WASHINGTON: -- Barack Obama's campaign says a New Yorker magazine cover showing the Democratic presidential candidate dressed in an Islamic dress and his wife as a terrorist is "tasteless and offensive." The illustration on the issue that hits newsstands today, titled "The Politics of Fear", depicts Obama wearing a Muslim traditional robe, with   a turban and sandals, and his wife, Michelle -- dressed in camouflage, combat boots and an assault rifle strapped over her shoulder -- standing in the Oval Office. The couple is doing a fist tap in front of a fireplace in which an American flag is burning. Over the mantle hangs a portrait of Osama bin Laden. "The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton. "But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree." In a statement today, the magazine said the cover "combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are." "The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall? All of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to prejudice, the hateful, and the absurd. And that's the spirit of this cover," the New Yorker statement said. The statement also pointed to the two articles on Obama contained inside the magazine, calling them "very serious." Meanwhile, the head of an American Islamic organization has urged him to embrace his Muslim heritage with the same vigour and eloquence with which he has embraced his white and black heritage. "While his heritage may include Muslims, Mr. Obama is a Christian, and when his religion is incorrectly identified he rightly corrects the record. Now there is even a Web site called 'Fight the Smears" that challenges the lie that he is a Muslim," Junaid Afeef, director of public and government Affairs at the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, said in a recent newspaper article. "The problem, however, is the manner in which he corrects the record. He vociferously denies being a Muslim as if it were a slur," he wrote in The Wall Street Journal. Obama's father was a Kenyan Muslim and his mother a white woman from Kansas. The couple divorced when Obama was two years old. Stating that many American-Muslim voters love Obama, Afeef regretted that  the African-American presidential candidate doesn't love them back. "As a great leader, Mr. Obama should take a principled stand on the issue of Muslims and Islamophobia. While anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. is substantial, it is not an insurmountable challenge," he wrote. But Afeef said Obama perceives the affinity Muslims have for him as a ability. "Mr. Obama is another victim of Islamophobia. He is now facing what Muslims have been and still are struggling with: an irrational fear and hatred of Muslims. Polls show that as many as 25% of Americans admit to prejudicial feelings against Muslims," he said.