Muslim issue is 'no-win' for him, says Obama

A catch-22
Democratic senator Barack Obama admitted to a recent journalists’ conference in Chicago that correcting assertions and rumors that he is a Muslim has him cornered in a “no-win situation” in his race for the White House.

“I have repeatedly said I’m not a Muslim, but this whole strategy of suggesting that I am is indicative of an anti-Muslim strategy that we have to fight against,” Obama told the UNITY quadrennial convention for journalists of color.

If he aggressively confronts the misidentification, some analysts note, he risks giving the impression that he thinks there is something wrong about being a follower of Islam, and perhaps that it is slanderous for a Christian to be mistaken for a Muslim.

“If you were a Muslim and somebody consistently said you were a Christian, I suspect that you would want to have that corrected,” he told the hundreds of assembled journalists.

 

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