Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Obama Not Muslim: The Roots of Americans’ Cockamamie Beliefs - The Daily Beast

Obama Not Muslim: The Roots of Americans’ Cockamamie Beliefs - The Daily Beast

How is it possible that a fifth of this country believes Obama is Muslim, without any evidence? Tunku Varadarajan on other cockamamie American beliefs—and why so many cling to them.

I have just returned from London, which I pronounce to be a saner city, by far, than New York. And the one question I was asked repeatedly—by friends, by cabbies, even by complete strangers seated next to me at a cricket match—was how on earth a fifth of all Americans could maintain, in the absence of any respectable evidence to support their belief, that Barack Obama is Muslim. (The Pew poll that uncovered this fevered, adamant state of mind made quite a splash in Britain, where the natives rather enjoy feeling superior to Americans.)

Ditto...having spent many years overseas, my emails from friends I've left behind, all close with some potshot at the USA.

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