I should probably just stick to fannish debates where I end up getting accused of being a "rape apologist" among other tasty tidbits, but this needs to be said loud and clear:
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT RELIGION THE PRESIDENT IS OR IF HE HAS ONE AT ALL!
Obama Muslim Myth Is On The Rise
Now, what I want to do to refute this crapola, is remind everyone that one of the things that was supposed to stop the Obama campaign dead in its tracks and put John McCain into the White House was The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who was at the time Pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where the Obama family attended and who performed Obama and Michelle's marriage.
Incendiary footage of some of Rev. Wright's sermons hit the internet and the fact that Obama had attended his church was suddenly a major issue. Obama essentially had to disavow the Reverend and give what proved to be a signature speech about Race in America.
So the Reverend Wright and the Trinity United Church of Christ were not enough to keep Obama from getting elected. However, (aside from crazy bad hair lady who McCain had to talk down at a rally) most people seemed to accept the fact that one way or another, Obama was a Christian of some stripe.
Flash forward to 2010 and them what still can't stomach the fact that a black man named Barack Hussein Obama is in the White House and actually getting legislation passed that helped average working people and did not serve the goals of Corporate America. The birther thing is still creeping into the national consciousness, but not necessarily fast enough to destroy the man they hate AND Orly Taitz just got her sorry ass slapped by the Supreme Court. A new fear-mongering tactic was needed and....voila:
OMG!!! OBAMA IS A MUSLIM!!!
If you read my essay yesterday, you can see how the person I once was could easily be spooked and terrified by that possibility, and if I were the kind of person who got ALL my information from Fixed Noise and the right-wing blogosphere, it would be easy enough to believe.
I'd say there is very good evidence that it's not true, but that is not the point I want to make here.
The point is that it doesn't matter.
Coming to you direct from the Constitution of the United States of America, Article II, Section 1, here are the qualifications to be President of the United States:
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.
That's it kiddies. No religion mentioned either by commission or omission.
I know the right-wingers like to blather about this being a "Christian Nation" or sometimes "Judeo-Christian," but the Founders (Christians, Deists, Free-thinkers, and Athiests alike) didn't see fit to enshrine anything like that in the Constitution.
Instead they gave us the first amendment, and specifically the establishment clause.
So, it doesn't fucking matter what religion Barack Obama is or whether he has a religion at all. Just asking the question is wrong, because it makes two assumptions: 1. That it matters and 2. That being a Muslim would be a bad thing.
It's wrong to ask the question for the exact same reason it was wrong to ask, "Are you now or have you ever been a Communist." It wasn't against the law to BE a Communist. And it's not against the law to be a Muslim.
So it doesn't matter what your particular demagogue-inspired brand of xenophobia is, be it homophobia, Islam-ophobia, Red-scare, etc etc. Those who need to hate and be frightened of the OTHER will always be with us and the Joe McCarthy/Sara Palins of the world will be as well. I can't stop them. I can't even stop them from being effective with their demagoguery, but I will stand here and shout to the roof-tops that according to the actual "rule of law" that they claim to be so fixated on....it doesn't matter.