Saturday, July 28, 2012

Paul Whitefield: "Think Obama's A Muslim? Then You're Too Stupid To Vote"

A recent Pew Research poll discovered that a substantial number of Americans, especially Republicans, believe Obama is a Muslim. While it shouldn't matter which, if any, religion the president follows, this finding prompted Paul Whitefield of the L.A. Times to make a proposal regarding voting rights: If you demand my voter I.D., I demand basic intelligence:

...if you were to show up at the polls in November, and the poll worker were to ask you “Is President Obama a Muslim or a Christian?” and you answered “Muslim,” then — bzzzzzt — you’d be automatically disqualified from voting, on the grounds you’re just too dumb.

My colleague Jim Rainey reported Friday on a Pew Research Center Forum on Religion and Public Life survey released Thursday showing that just 49% of Americans described the president as a Christian, while 17% said they believed he was Muslim.

And, though I hate to cast aspersions, this tidbit isn’t surprising: “While Pew found in October 2008 that 16% of Republicans (and the same percentage of conservative Republicans) called Obama a Muslim, the most recent survey found 30% of Republicans and 34% of conservative Republicans said it was so.”

...But if Republicans want me to produce a photo ID to prove I’m the same person who’s been voting for four decades, then Democrats have the right to demand some basic level of intelligence from the other side.

2 comments:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

I don't know if I'd go as far as to say that someone, anyone, is too dumb to vote. I believe in multiple universes and in the existence of black holes. I believe that every black hole is an entry point into a different universe. Does this make me too "far out" to vote? BTW, I do believe all that!

Jeff Tone said...

Not sure where you're going here...somewhere in the cosmos!