I was on the edge of my seat this morning watching Meet The Press waiting for Colin Powell to make his endorsement. I was struck by the thoughtfulness with which he made his case for voting for Barack Obama. His story about the Muslim United States soldier who gave his life in Iraq was especially inspiring. Powell is right, and this is something I have thought since the Clinton campaign was trying to paint Barack as a Muslim during the primaries. Who cares if someone is Muslim or Christian or Jewish or Atheist? I don’t and won’t hold it against them. This is something that needs to be said over and over again to the politicians and citizens who have made it a bad thing to follow any religion other than their own. Wasn’t our country founded to prevent religious prosecution? It seems some people, both Republicans and Democrats, have forgotten that vital pillar of our way of life as we know it. Let’s all follow Powell’s lead and call out politicians and citizens who preach hate and discrimination.