Muslims wish Obama would be more positive about Islam

Reaction to candidate's response to rumors
Muslim Americans and political observers heralded the 2006 elections as a sort of debutante’s ball for the Muslim voter, when anger and organizational heft pushed unprecedented numbers of Muslim citizens to vote and get involved with U.S. politics.

The 2008 election cycle, however, isn’t quite working out that way. Many Muslim Americans sense that presidential candidates have, at worst, conflated their faith with terrorism and, at best, treated them as a liability to be kept at arm’s length.

They’re especially disappointed that Senator Barack Obama, in denying claims that he is a closeted Muslim, left it at that. They say he could have at least defended Muslims, or knocked down the notion that being a Muslim is somehow a negative.


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