I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that's what we'd be looking at in a McCain administration. I'm also troubled by, not what Senator 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'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.
First, Campbell Brown, a CNN analyst suggested this and now Colin Powell. After blogging about Ms. Brown's comments a few days ago I wondered if I over-estimated Ms. Brown's influence on our collective thinking. Now, after hearing Colin Powell declare this on Meet the Press to the like-minded Tom Brokaw, I believe this is the perspective of liberal elites. Powell went on to praise the sacrifice of a Muslim-American soldier and his anecdote had the effect of equalizing the role of a Muslim-American soldier with a Muslim-American President.
Is there no one now willing to stand up and make an argument for why a Muslim would not be able to uphold the Constitution with intellectual integrity? Are we all so afraid of being tarred as Islamophobic that we won't speak up? Is there anyone left who is willing to fight the battle of ideas? Will no one take the side of Truth?
If you are homeschooling dialectic or rhetoric level children, I would encourage you to challenge your child to writing an essay arguing the case against a Muslim-American president. What liberties guaranteed in our Constitution cannot be allowed under Sharia law? Why is the American Constitution uniquely Western (Judeo-Christian)? How do Colin Powell's remarks reveal that he is committed to a liberty that imagines all ideas to be equal, rather than all people? (Hint: The terrorism link that Powell tosses into his argument is a distraction from the core issue.)
I Peter 3:14-16
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
(Edited 10/22 to improve clarity. Thanks for the feedback Mr. Edwards!)