That is the question that is being kicked around by few folks in various parts of the nation. Will he or will he not use his full name to include, of course, the Muslim one ‘Hussein?’
In the past Obama opted not to be referred to using his middle name. Apparently it was a sensitive issue.The Los Angeles Times brings up food for thought in their article Obama’s inaugural oath
The article points out that no problem existed when President Bush swore in as George Walker Bush, and later added that ‘W’ has become his presidential nickname so affectionately given to him by the left — not to mention, a major motion picture was also titled appropriately as W.
Well, by golly, then Barack should be able to use his full name that includes the common Muslim name. Americans just need to embrace the multicultural aspects of our nation. If it seems a little odd and, dare say, foreign to American ears where most are used to hearing more common American names that is something that will have to be gotten over. And quick, too. Because progress is in the making and the world will stop being mad at us when we finally decide to shake off that pesky regressive American-Anglo tradition. Terrorist everywhere will lay down their arms at such a gesture. Who knows, those who are already in cities waiting to unleash the next Mumbai will have a change of heart and finally love us.
Stripped of such evil intent, the “Hussein” in Obama’s full name shouldn’t be taboo. Nor should the idea of an openly Muslim citizen deciding to seek the presidency. That point was made eloquently by former Secretary of State Colin Powell when he endorsed Obama. “Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?” Powell asked. “The answer is no. That’s not America. Is there something wrong with a 7-year-old Muslim American kid believing he or she could be president?” Most Muslim Americans believe in and are pursuing the American dream, and as Powell also noted, they are sometimes dying for it. Last year, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a survey concluding that American Muslims are “largely assimilated, happy with their lives and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.” The survey also found that “Muslim Americans reject Islamic extremism by larger margins than do Muslim minorities in Western European countries.”
By larger margins? I bet if that same question was presented to American ‘majorities’ there would be a flat our rejection and repudiation of the cowardly, devilish, Islamist murders.
Here is some more scoop from the Pew Forum that the LA Times conveniently left out.
[Continuation of the same information] However, there is somewhat more acceptance of Islamic extremism in some segments of the U.S. Muslim public than others. Fewer native-born African American Muslims than others completely condemn al Qaeda. In addition, younger Muslims in the U.S. are much more likely than older Muslim Americans to say that suicide bombing in the defense of Islam can be at least sometimes justified.
I don’t know about you but that has mainstream written all over it. We truly are ONE people with all the same beliefs, desires and loyalties as the next.
There is some agreement: “Many doubt that Arabs were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Just 40% of Muslim Americans say groups of Arabs carried out those attacks.”
I believe that puts them right in the middle of mainstream Hollywood and other bizarre elements of the Left.