Sunday, October 19, 2008

What if he is?

I have to remark on Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama today because it was so eloquent. Powell said he had heard prominent members of his own party spread rumors about Obama's religious belief and Powell said,

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’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American 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 terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
Powell went on to say,
I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards—Purple Heart, Bronze Star—showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn’t have a Christian cross, it didn’t have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.
Finally, someone needed to say it. What if he is? PRM


Lorna said...

How wonderful that Colin Powell is able to tell things as they are. Long may America be a land of free speech and have freedom of religion.

Ruth in NC said...

I was very angry with Powell for a long time. I thought he should have spoken truth to power about the Iraq War, not that they would have listened. He has redeemed himself in my eyes with his comments yesterday.

Dawn said...

I have listened to Powell's speech several times. I think he did a wonderful job of reminding those who have gotten crazy in the last few years about what America is supposed to be. I pray that America put down it's fear and rises to be the nation our founding fathers wanted to be...A place of freedom, and equality.