Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Rageh Omaar's ISLAM IN AMERICA: The American Crescent

Rageh Omar's fascinating documentary Islam in America has been put online by Aljazeera. It makes for an apt accompaniment to Colin Powell's recent comments:
"Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America.

"Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion - 'he's a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists'. This is not the way we should be doing it in America."

Aljazeera (YouTube)
Aljazeera magazine
Rageh Omaar profile (BBC)
Rageh Omaar Wiki
Rageh Omaar interview (Guardian)


Betty C. said...

Thank you, thank you for writing about what I thought was the major message of Colin Powell's endorsement: the question isn't "Is Obama a Muslim?" ("Oh, no, ma'am, he isn't, he isn't!")

The question is: so what if he were?

I don't think that aspect of Powell's endorsement has been picked up that much by the press, even the progressive press, perhaps for good strategic reasons.

After November the 4th, I hope we can put to rest forever the ridiculous question of "is American ready for a black president?" The real question is whether American will someday be ready for a non-Christian president.

Siouxfire said...

I think a good number (if not a majority) of the American (and probably any other) electorate vote irrationally or with negligible amounts of information. This is just one example of risible criteria in voting.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...