In the Arena

What Does This Say About Us?

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According to a new Time poll–reinforcing the Pew poll that Amy mentions below–24% believe the President is a Muslim. That’s not shocking–30% or thereabouts can be counted on to believe any old perverse right-wing fantasy (more than 30% believed Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, if I remember correctly). The problem here is that so few people–less than half of all Americans–know that the President is not a Muslim. The levels of anti-Islamic bigotry in general are shocking, and depressing. This doesn’t bode well for the President or for the country.