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Muslims Await Obama's Change

Two days after the inauguration, a coalition of the 12-largest Muslim organizations in the US has issued an open-letter to Obama urging him to break away from the policies of President George Bush's administration and to engage the American Muslim community.

"We...wish to see you instruct senior officials in your administration to reinstate roundtables with Muslim leadership for all departments, such as State, Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services," said the American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT).

Unveiling the "American Muslims in the American Mainstream," open-letter in a press conference on Monday, December 29, AMT chairman Agha Saeed said the incoming Obama administration needs to take notice of the American Muslim community.

"Ninety-five percent of Muslims voted on the day of election," he stressed.  "That was the highest voter turnout of any community in America."

"As you assume your new duties, there are some areas we hope you will list among your priorities," read their open-letter.

"This includes restoring due process, objective justice, repealing manifestly unconstitutional clauses of the USA PATRIOT ACT, ending COINTELPRO campaigns against Muslim and Arab American communities, and ensuring that our nation rejects the use of ex post facto laws."

"We look forward to your proposals for providing universal healthcare to our citizens and fixing our nation’s broken immigration system."

"We demand that our government, the US government, take immediate steps to end the immoral and illegal Israeli bombardment of Gaza and its population," said Awad.
Obama Accuses US Of Colonialism
When Al Arabiya said to Obama that America "was the only Western Power that was not colonial."  Obama simply said "Right."  You would think a patriot like Obama would have said "Excuse me, but the United States still isn't a colonial power."  If such a statement had occurred I would be here applauding Obama.

Instead he took his rant about the United States being a colonialist imperialist power, one step further.

Obama: "We sometimes make mistakes.  We have not been perfect.  But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there's no reason why we can't restore that."

Apparently, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush (since 20 years we have been Colonial powers according to Obama) are all Colonialist Imperialist evil geniuses.

Is this the "Unified America," Obama always talks about?  Accusing past presidents of colonialism?  Does he even know what Colonialism means?
Submission
Obama was working with Arab intermediaries to establish an unofficial dialogue with Al Qaida long before the election, according to a report in the Feb. 4th edition of Geostrategy-Direct.com.

Al Qaida has offered what has been described as a truce (hudna) in exchange for a U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to the report.

Obama has deemed the U.S. reconciliation with the Muslim world, including Iran, as his main foreign policy goal, sources quoted in the report said.  Obama has been aided by several Persian Gulf Arab Muslims with ties to Al Qaida's leadership in Pakistan.

On his first day in office, Obama ordered the shutdown of the U.S. Navy prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 245 Al Qaida members are detained, saying, "Can we guarantee that they're not going to try to participate in another attack?  No."  But he'll let them free nonetheless.

Obama spoke about his own ties to the Muslim world:

"Now, my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect," Obama said.  "I have Muslim members of my family.  I have lived in Muslim countries."

"My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy -- we sometimes make mistakes -- we have not been perfect." 

Whose job is it to communicate to this fool that al Qaeda is OUR enemy?

Trained as a Muslim, Obama knows that in Islam, the world is divided into two parts -- Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb.

Dar al-Islam literally means the "House of Peace" which is all the lands conquered and subjugated by Islam.

Dar al-Harb literally means the "House of War" which is all the lands currently not conquered by Islam.

Islam's chief goal is to eventually conquer and subjugate all the lands of Dar al-Harb into one territory called Dar al-Islam.  Only after all people and all lands of the world have been conquered and have submitted to Islam is there to be "peace" in the world.

Update:  Ayman al-Zawahri, Al Qaeda's deputy leader, said Washington remains a main enemy of Muslims.

"I remind our mujahideen brothers that our enemy in Gaza is not only Israel but the Zionist-crusader coalition, with America, the leader of evil ... at its head."

"The Zionist-crusader (Israeli-Western) campaign against Islam and the Muslims cannot be defeated without warfare," Zawahri said, calling the devout to join a jihad.

Looks like al-Zawahiri didn't get Obama's memo.
Screw You Cheney -- Take This
ABC News has learned that Obama will order the Department of Defense's Military Commission to withdraw charges against terrorist suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who been identified as the former Persian Gulf Operations Chief for al Qaeda and the mastermind of the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, that killed 17 American sailors and wounded nine.

Obama tied his administration's own hands, requiring his Secretary of Defense to drop the charges.  The executive order President Obama signed on closing the Guantanamo Detention Facilities states that "all proceedings" in the US Military Commissions must be "halted."

Last week the judge supervising the al-Nashiri trial -- Army Col. James L. Pohl, the chief judge at the Guantanamo Bay war crimes court -- said he would not heed President Obama's request for a 120-day continuance, or delay, in prosecutions of terrorism suspects.  Pohl called the president's request "not reasonable" and not "in the interests of justice."

The arraignment of al-Nashiri was scheduled for Monday, February 9.  These Gitmo grads just murdered an American woman, among others, in Yemen.
Winning Over Muslims
Obama was asked, in a television interview with CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," why he hasn't used the oft-repeated "war on terror" phrase coined by the Bush administration.  Obama said he believes the U.S. can win over moderate Muslims if he doesn't.

Instead, Obama has spoken broadly of the "enduring struggle against terrorism and extremism" and pledged to "go after" extremists and "win this fight."

"I think it is very important for us to recognize that we have a battle or a war against some terrorist organizations," Obama said Tuesday.  "But that those organizations aren't representative of a broader Arab community, Muslim community."

He added that he believes the U.S. can convince Muslims "that we should be working together to make sure that everybody has got a better life."
Hussein Comes Out Of The Closet
In Early February, 2009, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), part of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee, welcomed Obama's use of a quote from Islam's Prophet Muhammad in his remarks at Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast.

In his prepared remarks, Obama quoted the prophetic tradition, or "hadith," which states: "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.  There is no religion whose central tenet is hate.  There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being."

Robert Spencer takes apart this taqiyya, writing:

Arguably, that is true: there is no religion whose central tenet is hate: there is no religion that teaches that the most important thing one must do in this world is hate someone or something else.  But certainly the religion that comes closest to teaching such a thing is Islam.  If the Qur'an doesn't teach that Muslims should hate unbelievers, certainly it teaches that they should be harsh with them, consider them the worst of all created beings, not become friends with them, and, ultimately, wage war against and kill or subjugate them:

"O ye who believe!  Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another.  He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them.  Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk." -- Qur'an 5:51

"O ye who believe!  Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him)." -- Qur'an 9:123

"Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein (for aye).  They are the worst of creatures." -- Qur'an 98:6

"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." -- Qur'an 9:29

Check out this website and read what Muhammad said -- in his own words -- scary stuff.
Listen Up, Obama
Obama promised that during his first 100 days in office, he would deliver a major address in a key Islamic capital aimed at improving America’s ties with the Muslim world.

Looking ahead to Obama’s address, leading Islamic governments say improving relations between Islam and the West will require a review of anti-terror policies and a recognition of the need to address what they say are the "root causes" of terrorism.

At a meeting this week hosted by Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology, ambassadors from Muslim countries put forward recommendations that they said would help to improve relations.

Iranian Ambassador Mashaallah Shakeri said, "Now, the U.S. must listen prior to talking."

"Bloodshed and suicide attacks have nothing to do with Islam," said Pakistan’s religious affairs minister, Hamid Saeed Kazmi.

Syrian envoy Muhammad Raid Ismat called for a distinction between terrorism and what he called a legitimate struggle for a homeland.

Participants said Islam was misunderstood in the West, and they took issue with the linking of terrorism and Islam.

Two hundred years ago, John Quincy Adams, the sixth American President understood these "root causes," and wrote, "The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.  The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective.  The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force."
International Criminal Court
Two weeks ago, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, in a closed Security Council meeting, voiced support for the International Criminal Court (ICC).  She said it "looks to become an important and credible instrument for trying to hold accountable the senior leadership responsible for atrocities committed in the Congo, Uganda and Darfur."

Obama said little about the ICC during his campaign for the White House.  But in his first weeks as President, his actions speak less to constituents in Peoria and the Bronx than to admirers in Paris and Brussels.  Obama’s trans-American constituent service includes his decision to shutter "Gitmo" and grant his first presidential interview with Al Arabiya television.

In his inauguration speech, Obama declared that "America is ready to lead once more."  He said American power "does [not] entitle us to do as we please."  In the parlance of the Left, these suggest submission to international authority, which was raised again last week when Ben Chang, spokesman for National Security Advisor General James Jones, echoed Rice’s comments about the Court. In the context of an ICC indictment for Sudanese President Omar Bashir, Chang told the Washington Times, "We support the ICC in its pursuit of those who’ve perpetrated war crimes."

So, what will ICC engagement mean for the United States?

"If the United States were to join the ICC," David Scheffer and John Hutson write, "one would have to accept at least the theoretical possibility that American citizens (particularly political and military leaders) could be prosecuted before the ICC on charges of committing atrocity crimes," and without the protections afforded by Constitutional and laws.

Waterboarding; Abu Ghraib; detaining terrorists at Guantanamo Bay dissing Hans Blix.

Self-loathing Americans whose minds are confined in the cult of globalism don’t see it that way.  Each of these "offenses" has at least one thing in common: they hurt the feelings of foreigners.  Insensitivity to the outside world, U.S. internationalists argue, is a stain on Uncle Sam’s reputation from which we must repent.
I'll Forge New Ties With Muslims
In phone conversations with the leaders of Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines on Friday, Obama discussed his commitment to forging a new relationship with Islamic countries, among other issues.

The White House said Obama discussed the importance of improving US relations with Islamic countries with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Obama noted that he and Yudhoyono would attend the Group of 20 nations summit next month in London.

At the end of his European trip next month, Obama is scheduled to visit Turkey, a Muslim country where relations with the US were strained by the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Obama and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, another G-20 country and longtime US ally in the Middle East, agreed on the importance of maintaining a strong US-Saudi relationship to promote peace and security in the region.

The White House said they also spoke about coordinating international efforts to restore economic growth.

In his conversation with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroy, Obama commended her country's efforts against terrorism and in modernizing the armed forces.  They also talked about cooperating on other issues, including climate change and education, the White House said.

Obama and Arroyo also reaffirmed their commitment to the long-standing US-Philippine alliance, including the Visiting Forces Agreement, a bilateral pact that governs the conduct of US forces in the country.
Negotiating With Terrorists
A group of former senior American officials and one current top adviser to the Obama administration are petitioning the U.S. president to open talks with the Hamas terrorist organization, believing the group can be part of the Palestinian peace process.

Paul Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman who was selected by Obama to head his new economic recovery advisory board, reportedly signed a letter advocating dialogue with Hamas.

Other signatories of the letter reportedly included Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to George Bush Sr., Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was President Jimmy Carter's security adviser. Brzezinski's pro-Hamas views have been aired publicly in newspaper opinion pieces and policies speeches; former House International Relations Committee chairman Lee Hamilton; former United Nations ambassador Thomas Pickering; former World Bank president James Wolfensohn; former U.S. trade representative Carla Hills; Theodore Sorensen, former special counsel to President John F. Kennedy; and former Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel and Nancy Kassebaum Baker.

"I see no reason not to talk to Hamas," Scowcroft told the Globe.

The Telegraph of London reported the group is expected to be granted an audience at the White House as early as this week to make their case to Obama that lines of communication should be opened with Hamas.

A top Palestinian Authority negotiator pointed to Sen. John Kerry's visit last month to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the Massachusetts lawmaker's reported acceptance of a letter from the Islamist group as "legitimizing Hamas."

Our enemies can always count on John Kerry.
Let My People Go
Some of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners could be released into the United States while others could be put on trial in the American court system, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.

Holder told reporters at the Justice Department that the administration's review, made on a case-by-case basis, would determine whether the prisoners need to be put on trial or whether they can be released.

"For those who are in that second category, who can be released, there are a variety of options that we have.  Among them is the possibility that we could release them into this country," he said.

"We've been trying to come up with places for them," Holder said of the Uighurs, 17 Chinese Muslims.  Their lawyers have asked Obama to bring them to the United States.

Holder said the administration was also looking at the possibility of putting some of the Guantanamo prisoners on trial in U.S. courts.  "My guess is that some of those people would be tried in" the U.S. court system, he said.
Obama To Attend Pro-Islamist Conference
Obama will visit Turkey between April 6-7 to attend an annual forum of the Alliance of Civilizations in Istanbul, Spanish diplomatic sources said on Monday.  Turkey’s president said Tuesday Obama's planned visit was very important.  Obama will attend the second annual forum of the U.N.-led Alliance of Civilizations initiative, co-chaired by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Report describes the Alliance of Civilizations as an organization which is represented in the U.S. and Europe by individuals sympathetic to the global Muslim Brotherhood.  According to the AOC website, the AOC "High Level Group Members" in the U.S. and Western Europe are: Prof. John Esposito (United States), Rabbi Arthur Schneier (United States), Hubert Védrine (France), and Karen Armstrong (United Kingdom)

Esposito is an apologist for the radical Islamist movement;
    

Impugning those who equate Islamist movements "with radicalism and terrorism," Esposito claims that such thinking merely "becomes a convenient pretext for crushing political opposition."  Islamist movements, he explains, "are not necessarily anti-Western, anti-American, or anti-democratic."  Moreover, he minimizes the fact that those nations that have adopted Islamic law are, for the most part, totalitarian states that export terrorism and egregiously violate the human rights of their inhabitants. " Contrary to what some have advised," he writes, "the United States should not in principle object to implementation of Islamic law or involvement of Islamic activists in government."

    
In fact all of the attendees above are apologists of either the radical Islamist movement or to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The question is why is the US Commander of Chief of a War on Terrorism attending a conference that supports a radical Islamist point of view?

More here . . .
No Decline In Belief That Obama Is A Muslim
More than two months into Barack Obama's presidency, as many people identify him as a Muslim as did so during the 2008 campaign.  When asked about Obama's religious beliefs, 11% say he is a Muslim.  In October, 12% said Obama is a Muslim, which was unchanged from earlier in the campaign.

In the current survey, 35% say they do not know Obama's religion, either because they do not know enough about him (22%), or because they have heard different things about his religion (13%); another 6% refused to answer.

As was the case last fall, white evangelical Protestants (19%) and Republicans (17%) are among the most likely to view Obama as a Muslim.  Fewer than half in each group -- 38% of white evangelicals and 46% of Republicans -- identify Obama as a Christian.

While relatively few Democrats (7%) say Obama is a Muslim, just 55% identify his religious beliefs as Christian, down slightly from 61% last fall. Among independents, 10% say Obama is a Muslim (compared with 12% in October), while 45% say he is a Christian (50% in October).

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March 9-12 among 1,308 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, finds continuing educational differences in views of Obama's religious beliefs: 68% of college graduates identify Obama as a Christian, while 6% say he is a Muslim. By contrast, just a third (33%) of those with no more than a high school education say Obama is a Christian, while 14% see him as a Muslim.

Pew's polling numbers might change, once the American public sees these images.  Of course, they never will if the national media has their way.

Three days ago, I asked visitors to The Obama File to submit the names of those news sources that published Obama's humiliating display of dhimmitude.

I'm still waiting for the first report.
"I Am One Of Them"
In early April, 2009, Obama made an address to the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Turkey.  Al-Jazeera's Anita McNaught, reporting from Istanbul, wrote: "This was the address we had all been waiting for, it hit all the right notes."
 
"He talked about the contribution of the Islamic faith in the life of American Muslims and then he personalised that message by saying 'I know because I am one of them.'  It was a message that reached out to many today...."

In the same speech, Obama said, "we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."

I don't know if Obama had a mouse in his pocket, but I know he wasn't speaking for the 78.5% of US citizens who call themselves Christians (CIA World Factbook).  Perhaps the "we" he was referring to is the 0.6% of Americans who are Muslims.  That would make sense.

UPDATE:  Al-Jazeera has removed this section from the story sometime between the time they published it and now -- the censorship continues.

Well, I have the Al Jazeera page cached, so they can kiss the soles of my feet.

I have repeatedly been called every name in the book by the Obots for re-publishing articles that even remotely suggest that Obama is a Muslim -- but here it is -- straight from the donkey's mouth -- Obama, himself, telling the Muslim world that he is one of them -- that's why he humbled himself before the protector of the two holy places.

Now, get ready for the Obots to parse what Obama really meant, as they try to cover up this frank admission.

My "secure" site has been hacked!

The Obots have managed to substitute Yahoo Search page code for the HTML that I saved from al-Jazeera.  They actually replaced the original HTML.  The link remains the same.  Both of my cached copies of the al-Jazeera news article -- one on my web host's server and one on my hard drive.
  My web host is investigating.

Tr
es bizarre!

Reader Brenda has sent us a scanned print copy of the al-Jazeera article containing the money quote.  It is down near the end of the page.  It's a big file -- almost 10 mBytes.  If you have dial-up, go get a cup of coffee when you CLICK THIS LINK.  Once loaded, clicking the image will make it LARGE.
Obama Says Islam Has Shaped The U.S.A.
Robert Spencer, writing at Front Page Magazine comments on Obama's statement to the Turkish Parliament, "We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world -- including in my own country."

Undeniably the Islamic faith has done a great deal to shape the world -- a statement that makes no value judgment about exactly how it has shaped the world.  It has formed the dominant culture in what is known as the Islamic world for centuries.  But what on earth could Obama mean when he says that Islam has also "done so much" to shape his own country?

Unless he considers himself an Indonesian, Obama’s statement was extraordinarily strange.  After all, how has the Islamic faith shaped the United States?  Were there Muslims along Paul Revere’s ride, or standing next to Patrick Henry when he proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death"?  Were there Muslims among the framers or signers of the Declaration of Independence, which states that all men -- not just Muslims, as Islamic law would have it -- are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  Were there Muslims among those who drafted the Constitution and vigorously debated its provisions, or among those who enumerated the Bill of Rights, which guarantees -- again in contradiction to the tenets of Islamic law -- that there should be no established national religion, and that the freedom of speech should not be infringed?

There were not.

Did Muslims play a role in the great struggle over slavery that defined so much of our contemporary understandings of the nature of this republic and of the rights of the individual within it?  They did not.  Did the Islamic faith shape the way the United States responded to the titanic challenges of the two World Wars, the Great Depression, or the Cold War?  It did not.  Did the Islamic faith, with its legal apparatus that institutionalizes discrimination against non-Muslims, shape the civil rights movement in the United States?  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 mandated equality of access to public facilities -- a hard-won victory that came at a great cost, and one that Muslim groups have tried to roll back in the United States recently.  One notable example of such attempts was the alcohol-in-cabs controversy at the Minneapolis-St. Paul international airport, when Muslim cabdrivers began to refuse service to customers who were carrying alcohol, on Islamic religious grounds.  The core assumption underlying this initiative -- that discrimination on the basis of religion is justified -- cut right to the heart of the core principle of the American polity, that "all men are created equal," that is, that they have a right to equal treatment in law and society.

Surveying the whole tapestry of American history, one would be hard-pressed to find any significant way in which the Islamic faith has shaped the United States in terms of its governing principles and the nature of American society.  Meanwhile, there are numerous ways in which, if there had been a significant Muslim presence in the country at the time, some of the most cherished and important principles of American society and law may have met fierce resistance, and may never have seen the light of day.

So in what way has the Islamic faith shaped Obama’s country?  The most significant event connected to the Islamic faith that has shaped the character of the United States was the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  Those attacks have shaped the nation in numerous ways: they’ve led to numerous innovations in airline security, which in generations to come -- if today’s politically correct climate continues to befog minds -- may be added to future versions of the fanciful "1001 Muslim Inventions" exhibition.  The Islamic faith has shaped the U.S. since 9/11 in leading to the spending of billions on anti-terror measures, and to the ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to Guantanamo, and to so many features of the modern political and social landscape that they cannot be enumerated within the space of a single article.

Of course, it is certain that Obama had none of that in mind.  But what could he possibly have had in mind?  His statement was either careless or ignorant, or both -- not qualities we need in a Commander-in-Chief even in the best of times.
U.S. Muslim Coalition Applauds Obama
The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, applauded Obama's Monday address to the Turkish parliament, in a statement issued today at a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. It reads, in part:
   

We applaud President Obama's remarks and hope that they are a sign of improved relations between America and the Muslim world.  In his speech, Obama rightly said that the United States is not and will never be at war with Islam.  This is a position that needs restating at every opportunity.

We also agree with the president's statement that better relations with the Muslim world are vital in 'rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject.

We appreciate that the president noted the contributions of American Muslims and recognized that many Americans have Muslims in their family, or have lived in a Muslim-majority country.

Turkey is a key player in the region and is well-placed to assist the United States in reaching out to nations such as Iran and Syria and to help achieve a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  We also support President Obama's backing of Turkey's entry into the European Union.

The American Muslim community believes President Obama's new policy of dialogue and mutual respect will serve our nation and the cause of world peace and stability much better than past policies of unilateralism and confrontation.

    
At today's briefing, AMT representatives also called on Obama to address domestic issues such as the rising level of Islamophobic attitudes in the United States, the deteriorating relations between the FBI and American Muslims, the dissemination of inaccurate and agenda-driven information by DHS-recognized "fusion centers," and Muslims' concerns about Justice Department guidelines implemented in December 2008 that allow race and ethnicity to be factors in opening an FBI probe.

If a coalition of major national Islamic organizations is happy about Obama's pronouncements, it can't be too good for the rest of us.  Sharia law is coming to America.
Obama Invites The OIC To The White House
Since taking office Obama has focused on three things -- the transformation of our capitalistic economy to a form of socialist statist fascism, the abdication of American sovereignty to a trans-nationalism and the advancement of the worldwide domination of Islam, the ultimate goal of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).  There is conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact -- the global jihad is conspiracy fact.  And the OIC is behind it.

The Secretary General of the OIC, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, had the occasion on the sidelines of the 2nd Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations (AoC), to have a brief encounter with Obama.  The encounter took place during the official reception given by Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, where Obama reiterated to the Secretary General the willingness and readiness of the U. S. Administration to explore areas of cooperation with the OIC.

To this end, Obama extended an invitation to Prof. Ihsanoglu to visit the White House in Washington D.C.

Bat Ye'or, the world's leading scholar on Islam, has this to say about the OIC:

The OIC is one of the largest intergovernmental organizations in the world.  It encompasses 57 Muslim states plus the Palestinian Authority.  Spread over four continents, it claims to speak in the name of the ummah (the universal Muslim community), which numbers about 1.3 billion.  The OIC’s mission is to unite all Muslims worldwide by rooting them in the Koran and the Sunnah -- the core of traditional Islamic civilization and values.  It aims at strengthening solidarity and cooperation among all its members, in order to protect the interests of Muslims everywhere and to galvanize the ummah into a unified body.

The OIC is a unique organization -- one that has no equivalent in the world.  It unites the religious, economic, military, and political strength of 57 states.  By contrast, the European Union represents half as many states and is a secular body only, and the Vatican -- which speaks for the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics -- is devoid of any political or military power.  Many Muslims in the West resist the OIC’s tutelage and oppose its efforts to supplant Western law with  sharia. But the OIC’s resources are formidable.

