Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What A Country

President Obama told a French TV station that the United States could be considered one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.

Now, the flip side is I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims [sic] Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. And so there’s got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples.

The point he was making was that since there are a lot of different faiths and practices here in the US, we Americans need to open ourselves up to understanding other countries.

Cue the wingnuts.

As Steve points out, owing to the size of our population and the diversity of religions here, just about any religious group is going to be one of the largest in the world. There are probably more Jewish people here than there are in Israel, for example. But further, even if the president’s statement is true, so what?