I’m also troubled by, not what Sen. McCain says, but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said such things as: “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.”
Well, 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?
The answer is: No, that’s not America.
Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she can 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, via Salon’s Glenn Greenwald