Attacks on Obama highlight racism and Islamophobia

“Obama has devoted a lot of time to defending himself against these charges that question his religious beliefs and his patriotism. The gist of this has been – I am not now and never have been a Muslim. I am a Christian and a patriot. And, other candidates have apologized for anyone in their campaign who might have intimated that Barak was a Muslim, or have denied being responsible for such statements. The problem with this defense is that it seems to many American Muslims that what we are not hearing is an apology for the bigotry.”

Sheila Musaji in The American Muslim, 2 March 2008