What’s this? Removing people of certain religions from pictures at a Mr. Unity rally? Say it isn’t so!
Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate…
But for Obama, the old-fashioned image-making contrasts with his promise to transcend identity politics, and to embrace all elements of America. The incidents in Michigan, which has one of the largest Arab and Muslim populations in the country, also raise an aspect of his campaign that sometimes rubs Muslims the wrong way: The candidate has vigorously denied a false, viral rumor that he himself is Muslim. But the denials seem to some at times to imply that there something wrong with the faith, though Obama occasionally adds that he means no disrespect to Islam.
“I was coming to support him, and I felt like I was discriminated against by the very person who was supposed to be bringing this change, who I could really relate to,” said Hebba Aref, a 25-year-old lawyer who lives in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. “The message that I thought was delivered to us was that they do not want him associated with Muslims or Muslim supporters.”
Obama spokesman Bill Burton has now issued an apology to the supporters, saying this isn’t the campaign Obama runs. Yeah…
The comments from his supporters are as expected. Watch as a Democrat justifies removing people of certain religions from pictures:
Its ashame that Obama has to take these kind of steps because some of you americans would attack Obama for allowing Muslim women dressed headscarves in a photo op……. Its sad for the women and our nation….That Some Pubies will stoop this low to attack a presidential canadit for such a photo……. I’m just glad Obama’s people recognized that this could become an issue…..When in fact it should be a non-issue….
Discrimination: Justified as long as it’s Team Obama doing it.