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December 01, 2007



Hello Brigitte, another fine column. I wouldn't change my name to mollify critics, because I suspect that they would consult their lists and announce their next items. If a name is enough to sway a voter, maybe s/he should step aside and allow us braver CITIZENS to exercise our franchise privileges. And if Obama would be a great fit in the ME, Larry the Cable Guy (who is qualified to lead the South because he grew up there) could be president and appoint Obama Ambassador to the Middle East.


It is clear that Obama purposefully wants to preserve ambiguity about his religious preferences. If he wanted to clearly indicate that he is a Christian, he would have adopted a *CHRISTIAN* name instead of the overtly *MUSLIM* "Barack Saddam". There is a long biblically sanctioned tradition of heathens changing their names upon becoming followers of Christ (particularly if their original names are offensive), for example Simon->Peter, Saul->Paul. So there is a lot of legitimacy in questioning Obama's religious proclivities.

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