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Published:October 21st, 2008 14:12 EST

"Is Obama a Muslim?" Is a Perfectly Valid Question

By John Lillpop

In endorsing Barack Obama, Colin Powell pounded his chest in righteous indignation and asked, "So What?" to the question about whether the Messiah is Muslim.

However, that question, "Is Barack Obama a Muslim?", is perfectly reasonable in light of the fact that Obama has three Muslim names and has family connections in the Muslim nation of Kenya.

Even more relevant, Obama`s pastor of 20 years blamed America for 9/11 and shouted "GD America!" during a religious service.

Had John McCain been in attendance during such a pastoral outrage, he would almost certainly have left the premises immediately and denounced the pastor`s hateful anti-American tirade.

Lest we allow political correctness to gloss over truth, remember that 9/11 was planned and executed by Muslims. While it is true that not all Muslims are terrorists, it is also true that nearly all terrorists are Muslims.

Americans have a legitimate right, make that obligation, to be concerned about a presidential aspirant who seems to have forgotten, or chooses to ignore, that America was attacked by Muslim terrorists on 9/11.