The organization has numerous subsidiary institutions collaborating at the highest levels with international organizations in order to implement its political objectives worldwide.  Its main working bodies are the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), which seeks to impose on the West the Islamic perception of history and civilization; the Observatory of Islamophobia, which puts pressure on Western governments and international bodies to adopt laws punishing "Islamophobia" and blasphemy; and the newly created Islamic International Court of Justice.  As stated in its 1990 Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, the OIC is strictly tied to the principles of the Koran, the Sunnah, and the sharia.  In a word, the OIC seeks to become the reincarnation of the Caliphate.

The OIC regularly reiterates its commitments to protecting the political, historical, religious, and human rights of Muslims in non-OIC states, especially Muslims who form the majority in specific regions of non-Muslim countries -- such as the southern Philippines, southern Thailand, and western Thrace in Greece -- as well as Muslims in places like the Balkans, the Caucasus, Myanmar, India, and China.  The OIC supports Hamas and the Palestinians in their struggle to destroy Israel, as well as the Muslim fight for "legitimate self-determination" in "Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir."  It has condemned the "continual Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan," and it expresses its full solidarity with "the just cause of the Muslim Turkish people of Cyprus" and with Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, whom many hold responsible for encouraging the massacres in Darfur.  The seat of the OIC is in Jeddah, but the organization regards that location as temporary: Its headquarters will be transferred to al-Kods (Islamized Jerusalem) when that city has been "liberated" from Israeli control.

In its efforts to defend the "true image" of Islam and combat its defamation, the organization has requested the UN and the Western countries to punish "Islamophobia" and blasphemy.  Among the manifestations of Islamophobia, in the OIC’s view, are European opposition to illegal immigration, anti-terrorist measures, criticism of multiculturalism, and indeed any efforts to defend Western cultural and national identities.  The OIC has massive funding from oil sources, which it lavishly spends on the Western media and academia and in countless "dialogues."  It influences Western policy, laws, and even textbooks through pressures brought by Muslim immigrants and by the Western nations' own leftist parties.  Hence, we have seen Kristallnacht-like incitements of hate and murder against European Jews and Israel conducted with impunity in the cities of Europe -- where respect for human rights is supposed to be one of the highest values.

More at Atlas Shrugs . . .
Obama Says America Enriched By Islam
 

 

Obama, who made a point of being introduced to the Turkish Nation as "Barack Hussein Obama," was quoted as saying that, "the United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans," including his ancestors.

The following is a list of the Muslim accomplishments that have enriched America:

1.  .........?

Obama's Five Pillars
Atlas Shrugs asks if any of you watched Obama's propaganda speech earlier today, and did you find it shocking when he described his plan for America in the context of "five pillars"?

Last month Obama revealed his "Five Pillars of Education."

Today he declared his dedication to what he called the "five pillars" of his new "house upon a rock."

In Islam, the Five Pillars of Islam (Arabic: أركان الإسلام) is the term given to the five duties incumbent on every Muslim.

These duties are Shahada (Profession of Faith), Salat (Prayers), Zakat (Giving of Alms), Sawm (Fasting during Ramadan) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

Obama gives the lone jihadi syndrome a whole new meaning.

Obama's repeated use of the "five pillars" is obviously just a coincidence.  Just like Obama's humiliating submission to the Protector of the two Holy Places. (sarcasm off)
FR Doc E9-2488
Three weeks before Obama sicked his Justice and Homeland Security Departments on America's heroes, Obama, as one of his first acts, signed an executive order -- he says, "in the national interest" -- that will allow thousands of Gazan Palestinians to settle in the United States at American taxpayers' expense.  Sure, what can go wrong when we allow thousands of people who have been, as Mark Steyn memorably described, "marinated" in a "sick death cult," who voted for Hamas, and 55% of whom support suicide bombing/murders, into the United States?

By executive order, Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in immigration assistance to the Palestinians.  Egypt won't take them.  Jordan won't take them.  Syria won't take them.  Saudi Arabia won't take them.  All of the Arab countries -- every one of them -- have allowed the Palestinians to fester for over 60 years.  Meanwhile, generation after generation have become more and more radicalized.  Their lives are unfulfilled and unproductive.  They "live" to die as martyrs, yearning for the rewards of the world beyond.

This "presidential determination" will allow thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States.  The determination was assigned on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4.  Obama's decision, according to the Register, was necessitated by "the urgent refugee and migration needs" of the "victims."

Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

Read it yourself in the Federal Register: February 4, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 22) -- FR Doc E9-2488

Obama has some interesting priorities.
Obama's Address To The Muslim World
In early May, the grand mufti of Egypt has invited Obama to address Muslims around the globe from one of the most important mosques in the Islamic world.

The invitation to speak from Egypt's Al Azhar mosque follows an announcement over this past weekend that Obama will travel to Egypt next month to deliver his promised address to the Muslim world.

According to Al-Masri Al-Yawm, a state-run Egyptian newspaper, Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa and other scholars from Egypt's Al Azhar University invited Obama to use the mosque as venue for the president's upcoming visit, explaining it would promote a culture of dialogue between Islam and the West.

Al AZhar University is the most respected Sunni Islamic learning center in the world and is the second oldest degree-granting school in the world.  Clerics at the university's attendant mosque decide Islamic Sharia law matters for Sunni Muslims internationally.

The university opened studies in 975 AD.  It was founded by the Fatimid dynasty of Egypt, which is descended from the daughter of the Islamic figure Muhammad.

It is highly unusual for a non-Muslim to speak at the mosque.  An Egyptian official, contacted by WND, could not think of any non-Muslim world leader who had received an invitation to do so.

Obama had pledged he would deliver an address to the Muslim world within his first few months in office.  His first interview as president was with Al Arabiya, the pan-Arab television network.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbels said on Saturday the city where Obama will deliver the address has not been selected.

Gibbels said Obama decided upon Egypt because the country "in many ways represents the heart of the Arab world."  He said the issues of democracy and human rights "are things that are on the president's mind, and we'll have a chance to discuss those in more depth on the trip."

"This isn't a speech to leaders," Gibbels said.  "This is a speech to many, many people and a continuing effort by this president and this White House to demonstrate how we can work together to ensure the safety and security and the future well-being, through hope and opportunity, of the children of this country and of the Muslim world."

If you wonder why I compare White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (Gibbels) to Joseph Goebbels, jus re-read that last paragraph.

Our safety and security, and the future well-being of the children of this country, should be based on hope?  That's insane!

And, this is an interesting statement --
It is highly unusual for a non-Muslim to speak at the mosque.  An Egyptian official...could not think of any non-Muslim world leader who had received an invitation to do so.

We all know that Obama isn't a Muslim, don't we.  After all, he said so.
Obama Lends Validity To Extremist Islam
David Frum believes Barack Obama made an unwise commitment during his campaign.  Actually he made quite a number of them, but this column will have to settle for dealing with just one:  Candidate Obama promised to deliver a major speech to the Muslim world from a Muslim capital.  On June 4, Obama will make good on that promise in Cairo.

What could go wrong with this heartwarming outreach?  Begin with this question:  Does Obama regard Salman Rushdie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali as belonging to the Muslim world, yes or no?

If yes -- if "the Muslim world" includes everyone who happens to be born to a family of Muslim origin regardless of their personal belief, and if it includes liberals of Muslim origin, secularists of Muslim origin, atheists of Muslim origin -- then it seems almost pointless to speak to them all as a distinctive group.

The more likely answer however is no.  Almost inevitably, Obama’s speech will address the most anti-Western, the most militant, the most radical Muslims.  The decision to speak "to" the Muslim world is a decision to speak "to" these rejectionists.

Look at the choice of venue.  Obama could have spoken from Indonesia or Bangladesh -- each of them home to more Muslims than live in the Arab Middle East.  In Indonesia and Bangladesh, the prevailing forms of Islam are moderate and tolerant.  Each of these countries is working to build a more democratic society, more connected to the global economy.

Instead Obama chose Egypt.  Egypt is the intellectual center of the most radical forms of Islam.  The Muslim Brotherhood originated in Egypt, as did Sayyid Qutb, the ideologist of modern jihad.  This is the country of Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Ayman Zawahiri.  It would be extremely odd to speak from Egypt and not take such men and their ideas into account.

But to do so has an ironic side effect:  The very fact that an American leader talks about these extremist Muslims -- and tries to talk through them to reach their sympathizers -- validates them as the most important and significant of Muslim individuals.  It risks conceding that these men are somehow the most "authentic" of Muslims, and that their anger and alienation somehow matters more than the desire of other Muslims to live in a more secular society or to participate more fully in the global economy.

Radical Muslims have constructed a narrative in which Islam is oppressed and colonized by the West, Muslims have real and reasonable grievances against the West and any acrimony between Muslims and the West is due to the actions of the West.

Perhaps Obama will dispute this narrative.  But can he really go to Cairo and dismiss the narrative altogether?

Can he say that the problems of Muslim majority countries have nothing to do with the West -- that if they are victimized it is by their own leaders, if they are backward it is due to their own rejection of modern ways of life?

The very act of speaking to individuals of Muslim origin as Muslims concedes a point that an American leader should be wary of conceding.  No leader would ever give a speech to "the Christian world."  He’d take for granted that Christian identity is personal and private, not collective and public.  He’d remember that Christian-majority countries contain non-Christian minorities, entitled to equal respect.  He’d understand that many in the Christian majority define their identity in terms other than religion; and that the freedom to choose how to define oneself is one of the fundamental principles of a free society. 
Qaradawi and the Muslim Brotherhood insist that Islam is inescapably public and political.  But why would an American leader agree?  Yet if he speaks to "the Muslim world" how can he avoid agreeing?

The Pakistani scholar who wants to be free to study the origins of the Koran without fear of violence if he reaches an unorthodox conclusion -- isn’t he part of the Muslim world too?  The Saudi woman who would like to wear jeans in public?  The Iranian youth who would like to convert to the Bahai faith?  The Syrian merchant who thinks mosque is a waste of time?  The French student who celebrates Ramadan with his parents and Christmas with his girlfriend?  Or his boyfriend?

Will Obama talk to them?  If not -- it would be better to stay home.
© David Frum -- dfrum@aei.org -- National Post
Obama's Billions For Jihad
Obama’s 2009 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pandemic Flu was revised and "passed by the full committee."  Not sure what the next step is, but based on the summary, it gives billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to countries and entities that support Sharia law and/or harbor, hide and support those who want to destroy the U.S. and our allies.

Read the summary from David Obey’s office that was quietly released last week with nary a word from any media.

•  $3.6 billion, matching the request, to expand and improve capabilities of the Afghan security forces

•  $400 million, as requested, to build the counterinsurgency capabilities of the Pakistani security forces

•  Afghanistan: $1.52 billion, $86 million above the request

•  West Bank and Gaza: $665 million in bilateral economic, humanitarian, and security assistance for the West Bank and Gaza

•  Jordan: $250 million, $250 million above the request, including $100 million for economic and $150 million for security assistance

•  Egypt: $360 million, $310 million above the request, including $50 million for economic assistance, $50 million for border security, and $260 million for security assistance

•  Pakistan: $1.9 billion, $591 million above the request

•  Iraq: $968 million, $336 million above the request

•  Oversight: $20 million, $13 million above the request, to expand oversight capacity of the State Department, USAID, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan to review programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq

•  Lebanon: $74 million

•  International Food Assistance: $500 million, $200 million above the request, for PL 480 international food assistance to alleviate suffering during the global economic crisis

•  Refugee Assistance: $343 million, $50 million above the request, …including humanitarian assistance for Gaza. Funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency programs in the West Bank and Gaza is limited to $119 million (Note: Gaza = Hamas)

•  Disaster Assistance: $200 million to avert famines and provide life-saving assistance during natural disasters and for internally displaced people around the world, including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, the Middle East and South Asia

•  Peacekeeping: $837 million for United Nations peacekeeping operations, including an expanded mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a new mission in Chad and the Central African Republic

•  Department of Justice: $17 million, matching the request, for counter-terrorism activities and to provide training and assistance for the Iraqi criminal justice system

The mainstream media remains silent on this but the International News has now picked up the story -- and then there is Obama’s $108 billion IMF bailout scheme in addition to the Supplemental.
Obama Funds Hamas
Obama has asked Congress to let aid to Palestinians continue if Hamas backers are included in a new unity government, observers say.

The proposed change in U.S. law would be necessary because Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is designated as a terrorist organization and therefore cannot receive U.S. aid.  But power-sharing negotiations between Hamas and the rival Fatah faction, which controls the West Bank, may result in a unity Palestinian government that includes ministers backed by Hamas, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The White House sought the change as part of a bill authorizing $840 million for the Palestinian Authority as well as for rebuilding Gaza after this year’s 22-day Israeli military assault.

The Hamas proposal brought criticism from U.S. lawmakers, the Times said -- one of whom, U.S. Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, R-Ill., said the move was akin to supporting a government that "only has a few Nazis in it."

"We don’t want to … bind our hands in the event that such a (Palestinian unity) agreement is reached, and the government that they are part of agrees to our principles," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly replied.

So as not to confuse, Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood organization who’s sole purpose is the destruction of Israel -- anyone who thinks otherwise should read Hamas in their own words via the Hamas Covenant which lays out their purpose, goals, and ideology.

In the midst of what is being called the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, where our government has created the largest deficit in history, giving a billion to anyone is insane.  But giving a billion dollars to a self-proclaimed Islamic jihadist group that has stated the United States as its enemy is beyond insanity, and it needs to stop.
Obama Promises Jerusalem To Arabs
Obama and his administration told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting last week the U.S. foresees the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, according to a top PA official.

"The American administration was very friendly to the position of the PA," said Nimer Hamad, Abbas' senior political adviser.

"Abu Mazen (Abbas) heard from Obama and his administration in a very categorical way that a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is in the American national and security interest," Hamad said.

Another PA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Obama informed Abbas he would not let Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "get in the way" of normalizing U.S. relations with the Arab and greater Muslim world.

"We were told from this new administration they will not allow a Netanyahu government to hurt their efforts of rehabilitating U.S. relations with the Arab and Islamic world, which is a high priority of Obama," the official said, speaking during a visit to Cairo.

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Obama To Offer Personal Commitment To Muslims
In June 2009, Obama will offer a "personal commitment" to bridge US differences with Muslims in his long-awaited speech to the Islamic world next week in Egypt, aides said.

But White House advisors said Friday that Obama would not shy away from addressing "tough issues" in the speech on Thursday at the University of Cairo which will be co-hosted by Al-Azhar University, an ancient center of Islam and learning.

"The speech will outline his personal commitment to engagement, based upon mutual interests and mutual respect," White House spokesman Robert Gibbels said.

"He will discuss how the United States and Muslim communities around the world can bridge some of the differences that have divided them.

"He will review particular issues of concern, such as violent extremism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and he will discuss new areas for partnership going forward that serve the mutual interests of our people."

"...an ancient center of Islam and learning" -- now there's a phrase that contradicts itself.
Muslims Seek Changes From Obama
Respect for Islam, a prescription for Palestinian statehood and assurances of a speedy U.S. pullout from Iraq -- that's what Muslims from Morocco to Malaysia say they want to hear from Barack Obama this week when he addresses them from this Arab capital.

His speech Thursday from Cairo University will try to soften the fury toward the United States among so many of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims.

Obama's offer of a new beginning is seen as an attempt to stem the growing influence of extremists -- particularly Iran, with its regional and nuclear ambitions -- and to bolster moderate Muslim allies.

It comes just days ahead of crucial elections in Lebanon and Iran -- where the appeal of militancy will be put to the test -- and amid worsening violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The American leader's soaring oratory and Muslim roots have kindled hope among Muslims.

There is doubt the U.S. president can change entrenched foreign policy, particularly what is perceived in the Muslim world as Washington's pro-Israeli bias. What Muslims see as America's repeated failure to hold Israel to its international obligations is a sore point. A construction freeze in Israeli West Bank settlements -- Obama wants it, Israel rejects it -- is shaping up as a major test.

Obama's initial actions have earned him good will. He's reached out to Muslims in an interview with an Arab satellite TV station, in video message to Iranians on the Persian new year and in a speech to the Turkish parliament. He ordered Guantanamo prison closed within a year and said the U.S. would not engage in torture, reversing two Bush policies seen here as having targeted Muslims.

Obama gets some credit up front for just being himself. Many were inspired by his victory, emotionally connecting to his African and Muslim roots and his childhood in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

"It's so exciting to have a black man run the entire world," said Awni Shatarat, 45, a clothing store owner in the Palestinian refugee camp of Baqaa in Jordan.
Obama Supports Saudi Immunity
On June 1, 2009, the Obama administration petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to protect Saudi Arabia and four of its princes from being held accountable for their alleged role in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States that killed almost 3,000 Americans.

Through its solicitor general, Elena Kagan, the Obama administration has asked that the Saudis be held immune under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, or FSIA, even though there is ample U.S. evidence of complicity by the Saudi government and the named princes in support of al-Qaida's terrorist attack.

While the FSIA generally protects a sovereign state, there are exceptions under which its provisions can be invoked. Such interpretations are left largely to the courts to determine.

Families of the 9/11 victims, however, have expressed outrage over the Obama administration's filing.  They regard the action as undermining the continuing fight on terror.

In its recent filing of an "amicus curiae" brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in "Federal Insurance Co. vs. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the Obama administration asked the court to deny a petition for a "writ of certiorari" or higher court hearing by the families of the victims of 9/11 in their effort to sue Saudi Arabia and its princes.

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And Protects American Muslims
The Attorney General released the following statement relating to Obama’s historic speech today in Cairo, Egypt:
   

"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 booth.

"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."

    
"A top priority of this Justice Department is a return to robust civil rights enforcement" -- as if civil rights were trampled from 2001 to 2009.

And if you wish he would issue a statement on protecting Americans from the Islamic jihad, you're just continuing "to want to divide by fear."
Obama Flunks American History 101
Speaking at the University of Cairo, Obama said that Americans are indebted to Islam for the great contributions Muslims have made to the history and development of the United States.

"I know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story," Obama told the throng of unenlightened Muslims.  "The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco... and since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States."

Obama went on to say:  "They [Muslims] have fought in our wars.  They have served in our government.  They have stood for civil rights.  They have started businesses.  They have taught at our universities.  They’ve excelled in our sports arenas.   They’ve won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building and lit the Olympic torch.  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."

No one at the Egyptian University or the international media took issue with Obama’s bizarre interpretation of American history, let alone his confusion of the Nation of Islam (the religion of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X) that bears scant similarity to orthodox Islam.  The Nation of Islam teach that Allah in the flesh was a bona fide nutcase named Wallace Fard and that Eli Muhammad, a conman with a tested IQ of 70 and not the Prophet Muhammad, was the true last prophet of Allah.

Let’s set the record straight once and for all.

Sorry, Barack Hussein, but there were no Muslims among the passengers on the Mayflower or the settlers at Jamestown.  Muslims were conspicuously absent from the ranks of George Washington’s Army of the Revolution and played no role in the creation of the American republic -- save for the fact that the new country’s first declaration of war was against the forces of Islam in the form of the Barbary pirates.

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Is There A Muslim In The Oval Office?
With Obama's unbelievably ballyhooed June address in Cairo Thursday to what he calls "the Muslim world" (hereafter known as "the Speech"), there is mounting evidence that Obama not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself.  Consider the following indicators:
    

•  Obama referred four times in his speech to "the Holy Koran."  Non-Muslims -- even pandering ones -- generally don't use that Islamic formulation.

•  Obama established his firsthand knowledge of Islam (albeit without mentioning his reported upbringing in the faith) with the statement, "I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed."  Again, "revealed" is a depiction Muslims use to reflect their conviction that the Koran is the word of God, as dictated to Muhammad.

•  Then Obama made a statement no believing Christian -- certainly not one versed, as he professes to be, in the ways of Islam -- would ever make.  In the context of what he euphemistically called the "situation between Israelis, Palestinians and Arabs," Obama said he looked forward to the day ". . . when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them) joined in prayer."

    
Now, the term "peace be upon them" is invoked by Muslims as a way of blessing deceased holy men.  According to Islam, that is what all three were -- dead prophets.  Of course, for Christians, Jesus is the living and immortal Son of God.

In the final analysis, it may be beside the point whether Obama actually is a Muslim.  In the Speech and elsewhere, he has aligned himself with adherents to what authoritative Islam calls Shariah -- notably, the dangerous global movement known as the Muslim Brotherhood -- to a degree that makes Mr. Clinton's fabled affinity for blacks pale by comparison.

For example, Obama has -- from literally his inaugural address onward -- inflated the numbers and, in that way and others, exaggerated the contemporary and historical importance of Muslim-Americans in the United States.  In the Speech, he used the Brotherhood's estimates of "nearly 7 million Muslims" in this country, at least twice the estimates from other, more reputable sources.  (Who knows?  By the time Obama's friends in the radical Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) perpetrate their trademark books-cooking as deputy 2010 census takers, the official count may well claim considerably more than 7 million Muslims are living here.)

Even more troubling were the commitments the president made in Cairo to promote Islam in America.  For instance, he declared: "I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."  He vowed to ensure that women can cover their heads, including, presumably, when having their photographs taken for passports, driver's licenses or other identification purposes.  He also pledged to enable Muslims to engage in zakat, their faith's requirement for tithing, even though four of the eight types of charity called for by Shariah can be associated with terrorism.  Not surprisingly, a number of Islamic "charities" in this country have been convicted of providing material support for terrorism.

Particularly worrying is the realignment Obama has announced in U.S. policy toward Israel.  While he pays lip service to the "unbreakable" bond between America and the Jewish state, the president has unmistakably signaled that he intends to compel the Israelis to make territorial and other strategic concessions to Palestinians to achieve the hallowed two-state solution.  In doing so, he ignores the inconvenient fact that both the Brotherhood's Hamas and Abu Mazen's Fatah remain determined to achieve a one-state solution, whereby the Jews will be driven "into the sea."

Whether Obama actually is a Muslim or simply plays one in the presidency may, in the end, be irrelevant.  What is alarming is that in aligning himself and his policies with those of Shariah-adherents such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama will greatly intensify the already enormous pressure on peaceful, tolerant American Muslims to submit to such forces -- and heighten expectations, here and abroad, that the rest of us will do so as well.

Read what a Muslim says -- "My Muslim President"
Obama’s Happy Muslim Rainbow Tour
"As the Holy [sic!] Koran tells us, Be conscious of God and speak always the truth," Obama told his audience at the beginning of his much heralded speech in Cairo last week.

It was a remarkable performance: not a single significant statement he made on the nature of Islam, or on America’s relationship with the Muslim world, or on the terrorist threat, complied with the quoted command of the prophet of Islam.

