Islamophobia In The News

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Islamophobia In The News

“We have a problem in this country, and it’s Muslims.” These were the words of a member of the audience in Donald Trump’s rally in Rochester, New Hampshire. The man continues by saying, "You know our current president is one. You know he 's not even an American." Trump’s lack of response to the audience member sparked outrage throughout the country. Many politicians and celebrities stepped out to show their disappointment towards Trump, saying that Obama was a Christian, and not a Muslim as Trump and his followers have accused him of being more than once over the years. Critics labeled the audience member a bigot. Unfortunately, the man was not alone with his mentality. Recent CNN/ORC polls found 29% of Americans
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This is the reason why calling Obama a Muslim is seen almost as insulting as though his loyalty to his country was being questioned. The unfortunate truth is that if it were another religion Obama was being accused of being a part of, such as Buddhist, or Judaism, it would not spark such anger from people. When John McCain was asked about similar allegations about Obama back in 2008, McCain responded by saying Obama was a “good family man”. Although McCain’s response was a lot more appropriate than Donald Trump’s, it still seemed as if being a family man was the opposite of being a …show more content…
When Colin Powell was asked about the response to “Obama is a Muslim”, he replied with: “The correct answer is: He is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is ‘what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?’ Answer is, no that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old American Muslim kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion: ‘He’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists.’ This is not the way we should be doing it in America.” Colin Powell, in this issue, would be the protagonist of the whole situation. If every politician pushed towards the people thinking in a manner similar to Colin Powell, which would be the first step towards releasing America of this Islamophobic curse it seems to have currently amongst its media and

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