Thursday, October 9, 2008

West Plains billboard depicts Obama wearing a turban | Springfield Blogs - Inside Missouri Politics | Springfield News-Leader

A billboard in West Plains, Mo., showing a caricature of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wearing a turban has caused quite a stir in town.

The sign, located south of West Plains on U.S. 63 across from the Dairy Queen, says: "Barack 'Hussein' Obama equals more abortions, same sex marriages, taxes, gun regulations."

Hussein is Obama's middle name. His Kenyan father was Muslim, but Obama grew up in a Christian family.

Throughout the presidential campaign, Obama has fought Internet rumors that he's Muslim.

Howell County Democrats are upset about the sign.

"Not only is it lying, but it's also in poor taste," Jim Vokac, president of the Howell County Democrats Club, told the News-Leader. "It certainly is free speech, but it's poor taste. It does reflect poorly on the area."

The West Plains Daily Quill reports no one has claimed responsibility for the sign...

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