Obama’s two immediate predecessors have done a lot of respectful kowtowing, of course.  Bill Clinton declared before the United Nations in September 1998, "There is no inherent clash between Islam and America."  Three years and several thousand American lives later, President Bush said, "there are millions of good Americans who practice the Muslim faith who love their country as much as I love the country."  Four years after 9-11 he continued insisting "the evil" unleashed on that day "is very different from the religion of Islam," and its proponents "distort the idea of jihad into a call for terrorist murder against Christians and Jews and Hindus."

Obama brings a new quality to the continuum, however.  He is developing the theme in Islam’s heartland.  He is doing it in a manner likely to raise geopolitical expectations that cannot be fulfilled, and certain to cement even further the Muslim myth of blameless victimhood.  It is the greatest favor any recruiter for the cause of global jihad could hope for.

Is Obama deluded or mendacious?  In view of his middle name and family history, the question is more legitimate than it would have been with Clinton or Bush.

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Obama’s Fantasy Islam
With the media’s rhapsodic paeans to President Obama’s "historic" Cairo speech now receding into the background, this may be an opportune moment to take a sober look at America’s policies vis-à-vis the Muslim world and, no less important, at where Islam itself may be heading.

It is now clear that Obama is either unable or unwilling to come to terms with the nature of the radical Islamic threat to America and the West.  To him, the problem is a few violent extremists, a "small but potent minority of Muslims," which leaves one wondering how a small minority got to be quite so potent.  In any case, the West is dealing not with a few militants, or even with terrorism as such, but with a murderous, totalitarian doctrine couched in Islamic terms that has already become the dominant idiom in much of the Muslim world and its diaspora communities.  Whether it is called "radical Islam," "Islamism," "Salafism," or "Islamofascism," it aims at nothing short of the conquest of the world for Islam, by violent means if need be.  And not just any kind of Islam, but the most reactionary and intolerant interpretation of the Muslim faith.

It is an ideology that elevates violent jihad as a religious obligation for all Muslims, openly discriminates against non-Muslims and women, banishes democracy and secularism, and ordains the murder of apostates and homosexuals.  This doctrine is preached today in tens of thousands of Salafi, Wahhabi, and Deobandi mosques and madrassas, and promoted by countless Islamist organizations, from the Muslim Brotherhood networks in America to the Taliban and its fellow jihadists in Pakistan.  Extremism and terrorism are the results of this malignant phenomenon.  The Taliban and al-Qaeda did not bring Pakistan to the edge of the precipice on their own; rather, 30 years of state-sponsored Islamization of Pakistani society made Islamism the threat it is.

While President Bush was also remiss in explaining to Americans that we’re in a deadly conflict with a violent Islamist doctrine that has deep and spreading roots among a quarter of the human population -- rather than with terrorism, which is simply its symptom -- Obama has seemingly chosen to act as an apologist for this ideology.  There is no other credible reason for a man with an army of experts, researchers, and fact-checkers at his disposal to utter so many half-truths and outright falsehoods about what Islam is and what it is not.

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Obama Surrenders To Radical Islam
America Talks blog opines that with the dropping of the phrase "war on terror" and his recent diatribe in Cairo, Barack Hussein Obama has effectively waved the white flag at the radical faction of Islam that would seek to destroy us.

Hussein Obama, now recognizing his Muslim roots, has reached out with open arms to the very people who on September 11, 2001 murdered nearly 3000 of our fellow citizens in one of the most horrific attacks ever perpetrated on a nation.

Why is he doing this?

For one of two reasons.  Some would have us believe that by Hussein Obama embracing Islam, the violence and jihad will end and we will reach some sort of common ground on which to forge a new relationship.  Others say that Hussein Obama is in the camp of the jihadists, winking and nodding at thugs like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose re-election in Iran was fixed by the government because they know that the United States has reversed over 30 years of policy regarding their nuclear ambitions.

Evidence seems to indicate the latter view.

Through his cozying up to the Islamic world, Hussein Obama has also thrown Israel under the bus, leaving them under a severe threat of annihilation by enemies such as Iran and the Palestinians hell bent on their destruction.

One can only conclude that Hussein Obama is a radical Islamic sympathizer, now proudly admitting that he is one of them, prostrating our country before them, and surrendering the United States to their agenda of conversion or obliteration.

Allah must be smiling.
Obama Speech Inspires Sharing
On Tuesday, June 30, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of a major campaign to distribute free copies of the Quran, Islam's revealed text, to 100,000 local, state and national leaders.

CAIR's "Share the Quran" educational campaign was prompted by Obama's recent address to Muslims worldwide in which he quoted from that holy text.

In the multi-year initiative, American Muslims will sponsor Qurans for distribution to governors, state attorneys general, educators, law enforcement officials, state and national legislators, local elected and public officials, media professionals, and other local or national leaders who shape public opinion or determine policy.

"Through this ground-breaking outreach initiative, we hope not only to educate policy-makers and opinion leaders about Islam, but also to provide an opportunity for American Muslims to reach out to their fellow citizens of other faiths," said CAIR Board Chairman State Sen. Larry Shaw (NC).

The "Share the Quran" initiative is an outgrowth of CAIR's successful "Explore the Quran" campaign and is part of the celebration of the Washington-based council's 15th anniversary.  CAIR was founded in June of 1994.

Ahhhhhhhhhh!  Islamists!  Sharing!
Obama Increases Aid To Muslim States
IsraelNationalNews.com reports that in the latest in a recent series of increased American assistance efforts for Arab and Muslim states, Barack Obama has allocated an additional $150 million to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  The regimes leading Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, the United Arab Emirates and even Saudi Arabia have all benefited from recent American policy shifts.

Jordan's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Suhair Al-Ali, was quoted by The Jordan Times as explaining that the kingdom receives $363 million annually from the United States in economic assistance.  The allocations signed into law by Obama this week mean that Jordan will receive a total of $513 million from the U.S. in 2009.  The minister told the Jordanian newspaper that the additional American aid was the result of ongoing efforts by Jordan's King Abdullah II, as well as Obama's "recognition of the important role Jordan plays in the region."

Egypt received $310 million in supplemental appropriations from the U.S. House of Representatives, currently controlled by Obama's Democratic party.  At the same time, 2009 State Department funding for the promotion of democratic initiatives in Egypt was cut from $50 million to $20 million.  In addition, the U.S. has agreed not to give any of the pro-democracy funds to organizations that are not approved by the Mubarak regime.  In the year 2007, Egypt received a total of $2.4 billion.

On another front, in March of this year, it was reported that the Obama administration planned to dramatically increase funding to the Palestinian Authority for security training, which is conducted by Jordanian police under the supervision of U.S. General Keith Dayton.  The U.S. allocated $75 million for the PA police training in 2008, but reports indicated that the Obama administration was planning to pump up to $130 million into the program in 2009.  In any event, the U.S. has already pledged $600 million in funds to the Palestinian Authority, with another $300 million for humanitarian aid to the Hamas regime in Gaza.

Elsewhere in the region, the U.S. is set to help the United Arab Emirates become the first Arab nation with a developed nuclear power infrastructure.  Obama gave his official support and authorization for the $41 billion project, allowing private U.S. companies to compete for construction contracts.

In Pakistan, Obama proposed $2.8 billion in aid for that nation's military, alongside civilian aid of $1.5 billion a year for the next five years.  The military aid is ostensibly to allow the Pakistanis to more effectively fight jihadist and al-Qaeda terrorism emanating from the Swat Valley and along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

The Obama administration's assistance to Arab and Muslim states extends beyond the monetary, however.

According to an article in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin earlier this month, the American government has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve sovereign immunity for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and four Saudi princes in connection with a civil case seeking compensation for victims of the massive September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the American homeland.  The claimants in the case say that there is sufficient evidence of Saudi involvement in 9/11 for the court to lift the normally applicable immunity.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, told Newsweek magazine this month that the United States should cut off all aid to Israel if the Jewish State does not accept the 2002 Saudi-sponsored Arab-Israeli terms of negotiation.
Obama's Jihad
Remember, Obama could not find the time in his schedule for the National Day of Prayer.  On May 6, 2009, the Washington Times reported that Obama was distancing himself from the National Day of Prayer by nixing a formal early morning service and not attending a large Catholic prayer breakfast the next morning.  All Obama did for the National Day of Prayer, was to sign a proclamation honoring the day, which originated in 1952 when Congress set aside the first Thursday in May for the observance.

For the past eight years, President George W. Bush invited selected Christian and Jewish leaders to the White House East Room, where he typically would give a short speech and several leaders offered prayers.

Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbels said that Obama is simply reverting back to pre-Bush administration practice.

But, Ramadam?  Ahhhhh, that's different.  For Ramadam, that begins August 22nd in most of the Islamic world, Obama has extended his best wishes to Muslims on the White House blog and produced a video in which he says, "On behalf of the American people -- including Muslim communities in all fifty states -- I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world.  Ramadan Kareem," and closes with a "god's peace be upon you" for his Muslim viewers.
    

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In Cairo, Egyptian fruit sellers have named their best dates of the year after Barack Obama in a tribute to the American leader for his outreach to the Muslim world.  Dates are a traditional food for Ramadan since Mohammed is said to have used them to break the month’s sunrise-to-sunset fast each evening.

In Washington, Obama continued his outreach to Muslims by reminding us that the praying, fasting, and other centuries-old rituals "remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings,’" he said.

"Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings" -- A statement that is complete bullShiite and propaganda.

On June 4th, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement relating to Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt:

"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 booth.

And earlier this month, Obama’s State Department put out a statement announcing:

"[The] Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has assembled a range of innovative and traditional tools to support Posts’ outreach activities during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan … America.gov will publish a 'Multicultural Ramadan' feature."  The intent is to address "the concept of an Islam in America 'brand'."

Actually, www.America.gov has a whole page of articles that explores the richness of Muslim traditions.

And what the hell is an "Islam in America" brand?  Why is the United States government spending taxpayers’ money to advertise and promote a religiously inspired ideology whose core believers want to impose their faith on the rest of us?

Where is the ACLU?  This hypocritical far-left organization has no problem attacking every conceivable symbol of our Judeo-Christian culture that appears in the public square.  But its First Amendment concerns about "separation of church and state" disappear when it comes to "separation of mosque and state."

The same Obama administration that now promotes the Islamic "brand" in America and a multicultural celebration of Ramadan, saw fit, just four months ago, to ask Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, to cover over the name of Jesus inscribed on a pediment behind the podium from which Obama was slated to deliver an address.

We are an open, pluralistic society that honors and protects the right of all Americans to practice the religion of their choice, or to practice no religion at all.  But we are confronting an ideology that forbids its believers to co-exist on equal terms with those whom they regard as infidels.  Now we are being encouraged by Obama to surrender our own distinct identity and beliefs, in response to the siren call of multiculturalism.

It is time to stop obscuring the Judeo-Christian and Enlightenment roots that have allowed us to advance far beyond the fundamentalist-dominated Muslim world, just to prove how "understanding" we are of the special sensibilities of our Muslim minority population.  If we fail to embrace our heritage, the sickness that already has taken root in our society will metastasize into something far deadlier than anything universal health care could possibly treat.

In the last several years dozens of Islamic apologists and teachers have told us that Jihad does not necessarily mean anything about violence, but that jihad is anything that advances Islam.  If Islamic scholars want us to accept that definition of jihad, it is clear that Obama, based on his own words and actions, is conducting a jihad against America.
Obama Plan: Temple Mount Under Arab-Muslim Sovereignty
The Middle East peace plan that Barack Obama will unveil soon involves the creation of a Palestinian Authority state by 2011 and the transfer of Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem [presumably including the Temple Mount – ed.] to Arab-Muslim sovereignty, Saudi newspaper Al-Ukaz has learned.

According to the report published Sunday in Al-Ukaz, the Obama plan also includes the following elements:

•  Some parts of eastern Jerusalem [presumably Neveh Yaakov, Pisgat Ze'ev and the like - ed.] would be transferred to Israeli control.
•  There would be an international presence in the Jordan Valley and other parts of Judea and Samaria.
•  The Palestinian Authority terror organizations would be disbanded and turn into political parties.
•  The large settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria would not be dismantled.
•  The fate of smaller Jewish settlement areas would be decided in a three-month-long negotiation period.

A reporter for the Saudi newspaper received the information from Hassan Harisha, the Second Deputy Speaker of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Parliament.  Harisha told him that the U.S. has handed over a draft of the peace proposal to the PA and other Arabs for their perusal.

Continue reading here . . .
Obama Frees Another Brother
As Obama proceeds with his intention to prosecute American CIA interrogators, Fox News reports that he has released another prisoner from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to his home in Afghanistan -- this one attacked U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Mohammed Jawad had been accused of throwing a grenade in 2002 that injured two U.S. soldiers and their interpreter in Kabul.  He has already returned to his family, according to his lawyer.

Kirk Lippold, the former USS Cole commander and fellow at Military Families United, criticized the decision in a statement Monday, calling it part of a "sadly familiar pattern."

"No coherent policy in the war on terror. No comprehensive plan in place to deal with the future of Guantanamo Bay detainees.  No accountability for terrorists who harm our brave fighting forces," he said.

In June, Obama freed a bunch of the brothers -- three detainees were sent to Saudi Arabia, one went home to Chad and another to Iraq.  Four Chinese Muslim Uighurs held at Guantanamo were resettled in June in Bermuda.
A Good Time To Be A Jihadist

Terrorists and their supporters are having a good run.  Last week, Scotland released Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, who murdered 270 people, including 189 Americans 11 Scots, by placing a bomb on Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988.  Megrahi, who was released (at least ostensibly) for reasons of "compassion," received the welcome of a returning hero when he arrived in Libya.

Violent extremists throughout the world will also be encouraged by the decision of Yale University Press not to publish the book Cartoons that Shook the World unless the book does not include the cartoons themselves.  The Washington Post's editorial board recognized the meaning of this event when they observed that Yale is enabling violent extremists to set the terms of permitted speech.

But the most important victory for terrorists and their supporters consists of the Obama administration's moves to deprive our intelligence agencies of key means through which to obtain information from captured terrorists.  This ongoing process receives another boost today with the release of the CIA Inspector General's report that terrorist detainees were abused in CIA custody.

Continue reading here . . .
Obama Praises Islam
Barack Obama on Tuesday praised American Muslims for enriching the nation's culture at a dinner to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"The contribution of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country," Obama said at the iftar, the dinner that breaks the holiday's daily fast.

Obama highlighted the contributions made by Muslims to American culture and the "dynamism and diversity" of the Islamic community.

"Islam, as we know, is part of America," Obama said at a White House dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. "Together we have a responsibility to foster engagement grounded in mutual interest and mutual respect."

"That’s one of my fundamental commitments as president both at home and abroad," Obama said.  "That is central to the new beginning that I’ve sought between the United States and Muslims around the world and that is a commitment that we can renew once again during this holy season."

Obama joined Cabinet secretaries, members of the diplomatic corps and lawmakers to pay tribute to what he called "a great religion and its commitment to justice and progress."

Attendees included Congress' two Muslim members -- Reps. Keith Ellison and Andre Carson as well as ambassadors from Islamic nations and Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren.

Continue reading here . . .  Guest list here . . .
     

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It’s Only Human Rights If It’s Anti-US
Dr. Richard Benkin says you would never know it from the mainstream media, but many Americans never bought the ridiculous argument that Barack Obama was some sort of human rights activist.  In fact, for some of us, he was just the opposite.  As reported in an earlier Canada Free Press article ("Obama Sides with Islamists in Choudhury Case"), Obama was the only Washingtonian asked who did not take any action to support Muslim Zionist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury.

In 2003, Shoaib was arrested by Bangladeshi officials after he exposed the rise of radical Islam in his country, urged relations with Israel, and advocated genuine interfaith understanding based on religious equality.  For 17 months, I fought to end this Islamist-engineered atrocity until with the help of Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL), we succeeded.  Both before and after we did -- for his persecution has not stopped and he still faces capital charges for his "crime" -- I approached approximately 15 percent of the House and a handful of Senators.  Every one of them -- Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative -- responded with support; every one of them except my own junior Senator, Barack Hussein Obama.

I met with his staff in Washington in April 2005, the same week that Kirk and I went well after "working hours" engaged in the very long and difficult meeting with the Bangladeshi ambassador that secured Shoaib’s release.  I brought them extensive documentation of the injustice and other evidence of Shoaib’s activities.  Most significantly, I told them how Shoaib was one of those rare, courageous and truly moderate Muslims -- not like the anti-American Islamist supporters Obama places in that category.  He opposes radical Islamists publicly and unequivocally while refusing to let the Islamists intimidate him into leaving his home inside the Muslim world.  I told them how he proudly proclaims himself pro-Israel and pro-US; but Obama’s staff never called back and ignored all subsequent contacts.  I spoke with Obama personally 13 months later at a meeting he and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hosted.  Durbin called the matter "an important human rights case," remained on top of it, and protested formally to the Bangladeshis.  At his best moments, Obama looked quizzical and confused and never even sent out a form letter.  I spoke with Obama one other time about Shoaib’s case, less than six months later.  It was a chance meeting, and I reminded him of our last encounter.  I updated him on the case and suggested several ways in which he could support the besieged journalist.  He hesitated a moment then held out his hand and said in a used-car-salesman kind of way, "Well, we’re sure happy for all the work you are doing."  I really had to restrain myself and just mumbled something about it not being about me, but I do not think he got that; and, not surprisingly, I never heard back despite the reams of evidence I sent at his request.

It is bad enough that Obama easily turns the other way when another human being is being tortured for his beliefs; but far more sinister is Obama’s rejection of basic American values and their defense.  As I noted above, support for Shoaib Choudhury crossed party and ideological lines.  The day that Durbin sent his letter of protest, then-Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) did the same.  Everyone recognized the common American value of supporting those who stand against injustice; everyone, except Barack Obama.  If we examine his human rights record since taking office, Obama’s behavior has not changed.

While he takes his wife on a date to Paris, human rights atrocities occur daily across our planet.  Islamists or their fellow travelers perpetrate the greatest number.  Ethnic cleansing of non-Muslims in Bangladesh -- Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and others -- is proceeding without a break.  Even as this article is being written, about 15,000,000 Bangladeshis are facing state-supported oppression.  Currently, Obama’s friends in Islamabad are completing the destruction of Pakistan’s Hindus.  Christian communities throughout the Middle East -- in Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, and the territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority -- are being systematically destroyed.  Palestinian and other Arab authorities continue to teach their children the vilest sort of anti-Semitism.  And an openly Islamist Turkish government has implemented policies that prevent religious minorities from owning land, training clergy, or offering religious education above high school; this in addition to tolerating anti-minority violence and bigotry.  Leftists are guilty as well.  There are massive human rights violations in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, targeting both political opponents and the country’s Jewish community.  Neither has Cuba nor China moved to give their peoples freedom.

Yet, the perpetrators of these atrocities are Obama’s friends, and so he allows these human rights violations to proceed without so much as a whimper of protest.  Yet, he consistently talks about two issues in human rights terms, Guantanamo and the Palestinians, and points an accusing finger at the United States and Israel.

If we examine his silence on the one hand and his aggressive stance on the other, a very clear pattern emerges.  It seems that human rights issues exist for Obama only if the supposed victim is anti-American; conversely, those violations should be "understood" if the perpetrator is anti-American.  His stance is ideological not moral; and certainly not based on the values that are the bedrock of American society.  Obama’s actions in the Choudhury case are consistent with that.  Shoaib Choudhury publicly supports the United States and Israel in a part of the world where -- according to Obama’s Cairo speech and other pronouncements -- we should be ashamed of what the US and Israel have done and apologize for it.
Obama Offers Millions To Muslims
Breitbart is reporting that the White House Friday highlighted a new multi-million-dollar technology fund for Muslim nations, following a pledge he made in his landmark speech to the Islamic world.

The White House said the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) had issued a call for proposals for the fund, which will provide financing of between 25 and 150 million dollars for selected projects and funds.

The Global Technology and Innovation Fund will "catalyze and facilitate private sector investments" throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the White House said in a statement.

Eligible projects would advance economic opportunity and create jobs in areas like technology, education, telecoms, media, business services and clean technology, the White House said.

OPIC said sample projects could help foster the development of new computer technology or telecommunications businesses, or widen access to broadband Internet services.

Proposals must be submitted by the end of November, and managers of funds that make a final short list will make presentations in Washington in January.

Final selections will be announced next June.

In his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo last June, Obama argued that "education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century" and that under-investment was rife in many Muslim nations.

As well as the fund, Obama also said he will host a summit on entrepreneurship this year to deepen ties between business leaders in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.

In his speech on June 4, Obama vowed to forge a "new beginning" for Islam and America, promising to purge years of "suspicion and discord."

In what may be one of the defining moments of his presidency, Obama laid out a new blueprint for US Middle East policy, pledged to end mistrust, forge a state for Palestinians and defuse a nuclear showdown with Iran.

So what if under-investment is rife in many Muslim nations -- why should that be a problem for the American taxpayer? 
Bam's Muslim-World Muddle
Col. Ralph Peters says half a year ago in Cairo, Obama addressed the Muslim world.  Global leftists lauded the speech as heralding instant change in the Middle East.

The Obama-adoring pundits were right.  Change came.  But it's all bad.

Instead of listening to the extravagant claims of our leftward-plunging media about how profoundly that speech affected Muslims, let's look at what's actually happened since Obama praised Islam and trashed America:

Iran:  No nukes?  Strategic cooperation?  Rule-of-law democracy?  Greater freedom for the Iranian people?  Naw. Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's regime plays Obama like a card sharp working a hick who just showed up with his life savings in his pocket.  Iran's fanatical rulers make a promise, break a promise, hint at another promise . . . all as their nuclear-weapons program rolls along.  Bewildered, the White House warns that if those Iranians aren't careful, there just might be sanctions, sometime in the future, maybe, if China, Russia and other spoilers agree . . . Meanwhile, Obama still won't stand up for the millions of Iranians struggling for freedom.

Iraq:  Al Qaeda suffered a catastrophic defeat and nearly disappeared from the Iraqi landscape.  Now it's resurgent -- encouraged by Obama's determination to look away.  Terror bombings are up.  But US troop levels are going down.  That's all that matters to the blinkered White House.  Al Qaeda senses a comeback opportunity.  Obama's running away as fast as he can.

Afghanistan:  Encouraged by Obama's evident weakness, the Taliban redoubled its efforts against the hated government of Hamid Karzai.  Obama dithers, Afghan leaders steal, our troops die protecting the thieves -- and the Taliban advances with fresh recruits.  Our ambassador in Kabul, retired Gen. Karl Eikenberry, took a courageous stand to warn that sending more troops would only encourage Karzai's cabal to continue to shirk responsibility.  But don't expect similar courage from this White House, which fears tough decisions the way medieval peasants feared the Black Death.

Pakistan:  For all the fuss about how well-received Obama's Cairo confession was among Muslims, anti-Americanism has increased in this conflict-torn state of 180 million.  We pour in billions of dollars.  The Pakistani government, media and citizenry pour out anti-American rhetoric -- even blaming us for Taliban terror bombings.  And Obama's a deer in the headlights of history again.

