Yes, I would still vote for the candidate.
No, I would not vote for the candidate.
Depends (on how less-qualified the other candidates are)
So long as it was not seen as a radical sect, no it would not impact my vote. However, I disbelieve that a Presidential candidate would announce on the eve of the election he is going through a religious change. Such matters are dealt with months prior to the election so as to allow for the campaign to create a plan as to the necessary responses (same goes with many religions, and yes, especially Islam), or the President, once secured in his post (perhaps even after the inauguration) would make the announcement.
You don't want to give any opportunity for the change to impact the very immediate political outcome of securing political office the next day. On election day, you want constancy and the status-quo if you are in a close or comfortable position. Don't sacrifice sure ground for that.
Last edited by Fiddytree; 10-12-12 at 09:52 PM.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
The idea of a presidential candidate (or any politician) to make that kind of announcement right before an important election is a bit far-fetched. He or she would really have to be kind of dumb to do something like that at that particular time.
In the long run I don't see anybody with any extremist back ground even being nominated EVER and I don't see anybody announcing that they were Muslim running for President either.
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
Only until the POLITICAL component is removed from Islam will we be safe. We are dealing with a deadly viper. Moderation in dealing with Islam without first defanging it is only delaying the inevitable.
Especially as it seems fashionable to hold ill informed opinions about Islam and how best to deal with it, people don't understand what a real moderate philosophy about Islam should be.
Last edited by marsden; 10-14-12 at 05:44 PM.