Muslim Legislator Feels Religion Now Less a Political Factor

February 9, 2008

Source: Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

The only Muslim in the Alabama Legislature said he hopes he is an example of how religion is becoming less a factor as people judge political candidates and that some of the paranoia caused by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is evaporating.

State Rep. Yusuf Salaam, D-Selma, said he believes he has helped make the religion of a politician less of an issue, much like Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has removed race as an issue for some voters.