Turkey:  Advertised as a marvelous Muslim democracy and NATO member, Turkey has taken another lurch toward Islamic fundamentalism, embracing radical Arab states while slashing cooperation with Israel.  Big win there, Mr. Obama.

Yemen:  The Great Muslim Civil War between Sunni and Shia has a new theater, with Saudi Arabia and Iran fighting a proxy campaign in the poorer-than-dirt-poor Yemeni backcountry.  A Shia tribal struggle for basic rights found a cynical backer in Tehran; the Sunni-hardline Yemeni government unleashed fundamentalist jihadis -- terror, butchery and rape -- against its Shia minority.

Saudi Arabia:  Nervous about its own oppressed Shia population, Saudi Arabia attacked Yemeni territory (with US-made weapons) to support its fellow Sunni fundamentalists.  The impoverished Shia suffer grimly as pawns between greater powers.  But, Obama, who bowed to a Saudi king, won't ask the Saudis to show restraint.

IsPal: By betraying Israel and glorifying the Palestinian cause in Cairo, Obama encouraged unrealistic expectations among Palestinians and empowered Arab hardliners -- always willing to fight to the last Palestinian. Obama's naive demand for a total freeze on Israeli settlements created a flashpoint while undercutting Palestinian and Israeli moderates. The situation's far more explosive than it was when Obama took office.

Texas: A Muslim-extremist US Army major expected Obama to end our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan immediately.  Obama was too slow, and Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan responded.  Shouting "God is greatest!" he gunned down 54 Americans.  The Middle East is here, too.

Obama's Cairo sermon was promptly praised as the greatest speech of our time.  Last week, we heard that, no, Obama's no-mention-of-terror remarks at Fort Hood was his greatest speech.

Obama, it seems, just strolls from greatness to greatness.  Among world leaders, only North Korea's Kim Jong-il commands such media adoration from his homies.  Not one establishment media outlet will weigh the obvious damage Obama's ludicrous Cairo speech did to the Middle East and to our security.

Yesterday, from the worlds most populous Muslim country, Obama asked Americans to "resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater."  He said he was not opposed to hearings -- eventually -- like 2088.

Obama has labeled Hasan's murderous rampage as a "tragic event."  He will do everything in his power to sanitize this domestic terror attack.
Obama Names Devout Muslims To Security Posts
IsraelNationalNews.com is reporting that Barack Obama continues to "reach out to Muslims" by appointing them to key security posts amid charges he wrongly ignored internal Muslim terror.  One recent appointee was harshly criticized for appearing on a British-based television station whose host is a member of a radical Muslim group.

Obama has continued to "reach out Muslims," as he said in his keynote speech in Cairo last June, and this past week he swore in a Muslim rights advocate to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), shortly after the Fort Hood massacre.  HSAC members are involved in expertise on national security.

The new member is Syrian-born Kareem Shora, who was the national executive director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination (ADC), which previously has called on the United States to stop providing Israel with weapons because of alleged "atrocities" against Arabs.  Her background for her new security post is having been a legal counsel and advocate for Muslim civil rights.

She also has been a frequent guest on the pro-Hamas al-Jazeera satellite network.

Shora, who has been described as a "devout Muslim, joins another devout member of the faith, Arif Alikhan, who was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the Department of Homeland Security.  His qualifications for the job were listed as having been in charge of public safety in Los Angeles during his term of deputy mayor.  One of his actions was to remove the plan that tracked Muslims in the city who were suspected of terrorist activities.

Americans have been jolted by several lethal attacks and confrontations with Muslims over the past year, including a plot to attack synagogues and down U.S. military aircraft, the manufacture of bombs, an alleged attempt to explode a Texas skyscraper, a plot to blow up malls in Boston, and last month’s Fort Hood massacre by a Muslim psychiatrist who was an officer in the army.

A desire to avoid the appearance of labeling all Muslims as terrorists lunged out from the shadows last month after Obama faced criticism for not taking seriously the threat of Muslim terrorism within American society as well as in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Several months ago, Obama appointed Dalia Mogahed, a "devout Muslim," to his Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  She quickly came under fire for appearing in a telephone interview on a London-based Muslim television station, whose host is a member of an extreme Islamic group.

She said was unaware of the affiliations of her host, whose program included questions and comments favoring the implementation of Islamic Law ("sharia").

Mogahed explained that she did not hang up the phone in the middle of the interview because "I assumed that very few people would watch this show but that doing something more dramatic would bring more attention."

In the current issue of Newsweek, columnist Jacob Weisberg, citing former Secretary of State Colin Powell, wrote that "Obama's [Muslim] heritage feeds a broader suspicion that he is too casual about the threat from America's Islamist enemies."

The journalist added, "With the massacre in Texas, Obama now confronts something that George W. Bush did not face in the years after September 11 -- not just a major act of domestic terrorism, but one struck from inside our security apparatus…. America does not face a threat from the perversion of faith in general.  We face a threat from the perversion of one faith in particular."
Obama Directs NASA To Focus On Muslim Outreach
Corruption Chronicles blog is reporting that a few weeks after killing the U.S.A.’s world-famous moon-mission program, Barack Obama has ordered the space agency that operates it to focus on reaching out to Muslim countries.

Indeed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) mission will shift from space exploration to Muslim diplomacy, as per the commander-in-chief’s orders.  When Obama announced earlier this month that he would slash NASA’s $100 billion plan to return astronauts to the moon, he didn’t mention where some of the resources would be directed.

Obama only said the moon program (Constellation) is behind schedule, over budget and overall less important than other space investments.  NASA’s attempts to pursue its moon goals were inadequate and took funding away from other important programs, including robotic space exploration, science and earth observations, Obama claimed.

NASA’s new secret Muslim outreach mission was conveniently omitted though the head of the agency finally revealed it this week.  NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden disclosed that Obama wants him to "find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries" as part of the administration’s efforts to make the space agency a tool of international diplomacy.

Bolden referred to the new mission as an effort to reach out to "non-traditional partners," especially countries that don’t have an established space program. Of special focus is Indonesia because it’s the world’s largest Muslim nation, Bolden explained. No word yet on how much money the U.S. government will invest in the Muslim outreach.

In the meantime, a congressional firestorm has brewed over Obama’s plans to nix the moon-mission program, according to news reports.  Dozens of federal lawmakers have sent letters to NASA’s chief insisting that the Constellation moon program remain intact.  Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, blasted Obama for cutting the moon program since it will likely cause the U.S. to fall behind countries like China and Russia in space exploration.

UpdateAstronauts flying in space are used to VIP phone calls that don't always go as scripted, but yesterday morning's conversation was probably one of the most awkward.

Barack Obama used his chat with the crews of the space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station to declare that he sees space exploration as "so important."

"My commitment to NASA is unwavering," Obama said.  He emphasized "how proud we are of you ... and how committed we are to continuing human space exploration in the future."

None of the 11 astronauts was rash enough to bring up the outrage felt by many of their colleagues at Obama's hypocrisy.
The Wrong American Muslim Partners
Jonathan Tobin comments on The New York Times report that the Obama administration has come a long way from the campaign practices that had him keeping his distance from Muslims.  According to the paper’s Andrea Elliott, "his administration has reached out to this politically isolated constituency in a sustained and widening effort that has left even skeptics surprised."

There is, of course, nothing wrong with a man who once considered the notion that he might be a Muslim to be a "smear" now having members of his administration meet with representatives of a minority group.  However, when this same administration has banned the use of language that might give anyone the notion that America is fighting Islamist extremists, it places stories such as Elliott’s in a different light.  The problem here is not talking with Muslims or Arab-Americans or even attempts to rectify any potential injustices that might have occurred in the course of pursuing the war on Islamic terror.  Rather it is the fact that the groups that are the subject of this attention are themselves questionable.

One example of Obama’s outreach cited by the Times is the fact that senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett spoke at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a group that has consistently served to rationalize anti-Western and anti-Israel terrorism and that was an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, whose leaders were convicted in 2008 of funneling American funds to Hamas terrorists.  When the administration grants its official seal of approval to radical groups such as the ISNA, it helps these people drown out the voices of genuine moderates who are far more representative of most American Muslims.  As investigative journalist Steve Emerson told the Times: "I think dialogue is good, but it has to be with genuine moderates.  These are the wrong groups to legitimize."

Moreover, if the influence of such people on the administration is to reinforce its desire to literally walk away from the war on terror and to pretend that radical Islam is not the driving force behind America’s foes through the banning of such terms as "jihad" and "Islamic terrorism" in comments by officials, then it must be acknowledged that the problem here goes deeper than public relations.

Yet the blame for whitewashing radical institutions and players isn’t all the fault of the White House.  Another driving force behind this trend is the New York Times itself.  It should be noted that Andrea Elliott, the author of today’s piece, won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for her 2007 series about the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn and the lives of immigrant Muslims.  Yet nowhere in the three-part 11,000-word story did she mention that one of the Islamic Society’s congregants went on a shooting spree in 1994 at the Brooklyn Bridge, where he murdered a 16-year-old Jew named Ari Halberstam after hearing an anti-Semitic sermon at this mosque.  Later it turned out that Elliott was completely unaware (or at least claimed to be unaware) of the most famous incident involving the institution on which her story centered.

The point is, for those who want to ignore the truth about the danger from homegrown Islamist radicals, the tendency is to deny any link between Islam and terror, even if this means pretending that radicals who support violence are really peaceful moderates.  This is a bad recipe for journalism as well as for public policy.
Obama To Host Muslim Entrepreneurship Summit
Breitbart is reporting that Barack Obama is making good on a promise he made to the Muslim world last year.  He will host an entrepreneurship summit next week to deepen ties between business people in the U.S. and Muslim countries.

More than 250 entrepreneurs, educators and investors from 50 countries will gather in Washington Monday for the two-day summit.  The goals include finding ways to make economic and social climates conducive to entrepreneurship, and developing the role of businesswomen.

White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said the administration believes that promoting global entrepreneurship is a vital part of U.S. foreign policy.

"This is not simply an exercise in public outreach or public diplomacy," Rhodes said.  "We believe this is the beginning of forging tangible partnerships."

During a June speech in Cairo, Obama said he wanted to forge a relationship between the U.S. and Muslims based on respect and partnerships with the private sector and civil society.  Among his goals, Obama said, was to "create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries."

Several administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and White House economic adviser Larry Summers, will participate in the summit.  Obama is expected to address the participants on Monday.

Rhodes said the administration will announce specific projects during the summit that the U.S. government will undertake to improve its business partnerships with Muslim nations.

What the hell do Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Larry Summers know about entrepreneurship -- exactly nothing.  None of them have ever had anything to do with the business sector.

This is all about the redistribution of tax-payer money -- and you know some of it will end up in unfriendly hands.
President Of All 57 States
The New York Times is reporting that, on Monday, Barack Obama renewed his commitment to a "new beginning" with the Muslim world, vowing no let-up in U.S. efforts to promote Middle East peace, curb militant violence and boost economic development.

Seeking to build on his outreach to Muslims in a speech in Cairo last June, Obama used a U.S.-hosted Muslim business conference to underscore what his administration has done so far and to pledge further work to overcome mistrust.

While Obama has made progress towards mending America's image in the Islamic world, he still faces stiff challenges in his handling of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the nuclear standoff with Iran and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I knew that this vision would not be fulfilled in a single year, or even several.  But I knew we had to begin and that all of us have responsibilities to fulfill," Obama told the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.

The focus on business development marked the Obama administration's strategy of trying to broaden the conversation with Muslims beyond the "war on terrorism" that dominated the Bush-era approach and alienated many.

But, speaking to an audience of 250 business people from more than 50 countries, Obama also waded into some of the hot-button issues between Washington and the Muslim world that he acknowledged "have often been a source of tension."

Many Muslims are especially disappointed by Obama's failure so far to advance Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking despite promising in his first days in office to make it a high priority.

He assured his audience he would not abandon U.S. diplomatic efforts, which have been stymied by a dispute with Israel over Jewish settlement building and divisions among the Palestinians.

"Despite the inevitable difficulties, so long as I am president, the United States will never waver in our pursuit of a two-state solution that ensures the rights and security of both Israelis and Palestinians," Obama pledged.  But he offered no new initiative to revive long-stalled peace talks.

Obama also asserted that the United States was "responsibly ending" the war in Iraq and "in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond, we're forging new partnerships to isolate violent extremists, combat corruption and foster the development that improves lives and communities."

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Unbelievable!  With all the Americans out of work, and with the US economy in the dumper, Obama is running a Muslim business conference to "to overcome mistrust" among the supporters of the people that blew up Khobar Towers, and attacked the USS Cole, the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and continue to plot terror attacks against America.
   
These people aren't even American Muslims -- they're all foreigners!  Do you think Obama can get them to stop trying to kill us in exchange for this sucking up to Islam?  I doubt it.
Obama's Comic Outreach To Muslims
LogansWarning blog says most us see that Dictator Obama, is on a nonstop mission to cater to Muslims.  Now his outreach program has reached comical proportions, literally.  This comic book series raises a few questions.
    
    

1.  Will the Islamic superhero, behead the enemy?
2.  If it is a female, will wearing a burqa make her fly?
3.  Is George Bush one of the villains?

    
Any others?
    

Obama Pledges To Forge Better Ties With The Muslim World

President Obama today announced that Washington will set up exchange programs with business people throughout the Muslim world in order to establish better relations with the Muslim population across the globe.

The move is a part of the overall outreach program outlined by the president last year.  "The new beginning we seek is not only possible, it has already begun," Obama told the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, D.C, quoted The Associated Press.

During the summit, Obama announced that under the new exchange programs Muslim business people will get opportunities to invest in Silicon Valley, technology, telecommunications, health care, education and infrastructure.  The delegates from the U.S. and Muslim countries were present during the summit.

Last June, Obama had said during his speech in Cairo that the US would maintain better relations with the Muslims in future.  "Over the past year the United States has been reaching out and listening," he said. Obama’s bid to forge better ties with the Muslims include withdrawal of the US troops from Iraq, working with Afghanistan and Pakistan to "isolate violent extremists," and resolution of the lingering conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Obama said that the US is also making outreach in cultural sector, including a comic book series in which American superhero Superman and Batman work with their Muslim counterparts.  "And I hear they’re making progress," Obama said.

 

Obama Is Giving Islam A Pass
David A. Patten says evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham issued his toughest remarks yet Monday on the administration's role in revoking his invitation to speak at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer event, charging that Obama is "giving Islam a pass" rather than speaking openly about the "horrific" treatment women and minorities receive in many Muslim countries.

In an exclusive telephone interview with Newsmax.TV, Graham called revoking his invitation to the prayer service "a slap at all evangelical Christians."

And he clearly placed the blame on the Obama administration, telling NewsMax that the Pentagon would never revoke such an invitation without first consulting with the White House.

"I'm being restricted from my religious rights, and from what I believe," Graham warned, as he complained of a growing "secularization" in the government.

He also warned Christian of "coming" persecution for believing in Jesus Christ.

On April 22, the Pentagon announced that it would be "inappropriate" to have Graham speak at the May 6 event.  After 9-11, Graham said Islamic teachings had made that faith "a very evil and wicked religion."

He says that view is based on decades of travel and ministry to the Middle East where he has seen evidence of religious violence, including the mistreatment of women.

Graham said the Pentagon snub matter came up during last week's visit by Obama with Franklin and his world-renowned father, Rev. Billy Graham, at the elder Graham’s home in North Carolina.

"He said he didn't know anything about it until two days prior to that meeting," Franklin Graham tells Newsmax.  "And I would certainly believe him.  I don't think that he would say something that wasn't true, so I believe what he said.

"But I certainly believe that it was people in his administration that said no," Graham continued.  "I don't think the Pentagon would say no on an invitation like this without consulting the White House."

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"I don't think that he would say something that wasn't true..." -- Obama tell a lie? -- heh, heh, heh!
Obama's Invisible Islam
The Washington Times contends that Democrats refuse to admit who the jihadist enemy is.

During questioning before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, a visibly nervous Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. tried valiantly not to utter the expression "radical Islam."  The twisting began when Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, asked whether the men behind three recent terrorist incidents -- the Fort Hood massacre, the Christmas Day bombing attempt and the Time Square bombing attempt -- "might have been incited to take the actions that they did because of radical Islam."

Mr. Holder said there are a "variety of reasons" why people commit terror attacks.  That can be true, but in these cases there was one reason: radical Islam.  The attorney general said you have to look at each case individually.  That's fine, but when that is done, one comes face to face with radical Islam every time.  He said that of the variety of reasons people might commit terror, "some of them are potentially religious."  Yes, like radical Islam.  When pressed, what Mr. Holder would finally allow is, "I certainly think that it's possible that people who espouse a radical version of Islam have had an ability to have an impact on people like [Times Square bomber Faisal] Shahzad."

Mr. Holder mentioned Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born radical cleric now holed up in Yemen who has been mentioned in connection with all three attacks.  Mr. Holder said that Mr. al-Awlaki "has a version of Islam that is not consistent with the teachings of [the faith]."  Mr. Holder did not go into details to back up his assertion that Mr. al-Awlaki, an Islamic scholar, is somehow at odds with his own faith, nor did he pinpoint exactly what Muslim teachings he was referring to.

The Obama administration seems to have issued an internal gag order that forbids any official statements that might cast even the most extreme interpretations of the Islamic religion in a negative light.  The "force protection review" of the Fort Hood massacre omitted any mention of shooter Nidal Malik Hasan's openly radical Islamic worldview or the fact that he made the jihadist war cry "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire.  Initially, the Obama administration refused to even call the massacre an act of terrorism, much less radical Islamic terrorism.

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security Domestic Extremist Lexicon, which was pulled out of circulation in the wake of controversy with other department publications, listed Jewish extremism and various forms of Christian extremism as threats but made no mention of any form of Muslim extremism.  The Feb. 1, 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review discusses terrorism and violent extremism but does not mention radical Islam as a motivator, or in any context.  The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review likewise avoids any terminology related to Islam.

The Obama administration may not like to think of being at war with radical Islam, but the jihadists are definitely at war with the United States.  Rather than running from the expression "radical Islam," the administration should be openly discussing the ideological motives of the terrorists and finding ways to delegitimize them.  Instead of hedging, obfuscating and ignoring, these Democrats should confront the challenge frankly, openly and honestly.  Pretending that a radical, violent strain of Islam does not exist will not make it go away.  To the contrary, it will make the situation much worse.

Obama's continuing solicitude toward the faith of Muhammad is inexplicable, and as these acts of denial continue, it is becoming dangerous.  The United States will not defeat an enemy it is afraid to identify.

Holder is full of baloney.  This is what a real authority, the Ayatollah Khomeini says about Islam -- "Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war.  Those [who say this] are witless."

And the Ayatollah also said this -- "Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword!  People cannot be made obedient except with the sword!  The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for Holy Warriors!"

But we must remember that Obama said this -- "I will stand with them [Muslims] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."
Arab Media Praises Obama
Jim Hoft points to the Arab media, that this week praised Obama for not using words like "Muslim terrorist" when discussing radical Islam.  Last week US Attorney General was the latest Obama official to refuse to use the term "radical Islam" when discussing the motives behind the Times Square bomber.

Israel National News reported:
    

A leading international Arab newspaper has hailed Barack Obama for officially removing the description "Muslim terrorist" as part of his campaign "to reach out to the Muslim world."  The op-ed did not note the radical Muslim background of the terrorists and reasoned they are equal to other terrorists whose religion is not connected with their acts.

Osman Mirghani, the deputy editor-in-chief of 'Al-Sharq Al-Awsat,' which is owned by a Saudi Arabian company and published in London, wrote an op-ed last week under the headline "Why Didn't Obama Mention Islam?."  The Obama administration has broken from the Bush government's policy of using the term "Islamic terrorism" in official documents and "no longer [is] responding to extremist voices" that call for targeting home countries of terrorists, he explained.

He said Obama is carrying out his pledge in his "reaching out to Muslims speech" at Cairo University in June 2008.  Regarding his statements on the botched Times Square bombing, the editor praised Obama for not once referring to prime suspect Faisal Shahzad's being Muslim and for not "mentioning Islam in discussing the terrorist operation."

         
Here is a video in which an ex-PLO terrorist says "Obama Is culturally a Muslim."
Obama Defends Islam, Muslim Fanatics At West Point Commencement
Real Clear Politics provides this excerpt from Obama's speech:
    

"Our campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and to defeat al Qaeda is part of an international effort that is necessary and just.  But this is a different kind of war.  There will be no simple moment of surrender to mark the journey’s end -- no armistice or banner headline.  Though we have had more success in eliminating al Qaeda leaders in recent months than in recent years, they will continue to recruit, plot, and exploit our open society.  We see that in bombs that go off in Kabul and Karachi.  We see it in attempts to blow up an airliner over Detroit or a SUV in Times Square, even as these failed attacks show that pressure on networks like al Qaeda is forcing them to rely on terrorists with less time and space to train.  We see it in al Qaeda’s gross distortion of Islam, their disrespect for human life, and their attempts to prey upon fear, and hatred, and prejudice."

So the threat will not go away soon, but let’s be clear: al Qaeda and its affiliates are small men on the wrong side of history.  They lead no nation.  They lead no religion.  We need not give in to fear every time a terrorist tries to scare us.  We should not discard our freedoms because extremists try to exploit them.  We cannot succumb to division because others try to drive us apart.  We are the United States of America.  We’ve repaired our union, faced down fascism, and outlasted communism.  We have gone through turmoil and come out stronger, and we will do so once more.

I know this to be true because I see the strength and resilience of the American people.  Terrorists want to scare us, but New Yorkers go about their lives unafraid.  Extremists want a war between America and Islam, but Muslims are a part of our national life, including those who serve in our Army.  Adversaries want to divide us, but we are united by our support for you -- soldiers who send a clear message that this country is both the land of the free and the home of the brave."


"...tries to scare us?" -- "...want to scare us?"

Is this guy completely insane?  Al Qaeda doesn't want to scare Americans.  Al Qaeda wants to kill Americans, and they've been doing it for years.  And if they get their hands on a nuke, they'll kill Americans by the tens of thousands. 

Now, that's scary.
Obama Is The Ideal Partner Of Global Islamist Movement
Barack Obama is the "ideal partner" for the global Islamist movement, which has more in common with the radical left than might be imagined, former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy tells Newsmax in this video.
    
McCarthy, who prosecuted blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and other jihadists for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, also warns that America must guard against the rise of shariah -- Islamic law -- in parts of the country.

McCarthy, whose new book, "The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotaged America," is being released Tuesday, is co-chairman of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C., and a contributing editor at National Review.

I try to avoid long videos, but this one (14:10) is worth watching.

Related -- ReligionOfPeace.com -- everything you need to know about Islam, sharia and jihad.
Obama Told Me He Is A Muslim

 

"Obama told me he is still a Muslim, who supports the Muslim agenda."

