitiful period in our existence. We must not dwell on the actions of those who are not us. Instead, all people should not tolerate racial intolerance. This is the time to put an end to unjustified and irrational disdain for other people.
What's more, the media's irresponsibility has worsened as ratings have become more important than the truth, and the recent passing of Tim Russert will only make the truth more unattainable. This irresponsibility is partially to blame for unwarranted biases, which continue to plague social relations in our country, but we are also at fault. The most troubling thing about the media's perpetuation of juicy rumors is what it says about our society. As Fox and other harebrained networks run segments on Obama secretly being a Muslim, it subtly hints to the American public that Muslims are bad people, out for our blood.
Is it that big a deal if he were Muslim? Sure, if he were keeping it a secret, paranoid speculation would arise that he is an undercover al Qaeda operative, sent to infiltrate the White House. What we must realize, though, is that the radical Muslims are only a small portion of the Islamic population, and that this country was founded on the idea of spiritual independence not spiritual tyranny. To stir up a frenzy over the possibility of a leading presidential candidate being Muslim goes to show how intolerant our country has become of ideologies which do not reflect the status quo. If Obama really was Muslim he would have no choice, but to hide it. Hell, the fact that being called a Muslim or a Marxist can have career damaging effects further illustrates how misinformed we are.
We must stop being ignorant to our own ignorance. By allowing the media to spread misinformation in the form of idiocy and bigotry, simply because it gets ratings, we are in essence, allowing our minds to be polluted with garbage. To be narrow-minded in a world where nothing is certain is cognitive suicide, so let's stop killing ourselves and each other, please. Come on, I asked nicely.