You know, there’s just something humorous about a group calling itself Muslim Americans for Obama ’08 to have the following blurb on their home page:
Senator Obama Quote: ” There is not a black America, and white America, and Latino America, and Asian America, there’s the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” – 2004 Democratic Convention Speech
If the group believe what their candidate said in 2004, how can they call themselves, how can they self-segregate themselves as “Muslim Americans?”
The website isn’t really thoroughly developed, at least not as of this writing, but it does list the issues of importance to te group:
QUESTION: What are issues and recommendations for solutions that are unique to Muslim Americans?
- A Law against harrassment of a Muslim women wearing Hijab at the Airport, DMV and other public arenas.
- Institute a Law to allow Muslim Employees to take a hours off from work for Friday Jummah Prayer.
- Make the 2 Eid’s, recognized National Holidays on Calendars with days off from work.
- Optional Halal meals in federal buildiings, public schools and colleges.
- Provide prayer areas suitable for Salah and Jummah, in public and private facilities. (i.e. Malls, Airports, Universities and government buildings.)
- Organize a Muslim American group to assist in recommendations for US foreign policy affecting majority Muslim countries.
As they put forth Senator Obama’s statement that there are no separate Americas, they are asking for, yup, you guessed it, a separate America. Their first numbered point asks for a special exemption for Muslim women wearing the hijab from laws requiring an unmasked condition; this is a specific response to state laws which required Muslim women to show their faces for drivers’ license photographs, since drivers’ licenses are a common, state-issued form of identification. The most notable case is that of Sultaana Freeman, who was first issued a drivers license in Illinois, and then Florida, while wearing a face veil, and then being told she must sit for an unveiled photograph or have her Florida license cancelled.
Sorry, but no, just no.
Their second point would impose a cost on both government and business, to allow employees who claim to be Islamic to leave work early on Friday. Their third point would add two Muslim holidays(Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha) to the calendar, with paid time off from work, again, imposing costs on businesses and the taxpayers. Of the existing federal holidays, only one, Christmas, can legitimately be tied to a specific Christian holiday, though Thanksgiving was meant as a day in which to give thanks to God for the bounty of the harvest. There are no federal holidays for Jewish holy days, though some businesses optionally allow Jewish employees the day off.
If a private business wishes to allow Islamic employees to take off for Eid ul-Fitr or Eid ul-Adha, well, that’s their business, and they may do so if they wish; I’d never prohibit such. But for the government to mandate it? No.
Their fourth and fifth points would also require increased costs for government and businesses, to benefit a small minority.
Same answer: sorry, but no, just no.
Only their sixth point is not unacceptable by definition, though such could be in practice.
What a great group this organization is! Pretty soon we’ll have the candidate’s full name, Barack Hussein Obama, on everybody’s lips!
Thanks to Gretchen for the link to the group.