    
Before It's News blog says this was the statement by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Nile-TV.  It was made on the "Round Table" show.

This is the statement as recorded:

Adul Gheit said he had a one-on-one meeting with Obama, where Obama told him that He was still a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father, the step son of Muslim stepfather, that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims, and that he was sympathetic towards the Muslim agenda.

Adul Gheit claimed Obama told the Arabs to show patience.  Obama promised that once he overcame some domestic issues, like the Health care reform, he would show the Muslim World how to deal with Israel.
The Appeaser-In-Chief
Rich Trzupek says the Islamist movement that threatens Judeo-Christian western culture can be viewed in one of two ways: as a fundamentalist, misguidedly pious religious phenomenon that appeals to a wide swath of the Muslim masses, or as a calculated, cynical attempt to grab both the power and wealth that the West holds -- orchestrated by an Islamic elite who don’t actually care about the finer points of the Quran or Sharia law, except when either might serve to further their overall purpose.  The important difference between the way that George W. Bush approached the problem of radical Islam and the manner in which Barack Obama deals with the issue -- or claims to be trying to deal it -- involves these two different points of view.

At various instances during his terms in office Bush tried, mostly in vain, to find and deal with moderates among Islamic leadership, hoping to thus isolate extremist leaders and their radical, fundamentalist followers.  It was a flawed vision, but an appealing one, for it attacked the problem at a grass roots level.  If radical Islam is primarily a political phenomenon then it should be possible to separate radical organizations like the Taliban, al Qaeda and Hamas from ordinary moderate Muslims who reject fundamentalist dogma and instead blend secular values in with their theology in the western style.  That’s a tough road to take, especially given the lack of any meaningful educational system in the modern sense in the Muslim world.  Yet, in Iraq the majority of a relatively educated populace (by Islamic-state standards anyway) did indeed reject the radicals in their midst once coalition forces provided the kind of security needed to allow the Iraqi people to take charge of their lives in safety.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, has effectively abandoned any hope of cultivating a moderate, secularlist Islam that might counterbalance the fundamentalist, radical variety.  Given the ever-increasing power and influence of the extremists, even in a nation like Turkey that we once thought of as the model of a "moderate Muslim" state, Obama’s approach is more realistic than Bush’s utopian visions.  Moderate Muslims, cowed by the murderous fanatics who infect Islam throughout the globe, were never of much use in the war on terror anyway and aren’t likely to be in the future.  In a practical sense, Obama’s policies reflect the reality that Islam cannot be reformed in any meaningful sense.  But his reaction to that reality has been to try to appease the extremists rather than rendering them harmless.  It’s a strategy that merely emboldens radical Muslims, who are thus convinced more than ever that the West lacks the stomach to see this war through.

Obama’s counter-terrorism czar, John Brennan provided an example of the Obama administration’s approach in a speech he gave a few weeks ago.  Utilizing the kind of Orwellian newspeak that has become a hallmark of this administration, Brennan said that "…we need to try to build up the more moderate elements" within Hezbollah.  It’s at least the second time that Brennan has referred to "moderate elements" within the radical Shia militia, but Brennan surely knows that there are no moderate elements within Hezbollah, just as though there are no moderates within Hamas, the Taliban or al Qaeda.  So, why use such a term?  There’s only one rational answer: if this administration is going to negotiate with terrorists -- in effect trying to find a way to buy them off -- it cannot appear to be doing so.  While America remains a house divided when it comes to pressing forward war against the jihadis, the "millions for defense, but not a penny for tribute" spirit still resonates among Americans of every political stripe.  Obama would face intense criticism on both sides of the aisle if he announced that he was going to negotiate a settlement with terrorists, but when the administration packages that strategy as an attempt to nurture so-called moderates, it sounds much more palatable, so that’s how his counter-terrorism czar is going to sell it.

This is of course the same John Brennan who said: "Nor do we describe our enemy as 'jihadists' or 'Islamists' because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children."  Unfortunately, to the radicals that this administration is trying to court, it is both legitimate and Islamic to murder innocent men, women and children in the course of this "holy struggle."  Again, Brennan knows that.  He was in the CIA long enough to understand the realities of Islam, but his current assignment involves papering-over those inconvenient facts, not confronting the cold truth.

Some commentators have accused Obama of sympathizing with the radicals, or possibly being a "closet Muslim" himself.  That kind of reaction is understandable, given Obama’s poorly-concealed hostility towards Israel and his attempts to curry favor from Islamic states.  Yet, the more likely reason that Obama chooses to trod down this dangerous path is because he’s an academic and, like most academics, believes that the right combination of words and concessions can soothe the most savage beasts.  It’s a naïve strategy, of the sort that only a smug intellectual can embrace.  Appeasement is also a forlorn hope, one that delays an inevitable conflict rather than preventing it, as western leaders from Jefferson through Chamberlain painfully learned.  Barack Obama seems determined to take America down that doomed path once more.  The inevitable consequences of Obama’s policy are obvious to even casual students of history and Islam:  America and Israel will surely pay for Obama’s naiveté in blood.  The only real questions are when and how much.
Islam's Educator-In-Chief
Scott at PowerLine blog says we have written a lot about Rashad Hussain, America's special envoy to the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Saudi-based body formed in 1969 to "protect" Jerusalem from the Israelis.  Hussain is a piece of work.  See the posts collected here.

Notwithstanding his flaws, Hussain has made a great contribution to understanding Barack Obama.  This week in a speech a the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, Hussain announced a new title for Obama.  According to Hussain, Obama is America's "Educator-in-Chief on Islam."  He may be in over his head as the president of the United States, but he's not bad at promoting Islam.  Obama embodies the the melding of the left with Islamist forces at home and abroad.  Stephen Schwartz reports:
    

The occasion was another "post-Cairo" conference, following on the event that welcomed Islamist ideologue Tariq Ramadan to Washington in April.  Hussain also declared that Obama is "Educator-in-Chief" on the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which has produced diplomatic and political events around the capital for some years.  Hussain affirmed with satisfaction that presidential iftar dinners, where the fast is broken after sundown, and which had formerly been limited to diplomats from Muslim countries, now welcomed American Muslims from throughout society.

In his remarks, Hussain also congratulated Obama for sending Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser, to last year's annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a notorious front for Saudi-financed Muslim radicalism.  Worse, Hussain has now divulged that the U.S. will support the OIC in the latter's United Nations effort to criminalize "defamation of religion" -- widely perceived as a measure to suppress criticism of Muslim practices that violate human rights.  "The OIC and the Obama administration will work together in the UN on the issue of defamation of religion, especially in Europe," said Hussain.  He had previously said, at the above-mentioned April "post-Cairo" conference, that the U.S. would work with the OIC to defend the Muslim head-scarf against prohibitions on its display in schools and governmental offices -- a measure common to secular France and now Islamist-ruled, but still legally-secular Turkey, as well as Muslim-majority Tunisia and Kosovo.

Obama, Hussain declaimed, has created an "overarching framework" for relations between Muslims and non-Muslims that is lacking in Europe.  The problem, according to the president's man at the OIC, is that a once-favorable relationship between the West and the Muslim countries has turned negative in the past decade -- presumably, since 9/11.  Put plainly, Obama's desire to educate Americans about Islam is founded on nostalgia for a warm and reliable friendship that rarely existed.

    
Here Schwartz pauses to note Hussain's explanation of the Orwellian linguistic contortions that have become a prominent feature of the Obama administration's treatment of Islam ("a variety of factors") and terrorism ("man-made disasters") and jihad (a "holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam"):
    

As noted by Hussain, Obama has called for references to "Islamic terrorism" and "jihadism" to be expunged from the official vocabulary employed by his administration, and has pronounced last year's Fort Hood massacre to be unrelated to Islam.  As the president has assured the world, terrorism is anti-Islamic and the term "jihad" has been misused.  Thus Obama presumes not only to act as "educator" on Islam to non-Muslim Americans, but to define the religion for its own adherents.

Hussain addressed his comments to an event assessing the impact of Obama's Cairo speech.  But Hussain employed a phrase that must have been chilling to those who heard in it an echo, saying "Islam is a solution" to the current global challenges emerging from Muslim ranks.  A "post-Cairo" phrase indeed: "Islam is the solution" is the slogan of the radical Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

    
Schwartz concludes with the question:  "Are we learning yet?"  I think we've learned enough for today.  I just don't know what we can do about it.
Obama Tasks NASA With Building Muslim Self-Esteem
Paul Mirengoff says, that in this video, Charles Bolden, head of NASA, tells Al Jazeera that the "foremost" task Obama has given him is "to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering."  Thus, NASA's primary mission is no longer to enhance American science and engineering or to explore space, but to boost the self-esteem of "predominantly Muslim nations."

Exploring space didn't even make the top three things Obama wants Bolden to accomplish.  The other two are "re-inspire children to want to get into science and math" and "expand our international relationships,"

This is more evidence, if any were needed, of Obama's lack of interest in American achievement or, indeed, American greatness.  He seems to believe we've achieved enough (or perhaps too much) and that the trick now is to make nations that have achieved little for centuries feel like we couldn't have done it without them (in the video, Bolden goes on to talk about how much NASA owes the Russians and the Japanese).

Behind the bravado of the Muslim world there may well lie an inferiority complex.  If so, Obama is a fool if he believes we can help Muslims overcome that complex by having the head of the agency that symbolizes our technical superiority make patronizing statements about ancient Muslim contributions to science.

RelatedNASA = No Americans in Space Anymore?
Krauthammer Bashes Obama’s NASA Muslim Outreach


Krauthammer Bashes Obama's Infantile NASA Muslim Outreach Program  (00:54)  YouTube link
    
In Bolden's insane Muslim outreach interview, he later said the United States, which first sent men to the moon in 1969, is no longer capable of reaching beyond low earth orbit without help from other nations.

Bolden discussed NASA’s goal of greater international cooperation in space exploration.  He said the United States, more than 40 years after the first moon mission, cannot reach beyond earth’s orbit today without assistance from abroad:
    

In his message in Cairo, [Obama] talked about expanding our international outreach, expanding our international involvement.  We’re not going to go anywhere beyond low earth orbit as a single entity.  The United States can’t do it, China can’t do it -- no single nation is going to go to a place like Mars alone.

       

U.S. Space Program Bows To Mecca
Investors.com has an item on NASA's chief saying his mission is not to return us to space but to help the Muslim world feel good about its scientific contributions.  The moon we should be landing on should not be crescent-shaped.

At a time when the only missile programs in the Arab world, namely in Syria and Iran, are aimed at hitting Israel with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, NASA administrator Charles Bolden goes on Al Jazeera to tell the Muslim world his "foremost" goal was to make them feel good about their achievements in math, science and engineering.

Citing the International Space Station as an example, Bolden described space travel as an international collaboration of which Muslim nations must be a part.

As much as we are excited about the prospect of U.S. tax dollars going to encourage young Jordanians and Egyptians to become astronauts, we'd much rather not see Americans abandoning the final frontier to the Chinese while we hitch rides with the Russians.

Bolden's one small step for Islam comes after presiding over the demise of the space shuttle program and the cancellation of the Constellation program, which was to put America back on the moon and restore America's space dominance.

Obama does not believe in American exceptionalism and has said at conferences such as the G-20 that we would just like to be one of the 20.  We no longer seek to lead, but we yearn to apologize.  Hey, fellas, forget that American flag on the moon.  Sorry about that.  It won't happen again.  Welcome aboard the starship Kumbaya.

"When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he (Obama) charged me with three things," Bolden said in an interview.  "One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he (Obama) wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering."  Say what?

Foremost?  Feel good?  Time was, the job of NASA and its administrator was to direct America's exploration of and dominance in space.  Sure, we launched foreign satellites and carried foreign astronauts, scientists and their experiments into space.  But always using America's launch vehicles and space shuttle.  NASA's mission statement said nothing about esteem-building in the Arab world.

RelatedFormer NASA Astronaut Gene Cernan condemned NASA Chairman Bolten for his comments this past weekend on Aljazeera TV, and said if NASA Chief Bolten believes in this Muslim outreach stuff he needs to resign.
A Mosque On Hallowed Ground
 
 
Kill the Ground Zero Mosque TV Ad  (01:01)  YouTube link
      
GOP Trust.com is running a PSA about the mosque that is about to be erected on the hallowed acreage of lower Manhattan's Ground Zero.  Where we Americans weep, they rejoice and intend to erect a shrine to the 9/11 terrorists they hail as martyrs.  This offense cannot stand.
Gibbs -- "The Idea That Has Corrupted A Religion"
Jihad Watch says White House Press Aide Mr. Gibbs described the American effort in the Islamic world as trying to cope with, or to fight, not Islam, not even "those who support Jihad," but rather, "an idea that has corrupted a religion."  The religion was not given a name, but you are free to guess.  And this bland formula was one more variant on the earlier, Bush-era business about those who had "hijacked a great religion."  And it is an improvement, I suppose, on this business of merely describing Islamic jihadists as "violent extremists" who somehow misinterpret their own faith.

Well, I'm not content to leave it at that.  I find the statement vague.  I want it to be fleshed out, by Mr. Gibbs, or by someone else -- possibly John Brennan, Deputy Special Assistant To The President For Homeland Security and Terrorism, or even, just possibly, by Obama himself.

I want to know what that idea is that has "corrupted the religion" of Islam.  Is it the idea that the Muslims are the "best of peoples"?

Is it the idea that under the Shari'a, the Holy Law of Islam, non-Muslims at best can expect to endure life as dhimmis, that is, as people who are locked into a permanent status that guarantees deliberate humiliation (as in the conditions that accompany the payment of the Jizyah), degradation, and physical insecurity?

Is it the idea that the world belongs to Allah, but that right now, that world which belongs to Allah is divided between those parts where Muslims already rule, the Dar al-Islam (the House, or Domain, of Islam), and Dar al-Harb (the House, or Domain, of War, where Infidels not yet subject to Islam still dominate), and that it is the duty of all Muslims to participate, directly or indirectly, in the Jihad or struggle to remove all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam?

Is it the idea that a state of permanent war, though not always of open warfare, must exist between Believer and Unbeliever, Muslim and Infidel?

Is it the idea that women and non-Muslims are permanently inferior to Muslim males in a well-ordered society, that is, one where the Holy Law of Islam, the Shari'a, prevails?

What is it, exactly, that Mr. Gibbs, and behind Mr. Gibbs the Administration for which he stands, thinks is the "idea that has corrupted a religion," the "religion" being Islam. 

We all want to know.

There's more . . .

Gibbels should know that Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult.  It is a complete system.  Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components.  The religious component is a beard for all the other components.  When Muslims agitate for their "religious rights," they are really agitating for the implementation and acceptance of Sharia law.

I guess, Gibbels fancies himself an Islamic expert, but this is what a real authority, the Ayatollah Khomeini says about Islam:
    

"Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless."

And this . . .

"Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword!  People cannot be made obedient except with the sword!  The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for Holy Warriors!"

US Funding Foreign Mosque Construction
Lee DeCovnick says truth, even in the tightly controlled prison of the Obama media complex, occasionally bursts forth like a swordfish cavorting on the waves of a golden August afternoon.

Newsweek, the Washington Post's former progressive stepchild, published an op-ed by Fareed Zakaria, the in-house lapdog for the Administration, extolling the virtues of building the Ground Zero Mosque.  A couple of sentences demand a great deal more explanation.
    

To that end, early in its tenure the Bush administration began a serious effort to seek out and support moderate Islam.  Since then, Washington has funded mosques, schools, institutes, and community centers that are trying to modernize Islam around the world.

We should be encouraging groups like the one behind this project, not demonizing them.  Were this mosque being built in a foreign city, chances are that the U.S. government would be funding it.

    
Perhaps we all missed the memo where US taxpayers are gleefully funding Islamic "mosques, schools, institutes, and community centers" around the globe.  Of course, US troops have restored hundreds of schools and community centers in Iraq and Afghanistan, but mosques and Islamic institutes?  This seems very difficult to believe.

So, as an enraged and curious taxpaying citizen, I have a few questions for Mr. Zakaria, our Congress and this Administration.  What are the locations, costs, and dates of construction of these US taxpayer-funded mosques and Islamic institutes?  If some of these mosques were built in America, didn't anyone contact the ACLU?  (I would pay real money to be in "the room" during that discussion.)  What particular piece of Congressional legislation authorized US taxpayer dollars to be spent on these mosques and Islamic institutes?  Did our government apportion these funds fairly and equally between the Shi'a, Sunni, and Sufi sects of Islam?

The Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" I'm damn sure spending US taxpayer dollars on constructing mosques was not envisioned by the Founding Fathers nor by the overwhelming majority of American citizens.

Related:  Obama's Vision to Engage Muslims Moves Forward.

Related:  Are you aware that hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars are going toward training armies that don't hide their goal of destroying Israel?
Obama to Host Ramadan Dinner
Barack Obama has extended his best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world and announced that he will host a fast-breaking dinner at the White House this week.

"I want to extend my best wishes to the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world -- and your families and friends -- as you welcome the beginning of Ramadan," Obama said in an official statement issued by the US State Department.

"Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality.  And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America."

The White House, he said, would host fast breaking dinner.

"I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month."

For years, the National Day of Prayer breakfast has been a staple of the White House calendar.  Last May, Obama cancelled it with no comment.

Obama's not a Muslim.  We know this because he told us so.  He says he's a Christian, but
he won't have breakfast with Christians.  However, he'll breakfast with Muslims.

He's correct about Islam being part of American history, though.  Islam was America's first external threat.

More than two hundred years ago the newly established United States made its first attempt to fight an overseas battle to protect its private citizens by building an international coalition against an unconventional enemy.  Then the enemies were pirates and piracy.  The focus of the United States and a proposed international coalition was the Barbary Pirates of North Africa.

Every last one of the Barbary Pirates was a Muslim, so Obama is technically correct when he says, "...Islam has always been part of America."

President Thomas Jefferson went to war against Islam when it attacked American interests.  Obama goes to breakfast with Islam.

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Obama's Islamic America
Obama says Islam has always been part of America.  The Washington Times asks, what country is he talking about?

Obama is using the occasion of Ramadan to rewrite U.S. history and give Islam a prominence in American annals that it has not earned.

In this year's greeting, Obama said the rituals of Ramadan "remind us of the principles that we hold in common and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality.  And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country."

That Islam has had a major role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings may come as a surprise to Muslim women.  Young Afghan girls who are having acid thrown in their faces on the way to school might want to offer their perspectives.  That Islam is "known" for diversity and racial equality is also a bit of a reach.  This certainly does not refer to religious diversity, which is nonexistent in many Muslim-majority states.  This is a plaudit better reserved for a speech at the opening of a synagogue in Mecca.

Most puzzling is Obama's claim that "Islam has always been part of America."  Islam had no influence on the origins and development of the United States.  It contributed nothing to early American political culture, art, literature, music or any other aspect of the early nation.

Throughout most of American history, the Muslim world was perceived as remote, alien and belligerent.  Perhaps Obama was thinking about the Barbary Pirates and their role in the founding of the U.S. Navy, or Andrew Jackson's dispatch of frigates against Muslim pirates in Sumatra in the 1830s.  Maybe he was recalling Rutherford B. Hayes' 1880 statement regarding Morocco on "the necessity, in accordance with the humane and enlightened spirit of the age, of putting an end to the persecutions, which have been so prevalent in that country, of persons of a faith other than the Moslem, and especially of the Hebrew residents of Morocco."  Or Grover Cleveland's 1896 comment on the continuing massacre of Armenian Christians: "We have been afflicted by continued and not infrequent reports of the wanton destruction of homes and the bloody butchery of men, women and children, made martyrs to their profession of Christian faith.  ... It so mars the humane and enlightened civilization that belongs to the close of the nineteenth century that it seems hardly possible that the earnest demand of good people throughout the Christian world for its corrective treatment will remain unanswered."

It also is customary in the United States to search for obscure contributions made by in-vogue minority groups as a feel-good way of promoting inclusion.  One of the earliest Muslims to come to the United States was a 17th-century Egyptian named Norsereddin, who settled in the Catskills and was described by one chronicler as "haughty, morose, unprincipled, cruel and dissipated."  Spurned by the princess of an Indian tribe that had befriended him, he managed through a subterfuge to poison her.  He was later run down by the betrayed Indians, who burned him alive.  It is not the kind of tale that makes it into politically correct history books.

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Now, Here's A Surprise
Fox News is reporting that Barack Obama forcefully endorsed building a mosque near ground zero, saying the country's founding principles demanded no less.

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York City and the nation.

"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said.  "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."

Obama made the comments at an annual dinner in the White House State Dining Room celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Americans were quick to pounce on Obama's remarks.

"President Obama is wrong," said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.  "It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero.  While the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque they are abusing that right by needlessly offending so many people who have suffered so much."

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Related:  Obama said Muslims may build their Mosque anywhere they want and we should let them because of it is in keeping with "the writ from our founders."
    
Obama doesn't know squat about "our founders," and once again, I am reminded of Obama's post-9/11 comment, "I will stand with them [Muslims] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

The Jesuits would say, "Give me the child, and I will mold the man."
An Awful President, A Worse Theologian
John Hinderaker says he was working on a post about Obama's enthusiastic endorsement of the Ground Zero mosque when he saw that Paul Mirengoff had already done one.  So he just add this coda: Obama's lecture on religion was a classic of brain-dead multiculturalism.  Early in his remarks, he said:
    

Here at the White House, we have a tradition of hosting iftars that goes back several years, just as we host Christmas parties, seders, and Diwali celebrations.

    
Hinderaker confesses, he had to look it up -- Diwali is a Hindu festival.  But who cares?  Under multicultural dogma, these events are all the same.  This was the climax of Obama's lecture:
    

For in the end, we remain "one nation, under God, indivisible."  And we can only achieve "liberty and justice for all" if we live by that one rule at the heart of every religion, including Islam -- that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

    
This is revealing: the ultimate destination of multiculturalism is platitudinous stupidity.  All religions, Obama tells us, are really the same, and can be summed up in the Golden Rule.  Actually, there is no religion that can be reduced to the Golden Rule, least of all Islam.  Islam does not enjoin believers to do unto infidels as you would have infidels do unto you.  On the contrary! Islam tells its followers to subdue infidels; to kill them; to, at best, reduce them to dhimmitude.  The Golden Rule is antithetical to Islam.  Here is a thought experiment: compare HADITH Sahih Bukhari [4:52:176] with the parable of the good Samaritan.

Multiculturalism, in short, reduces its adherents (like Obama) to a low intellectual plane.  If you really think that all religions are the same, and they all exemplify the Golden Rule, then you won't understand the point of Cordoba House.
The First Un-American President

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country." -- Barack Hussein Obama, spoken at a White House dinner to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan!

    
Alan Caruba says, well, of course, he does.  Why wouldn’t someone who thinks the sound of the call to evening prayers from a nearby minaret is one of the sweetest sounds in the world?  Why wouldn’t someone who spent his formative years, age six to twelve, in Indonesia, the step-son of a Muslim father and the son of a Muslim father who had deserted his wife and child.

