Today, Colin Powell, while endorsing Obama, emphasized this point. He told MSNBC:
. . . he is not a Muslim. He's a Christian. He's always been a Christian.Powell was right to endorse Obama. And he was right to criticize the McCain campaign for not reminding people that it would not be a bad thing if Obama was either Muslim or Arab. In this and other contexts, CNN reported, "Powell said he was concerned about what he characterized as a recent negative turn of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain's campaign."
But the really right answer is: What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is: No, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she can be President?