Monday, February 23, 2015

America: An Islamic Nation?

We must ask the question:  Is President Obama insane? 

He made this statement at his Summit on Countering Violent Extremism of Mysterious Origins:
"Here in America, Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding." (Whitehouse.Gov)
Is he nuts?  That is an absurd statement.  Does he actually believe it?  I agree with his comments that follow.  Muslims have and continue to make contributions to our society.  There probably were Muslims in Colonial America, but they had nothing to do with the founding or weaving our national fabric. 

Who Died and Made Obama the Defender of Islam?

This statement from the same speech is not his to make.  The US President is not a spokesman or defender of any religion:
"Al Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders -- holy warriors in defense of Islam. That’s why ISIL presumes to declare itself the “Islamic State.”"

"Of course, the terrorists do not speak for over a billion Muslims who reject their hateful ideology. They no more represent Islam than any madman who kills innocents in the name of God represents Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism or Hinduism. No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism." (Applause.)

Who is Barack Obama to make such a statement?  Is he an Imam?  A religious scholar?  The ISIL butchers are Islamic.  They are Muslims, and they are raping, burning and beheading based upon a literal reading of the Koran.  Islamic hate preachers are egging them on.  It is not the place of a President of a secular republic to characterize a religion, negatively or positively, to defend or attack it.

This statement from a UN speech is also inappropriate:  
"The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam"
Oh really?  Is he prepared to back that up with action?  I agree that the US President must stand up for tolerance of all religions and avoid giving offense, but he's beyond that.  Would it be appropriate for him to criticize Islam?  Of course not.  By the same token, he is not qualified to defend it either.  That is the job of Muslims.

"The Bible is a Cheap Copy of the Koran"

Islam was founded by Muhammad in the 7th Century, but Muslims uniquely believe that God created the world Islamic, and that from Adam and Eve on, we are all created Muslims.  Those of us who are not Muslims are corrupted.  Although parts of the Koran read like a fractured fairy tale version of Bible stories, Muslims insist Islam came first.  Before Christianity.  Before Judaism.  Allah forbid anyone make the suggestion that Muhammad cribbed Bible stories but got them twisted up.  No, Muslims believe that the Koran is the only correct and true Word of God.

This is the mindset of the Islamic faith, and the President and his amateur dog whistlers pander to its religious bigotries and self-important beliefs of unique supremacy with every ridiculous utterance about the religion of peace. I understand where the Obama Administration is coming from.  We are not at war with Islam, and we wish its peaceful practitioners no ill.  But Obama's folks find it impossible to make such simple declarations.

If only little Hadji had a Falafel Stand...

Obama's Sophmore Girls' Foreign Policy Club lecture us that we can't win a war by killing the enemy.  Another absurd statement.  Could you imagine Churchill or FDR spouting such inanities?  But Obama's Giggly Girls do it with a condescending smirk and allow that we are probably not sophisticated enough to grasp such nuance.

If those rapists and head-choppers only had jobs...  If Adolph Hitler had only scored his own art gallery in 1932...  If only there were more jobs down at the Wienerschnitzel plant, Heinz and his school chums would never have joined the Gestapo...

Our government is off the rails, Neonazis are on the rise in Iraq and Syria, and Obama is handing Iran billions of dollars, and his laughing gas girls from Foggy Bottom lecture us with sophomoric platitudes.

In Obama's Defense

Below are two of the best articles I could find that that touch on Obama's outrageous claims about Islam and our nation's founding.  They are heavy on claiming Deism is really "Christian Islam," and they overemphasize Islam's influence on the Enlightenment, the Renaissance, Classical Scholasticism and intellectual luminaries like John Locke, but the arguments cite facts and are well-presented. 
Salon:  Our Founding Fathers Included Islam

Founders' Indebtedness to Islamic Thought

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