But, I hear you say, he spent twenty years in a Christian church in Chicago.  Yes, with a preacher who said of 9/11 that "the chickens had come home to roost"; a preacher who originally was a Black Muslim until he embraced Black Liberation theology.
    

"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable."

    
What a pompous hypocrite.  He’s been in the White House since January 20, 2009, and has yet to select a church to attend in Washington, D.C., like every president before him has done, but he makes sure to celebrate Ramadan.

That’s what you get when you elect a man named Barack Hussein Obama about whom you know nothing other than the fawning, worshipful puke served up by the liberal media all through the campaign and for most of his first year and a half in office.

Too late!  The majority of voters selected a complete stranger; a man with virtually no available paper trail, including the one item most people can produce on request, a legitimate birth certificate.

Obama is not an American.  He is the son of a former British subject, a Kenyan of the same name.  He is the step-son of an Indonesian who married his mother and adopted him. 

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Obama Is Colluding With A New Fascist Imperialism
James Lewis says nothing is more like the fascist Axis of the 1930s than Islamist expansionism today. Like the Hitler-Tojo-Mussolini Axis of the 1930s, Islamic fascists are fundamentally imperialistic, with an explicit order from on High to subjugate civilized people or turn them to ashes.  Mohammed himself famously threatened the cultured Persian and Byzantine Emperors of his time, and in the following years, his followers knocked those empires over like devouring army ants.

The peace-loving Buddhist monasteries of India were consumed by invading Muslim armies, with the result that there are no Buddhist monasteries left in India today.  Not a single one.  Only Hinduism survived the Muslim invasions, because Hindus are not pacifists.  You can ask any Sikh about that; they are a huge warrior religion that arose as a buffer between Hindu India and its many Muslim invaders, who now hold Pakistan and Afghanistan. In India, the Buddhist monks just died or fled to Tibet.  So much for the glorious results of peaceful resistance against Muslim armies.

Wherever Islamic fascists go, they first like to frighten and intimidate less warlike peoples -- as in London today, where any BBC criticism of Islamic fascists is streng verboten.  That's what the Ground Zero Mosque and the Mohammed cartoon uproar have in common: They are purposeful agitprop campaigns to scare and intimidate all the weak-willed liberals in the West, a standard Islamist tactic to conquer by intimidation, just as Muslim conquerors have always done.  Why bother to wage war when you can win by terror?  Putin understands that, the Chinese understand it, and it's clear enough around the Middle East.  Only American liberals and European socialists are in denial.  That's why they are the biggest round-heels in the world.  They will happily collude in their own subjection and degradation.

Islamic practice has always required mosques to have the highest towers in any subjugated city.  No Jews or Christians were ever allowed to build higher places of worship, to ride higher (on horses or mules), or even to raise their heads higher while walking the streets than any Muslim.  If you were a Jew or a Christian, you would duck your head deep down as you passed a Muslim, who was allowed to spit on you at will.  As recently as the Ottoman Empire (crumbled in 1917), all dhimmis were unceremoniously beaten to the ground if they dared to raise their heads higher than a passing Muslim.  Modern Westerners deny the obvious, but that is because they are wishful idiots, self-inflicted ignorami, and dead meat to all the predators of this world.  It's Little Red Riding Hood skipping into the dark forest again, but this time nobody told her about the Big Bad Wolf.

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A bit long for here but worth reading on a Sunday morning.  Good short history of Islamic conquest. 
Democrats Outraged Over Obama's Comments
Democrats were frustrated today with Barack Obama’s radical stance on the Ground Zero Mosque.  Obama supports a mosque at Ground Zero along with only 20% of voters.  A vast majority of Americans do not want a victory mosque built near the former World Trade buildings.

Politico reports:
    

Democrats -- at least the ones willing to comment at all -- could barely contain their frustration over Obama’s remarks Friday night, saying they would further complicate campaign efforts by candidates struggling in an anti-Democratic year, particularly moderates in conservative-leaning districts who already are 2010’s most vulnerable contenders.

"I would prefer the president be a little more of a politician and a little less of a college professor," former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Tex.), who once ran the House Democratic campaign arm, wrote in POLITICO’s Arena.  "While a defensible position, it will not play well in the parts of the country where Democrats need the most help."

Obama himself had steered clear of the issue for weeks, with his spokesman Robert Gibbs telling reporters that it was primarily a local issue.  But at a Friday White House Iftar dinner, Obama said that while he understands Ground Zero is "hallowed ground," he told a group of Muslims that he believes they have "the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in the country."

"And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said.

9/11 Families Stunned By Obama's Support
Barack Obama has abandoned America at the place where America’s heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values were on display for all to see.  Since that dark day, Americans have been asked to bear the burden of defending those values, again and again and again.  Now the president declares that the victims of 9/11 and their families must bear another burden.  We must stand silent at the last place in America where 9/11 is still remembered with reverence or risk being called religious bigots.

Muslims have worshipped in New York without incident both before and after the attacks of 9/11.  This controversy is not about religious freedom.  9/11 was more than a "deeply traumatic event," it was an act of war.  Building a 15-story mosque at Ground Zero is a deliberately provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah.  Those who continue to target and kill American civilians and U.S. troops will see it as a symbol of their historic progress at the site of their most bloody victory.  Demolishing a building that was damaged by wreckage from one of the hijacked planes in order to build a mosque and Islamic Center will further energize those who regard it as a ratification of their violent and divinely ordered mission: the spread of shariah law and its subjugation of all free people, including secular Muslims who come to this country fleeing that medieval ideology, which destroys lives and crushes the human spirit.

We are stunned by the president’s willingness to disregard what Americans should be proud of: our enduring generosity to others on 9/11–a day when human decency triumphed over human depravity.  On that day, when 3,000 of our fellow human beings were killed in barbaric act of raw religious intolerance unlike this country had ever seen, Americans did not turn outward with hatred or violence, we turned to each other, armed with nothing more than American flags and countless acts of kindness.  In a breathtakingly inappropriate setting, the president has chosen to declare our memories of 9/11 obsolete and the sanctity of Ground Zero finished.  No one who has lived this history and felt the sting of our country’s loss that day can truly believe that putting our families through more wrenching heartache can be an act of peace.

We will honor the memory of our loved ones.  We will protect our children, whose lives will never be the same.  We will not stand silent.
Obama Says He Didn't Say What He Said
Talking Sides blog asks, did Barack Obama come out in favor of the building of a mosque just steps away from where Islamic extremists slaughtered almost 3,000 Americans on 9/11?  To paraphrase former President Bill Clinton, it depends on what your definition of "right" is.  At last night's White House event to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Obama said that he believes "Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country" and "that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances."  After a major political backlash today which everyone (except Obama) could see coming from the instant the words left his mouth, Obama is trying to distance himself from his own statements.

Asked about his remarks at last night's festivities, Obama claimed, "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's what our country is about.  And I think it's very important as difficult as some of these issues are that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about."

It will be up to each individual to decide for themselves whether Obama supported the building of the mosque on Friday and backed away from that position on Saturday or, as he now claims, he never actually took a position on whether that mosque should be built on that site.  But what is undeniable is that in his comments on Friday night before an audience that was decidedly in favor of the project, he said what he needed to say to receive an enthusiastic standing ovation from those assembled.  Our Narcissist-In-Chief once again chose to garner instant gratification, praise and glory from a targeted group before thinking about and considering all of the people he is sworn to serve.

This is yet another instance of Obama trying to bolster his own popularity with certain groups in certain moments (remember "the police acted stupidly?") instead of providing true leadership on the difficult issues we face.

No doubt Obama's original comments on the Ground Zero mosque and his subsequent backpedaling will have a negative political effect on his fellow Democrats running in November.  But as long as he got to bask in the warmth of a "standing O" at yet another lavish White House event, I doubt he cares.
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How Stupid Does Obama Think We Are?
Andy McCarthy says, "pretty stupid."

Already getting trounced in the polls, Democrats are reeling over Obama’s decision to side with the Muslim Brotherhood over the American people by endorsing the Ground Zero mosque. So he’s trying to close Pandora’s Box.

Politico reports [and thanks to John Hinderaker at Powerline for pointing this out] that Obama is now seeking "to defuse the controversy" by explaining that he was merely talking about the mosque proponents' legal right to build at the World Trade Center site.  "I was not commenting and I will not comment," he said, "on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there" (emphasis added).

Good luck with that one.  Compounding insult with cynicism and cowardice is probably not a winning strategy.
Hamas Agrees With Obama On Ground Zero Mosque
A leader of the Hamas terror group yesterday jumped into the emotional debate on the plan to construct a mosque near Ground Zero -- insisting Muslims "have to build" it there.

Interviewed on "Aaron Klein Investigative Radio" on WABC, Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and the organization's chief on the Gaza Strip, said, "We have to build everywhere.  In every area we have, [as] Muslim[s], we have to pray, and this mosque is the only site of prayer.  We have to build the mosque, as you are allowed to build the church and Israelis are building their holy places.

Zahar said that Hamas is "representing the vast majority of the Arabic and Islamic world -- especially the Islamic side."

He added that Muslims around the world, including those who live in this country, are united in a common cause.

"First of all, we have to address that we are different as people, as a nation, totally different," he said.  "We already are living under the tradition of Islam.  Islam is controlling every source of our life as regard to marriage, divorce, our commercial relationships," Zahar said.

"Even the Islamic people or the Muslims in your country, they are living now in the tradition of Islam.  They are fasting; they are praying."

In addition to supporting the construction of the Islamic Victory mosque, this guy is describing the process of Islamization, the gradual evolution of the sharia compliant state.  Here is how Islamization works.
Obama:  Muslim Missionary?
Chuck Norris says that our First Amendment freedoms of speech and religion are in jeopardy, more than they have been at any other time in U.S. history.  As if recently passed "hate crime" laws and a politically correct culture weren't bad enough.  Now Obama is using international pressure and possibly law to establish a prohibition against insulting Islam or Muslims.

Let me remind us how we got here.

Speaking for most Founding Fathers in his day, John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed by George Washington himself, said, "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

Two hundred years later, Barack Obama has denied America's rich Judeo-Christian heritage before the eyes and ears of other countries, as he publicly declared in Turkey on April 6, 2009, "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."

Then there was Cairo in June 2009, when Obama vowed to establish "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims."  He continued: "I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.  That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't.  And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."

Therein lie two of the most unique U.S. presidential religious passions and missions in the history of the U.S. First, "I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."  Second, to create a "partnership between America and Islam."  (Notice the partnership is between our country and a religion, not other countries or Arab states. That's key!)

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Obama's Mosque Mess
The Washington Times editorializes on Obama's fixation on all things Islamic tripping him up again this weekend when he seemed to give strong support to the Ground Zero Mosque project, then quickly "clarified" his way into yet more trouble.  Obama gratuitously raised the mosque issue at an Iftar dinner with Muslim-American leaders, a double dose of symbolism that drew immediate fire.  But just as Obama's defenders had settled on a "profile in courage" story line, Obama backed off, lamely parsing his earlier statements.  His stance on the issue is now fair game.

Mosque apologists have planted their flags on the First Amendment, claiming that the Constitution's guarantee of freedom of worship is absolute.  But no constitutional rights can escape balancing tests, and in this case, the issue is not the freedom of Muslims to worship as they choose but the propriety of constructing a gigantic mosque so close to the greatest scene of Allah-inspired mass murder ever perpetrated in the country.  It is not a constitutional test case so much as a puffed-up zoning dispute.  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has maintained that the separation of church and state is at stake, though the fact that the $100 million project probably will be funded by sources closely linked to foreign governments raises the question of whether the constitutional prohibition on state establishment of religion only applies to the United States government.  Apparently Muslim-majority countries are free to open their checkbooks to establish whatever sects they want on American soil, while simultaneously administering the death penalty to those who convert from Islam at home.

America's enemies clearly are delighted with the prospect of an Islamic center near the old World Trade Center site.  The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, whose cause Ground Zero Mosque mastermind Feisal Abdul Rauf has supported, has backed the project.  There are high-fives being exchanged in terrorist chat rooms.  One user at the Alfalojah site gloated about hitting the "U.S. infidels in their capital" and offered "congratulations to the Nation of Islam."

Other voices in the Muslim world are less triumphant.  Seif Naseer, professor of religion and philosophy at University of Al-Azhar in Egypt, told the newspaper Al Masry Al Youm last week, "To build a mosque on the rubble [of ground zero] involves bad faith."  In the same article, Bayoumi Abdel Muti of the Islamic Research Academy said, "I reject the construction of a mosque in this place, because it would link [the September 11, 2001 attacks] and Islam."  Muti is simply pointing out the obvious -- no matter what the proponents of the Cordoba House say, however they attempt to justify their hated project, it will always be perceived as the "Ground Zero Mosque."

Rauf, whose whereabouts are unknown after he set off on a State Department-financed mission to the Gulf states, claimed that his project's purpose was to heal the breach between Islam and America.  It backfired.  Even the clearly inflammatory projected opening date of Sept. 11, 2011, shows how out of touch the backers of the project are with the sentiments of the American people.  Given that Rauf's stated mission is clearly failing, he should concede that this was a bad idea and build his mosque somewhere else.  One report from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said an announcement that the project is being abandoned is days away.  If Mr. Rauf really wants to improve the image of Islam in America, that would be the best thing he could do.
Obama Apologizes For Stupid Americans
Fred Dardick says it's amazing that Obama lacked the foresight to see that supporting the construction of a $100 million mosque 2 blocks from Ground Zero, something that 70% of Americans oppose, won't end well.  But I guess when your closest advisors are Valerie Jarrett the slumlord, Robert Gibbels the clown, Rham Emmanuel the communist, and Michelle Obama the millionaire's wife, equating "religious freedom" with an Islamic cultural center whose purpose is to promote Sharia law is the kind of progressive garbage you get.

For you liberals who somehow got forwarded this column and still don't know what Sharia law is, allow me to enlighten you.  It is the literal interpretation of Islam that leads to the widespread abuse and enslavement of women.  It's also called the reality of "that woman in Iran who's waiting to see if she's going to get stoned to death for adultery" rules.  Who knows if she really committed adultery?  In Islamic societies all a man has to do to give his wife the proverbial dirt nap, is simply claim she did.

Under Sharia law, men are the judge, jury and executioners of women, and Obama apparently thinks Americans are too stupid to know this.  While Obama may be able to lawyer his way around the Ground Zero mosque as a "religious tolerance" issue, the rest of us know a load of BS when we see one.

Americans don't give a hoot what the college professors and attorneys think.  Allowing the Islamist barbarians who keep their boots firmly planted on women's throats and brought the 9/11 massacre to our shores, to build their Arch de' Terrorism two blocks from Ground Zero can kiss our you know what.

Not only do Americans view the structure as anything but a bridge to understanding, Islamists around the world will also rightly perceive the mosque in a very different light than the simple "right to build a place of worship."  They will see it as spitting in the face of evil America and hold it up as a shining example in their enslaved societies to promote hatred of the West.  It will become a "stupid Americans let us build a mosque on their graves, so let's finish the job and kill them all" kind of thing.

Ever wonder how the Islamic Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem got built smack dab on top of the ancient Jewish temple mount?  I can promise you, it was no attempt to "build bridges" either that put it there.  It was more like "let's take over the Jews most treasured religious site and plant a mosque on it to show them who's boss."  That's why Jews pray at the Western Wall, because if they tried to visit the top of the temple mount, the Arabs would riot.

Every time Obama speaks to Muslims, it's always how wonderful and understanding Islam is compared to our knuckle dragging Judeo-Christian customs.  Rather than apologizing endlessly for America, and in this case our opposition to the Ground Zero mosque, how about being honest for a change, champ?

Over the past 100 years, America has brought peace and prosperity to billions around the world, while at the same time Muslims have been slaughtering and enslaving their neighbors, especially women, wholesale.  Talk about the war that never ends.  Shia vs. Sunni violence has been going on for centuries and, by the looks of Iraq, will continue for centuries more.

The irony is if Obama, who clearly feels his #1 job is reaching out to the Muslim world, had half a brain in his communist head, he would be out there speaking forcefully against Sharia law and educating his fellow Islamists to the dangers of a literal interpretation of the Koran.

Who knows, maybe then Obama could finally do some good for a change and save lives, rather than destroy them.
Let's Just Appreciate The Great Obama
Noemie Emery asks, just how thrilled and grateful were the Gulf State residents to discover that the Obamas were giving them one whole day of their time -- between Michelle's Spanish vacation and the family's real vacation, up there in Martha's Vineyard, at a posh estate near their own kind of people -- to dip their dainty toes in their oil-soaked waters?

And exactly how thrilled were the Democrats' candidates, already facing headwinds of epic proportions, to wake up Saturday morning to find out that Obama had come out in favor of a Mega Mosque near Ground Zero, opposed by only two-thirds of American people, and added another to the impressive collection of millstones -- health care, the stimulus, the economy, Government Motors and a few other triumphs -- he had already hung round their necks?

How brilliant are these strategists there at the White House, and how canny at reading the mood of the people?  How wise is this strategy of giving them what they don't want, and then, when they complain about it, telling them to shut up, and keep giving them more?

How clever to tell them Missouri's vote against the individual mandate meant "nothing," when it is only the fourth vote against health care -- Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts being the others -- to be taken in less than a year?

What smarts does it take to take a huge popular mandate, and shred it in no time?  How clever of them to hit on coalition destruction as a method of governing!  In that White House In The Sky, FDR and Reagan are probably seething with envy.  Why didn't they think of it first?

How brave is Obama, to speak out as he did against the persecution of Muslims that is sweeping the country, and has swept it in fact since Sept. 11, 2001?  Who can forget the riots that engulfed the whole country, the cross (and Star of David) burnings outside the mosques and the homes of innocent Muslims, the lynchings and hideous acts of unprovoked violence; the demands of conservatives, Tea Partiers, and Sarah Palin enthusiasts that Muslims and in fact all Arab-Americans, be confined in camps somewhere out in the country -- Wasilla, for instance -- as Japanese-Americans had been during the Second World War?

How lucky was it that Obama was swept into office just as George W. Bush was about to put this vicious scheme into practice?  What would the world then have said about that?

How wise too for Obama to come out for the mosque, enraging survivors of those killed in the terror attacks and swing voters everywhere, and then walk it back somewhat, ticking off the press and the left wing of his party (but we repeat ourselves), who now feels a little betrayed?

It's not as if Muslim outreach hasn't paid off already: Iran has dropped its nuclear plans, and adopted a Good Neighbor policy, which would never have happened if Bush were in office.  Can we all say a prayer over this?

Can we say a prayer too for Obama, and all the mosque backers, for being sensitive to the right of the would-be mosque builders to violate the sensitivities of the victims' survivors, New Yorkers and Americans everywhere?  And how lucky are we to have Obama, brave enough to look at these friends and relations, spouses and children, of people who died on Sept. 11, and call them out for the bigots they are?
Ten Theses On Obama's Iftar Speech
Scott Johnson has a few observations about Obama's comments at the White House Iftar dinner, in front of a room full of Muslims, regarding the Ground Zero Megamosque (GZM):
    

1. Obama's tone was not one calculated to persuade.  He both hectored and belittled those who oppose the GZM.  If you respectfully beg to differ with Obama, it is hard to like the persona Obama had on display Friday night.

2. Obama supported the GZM in his usual style, in which his position is juxtaposed with a straw man of his choosing.  It is an unappealing rhetorical habit that is made even more unappealing when applied to an issue on which people of good faith obviously differ with him.

3. Obama's statement begs the question posed by the GZM.  No one has questioned the right of Muslims to practice their religion the same as anyone else in this country.  Rather, those opposed to the GZM have asked the proponents, among other things, to recognize and give way to the feelings of ordinary Americans that a mosque does not belong at Ground Zero.

4. Obama's remarks alluded to the right of private property involved in the construction of the proposed GZM.  We haven't previously heard much about the right of private property from Obama.

5. Obama's remarks emphasized the First Amendment rights of Muslims in America.  Gone was the living Constitution and the vaunted "empathy" that may impel right (left) thinking judges to depart from a fixed reading of constitutional rights.  Whatever empathy Obama expressed for the opponents of the GZM, it was an empathy that had to give way in recognition of the First Amendment right of free exercise.  Now if Obama would just take the same approach to the First Amendment right of free speech at issue in Citizens United, for example, he might want to issue an apology to the Supreme Court.

6. It's good for Muslims to build the GZM in New York, but not for Jews to build apartments in Jerusalem.  Go figure.

7. In the remarks prefacing his formal speech, Obama recognized Rep. Andre Carson in the audience, who (along with Rep. Keith Ellison, whom he also called out) is one of the two Muslims in Congress.  We are still awaiting the the enterprising journalist who can ferret out the branch of Islam that comports with the tenets of the Democratic Party on the equality of women, abortion, gay rights and all the rest.

8. By Saturday, in the face of the response his remarks engendered, Obama was backing off from his support for the GZM.  He availed himself of the option of emphasizing the straw man he had addressed.  We were to believe that he was only addressing the issue in the abstract.  Both Friday's statement and Saturday's backtracking were remarkably unpersuasive.

9. Obama could have played a constructive role in resolving the deeply divisive issues raised by the GZM.  Instead he chose to put on display his belief in his superior nature.

10. With great reliability Obama stands athwart the feelings of ordinary Americans.  Indeed, he is a much more ardent defender of the faith of Musims than he is of the United States, of its history or of its people.  Although Obama framed his GZM remarks as a citizen and President of the United States, he seems to think of himself less as a citizen of the United States than as a citizen of the world and less as president than as philosopher king.

    
In the 2008 campaign Obama presented himself as a healing if not a redemptive figure.  For reasons that are almost completely understandable, many voters chose to believe in Obama's self-presentation.  Belief in Obama's persona conflicted with voluminous evidence to the contrary that was there for anyone with eyes to see.

These voters who bought Obama nevertheless quickly saw through Obama's persona after the election.  They now believe they were sold a bill of goods, and they are of course right.  Obama's Iftar remarks suggest that Obama has no hesitation at all in reminding voters how he pulled one over on them.
Hoisting Islam's Victory Flag Over The Rubble Of 9/11
Syed Kamran Mirza says it will be a grave mistake for America to allow this Mosque to be built so close to the Ground Zero.  Like it or not, this Mosque will be the iconic symbol of Islamic victory over the WTC rubbles -- meaning humiliating defeat of the infidel America by Islamic jihadis.  The mosque will stand as the most provocative insult and a slap on the face of Americans.

Islam, in real sense, is a religion of great deception.  Imam Feisal and his Islamic gang (ASMA) are lying big-time.  Well-meaning Western people have difficulty in understanding the real purpose of this Mosque.

