Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Registered identity

So many rumors were swirling around Senator Obama’s birth that his campaign felt obliged to post a copy of his birth certificate at the “Fight the Smears” web site, see “The truth about Barack's birth certificate.” OK, if there’s confusion about someone born in the United States, how much more might there be in other, poorer countries? It turns out that the answer is “a lot.’ In Afghanistan fewer than one percent of the population have birth certificates. The government there has now started issuing them for all babies born in Kabul, and plans to extend this to the rest of the nation by the end of 2009. UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, is assisting the Afghan government in this endeavor.

UNICEF started a similar program in Madagascar in 2004 (with 30% of children “unrecognized”) and Latin America in 2007 (with 17% of children “invisible”). Something so simple and basic, but necessary to ensure vaccinations, healthcare, education, etc.

Afghanistan Strives To Register All Newborns
Afghanistan Eyes Newborns with Birth Certificate Drive

For every child, a birth certificate (Madagascar)
Latin American region unites for millions of “invisible” children


  1. Senator Obama is NOT a Dirty Muslim!

    "What you won't hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge," says Mr. Obama, while denouncing statements of him being a Muslim as a smear. Why is the presidential candidate who claims to be religiously inclusive is treating the word "Muslim" as an insult? Apparently, it is OK for Mr. Obama to be associated with terrorists like William Ayers or racists like Jeremiah Wright, but God forbid somebody would call him a Muslim! No, he won't stand for that kind of smear! We admit that most terrorists are Muslims, but most Muslims are not terrorists and the statement on Mr. Obama's website is insulting to hundreds of millions of people.

    How could a man who discards his family heritage in favor of political expediency be even considered for presidency of the United States? Where are all the so-called "Islamic civil rights groups" like CAIR, MPAC, ISNA, MAS, etc. who are quick to defend every Islamic terrorist, but are silent when Muslims in general are being denigrated? Would Mr. Obama have the same reaction if someone claimed that he was raised as a Jew? We sincerely doubt that.

    "In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." Barack Obama, "The Audacity of Hope", page 261.

    Well, the political winds did shift in an ugly direction. Is equating "Muslim" with "smear" Obama's idea of "stand[ing] with [Muslims]?

    Muslims Against Sharia demand immediate removal of "SMEAR: Barack Obama is a Muslim" statement from the official Barack Obama's website as well as an apology for giving the word "Muslim" a negative connotation.

    Obama changes "SMEAR: Barack Obama is a Muslim" to "SMEAR: Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim" as well as removes his pledge not to use religion as a wedge from site's header.

  2. Not exactly pertinent to what I was posting about i.e. the lack of birth certificates in poorer countries and the associated negatives.

    However, to the general point that Senator Obama (or Senator Mccain for that matter) hasn't shown much real leadership on what you are concerned about, this blogger would generally agree


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