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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Who You Calling "Muslim"?
The issue of Barack Obama's religion flared up
before the 2008 presidential election and seems likely to do so again in
anticipation of the one in November 2012. This weblog entry keeps an eye on the
discussion, in reverse chronological order:
Rev. Franklin Graham
Muslims see Obama's as a Muslim. In an exchange with
the Rev. Franklin Graham, asked whether he believes Barack Obama is a
Christian, replied: "You have to ask that of President Obama."
Graham then noted that Obama has shown strong
empathy toward Muslims, and that the president has an Islamic background.
"Under Islamic law, under Shariah law, Islam sees him as a son of Islam,
because his father was a Muslim, his grandfather was a Muslim, his
great-grandfather was a Muslim. So under Islamic law, the Muslim world sees
President Obama as a Muslim, as a son of Islam. That's just the way it works.
That's the way they see him."
Asked whether he believes Obama is
"categorically not a Muslim," Graham said, "I can't say
categorically because Islam has gotten a free a pass under Obama." He also
argued that Obama's Middle East policies help Islamists while hurting Christian
minorities. Raymond Ibrahim assesses
the validity of Graham's statement at "Obama: 'Son of Islam'?" and
concludes that it is "absolutely right."
Santorum press secretary accuses Obama of
"radical Islamic policies": Alice Stewart appeared on an interview
with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Feb. 20 during which she criticized what she
called Obama's "radical environmentalist policies." One time,
however, she referred to "the radical Islamic policies the president
Stewart quickly called her to clarify that she had
misspoken. Stewart called only moments later—while the show was on the air—to
say she regretted the slip of the tongue, and to please note that she had
misspoken and did not realize until it was pointed out to her that she had used
the word "Islamic" by mistake.
So Barack, Please, tell us one more time in your own words
Obama is not religiously Muslim. Culturally,
though...well, that's a different matter altogether. In reality, calling Obama
a "Muslim" gives him too much credit. We call a man a bigot or a
slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a
definite end." The truth, however, is that few people have thought
thoroughly and to a definite end. And Obama is no exception. He hasn't even
thought matters through enough to understand the folly of statism. Even more to
the point, he is a moral relativist, a position the antithesis of any
absolutist faith. Inherent in Islam is that belief that Allah, not man, has
authored right and wrong and that, consequently, it isn't a matter of opinion.
Thus, Obama cannot truly believe in Islam -- or in Christianity or Judaism, for
How do I know Obama is a relativist? It's simple:
Virtually all leftists are, as the denial of moral reality that is relativism
lies at the heart of liberalism.
Speaking of relativists, this matter of Obama's
"faith" much reminds me of Adolf Hitler and paganism. Like Obama,
Hitler sometimes feigned a belief in Christianity, but in reality he held the
religion in contempt. He believed it was "the greatest trick the Jews ever
played on Western civilization" and lamented that it was not a warrior
creed like Islam or the ancient Germanic paganism with which the Nazis wanted
to replace Christianity, Yet while Hitler's second in command, Heinrich
Himmler, certainly believed in the ancient pagan myths -- going so far as to
launch expeditions to the Far East to prove them, it's silly to think that the
leader himself viewed them as anything but a utilitarian device. He wasn't
quite that romantic.
But what about culturally? For sure, Hitler
preferred seeing Swastikas and runes (respectively, pagan symbols and letters)
to crosses and crèches, rebuilt Germanic pagan temples to churches. That was
where his passions lay. (If some are upset at a comparison between Hitler and
Obama, know that I haven't called the president a National Socialist, yet. He's an
Obama also has passions, and there is no question as
to where they lie. Our President continues to openly praise Islam; he
bows to Muslim leaders; he claims that the Muslim call to prayer is "the
most beautiful sound in the world;" he regularly quotes from the Koran and
cites it for directing his life; ...
In the past year alone he made a big deal out of
hosting a celebratory dinner to open the month of Ramadan -- held in the state
dining room; he refused to attend the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts (an
avowed Christian organization), and, refused to attend the National Day of
Prayer because he claimed to do so would be offensive to non-Christians.
Obama's Boyhood school
He spent some of his formative years in the world's
most populous Muslim country, Indonesia, where he was registered as a Muslim in
both schools he attended and sometimes prayed on Fridays in a mosque. Moreover,
there is another factor, one most people don't consider.
As many know, there once was a great boxer named
Cassius Clay. He converted to Islam in 1964, seemingly bothered that Jesus was
portrayed as "a white with blond hair and blue eyes," as he put it,
and took the name "Muhammad Ali." Of course, the irony of this is
that despite being intensely aware of his slave roots, Ali rejected the name of
an abolitionist (Clay) and took the name of a slave-owner (Muhammad). It also
perhaps eluded him that Christians were the first ones to outlaw slavery, while
Muslims give black Africans rope and chains to this day.
But I mention this because Ali's path is a common
one in the black community; it is why we've long had the Black Muslims and why
Islamic names are so common among American blacks. Many blacks have bought the
bill of goods that Christianity is the white man's religion, the faith of
oppressors. And they embrace Islam as part of a rejection of "white"
Obviously, being part of this milieu could only have
reinforced Obama's affinity for things Muslim and antipathy for things
authentically Christian -- of which Western civilization is one. And if
Americans hadn't been brainwashed with political correctness, they would
understand this. With foreign and domestic Muslim influence; attendance at a
Black Liberation Theology, pseudo-Christian church; and alliances with ex-terrorists
and declared communists, Obama perfectly fits the profile of an America-hater.
The wolf never really wore sheep's clothing; it's just that Americans had wool
pulled over their eyes.
As for Obama's eyes, they cannot look heavenward
when they're so busy looking down on little people who "cling to guns and
religion." I sense that Obama is a certain kind of person, one much like
Hitler -- who wanted to create a new German pagan religion with himself at its
center -- in a particular sense. This type of person essentially says the
following to God: "The universe just isn't big enough for the two of
us." And his little world certainly isn't, filled to all corners as it is
with his bloated, power-hungry ego. This, by the way, has been acknowledged by
more honest secularists. For example, Friedrich Nietzsche, the 19th-century
poster boy for atheism who is rumored to have been a philosopher (in reality,
he is someone who helped discredit the field), once said through his version of
Zarathustra, "If there were gods, how could I endure it to be no God?
Therefore there can be no gods." I have a feeling that Obama cannot endure
it to be no god.
It is, again, unwise to give Obama too much credit.
Good faith is defined as "an act of the will informed by the
intellect," and any kind of faith requires submission to something higher
than yourself. Obama is neither that intellectual nor that humble. But all
humans have passions, and his aren't hard to discern. He is anti-American,
anti-Western, anti-Christian (the traditional variety), anti-white, and
anti-life. He is more comfortable dining with Bill Ayers than with the Queen of
England, more internationalist than nationalist, and perhaps more at home in
Dar al-Islam than Dar al-Harb. He has lived abroad and traveled much, but he is
a lover of nations like a Casanova is a lover of women: He has known many but
loves, and is faithful to, none -- not even the one to which he should be
married. He is a cultural traitor, and as Cicero said two thousand years ago,
"A murderer is less to be feared."