Barack Hussein Obama, a devout Christian politician running for president, is not and never has been a Muslim.
But even Muslim voters seem to understand reasons for the clear distance he’s trying to put between himself and them.
“The Muslim community is sophisticated enough to know how politics work in this country, the nuances of politics and what people have to know to get elected,” said Ali Khan, the executive director for the American Muslim Council, a Muslim advocacy organization based in Chicago. “I think Barack Obama is getting a pass.”
Ben Jaoudi, an Army veteran from Brooksville, said Obama’s campaign strategies [distancing himself from Islam] don’t offend him. A Democrat, he plans to vote for the Illinois senator next month. But he thinks Obama has bigger problems than falsely being thought a Muslim.
“Prejudice still exists here,” Jaoudi said. Obama “is educated, and he’s smart. They don’t care because he’s black. They’re going to pick McCain. You know it, and I know it. If he (were) Muslim, he’d be wiped off the map completely.”…