Sunday, January 20, 2008

What Barak's Sister Says on Islam

As posted in the NYT, this is what Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barak Obama's half-sister, says about Islam in an interview. It would be better to hear a fuller comment. But here's what she says so far:
NYT: Your mom has been described as an atheist.
MAYA: I wouldn't have called her an atheist. She was an agnostic. She basically gave us all the good books — the Bible, the Hindu Upanishads and the Buddhist scripture, the Tao Te Ching — and wanted us to recognize that everyone has something beautiful to contribute.

NYT: You didn't mention the Koran in that list, although Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world.
MAYA: I should have mentioned the Koran. Mom didn't really emphasize the Koran, but we read little parts of it. We did listen to morning prayers in Indonesia.

NYT: Are you worried about mentioning Islam because it has already been evoked by negative campaigners trying to tarnish your brother?
MAYA: I'm not worried. I don't want to deny Islam. I think it's obviously very important that we have an understanding of Islam, a better understanding. At the same time, it has been erroneously attached to my brother. The man has been a Christian for 20 years.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lovely sister :) But it won't stop the political poisoners and smears. That has always been politics in America.

Ya Haqq!

Oh, and he has my vote too.

1/23/2008 8:48 PM  

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