If I can do it, Obama can too

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Keith Ellison, the first and only Muslim member of Congress, weighed in on the recent attacks on Barack Obama’s name and faith. Ellison doubts that Americans wouldn’t elect a Muslim president based on his or her faith. In an interview with AP’s Frederic Frommer, the Congressman tried to portray America overall as having an unbigoted […]

  • Seth Sanders

    As Juan Cole points out, the squeamishness about Obama’s first two names is violently ahistorical–unless you have similar problems with other Christians with Arabic names like general Omar Bradley.
    Perhaps if his supporters just started calling him Baruch (from the same West Semitic root as Barack) it would kill two birds with one stone.