I have started frequenting the comments to articles on a news site. Occasionally I leave a comment. My username is Alison, because back when I signed up, I thought "First!" There is no other identifying information about me on my profile at this site.(I'm just saying that, because it's not linked to this blog, or any of my other usernames around teh interwebs.)
Last night someone found a comment I made so interesting (because I said I knew someone who was involved with what might be called "alternative religion," and if you give me an S, some ham, and an ism, you've got it), that he kind of got his panties in a wad. This person, to paraphrase, found my acquaintance with this "alternative religion guy" quite amusing. I quote, "I've read many of her posts on other political issues and found her support for Obama so unrelenting* that I suspected her true icon name was Ali's son. But this is even better."
*Um, it's really not unrelenting.
I just kind of laughed at the guy's bizarre logic. But then I got to thinking, SO WHAT? What if I were a Muslim? What if the President were a Muslim? In a perfect world, no one would care, because this is America, Land of the Free and It Doesn't Matter What Religion Others Practice. (Oh wait, in a perfect world, there'd be no religion, but I digress).
Remember when people were freaking out because presidential candidate John F. Kennedy was Catholic? I don't either. But it happened. And guess what? It turned out to be no big deal.
Perhaps in my lifetime, we'll have a Muslim president and it will turn out to be no big deal. Even better? An atheist president! Imagine that!