I left a message on the Conversation Feedback line on KUOW about this cartoon:
Read about it, hear my comment, listen to the whole program here.
Of course they only played the beginning of the message I left, making me sound like I was basically saying nothing. Listening to the entire show, I realized pretty much everyone was saying the same thing that I did: Yeah I get that it’s satire, but what about the people who don’t get the context? Will people believe that The New Yorker is supporting various rumors about Barack & Michelle Obama?
Considering that this morning, I once again thought about something I’ve pondered a few times. I find it offensive enough that people think Obama is lying when he says he’s a Christian, but the deeper problem is the concern that he’s a Muslim. So what if he is? Not all Muslims want to participate in violent jihad. A 2007 Gallup poll showed that Muslims worldwide and Americans equally believe that attacks on civilians are unjustifiable. I’m also amused by the idea that someone trying to hide that he’s Muslim would decide to portray himself as a member of a church with a pastor who spouted “Africentrism and black-liberation theology.”
While looking for a picture of the cover to post here, I found this article which seems very similar to my blog post–only more eloquent and informed.