My point is, and will continue to be, that if someone continues to worry about the President being an Kenyan-anti-colonial Marxist Muslim, I'm going to have a very difficult time trusting them when they do finally get around to discussing the pros and cons of his actual policies.
Of course, many of my conservative friends are dismissive of this attitude. According to their logic, I should compartmentalize all the crazy stuff the crazy Republicans say and only pay attention when they are discussing real fiscal policy or taxes or how Obama's policies cost American jobs; my distrust should reset depending on what issue is under discussion.
Which (I think) is why Dante asked:
What have elected officials actually done that make you think what the right-wingery says about Obama's religious views are even an issue? I'm not looking for words. I'm looking for action.
It doesn't specifically deal with Obama's religion, but I tend to equate the "Obama-is-a-Muslim" delusion with the "Obama-Wasn't-Born-In-The-United-States" fantasy. That might be splitting rhetorical hairs, but I'd wager that a significant percentage of individuals who think one think the other.
Which is why my distrust of Republican elected officials continues when I see that 94 of them in the Georgia House are proposing legislation to check each Presidential candidate's birth certificate.
Oh, and you'll never guess who one of them is.