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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

    I gave a tentative yes. My hesitance is unrelated to the Muslim thing. It's more along the lines of Objective-J's apprehension.

    Why announce right before the election? What's with the sudden conversion? "Oh my god" moments (no pun intended) during times of extremely high stress (like an election) make me a bit nervous about the stability of the candidate, regardless of what their "oh my god" moment is.

    The fact that they're Muslim wouldn't matter. The situation surrounding it would.

    But for the purpose of this hypothetical, I am going to assume that nothing about them has changed except their religion. In that case, yes.

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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

    The fact that he converts right before an election is more worrying than the fact he's converting to Islam.
    I voted yes, at first, but after thinking about it a second, I don't know. It really depends.

    However, just for talking points, if it was known all along that he was muslim, and if by chance I wasn't sure who was most qualified, I would deliberately pick the muslim because he was muslim. As someone who sympathizes greatly with black civil rights, it felt really damn good to finally have a black president, and I will readily admit that was one reason I voted for Obama in 2008. It wasn't a dominant reason, nor should it be, but I wanted to send America the message that we're better than our racial bigots, and I'm happy America finally made that statement. I will feel the same way when a woman is elected president, I'll approve of a hispanic president, and I will heartily cheer when we have a muslim president, simply because it would go a long way towards establishing greater religious tolerance in this country. I think the fear-trade pseudo-religious war that Americans wage against Islam is completely shameful and a disgrace to the ideals of this country, and it needs to stop.

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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

    Now that I've had time to think, I would have to say that yes, a candidate suddenly wanting to switch his religion or to suddenly find religion the day or several days before an important election would make me pause. Perhaps he would be having some kind of personal emotional crisis or something. We really need people who are functioning with all of their mental and emotional capacities intact.

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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

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    Well you just described Christianity, Islam and Judaism in a nutshell. A bunch of egotistical maniacs who think they have a divine commandment to do the ****ed up **** they do.
    Yes. But, I was wondering, do you know who specifically who the Good People of the East Valley, as they sometimes reefer to themselves when coding is needed, are? A hint is one of our governors uses the phrase.

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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

    I would vote based on the qualifications of the candidate. Their religion has no bearing whatsoever on their ability to do the job.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    To be completely honest, an announcement such as that might make me feel a little apprehensive, but I guess as long as he wasn't a fundamentalist and wasn't planning on following Sharia law and knew enough not to involve his/her personal religious beliefs with his politics, I would like to think I could vote for him or her regardless.
    This is pretty much how I feel. I voted "depends", and I wouldn't shut the person out completely, but right now I would be apprehensive.
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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

    I would support someone of muslim ancestry. I don't tend to vote for very religious people though -- they seem to have trouble separating their faith from their political policy. I would say I would be just as likely to vote for a secular-minded muslim as a secular-minded christian, and just as unlikely to vote for a fundamentalist muslim as a fundamentalist christian.
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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

    If he announced it just before the election, and with no further explanation of WHY he converted...yes I'd be apprehencive.

    As a note, I'd say the same thing if a guy was a Muslim or a Jew or an Athiest and days before the election suddenly converted to become a Baptist.

    Why?

    Because, without a reason for the conversion, it opens up a number of potential avenues for WHY the conversion happened. Some could be benign (He just got married and is taking his wife's religion for instance), other's would give me pause (He suddenly had a religious awakening and has became a fervent devotee of the religion).

    Having known people who've converted to or "found" religion, I can't say that I'd particular want any of them making decisions in such a scope as such a time period tends to be one where the focus in their life is on religion above all else. I want a President whose focus is on being President before all else. "Finding" religion can also cause significant, sudden, substantial changes in an individuals view points making all those previous stances that I liked so much about the candidate come into question.

    So my answer would likely be...no, I would not vote for the person and would likely vote 3rd party or sit out as I would be uncomfortable in fully believing I would like to support the individual as President.

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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

    I wouldn't right now because I think that it would embolden the extremists into more terror...
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    Re: Would you support a Muslim for President?

    It doesn't matter what there religion is. Religion is suppose to be between man and his god. Has no place when it comes to matters of running a country. I vote for a candidate because he stands where I stand on the issues, not because of his religion. Also I am and athiest.
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