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A poll published today reveals a third of Alabama and Mississippi voters say interracial marriage should be made illegal, whereas half think Obama is a Muslim, and two thirds do not believe in evolution. Hicham Yezza asks: is it time for humanitarian intervention?

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Whatever their views on #Kony 2012, surely Ugandans are grateful to have the attention of the United States, a nation at the absolutely cutting edge of reason (or something)? Indeed, people across the Third World must be delirious with joy at the thought of a US solidly ensconed at the helm of international affairs, protecting the free world from the dangers of Soviet evil, Nelson mandela’s terrorism, Islamic extremism and other obam… sorry.. abominations.

In particular, the world’s non-Americans will no doubt be deeply impressed with – and mightily reassured by – the poll published today by Public Policy Polling, surveying likely voters in both Alabama and Missisipi. You can sample the full details here, but for now, a few delightful snapshots:

ALABAMA

Q22 Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim, or are you not sure?
Christian 14%
Muslim 45%
Not sure 41%

Q23 Do you believe in evolution, or not?
Believe in evolution 26%
Do not 60%
Not sure 13

Q24 Do you think that interracial marriage should be legal or illegal?
Legal 67%
Illegal 21%
Not sure 12%

MISSISSIPPI

Q22 Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim, or are you not sure?
Christian 12%
Muslim 52%
Not sure 36%

Q23 Do you believe in evolution, or not?
Believe in evolution 22%
Do not 66%
Not sure 11%

Q24 Do you think that interracial marriage should be legal or illegal?
Legal 54%
Illegal 29%
Not sure 17%

Before you ask, yes, this is a poll conducted this century, which leaves us with a simple set of questions: is it time for humanitarian intervention? Can we really afford to have these extremist backwaters festering with ignorance and bigotry? What if they, heaven forbid, got hold of nuclear weapons? Shall Mexico invade and stabilise the failing states? Shall we send in a hundred (or a million) Ugandan teachers? Shall we impose sanctions until a peaceful transition process is in place?

Whatever the solution, the free world must act, fast.

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Hicham Yezza

Hicham Yezza is editor-in-chief of Ceasefire. He can be contacted at: editor[at]ceasefiremagazine[dot]co[dot]uk

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Malte
Mar 12, 2012 22:26

“We’ll try to stay serene and calm/When Alabama gets the bomb!” – Tom Lehrer

More seriously, these polls show how effective a lie (‘Obama is a Muslim’) can be if you just repeat it over and over, and if the media are unwilling to challenge liars. And it’s the same with creationism, which can only be sustained by creating an alternative, self-reinforcing system of knowledge quite unlike anything recognised by science.

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