Mayor Bloomberg and the Downtown Community, and all American leftist liberals have no idea why Islamists are so hell-bent to erect this Islamic flag (Mosque) over the Rubbles of the 9/11 terror attacks and the 3,000 innocent dead Americans.  They have no clue to the significance of the very name, "Cordova House," that Imam Feisal initially selected for this Mosque. Ancient Muslim Jihadis invaded and occupied Spanish city of Cordoba where Muslims built an elegant Mosque of Islamic world over the rubbles of a Catholic church as a symbol of their triumph and victory Islam over Christianity.  The mosque over the rubbles of WTC at New York will clearly symbolizes the triumph and victory of Allah's Jihadi soldiers (al-Qaeda) of the 9/11 attacks over the American infidels.

Such has been quite the usual historical practices and fashions recorded in Islamic historical documents.  Whenever Prophet Muhammad and his disciples invaded and defeated a non-Muslim nation or community, the first thing they did was the erection of a Mosque in the defeated nation.  Islamic Caliph Omar invaded and occupied Jerusalem and immediately erected -- al-Aqsa Mosque (Dome of Rock) over the rubbles of Jewish Temple Mount of Solomon.  Imam Feisal and company want to do exactly that.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, head of the American Society of Muslim Advancement (ASMA), is outright deceiving New Yorkers with Taqiyah, the Islamic tactics of lies and deceptions to advance the interest of Islam.  Islamic Allah duly permits Muslims to lie and deceive the infidels for spreading Islam, the only religion accepted by Allah from all mankind (Quran 3:85).

In his book written in 2004, Imam Feisal gave the title in Arabic -- "The Call From the WTC Rubble: Islamic Da’wah From the Heart of America Post-9/11" -- suggests Rauf is humiliating/denigrating the loss of American life in calling it "rubble," and by Islamic Da’wah (call) he intends to use 9/11 Mosque as the springboard for proselytizing Islam in America.  But in his English title of the same book the title was -- "What’s Right with America is What’s Right with Islam."  This is exactly the technique of Islamic deceptions used by so-called moderate Muslims only to fool the western folks.

Here are some most important implications of this Mosque.

Related:  Charles Krauthammer says enough is enough.  Show some respect, human decency and stay away from ground zero.
Rauf Boasts Says He Wrote Obama's Cairo Speech
Pamela geller says that one might think that Imam Feisal was merely showing off to the Arab media: the braggadocio of a conceited megalomaniacal man with delusions of grandeur -- so grand, in fact, that he intends to build of mega mosque on the thousands of graves of innocent Americans slaughtered in the largest Islamic attack (or any attack for that matter) on American soil.

But it is not braggadocio.  In audio tapes I am currently reviewing, Imam Rauf's power reach is at the highest levels imaginable.  He is a grand jihadist, a master classman, operating at the apex of power.  The "blueprint" Imam Rauf refers to, is essentially the US MUSLIM ENGAGEMENT -- Changing the Course."  This is a large-scale effort by the US government to open areas of cooperation (dhimmitude) with the Islamic world in the political, cultural and economic spheres.
   

Walid Shoebat's Interview on Fox News About Ground Zero Mosque  (03:46)
    
Bat Ye'or said of Obama's speech at the time:
    

Obama’s Cairo discourse fits perfectly into his agenda.  It flatters Muslim sensibilities and expresses the Muslim view of historical tolerance and cultural superiority over infidel civilizations.  When Obama mentioned the "Isra" event, he referred to Muhammad’s ascension to heaven and his return in one night on a winged mule named Buraq.  There he greets two Muslim prophets, Moses and Isa [Jesus], who are not the biblical figures.  The image used here by the American president as a symbolic interfaith reconciliation between the three faiths is a meeting between three Muslim prophets and not the figureheads of the three monotheistic religions.  Besides, the Isra event is not recognized by non-Muslims, and it didn’t happen in Jerusalem, as this name does not appear once in the Koran.

Obama’s speech is similar to many such declarations by European leaders.  The question it raises is how much the West is ready to forgo truth and its basic principles in its supplication for obtaining peace with Islam.  Clearly, the full Islamization of the West is the quickest way to obtain it.  Obama’s political program in connection with the Alliance of Civilizations conforms to an OIC strategy that has already been accepted by the European Union.  In history, this policy has a name: the dhimmitude syndrome.

         
The process of Islamization

Related:  Radical Ground Zero Victory Mosque Imam thanks Obama for his support
Why Obama Can't Help But Promote An Islamic Agenda
Jeffrey Kuhner says Obama has revealed his true nature. After 20 months in the Oval Office, he still remained a largely unknown figure.  A picture is coming into focus now, and it should trouble all Americans.  It is widely known that Obama is a post-national progressive.  Yet he is also a cultural Muslim who is promoting an anti-American, pro-Islamic agenda.  This is the real meaning of his warm -- and completely needless -- embrace of the Ground Zero Mosque.

At an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House, Obama told Muslim-Americans that he supports the building of an Islamic community center and mosque just two blocks away from where the Twin Towers were destroyed and nearly 3,000 Americans were murdered on Sept. 11, 2001.  He later tried to back away from those comments.  Obama said he was defending the right of religious freedom but not the "wisdom" of erecting the mosque.

Nonetheless, Obama has been clear: In his view, the Ground Zero Mosque should be built.  There was no good practical reason even to comment on the issue.  He had been silent for weeks as the controversy gathered steam.  The overwhelming majority of the American people oppose the mosque -- especially the families of the Sept. 11 victims.  Politically, it is a loser -- for him and his party.  Yet he could not keep his mouth shut.  Why?

Answer: For Obama, defending Islam has been a key priority.  In his famous speech in Cairo, Obama apologized to the Muslim world for the alleged "sins" and "mistakes" of America -- even though no country has done more to liberate Islamic peoples than the United States, including campaigns in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.  His aim was to engage the Islamic world on its terms and norms rather than defend America's values and national interests.

Obama openly bragged about his "Muslim background" and that his family had "followers of Islam."  He spoke of his youth in Indonesia, his study of the Koran and the call to Islamic prayer.  In short, he discovered his inner Muslim in an attempt to ingratiate himself with the Arab street.  The message was: I understand you, and I will usher in a new era of Islamic-American relations.

This Obama has done with a vengeance.  He is the most Muslim-friendly politician in the nation's history.

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Obama Junks Democrats' Limo for Ground Zero Mosque
John Drew says I've been driving around this week with a burning question in my mind: Why would Obama support a Ground Zero Mosque (GZM) when it is opposed by 2/3rds of the American people?  Given the unpopularity of this mosque, it is as if the driver of the Democrat party's new limo has just steered it into a junk yard crushing machine.

I think the simplest answer is that Obama was being loyal to his Muslim-American base -- not to African-Americans -- not to his Democrat party -- and not to the American people.  I have found some supporting evidence for this thesis in an article in Politico on August 15, 2010 in which Carol E. Lee writes that an undisclosed administration official says this was "purely" Obama's decision.

In Audacity of Hope, Obama writes that he is intent to assure Muslims that he will stand with them during the ultimate crisis.  Apparently, Obama's brain decided that moment has arrived.

What is missing from all the reporting on this issue is what an incredibly stupid thing this was for Obama to do in terms of electoral politics.  Obama has ignited a firestorm of controversy that can only do damage to his party's chances in November 2010, and to his own chances in November 2012.  Already, Rasmussen shows Republicans opening up a 12-point lead in the generic polling results.

Obama's job approval rating, according to Gallup, is at an all time low of 42%.  On a scale of one to ten for political stupidity, Obama's endorsement of the GZM is a ten.  It is the equivalent of running toward a burning car wreck and then squeezing yourself into the trunk.

Since I knew Obama while he was a radical, Marxist sophomore at Occidental College, I think I have an unusual insight to share regarding this politically inept decision.  Based on my face-to-face talks with the young Obama, I'm among those who do not see Obama as an intellectual genius.

I've never gone along with those who think they can find evidence of a high IQ in Obama's election as the editor of the Harvard Law Review [Obama was not selected based on grades, the historical criteria, but on the content of the melanin in his skin], or his role as an adjunct at the University of Chicago Law School, or his success in winning office.  Since I never bought into the inflated view of Obama's intellectual skills, I was not surprised by his dependence on the teleprompter.  I do, however, think I know why he has not released his undergraduate transcripts from Occidental College, or Columbia University: his charismatic reputation for genius would not survive the harsh reality of his ordinary grades.

Accordingly, I'm not convinced that Obama's endorsement of the GZM was an example of a political genius playing chess while we are all playing checkers.  Instead, I see Obama's recklessness as more similar to a funny, stupid criminal story where the bank robber submits his demand for cash on the back of his own business card.  I think the stress of his job is getting to him.  Under stress, Obama's thinking has become cloudy, impulsive and irrational.  Reviewing this last week, even Obama may now understand that he cannot drive and should not have the keys.
The Leader Of All Muslims
MSN News is reporting that a Pakistani minister wants Barack Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero in New York and become the "Amir-ul-Momineen" or Caliph of Muslims.

Minister of State for Industries Ayatullah Durrani, who belongs to the ruling Pakistan People's Party, said the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr festival, expected to be observed on September 11, would be a "golden opportunity" for Obama to offer Eid prayers and declare himself the leader of all Muslims.

"In this way, all the problems of the Muslim world would be solved," Durrani told The Nation newspaper.

Durrani, a former member of the Pakistan Ideological Council, contended that the Muslim world is in "dire need" of a Caliph and occupying this distinguished slot would provide Obama "exemplary titles" like "Mullah Barack Hussain Obama" or "Allama Obama."

He said: "The time is approaching fast.  Barack Hussain Obama must act now.  This is a golden opportunity, Muslims badly need it."

Obama''s elevation to the Islamic Caliphate would be the "key to success, he claimed, but did not offer any explanation for his remarks.

"Allama Obama" does have certain ring to it.
Pak Minister Wants Obama To Become Ameer-ul-Momineen
The Nation is reporting a development that could be duly termed as one and only of its kind.  An incumbent Government’s Minister has urged Barrack Obama to offer Eid prayers at the Ground Zero Mosque site, and become "Ameer-ul-Momineen" of the Muslim Ummah.

Minister of State for Industries and former member Pakistan Ideological Council Ayatullah Durrani called The Nation on Wednesday to register his demand made to Obama.

"The coming Eid would expectedly be observed on 9/11, this a golden opportunity for President Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero and become Amir-ul-Momineen or Caliph of Muslims.  In this way, all the problems of Muslim World would be solved," he thought.

Durrani argued that Muslim World was in "dire need" of a Caliph and the distinguished slot of Caliphate would earn Obama the exemplary titles of what he termed, "Mullah Barrack Hussain Obama" or "Allama Obama."  "The time is approaching fast.  Barrack Hussain Obama must act now.  This is a golden opportunity, Muslims badly need it," he added, saying that the elevation of Obama to Muslim’s Caliphate would be the "key to success."

For a guy that claims to be a "committed Christian," Obama is certainly perceived as a Muslim by other Muslims, and don't forget that Calypso Louie referred to Obama as the messiah (video).

And here is an
article, written by a Muslim, declaring Obama as "My Muslim President."

So, who you gonna believe, the ummah or Obama?
White House Hosting (Another) Ramadan Feast For Muslims
Creeping Sharia points to a classic White House news dump -- on the Saturday of a long, holiday weekend.

Yet another Islamic event at the White House to continue celebrating the Month of Jihad (according to Muslims). Take the hint at what this "Next Generation" gathering is signaling.  Hat tip BareNakedIslam.
    

The administration’s marking of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues Tuesday when the State Department hosts an event geared toward young Muslims, and an Iftar dinner with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Obama hosted an Iftar meal breaking the day’s Ramadan fast on Aug. 13.  In his speech, he supported the right of the Muslim community to build the planned controversial mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, comments that touched off a firestorm including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) breaking with Obama and saying the Islamic center should be built elsewhere.

Tuesday’s dinner will feature a video address from Clinton.  Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith will host a special "Generation Change" event before the dinner with speakers and discussion groups.

"Consistent with the Secretary’s commitment to engaging the 'next generation' at the grassroots level, this year’s Iftar will feature many guests chosen because they represent some of the best and most innovative American Muslim leaders under the age of 30," the State Department said in a press release Saturday.

    
Yeah!  The next generation of jihaddis.

Remember, Obama cancelled the 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony.  The National Day of Prayer has historically been the first Thursday in May, since Harry S. Truman put it into effect in 1952, but wasn’t official until the days of Ronald Reagan.

For eight years, the White House held a celebration on the National Day of Prayer, and last year Obama cancelled the celebration, and the ceremony has been cancelled for 2010.  In 2009, CNN reported that Obama was toning down the National Day of Prayer by cancelling the White House ceremony, but that the official day was not cancelled.
There Is No Moderate Islam

"There is no moderate or immoderate Islam.  Islam is Islam and that’s it."

    
Gates of Vienna blog asks, who said that?

Robert SpencerSerge Trifkovic FjordmanBat Ye’or?

No, the Prime Minister of Turkey said it, on Turkish television.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the leader of Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (AKP, or Justice and Development Party), and has been Prime Minister since 2003.  His party is an Islamic party, but is considered "moderate" as such things go, at least by the wishful-thinking dhimmi politicians and media pundits of the West.

Apparently, however, he’s sick of the "moderate" label being bandied about.  He’d like to remind everybody that, just as there is only one Allah, there is only one Islam.  None of this "moderate" crap for him!

Speaking at Kanal D TV’s Arena program, PM Erdoğan commented on the term "moderate Islam", often used in the West to describe AKP and said:
    

"These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion.  There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it."

    
And, who said the following?
    

"Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war.  Those [who say this] are witless."

and


"Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword!  People cannot be made obedient except with the sword!  The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for Holy Warriors!"

    
It was the super-evil
Ayatollah Khomeini -- a man Jimmah Carter described as "a man of God."
Obama Says U.S. Not At War With Islam
Bridget Johnson says Obama stressed that America was not at war with Islam as he decried the "sorry band of men" who attacked the nation nine years ago in memorial ceremonies at the Pentagon on Saturday.

"The perpetrators of this evil act didn't simply attack America; they attacked the very idea of America itself -- all that we stand for and represent in the world," Obama said.  "And so the highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most -- to stay true to who we are, as Americans; to renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are."

One hundred and twenty-five people in the Pentagon were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the side of the building. Fifty-nine were killed on plane.

Obama spoke at the Pentagon ceremonies while first lady Michelle Obama spoke along with former first lady Laura Bush at the site in Shanksville, Pa., where 40 were killed on United Flight 93 when passengers overtook the hijackers and drove the plane into the ground.

Vice President Joe Biden joined remembrance ceremonies at Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center towers were felled.  More than 2,600 were killed in the attacks on the landmark buildings, and 147 died on the two planes that struck the towers. The victims of all the attacks hailed from 80 different countries.

With the backdrop of recent controversies that overshadowed the run-up to the ninth anniversary -- a mosque project that has drawn bitter protests near Ground Zero and a Florida pastor's plans to burn Qurans that sparked deadly protests in Afghanistan -- Obama implored Americans to "not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust."

"They may wish to drive us apart, but we will not give in to their hatred and prejudice," he said.  "For Scripture teaches us to 'get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.'

"They may seek to spark conflict between different faiths, but as Americans we are not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam.  It was not a religion that attacked us that September day -- it was al-Qaeda, a sorry band of men which perverts religion.  And just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here at home as a diverse and tolerant nation.

"We champion the rights of every American, including the right to worship as one chooses -- as service members and civilians from many faiths do just steps from here, at the very spot where the terrorists struck this building."

Obama said that "we will keep alive the virtues and values that make us who we are and who we must always be."

Related:  Barack Obama Marks 9-11 As National Day of Community Service & Soup Kitchens

I don't know what Barack Obama is, but I know he's not an American.

He doesn't think like an American.

He doesn't talk like an American.

he doesn't act like an American.

I have no idea if Barack Obama is a Muslim, but what I DO KNOW is that he's more sympathetic to Islam than he is to the United States of America.
Obama, The Dhimmi
Carol A. Taber says The slumlord Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has spent the past several weeks lecturing us that if we don't allow him to build a mosque at Ground Zero, we will be provoking Islamic violence.  "Our national security now hinges on how we negotiate this, how we speak about it, and what we do," he intoned on CNN.
    

"[T]he headline in the Muslim world will be Islam is under attack in America, this will strengthen the radicals in the Muslim world, help their recruitment, this will put our people -- our soldiers, our troops, our embassies, our citizens -- under attack in the Muslim world and we have expanded and given and fueled terrorism."

    
Obama has echoed this message with regard to the near-burning of the Koran by Pastor Terry Jones last week.  He said that burning a Koran would provoke "serious violence" against Americans in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that it would provide a "recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda."  Whether the success of a "strong horse" building a triumphal mosque/community center on the ruins of Ground Zero also would be used as a "recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda" was not mentioned.  This is odd, because everyone who knows an atom about the Islamist mindset knows this interpretation of the world to be absolutely, although not uniquely, theirs.

It's predictable enough to hear this Americans-exercising-their-rights-causes-terrorism-so-it's-their-fault message from a terror-supporter like Rauf, who considers it his obligation to push America into dialogue with terrorist groups like Hamas.  But from Obama, our nation's alleged Commander-in-Chief, whose most important responsibility is to protect American citizens from "enemies both foreign and domestic," this message is disgustingly candy-assed.

As Obama is fond of saying, this was a teachable moment...or it could have been.  It was not a moment to teach the Muslim world about how we value the Koran or to teach Americans about how or why we should respect Islam.  It could have been a teachable moment for the Muslim world.  It was a chance for Obama to demonstrate to the Muslim world that we will not back down in the face of psychotic ragefests, that we will continue to exercise our rights as we see fit, and -- the truest lesson in tolerance -- that we will allow people to commit offensive acts with which we disagree even if we disagree with them.

Instead, Obama shilled on behalf of the Islamists yet again.  He made excuses for primitives across the globe to engage in their favorite party game: berserk, vein-popping raging; burning American flags; and blowing up such worthless items as human beings of all stripes and 7th-century statues of Buddha.  Obama justified their violence.  He was the ridiculous third-grade teacher who watches two kids call each other names, then observes as one of the kids breaks a coke bottle over the other one's head, and then finally condemns the bleeding-from-his-eyeballs kid for having engaged in the great unwashed, uncivilized act of name-calling.

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Obama's Muslim Mess


"The bottom line is this -- if the Koran is burned, our troops will be in greater danger.  It’s that simple…"

    
Austin Hill says that remark came from a certain military officer (an officer who will remain unnamed here), during a special press briefing I attended regarding upcoming foreign troop deployments.  The news of a threatened "Koran burning ceremony" to be held in Florida was being widely reported at the time, and a journalist had asked the Officer for comment.

In response to the Officer’s comment, I followed up by asking "if Americans didn’t exercise their Second Amendment rights, would the troops be safer?"

"With all due respect, I think you’re politicizing the matter, sir," the Officer said to me, "and I have no further comment…"

It was appropriate that the Officer had "no further comment."  But I wasn’t politicizing anything.  I was asking a very serious, sobering, and legitimate question, a question that all Americans should be asking in the face of the Obama Administration’s disposition towards Islamic Radicalism.

Since the inauguration, Barack Obama has articulated a vision of "the Muslim Word," as he calls it, and practitioners of the Muslim faith, that conveniently ignores what is frighteningly obvious to most Americans: that some of the most horrific and gruesome murders and terrorist acts on the planet these days are committed by people who call themselves Muslims, and claim to be following the edicts of the Koran.

Obama set this pattern of denial in motion back in June of 2009, when he made good on his campaign promise of delivering a speech in the capitol city of a predominantly Muslim nation.

Speaking at Cairo University in that month, Obama said, in part, "I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.  Instead, they overlap, and share common principles -- principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings…"

Five months after that speech, the United States sustained what previously may have been unthinkable -- a terrorist attack at an Army base in Texas, all at the hands of an Army Major who was -- yes, you guessed it -- a Muslim.  Major Nidal Hasan, a Medical Doctor in the U.S. Army, shot and killed 13 other Army soldiers and wounded 30 other people.  He claimed that he was operating in allegiance to the Koran, and his Muslim faith.

As Obama spoke at the Memorial Service for the dead soldiers, he referred to the murders as "craven acts," and insisted that "no just and loving God looks upon then with favor."  But how are we to take these remarks?

Was Obama insinuating that the "God" of Islam is not "just" and not "loving?"  This proposition is doubtful.  More likely, Obama’s remarks were intended to suggest that Maj. Hasan wasn’t really behaving as a "real Muslim" would, so, therefore, these "craven acts" were no indictment on Islam.

But since the massacre at Fort Hood, we have sustained two other terrorist attacks on American soil -- the "underwear bomber" case on Christmas Day last year, and the effort to blow up Times Square in Manhattan last Spring.  Both of these incidents were terrorist attacks (despite Homeland Security Secretary Janet Naplitano’s claim that "The system worked" last December -- it did not), attacks that were both fortunately thwarted before they could be carried out to full fruition.

All three of these acts were carried-out by people who called themselves Muslims.  And if these terrorists each called themselves a "Muslim," who am I -- and who is Barack Obama -- to insist that they are not?

Obama’s timid stance with "the Muslim World" stands in stark contrast to this undeniable reality: In America, we are a very diverse bunch, but we generally get along with each other pretty well.

We are Christians and Jews and Secularists.  We are theologically conservative Protestants and Catholics and Jews, and we are theologically liberal Protestants and Catholics and Jews.  We are Atheists and Buddhists and Mormons and Bahai’s and completely irreligious.  "Church" and "synagogue" and "temple" happen every weekend in America, as do sporting events and naps and work and play.  As Americans we go about these activities according to our own wishes, being disagreeable with each other at times, yes, but still living together and getting along.

But then, there is this one particular group in America and around the world that can’t seem to play by America’s "we all get along" terms.  According to Obama, our lives are jeopardized if we so much as state the obvious about this group.

If Obama continues with his denial of the obvious, he will continue to alienate America, and weaken our nation abroad.

One thing is clear -- before Obama we weren't talking about Islam and Muslims all the time -- Obama has already done a lot to advance Islam in America -- especially for a "mainline" Christian.
Muslim Prayers In The Streets Of New York
John Cashman says this is New York City on Madison Ave, not Baghdad, or Islamabad, or Mecca, or Cairo, its New York City!
    
    
Imagine a Christmas Mass at a local church in NYC that was over-crowded.  Would they be able to fill the streets and stop traffic?

Of course we know the answer is a resounding, NO!

A Christian Nation cannot put up a Christmas scene of the baby Jesus in a public place, but the Muslims can stop normal traffic every Friday afternoon by worshiping in the streets.  Something is happening in America that is reminiscent of what is happening in Europe.  This is political correctness gone crazy!

These are accurate pictures of every Friday afternoon in several locations throughout NYC where there are mosques with a large number of Muslims that cannot fit into the mosque.  They fill the surrounding streets, facing east for a couple of hours between about 2 & 4 p.m.

