Hearing people wrongly say that Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim, Dr. Hafiz Ur Rehman cringes.

He cringes, too, when he hears people expressing relief that Obama is not a Muslim. “Either way, they’re implying that there’s something wrong with being a Muslim,” said Rehman, a Bay Shore pediatrician.

Many Long Island Muslims say that a campaign of whispers, e-mails and videos intended to smear Obama’s image has had a much wider effect: It has smeared the image of Muslims in America. (MORE)


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