Obama In Egypt: Multiculturalist Meets Muslims. Muslims Win.
Recently, Barack Hussein Obama packed up his
teleprompter for a One-Worlder roadshow. One item on
Obama`s to-do list: to eradicate 1400 years of mistrust
between Islam and the West by using his unique charm.
And though he did mention
many times during his much-hyped Cairo speech, the event
seemed more like a stage for Obama as the universal
watch the "New Beginning" speech
at the White House website as well as read the
The White House site also includes a
of Muslims residing America giving heartfelt testimony
about how welcoming this country is to their tribe.)
As an experienced speaker often does with a tough room,
Obama tap-danced skilfully, switching between sweet and
sour, peppering a few unpleasantries with
to please the Cairo audience and Muslims
The President even used the traditional Islamic greeting
to begin his address:
Obama`s speech not the absolute worst on the pander
scale. But there were a number of concerning details.
For starters, the word
was notably absent.
The most cringe-causing line:
"I also know that Islam has always been a part of
America`s story…And when the first Muslim American was
recently elected to Congress, he took the
oath to defend our Constitution
using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding
Fathers—Thomas Jefferson—kept in his personal library.
(Obama also told a French interviewer earlier in the
week that the United States is
"one of the largest Muslim countries"
, an oddly silly remark when the actual numbers are
Is this an effort on the President`s part to rewrite
history and make America into another outpost of the
More important than
President Thomas Jefferson`s
possession of a
in his large personal library: he sent the American Navy
to fight Islam in the military action against the
It was America`s first anti-terror campaign, launched to
end the kidnapping and slavery of Christians and others by Muslim pirates
believed the Koran approved their subjugation of
infidels. More than a million Europeans
enslaved in Islamic North Africa
between 1530 and 1780.
So yes, Islam showed up early in American history—but
not in the cheerful way Obama portrayed.
Obama apparently doesn`t realize that there is a strain
of Muslim supremacism that believes everything of value
springs from Islam. Thus Shakespeare has been
proclaimed to be Muslim,
and a navigator on Columbus` voyage was
as a son of Allah by our own State Department. (Whose
side are they on, over at Foggy Bottom?!)
Under this loopy view, we infidels are lost little sheep
who don`t understand we are already Allah`s property and
just need to be re-educated. Loose talk by the American
President to aggrandize himself in this manner has
potentially very dangerous consequences, because it adds
fuel to the fable that
America is Islamic territory to be reclaimed.
In addition, Obama`s discussion of women`s rights was
"Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the
freedom to practice one`s religion. That is why
there is a mosque in every state in our union, and over
1,200 mosques within our borders. That`s why the
United States government has
gone to court
to protect the right of women and girls to wear the
and to punish those who would deny it. [Applause].
“…The sixth issue—the sixth issue that I want to
address is women`s rights. [Applause]. I
know –- I know—and you can tell from this audience, that
there is a healthy debate about this issue. I
reject the view of some in the West that a woman who
chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal, but I
do believe that a woman who is denied an education is
denied equality. [Applause.] And it is no
coincidence that countries where women are well educated
are far more likely to be prosperous."
What a reprehensible twisting of the issue. Americans
don`t regard hijab-wearing females as less equal, just
portending an evil, less egalitarian future
as Islam spreads. Muslim societies hold women down,
through law and custom. Women are property in
dar al Islam,
cannot drive or move about at all in Saudi Arabia
without a male relative. A woman receives
of what a man gets in inheritance; a woman`s testimony
in court is worth half that of a male. A Muslim man can
have up to four wives, but a woman can only have one
husband and she must obey him. Muslim immigrants to the
U.S. have brought misogynous crimes like
The oppression of women is a major fault of Islam, a
fundamental injustice that negatively affects the lives
of millions. Yet Obama believed he could create some
mythical middle ground of understanding with a few
Another policy ploy was almost funny in its ignorance:
Obama generously pledged
"a new global
effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference
to eradicate polio." He must have missed the 2007
Pakistani fatwa against polio vaccine.
(Medical do-goodery has become a popular pursuit for
peripatetic Presidents. In 2008
Bush spent $48 billion
in taxpayer funds to fight AIDS in Africa, at a time
when millions of Americans citizens had no health
coverage at all. The ever-generous Obama will be sure to
top that amount to show his superior love for Muslims.)
A subtext of the tour has been the further self-outing
of BHO`s Muslim family history. During the Presidential
campaign, anyone who mentioned that
Islam in school as a boy when he lived in Indonesia
with a Muslim stepfather was
as a really mean
person—or worse. But now Obama is cool with people
knowing his whole diverse background, because he is
President and not leaving anytime soon.
The first hint of rebranding was Obama`s insistence that
he take the
oath of office
using his full name—after supporters had condemned the
opposition`s use of his middle name, Hussein (a
Muslim name meaning
demagoguery. There was even a special Obama campaign
Fight the Smears: The Truth about Barack`s Faith,
which carefully did not deny that
Obama practiced Islam
for several years during the time in Indonesia.
And because Muslims believe religion is handed down from
the father, many
see Obama as one of their own.
In the speech, he slickly defined himself in this way…
"I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan
family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I
spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of
at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk."
