Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Unease

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

Someone requested the following to be posted. Now, given Barak Obama's background, there may be legitimate concern that he has significant islamic sensibilities or leanings. There's been no actual hints of this in his political career or his campaign positions, but there is in his personal background.

Now, Mitt Romney (who's campaign just closed) was the last candidate to encounter such a problem. His mormon background and faith, and the general intensity of people of that faith's involvement with their church leaders, led some to ask if a man of that faith can be faithful to the role of President of the United States.

The man before that who encountered such a problem was Yosef Liberman (Joe Liberman), who was the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate in the last US election. Could that Jew be trusted not to put Israel's concerns first over that of the United States? Could a Jew who won't work on Saturday and won't eat certain foods be Vice President?

Which leads me to an interesting dilemma. I don't know much about Barak Obama, and don't know if his personal background of experience with islam while growing up should be of concern when the major enemy of the United States at this time is radical islam. And because of the way this has been handled in the past, I don't know if it's even fair to raise as a question!

It just leads me with a sense of unease. Unease as a minority in the US that such status could be of concern. And, just maybe, unease that it really shouldn't be but actually is something to be concerned about.

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