The Name Game

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Politics brings out the best and the worst. Some of the worst seems to be happening at rallies (not all, but many) around the country.

Barack Obama's ethnicity and religion continues to be called in to question. Despite the fact that it has been reported over and over again: Barack Obama is a Christian. Yes, I know... his middle name is Hussein. And mine is Marie. Who cares.

Well obviously someone does.

Just a couple of days ago a woman at a rally for John McCain stood up and said, "I don't trust Obama. I have read about him and he's an Arab."

If you didn't see the exchange, Sen. McCain took the microphone and attempted to set the record straight, "No ma'am, no ma'am. He's a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.... he's not, thank you."

I was glad to see John McCain stop the woman in her tracks. Still, this whole thing makes me wonder:

Why is being called a Muslim or an Arab translated and reported as inflammatory? Granted, it is a false statement. But why is it considered so inflammatory?

I would love to hear Obama, McCain, Biden or Palin when faced with such a statement, just simply say -- it happens not to be true but so what if it were?