Indeed! The Obama Muslim roots run deep. His Kenyan
grandmother, earlier been
portrayed as a Christian
by the press, recently announced she would be
making the hajj to Mecca
this year, a duty required of all Muslims at least once
in their lives.
Maybe it doesn`t matter whether BHO has taken the pledge
to Allah. But it does matter that he often acts as if he
is on the side of Muslims rather than Americans. One
recent example: the administration`s tardy and
distinctly cool condemnation
of the recent murder in Arkansas of a U.S. soldier by a
Just as the President sees himself as a
citizen of the world,
his cosmopolitan philosophy apparently seeps into his
religion and blends into a squishy hybrid.
The speech was not a complete pander-fest. Yet another
of apologies was not going to fly at home, so the
anti-America putdowns were subtle. But the idea of
appears to loom large in the Obama solution to the
if we just get to know each other better, the problems
will melt away. Kumbaya!
Obama didn`t say America should accept more Muslim
immigrants exactly—he may understand the
"I" word is
poison—but he did open the door wider to another variety
"On education, we will expand exchange programs, and
increase scholarships, like the one that brought my
father to America. [Applause.] At the same time,
we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim
communities. And we will match promising Muslim
students with internships in America; invest in online
learning for teachers and children around the world; and
create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas
can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo."
Right—as if lots of young Americans would love to spend
a year of study abroad in stimulating
As it happens, President George W. Bush was a
of Saudi royalty, and he
doubled student visas
from Saudi Arabia—after 9/11!—leading to some 15,000
students from that Muslim country attending college here
If Democrats are successful in ramming through a
against the will of the American people, there is likely
to be a provision tucked in for more Muslims to be
Will Obama pursue policies to make the United States the
shining mosque on a hill, where Muslims are welcome and
treated as a special protected class? Very possibly.
Attorney General Eric Holder released the following
statement June 4 [Department
of Justice`s Outreach and Enforcement Efforts to Protect
"The President`s pledge for a new beginning between the
United States and the Muslim community takes root here
in the Justice Department where we are committed to
using criminal and civil rights laws to
protect Muslim Americans.
A top priority of this Justice Department is a return to
robust civil rights enforcement and outreach in
defending religious freedoms and other fundamental
rights of all of our fellow citizens in the workplace,
in the housing market, in our schools and in the voting
"There are those who will continue to want to divide by
fear—to pit our national security against our civil
liberties—but that is a false choice. We have a solemn
responsibility to protect our people while we also
protect our principles."
That may just sound like diversity do-goodery. But what
about protecting the American people from the continuing
attacks and attempts at mayhem from jihadists?
The dinosaur Main Stream Media has done
of the numerous
when they occur out in the country, away from Washington
and New York. But even with a dearth of honest reporting
here and abroad, the American people are cautious at
best regarding Islam and its political consequences, as
indicated by a CNN poll published June 2: (Poll:
Americans wary of Muslim world).
It found that only about 20 percent of Americans have a
favorable view of Muslim countries, while 46 percent
have an unfavorable view.
That unfavorable number is
percentage points from 2002—soon after the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks. Perhaps the daily drumbeat of
murders and mass terrorism committed by Muslims has made
calling Islam the
"Religion of Peace"
seem like a really bad joke.
Muslims residing in America, however, appeared to be
quite pleased with the Cairo speech.
“In Los Angeles, Salam Al-Marayati beamed as he watched
President Obama enumerate Muslim contributions to
civilization and the United States
" `…I came away feeling confident that this president
does take seriously his role in opposing stereotypes of
Islam,` said Al-Marayati, head of the Los Angeles-based
Muslim Public Affairs Council, who rose at 3 a.m. to
watch the speech on television in his living room. `He
will be a major source for all of us as one who debunks
the myths about Islam and Muslims to the American
speech inspires Muslims in Los Angeles & around U.S.,
LA Times Blog, June 4, 2009]
Nice to know that being an Islam myth debunker is
another important Presidential duty.
Feelings were similarly positive among Muslims in Ohio.
“Mahdi Taakilo, a Somalia immigrant in Columbus,
marveled Thursday at the sight of Obama standing in
Cairo giving a speech laced with quotes from the Quran.
“He says there`s nothing the president could have done
to top the kind of message he sent to the Muslim world.”
deep respect`: Ohio Muslims praise Obama,
Mansfield News Journal,
Were Americans alarmed to see their President touting
pro-Islam propaganda—and not standing up for the United
States while abroad?
At this writing, there are no polls available, and
foreign trips may not register strongly in a domestic
one-third of a million Americans losing their jobs
in May is hailed as good news by the MSM.
published June 3, before the Cairo speech, found only 28
percent of Americans foresaw a better relationship
between the Muslim world and the United States in a
year`s time. Twenty-one percent thought the relationship
would be worse, while 45 percent believe it will be
about the same.
It`s a given that Obama will continue to pander to
Muslims. When he
addressed the Turkish Parliament,
"So let me say this as clearly as I can: The United
States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam."
Too bad, since Islam is at war with us.
Increasingly, the President reveals that he is unwilling
to protect the American people from a sworn enemy.
Philosophically, he is a
who cares little for American sovereignty and society,
with a soft spot for the left-friendly totalitarianism
This is surely not the kind of change that most
Americans want. But it`s what they`ve got—for now.
Brenda Walker (email
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