A new poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Life has found that 17 percent of Americans believe President Obama is Muslim. Of course, thats not true. The President is Christian. Indeed, many of the same people who want to believe he’s Muslim were originally outraged at statements made by his Chicago Christian pastor.
But thats not the extent of the lunacy on the right.
According to a Public Policy Polling survey in March of this year, 37 percent of Americans believe the President was not born in the U.S. Yet another 21 percent are unsure. (They must have forgotten Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959.)
However, given the other wrong-headed beliefs of the right, none of this should come as any real surprise. After all, these are people who reject education and science. Many think the Earth is just 6,000 years old and that dinosaurs are a myth invented to test the faith of Christians.
These are people who fail to see a connection between the easy availability of military-style assault weapons and mass killings. The same people who think that giving ever-increasing tax breaks to the filthy rich will somehow help their own financial circumstances. People who think defaulting on US debts will benefit our economy.
Obviously, they cannot be educated and informed. They refuse to listen to anyone but their own equally deluded brethern. Yet their vote counts the same as yours and mine.
Do you still believe in America exceptionalism?