Obama—Our Clueless Professor
Have we ever had a president so
from the heart of America?
Friday night, at a White House iftar, the breaking of
the Ramadan fast, Obama strode directly into the blazing
controversy over whether a
mosque should be built two blocks from Ground Zero.
as though this were simply an open-and-shut case of
constitutional law, Professor Obama declared that
the same right to
practice their religion as anyone else in this country,"
including "the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private
property in lower Manhattan."
"I was not commenting and I will
not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put
a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on
the right people have that dates back to our founding.
That is what our country is about."
Obama finally seemed to grasp the point.
is not a question of
"Can they build a
mosque near Ground Zero?"
is an question of
"Should they build a mosque in the shadow of the twin
3,000 Americans were
suffocated, crushed or burned to death by Islamic
Muslim faith was integral
to their mission of mass murder and to their identify?"
one is without kidney, spleen, heart or common sense,
the answer would be
decent respect for the opinions of
one`s fellow Americans would seem to shout out: Put
the mosque somewhere else. This is hallowed ground. This
is a burial site sacred to the families of those who
died, to New Yorkers, to all Americans. A Muslim mosque
is out of place there.
if, as backers claim, the purpose of this Cordoba mosque
and community center were healing, reconciliation and
harmony, it has
failed in its purpose. It has already had the
opposite effect, enraging and dividing the city and
would backers of the project press ahead when its
purpose is impossible of attainment, unless the real
purpose were to impose on the people of New York a
mosque they do not want there.
the president`s intervention, the issue has metastasized
into a major clash in America`s religious and culture
war. It has gone global, as Hamas has
now weighed in on the side of building the mosque
near Ground Zero.
"We have to build the mosque, as you are allowed to build the church,
and Israelis are building their holy places," said
Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and the
organization`s chief in Gaza.
arguments echo Bloomberg`s and Obama`s: We have the
right and we Muslims must now move ahead with the
America`s head of state enlisted on one side of this
quarrel, and most Americans on the other, damage will be
done to the national unity and there will be
consequences for the president`s party.
be it. For if the president believes the Constitution
decides this issue with finality, he is profoundly
mistaken. We were a country before we ever had a
Constitution. We were a nation, born in the furnace of a
revolutionary war. That infant nation wrote its own
birth certificate, a
years after Lexington and Concord Bridge.
that Constitution guarantees freedom of religious belief
and practice to all Americans, we were a Christian
country then. And we remain a Christian country, Barack
Obama`s dissent notwithstanding.
Americans profess a Christian faith. That reality is not
changed because the Warren Court outlawed
Bible reading and
prayer in public school, ordered the
Ten Commandments taken down from classroom walls,
purged Christianity from our public institutions or
denies to Americans their freedom to put
Christmas creches in their public squares.
is a rising faith, the largest on earth, with 1.5
billion adherents. It is a militant faith that believes
it will one day encompass all mankind. It holds there is
but one God,
Allah, that his last and greatest prophet was
Muhammad, that Islam, the path of submission, is the
path of salvation. It believes that its sacred book, the
Koran, should inform the culture, that
Sharia should be the basis of civil law.
Where it has become the dominant
faith, it has been intolerant of rivals, especially
Christianity, the faith of the Crusaders.
no means are all or most Muslims fanatics of the
Osama bin Laden variety, but many are uncompromising
in their belief that, once their faith becomes the
majority faith in a community or society, Muslims should
write the rules and Muslims should make the laws.
if Americans believe that Islam is consistent with
pluralism, ecumenism and
a belief in the equality of all religions and all
lifestyles, we are headed for what the Chinese call
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Patrick J. Buchanan
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Paul Craig Roberts.