Besides the one at 42nd St and Madison Ave, there is another, even larger group, at 94th St & 3rd Ave, etc., etc.
    
    
This is in New York City on Madison Avenue, not in France or the Middle East or Yemen or Kenya.

Is there a message here?  Yes, there is, and they are claiming America for Allah.  If we don’t wake up soon, we are going to "politically correct" ourselves right out of our own faiths, homes, and country!

This is an exercise of power -- not religion.  It's a scam. The Muslims overload their mosques and pour out into the streets.  It's Islamization, right before our eyes.  It's how they intend to conquer America.  This is coming here if we don't stop it -- and stop it soon.
An Imam Tells It Like It Is

    
There it is.  "The east and the west shall be governed by the Sharia," and "the Flag of Islam will one day fly over the White House."

And that
Daisy Rauf is a liar.  She claims that, "Islam is a religion of pluralism...," but the Imam sets her straight.

Immigration,
Islamization, political correctness, and diversity are their current weapons of choice.  When there are sufficient numbers of Muslims here, the violence will commence.

In the meantime, Barack Obama will continue to be Islam's biggest booster and facilitator.
Obama Has Undercut U.S. Prestige
Brian Fitzpatrick says Obama's olive branch approach to overseas issues has crippled America's effort in the war on Islamist terrorism and undercut the nation's prestige, according to an expert on international terrorism and terror funding.

"From traveling and being in touch with many Europeans and people from around the world, I know that the status of the U.S. has really diminished," said Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, founder of the American Center for Democracy.  "It's still a very powerful country, but the current policies are not serving it well.  We are a target for the Chinese, and they see us as more vulnerable since Obama took over.  I think the Russians think so, too.  I don't speak for Israel, but it's my impression that many Israelis don't think the U.S. is an ally like it has been.  They are very wary," Ehrenfeld added.

"The Palestinians have declared again and again in their Arabic language propaganda that Israel doesn't have the right to exist.  Even their children's television shows are filled with programs calling for jihad and killing Jews.  Yet Obama persists in believing that you can reason with people who are prepared to kill you, but the Palestinians, as always, come to Washington saying it's Israel that doesn't want peace, and the administration goes along with the charade, blaming the Israelis."

Far from winning friends in Arab countries, the Obama approach toward Israel is winning only contempt, according to Ehrenfeld.  "They view us as fools.  They think the West is corrupt and greedy, and therefore they can take advantage of it."

Asked what America ought to be doing in the war against Islamist terror, Ehrenfeld responded: "What war?  We're not at war with radical Islam.  If we were, we'd designate Saudi Arabia as a terrorism-supporting country and be serious about Iran.  …We'd limit contributions from Saudi Arabia to organizations here, and go after the Conference of Islamic States OIC, whose mandate is to liberate Jerusalem through jihad."

Ehrenfeld said the Saudis are the world's greatest financial backers of global Islamist terror groups.  According to the expert, the Saudis are bankrolling efforts to spread Islam, by means both peaceful and violent, throughout the world and particularly in the U.S.  "In America, they're funding NGOs, mosques, lobbies in Washington, universities, and fund students and faculty to go there.  They advance political correctness, to stop people from saying anything critical about Islam or Saudi Arabia."

"Most of the mosques in the U.S. preach Wahhabism [the fundamentalist Islamic doctrine that calls Muslims to spread the dominion of Shariah law by word or by sword], and most are funded by Saudi Arabia, it is a mainstream position," among American Muslims.

"There are plenty of radical Muslim organizations in the United States.  They're creating a basis for converting more Americans to Islam, and their ability to incite people to commit terrorist acts for jihad has not been diminished."

Ehrenfeld said the West's whole approach toward fighting Islamic terror, with its focus on fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, has to change.  "The bigger problem is Islam itself. … Sixty percent of the Quran and the primary texts of Islam deal with the Kafir (infidels)."

Ehrenfeld called for Western countries to reject Islamist pressure to allow Shariah to supersede Western democratic laws.  "There were periods when Muslims lived peacefully with others, when they couldn't take advantage and force themselves on others.  That's no longer the case."
The Jihad Against A Seattle Cartoonist
Robert Spencer says it should be front-page news in every newspaper in the country: Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris has given up her job, her home, and even her identity because of death threats for Islamic supremacists.  That Islamic jihadists can force an American citizen into hiding for exercising her freedom of speech is bad enough; that her cause has aroused only indifference from the media and the nation’s leading officials is even worse.

Norris was a popular cartoonist for the Seattle Weekly. Her life changed forever a few months ago when she announced "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" on Facebook.  It was a lark, but with a serious point about violent threats and intimidation: if Islamic supremacists were threatening to murder European cartoonists Kurt Westergaard and Lars Vilks because of their cartoons of Muhammad, and anyone else who dared to draw him, then if everyone drew him, the thugs couldn’t possibly kill us all, could they?

And now Norris herself has become a living illustration of how right her point was in the first place, and yet the political and media elites are not standing with her.  "On the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI," the Seattle Weekly explained, "she is, as they put it, 'going ghost': moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity.  She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor.  She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program–except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab."

This is in sharp contrast to the Ground Zero mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is receiving protection from the New York City Police Department because of threats he has allegedly received.  In even sharper contrast, Gainsville, Florida authorities have announced that they plan to bill the abortive Koran-burner Terry Jones $180,000 for security costs for the Koran-burning event that he ultimately called off after a blizzard of international publicity, all negative -- despite the fact that they never bothered to warn Jones beforehand that he would be footing the bill.

Molly Norris’s cause should be taken up by all free people -- not least, Barack Obama.  Obama could have explained that human beings control their own reactions to things.  If Muslims chose yet again to riot and murder because of Terry Jones or Molly Norris, that would be a choice they would be making out of an unlimited array of other choices.  Instead, Western authorities have fallen into the Islamic supremacists' trap and are starting to behave in just the way they want them to: thinking that they must not do certain things, because if they do, there will be violence from Muslims.  Yet that violence is in every case solely the responsibility of the perpetrator, not of anyone else.

Obama could have said that the idea that Molly Norris would have to give up her career and live in hiding because of cartoons is unconscionable.  He could have told the Islamic world that cartoons depicting Muhammad did not harm Muslims, and that the willingness of some Muslims to commit murder over such depictions was the only thing that made people care to draw Muhammad in the first place.

Obama could also have said that to threaten people with death because of cartoons was destructive to free speech and hence to free societies -- and as such, it was something that the U.S. would do everything it could to resist.  He could have announced that Molly Norris and others who were threatened for exercising their freedom of speech would be given full round-the-clock protection -- and that if violent protests and riots over cartoons broke out in areas where American troops were deployed, those troops would put down those riots and protect the innocent to the fullest possible extent.

Apparently when Muslims behave with violent irrationality, Obama thinks that it is entirely the responsibility of non-Muslims to clean up the mess they make.  In these dark days we don’t have any leaders who will stand up for the freedom of expression, explaining its importance as a bulwark against tyranny.  Molly Norris, wherever she is, and the embattled free people of the United States, deserve better.
Obama Goes Home
Kendra Marr is reporting that Barack Obama will celebrate "Hero’s Day," an Indonesian holiday on November 9th during his stop in Indonesia.  Hero’s Day  commemorates the defeat of British and Dutch troops to win the nation’s independence in 1945.  Obama will lay a wreath at a cemetery.

The next day Obama will visit the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakartaone, of the world’s largest mosques.  Islam is the dominant religion in populous Indonesia, making it the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.

White House national security aide Ben Rhodes said the visit is standard protocol for Obama, who visited the famed Blue Mosque while on a visit to Turkey shortly after his inauguration.  "When he visited Muslim-majority countries as president, he has often visited the most prominent mosques.  The president is very much looking forward to this opportunity," Rhodes said.

Obama will also make a speech in a yet-to-be-determined venue, discussing the the "close ties" of the two countries, as well as American outreach to the Muslim world and Indonesia’s success as a democracy.  He’ll also touch on his own childhood in Indonesia where Obama attended the mosque and studied the Quran in its native Arabic for several years.

It’ll be a big crowd, as Obama is "very popular" because of his biography and policies, Rhodes said, and added, "He wanted to have the opportunity to reach more Indonesian people."  And it’ll be "a bit of a check-in" with the Muslim world after the president’s much-lauded speech at Cairo University in June 2009.

There no doubt that Obama is "very popular" because of his biography.  After all, the Indonesian title of Obama's book is, "Jihad: From Jakarta To The Whitehouse."

Rhodes confirms the fact that visiting mosques is standard protocol for Obama.  "The president is very much looking forward to this opportunity" -- a truly believable statement.

One of the first things Obama did when he occupied the Oval Office is to send the bust of Winston Churchill back to England, and now he's going to celebrate the defeat of the British.  More evidence that he is still miffed at the British for their treatment of his grandfather, a Mau-Mau spy.

And, you can measure that "American outreach to the Muslim world..." in billions of U. S. tax-payer dollars.
The Fruits Of Obama's Muslim Outreach
David Limbaugh says, I realize it's unfair and, according to some, even racist to hold Obama accountable for his failed economic policies and cynical campaign promises, but could we at least raise a question or two about his foreign policy boasts?

Was it not Obama who said that President George W. Bush had tarnished our image in the world and that he would restore it by reaching out to the Muslim world and not "engaging in the same sort of cowboy diplomacy as George Bush"?

Obama wasn't alone.  The conventional wisdom on the left, both at home and abroad, was that America's policies were partially responsible for incurring the wrath of jihadists that led to the 9/11 attacks and that President Bush's aggressive response to the attacks had exacerbated the problem.

Shortly after Obama was elected, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu said that Obama's very election had turned America's (abysmal) global image on its head.  He wrote in The Washington Post, "A few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, we had our first shock, hearing your president respond not with the statesmanlike demeanor we had come to expect from a U.S. head of state but like a Western gunslinger."  Tutu then proceeded to list the many alleged sins of the United States under Bush: our abuse of prisoners, rendition, torture, "hostility to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases," our refusal to assent to the authority of the International Criminal Court, and "the arrogant unilateralism (we have) employed in declaring to be enemies any countries (we) deemed 'against us' because they were not 'for us.'"  The "Bush administration," wrote Tutu, "has riled people everywhere.  Its bully-boy attitude has sadly polarized our world."

Reading this makes me wonder whether Tutu has been one of Obama's speechwriters.  All the talking points are there.  Could anyone read Tutu's words, which should be revolting to patriotic Americans, and deny that they mirror Obama's both on the campaign trail and during office?  It's all there, from the cowboy references to torture to unilateralism to rendition and prisoner abuse to environmental wackoism to America's "arrogance."

The thinking clearly is that not only did America not have a right to respond aggressively to the unprovoked terrorist attacks on our soil but also doing so has been counterproductive and that reversing the Bush policies would strengthen our position and make us safer.  That Obama fully embraced and implemented this philosophy cannot be disputed.

I suppose the left's logic is that though Muslims are very peaceful, you'd better not provoke them or they'll turn into jihadists, which is what gave rise to 9/11.  So we shouldn't have further provoked the radicals by declaring war on them following their unprovoked attack because that just made them angrier and caused more peaceful Muslims to join their ranks.

Thus, Obama eagerly began his quixotic expedition of Muslim outreach, telling the world's Muslims in Cairo how bad America had been and how much America owed Muslims for their contribution to the advancement of American civilization.  He apologized elsewhere for America's "arrogance," "dismissiveness," "derisiveness" and "disengagement."

Speaking of arrogance, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced that simply through his world apology tour, Obama had "changed the image of America around the world" and made the United States "safer and stronger."

In fact, as I note in "Crimes Against Liberty," while the administration continues to promote the dangerous fable that America is safer under its retreat-and-surrender approach to the war, "Americans are beginning to notice ... that incidents of terrorism are rising on U.S. soil."

Indeed, Americans are less safe not only at home but also overseas.  Did you see Monday's headlines?  From the Drudge Report alone, we saw these telltale zingers: "Airport Lobbies Possible Terror Targets in European Plot, Official Says," "Ahmadinejad: USA has 'dragged the world in mud' ... calls for leaders to be 'buried,'" "Muslim Leader On ABC's This Week: Islam Will Conquer the White House."

Saner minds understand that jihadists are not jihadists because of America's tough interrogation techniques or because we didn't Mirandize them on the battlefield.  They respect not groveling, but strength, as witnessed by Osama bin Laden's encouragement to launch the 9/11 attacks based on his perception that we were a paper tiger.

Others, such as Obama, will continue to believe their lying eyes as they pursue ludicrous and outrageous unconstitutional policies, such as converting NASA into an international vehicle for Muslim outreach.  Just when you thought things couldn't get crazier at the White House.
Muslim Leaders Approve Obama's Jihad Remarks
The Times of India is reporting that Muslim activists and opinion-makers on Sunday widely approved of Barack Obama's remarks on jihad without hiding their reservations about the US policy towards the current turmoil in the Islamic world.

They sought to draw a line between the real meaning of "jihad" and the current spell of violence targeting the innocent.

In their opinion Obama's comments on jihad at Mumbai's St. Xavier's College earlier in the day was a clear attempt at separating the violent campaign from the basic concept of jihad.

"Jihad can in no way assume the form of violence against the innocent and those who are perpetrating such violent acts have done great disservice to Islam," said Kamal Farooqi, a prominent member of the All Muslim Personal Law Board.  "To that extent President Obama is correct," he said.

Farooqi agreed with Obama that certain elements had distorted the image of Islam by resorting to violence in the name of faith.

Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind leader Maulana Masood Madani said that Obama "correctly" understood that wrong impressions about jihad had been created in the wake of distortions of the concept by certain elements.  "It's true that jihad has been wrongly interpreted by some people; however, I don't know by what yardsticks the US brands someone a jihadi or non-jihadi," said Madani, a Rajya Sabha member.

The same view was shared by Congress MP Rashid Alvi who forcefully argued that Islam could in no way be judged by the activity of terrorist organizations like al-Qaida or Lashkar-e-Taiba.

"He is right -- jihad originally meant struggle against injustice, it does not mean killing the innocent," Alvi said.

He said that the current crisis facing Islam had been set off by the activity of a small group.  "There is nothing wrong with the religion, Obama is right," he said.

Well, Sweetness & Light says to turn to the Oxford English Dictionary to see how the term has been understood through the history of the English language:
    

jihad
[Arab. jihad struggle, contest, spec. one for the propagation of Islam.]

A religious war of Muslims against unbelievers in Islam, inculcated as a duty by the Koran and traditions.

    
The Oxford English Dictonary’s first quote for usage dates back to 1869.  There has never been any doubt at the meaning of this all.

There has never been any doubt about the meaning of this term until lately.
Obama Reaches Out To Muslims (Again)
Kara Rowland, reporting On Obama's Indonesian visit, says that Barack Obama, building on his previous efforts to reach out to the Muslim world, stressed that the United States "is not and will never be at war with Islam."
    

"We do have a choice: We can choose to be defined by our differences, and give in to a future of suspicion and mistrust, or we can choose to do the hard work of forging common ground, and commit ourselves to the steady pursuit of progress....in the 17 months that have passed [since the Cairo speech] we have made some progress, but much more work remains to be done."

    
Obama's address, delivered at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, represented a follow-up to his absurd speech in Cairo last year, in which he drew the wrong lessons from this history, and proceeded from some false assumptions, that if carried through to their logical conclusion, will make the situation between Islam and the west worse.

While reaching out to Muslims, Obama found time to blast Israel for building housing in Jerusalem, and he made no mention of the Indonesian genocide in East Timor.
First Muslim Sends Greetings
AFP is reporting that Barack Obama and his wife Michelle extended good wishes Monday to the world's 1.57 billion Muslims ahead of the Eid al-Adha religious holiday.

Earlier, around two million white-robed Muslims converged at Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabi as the hajj, the world's largest annual pilgrimage, peaked at the site of the Prophet Mohammed's last sermon.

"Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and wish safe travels to those performing hajj," Obama said in a statement.

"This year, nearly three million pilgrims from more than 160 countries -- including the United States -- have gathered in Mecca and neighboring sites to perform the hajj rituals and stand together in prayer."

In his message, the usurper said the religious holiday serves as "a reminder of the shared values and the common roots of three of the world's major religions."

And, what did these prayerful Muslims do in Saudi Arabia?

Hundreds of thousands of "moderate" Muslims chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" -- what else?
    
    
Weasel Zippers reports "God is the Greatest," "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" were among slogans chanted by the masses in unison as they gathered in the Desert of Arafat near Mecca, where more than 2 million Muslims have gathered.

Qazi-Asgar read a message from the Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, who told Muslims to engage in "struggle and resistance against the aggressions of the United States and the Zionist regime."

"Today the Zionist regime is no more the undefeatable monster of 30 years ago," he said.  "The United States and the West are also no more the unquestionable decision-makers of the Middle East that they were two decades ago.  Today the arrogant United States, the self-styled commandant of the Islamic region and the real sponsor of the Zionist regime, is bogged down in the quagmire of its own making in Afghanistan."

He began his speech by saying that "the growing wave of Islamic awakening heralds a glorious future for the Muslim community…  The enemy’s extensive propaganda campaigns to promote Islamophobia are hasty attempts at sowing discord among Islamic faiths and fueling factional prejudices."

Khamenei continued, "No virtue is better than rescuing nations from the demonic clutches of hegemonic powers, and no vice is worse than depending on and serving hegemonic powers," referring to the United States.

Related:  "In a Symbol of Spirituality" Muslims Hold "Death to America" Rally At Hajj -- with great pictures

Related:  Egyptian Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha By Torching Christian Coptic Homes


It's interesting that the Ayatollah has picked up on the American Left's "Islamophobia" meme.
Hajji Sarah Prayed For Obama To Be Muslim
AFP is reporting that Obama's Kenyan grandmother says she prayed during a hajj pilgrimage to Mecca for Obama to convert to Islam, a newspaper revealed on Thursday.

"I prayed for my grandson Barack to convert to Islam," said Sarah Omar, 88, in an interview with Al-Watan Saudi daily held in Jeddah after she had performed hajj.

The paper said that Omar was in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage along with her son, Obama's uncle Saeed Hussein Obama, and four of her grandchildren.

Omar told the newspaper that she could only discuss hajj matters and would not comment on Obama's politics.

The family appeared to have been hosted by the Saudi government for hajj. Saeed thanked King Abdullah for his "kind hospitality," the paper said.

US opinion polls in August revealed that roughly one in five Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim, a claim categorically denied by the White House that has maintained that he is a "committed Christian."

But, but, but . . . The New York Times says he's Muslim.
"Thank Allah for Obama’s Presidency"
AhlulBayt News Agency is reporting that Barack Obama has created great hope in the Islamic world, the Saudi King Abdullah told a top US official that he should restore America's credibility in the Muslim countries, according to a leaked State Department cable by WikiLeaks .

This was communicated personally by the King, to John Brennan, Obama's counter terrorism advisor, when the latter went to meet him in March 2009 and delivered a personal letter of the US President to the Saudi King.

"Thank God for bringing Obama to the Presidency," the King answered, which has created "great hope" in the Muslim world .

"May God grant him strength and patience, Abdullah continued, May God protect him.  I'm concerned about his personal safety.  America and the world need such a President," the Saudi King said according to the State Department cable.

Abdullah said his one piece of advice was that restoring US credibility in the world was critically important.  Brennan responded that this was an important issue for Obama as well.

"Brennan said that under President Obama we will restore our credibility," the cable said.
Saudi Media Fall For Obama Muslim Joke
AsiaOne News reports that when a US satirist joked that Barack Obama will admit to Congress that he is Muslim in his latest compromise with Republicans, Saudi media took it seriously.

On Friday the online version of Al-Hayat newspaper and the prominent news website Sabq.org both reported straightforwardly humorist Andy Borowitz's column that began:
     

"In his latest effort to find common ground with Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama said today that he was willing to agree that he is a Muslim."

    
"In agreeing that he is a Muslim, Mr. Obama is sending a clear signal that he is trying to find consensus," Borowitz said in the column posted on the Huffington Post and The Borowitz Report websites this week.

Both Al-Hayat, one of the Middle East's most influential newspapers, and Sabq, believed to be controlled by the Saudi interior ministry, apparently missed the joke.

"Obama doesn't mind coming out as a Muslim if that will satisfy the Republicans," the Al-Hayat headline said.

"Obama: 'I'm ready to announce that I am a Muslim,'" led Sabq.

Both repeated Borowitz's "quote" of Obama saying:" My place of birth has been, and will always be, negotiable."

"White House sources indicated today that the president might be willing to meet the GOP (Grand Old Party -- the Republicans) halfway on his birthplace and say that he was born in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean," Borowitz joked.

Despite Obama repeatedly saying he is Christian, because his native-Kenyan father was born a Muslim, and because his middle name is Hussein, many Muslims and even The New York Times suspect he is secretly Muslim.
Obama's DoJ Promises to Keep Serving Muslim Interests

Ben Johnson says here's a measure of just how subservient our present leadership is to American Muslims: Attorney General Eric Holder is reassuring Muslim groups that the Justice Department will continue persecuting prosecuting their enemies after they "raised concerns" the feds were unfairly targeting the Religion of Peace.  The trouble, it seems, is that the Justice Department keeps arresting Muslims trying to blow their adopted country to Mahdi-come.  According to TheBlaze.com:

      

Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated his resolve to prosecute hate crimes while standing behind the methods used in anti-terrorism cases during a speech Friday night before a Muslim advocacy group near San Francisco.

    

Speaking to Muslim Advocates, a San Francisco-based group, Holder told the group that he's heard from many Muslim and Arab Americans who feel uneasy and singled out by law enforcement.

    

The organization is one of several groups voicing concerns over hate crimes, alleged rights violations at the hands of law enforcement and the tactics used in anti-terrorism cases.

    

Carefully-crafted sting operations by FBI and Justice Department officials have included plots against a Portland, Ore., Christmas celebration, Dallas skyscrapers, Washington subways, a Chicago nightclub and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

     

(You can read more of Holder's groveling here.)

 

A patriotic Attorney General may have asked his hosts why it is the DoJ arrests Muslims, and only Muslims, ready to perpetrate religious violence against the United States.  He would have had the guts to challenge Muslims to assimilate into the mainstream of the United States or enjoy their privilege of living under their theocratic code of Shari'a law -- in some country that follows it.

    

If Muslims in America paid greater allegiance to the United States than they do to the worldwide Islamic ummah, they would welcome the enhanced scrutiny as their contribution to America's well-being.  Just 50 years ago, John F. Kennedy took great pains to prove he would not subject America to Roman Catholic rule, although Catholics had been present in Maryland since colonial times.  Rather than seek approval of the 98-plus percent of Infidel-Americans, Muslims demand their accommodation -- probably because they so often receive it.

 

Instead of calling them to task, Eric Holder is reassuring Muslim organizations -- which have been remarkably lax about condemning Muslim terrorism -- that he will use his limited resources to jail criminals who commit thoughtcrime in the midst of perpetrating an actual crime.

 

Forget the fact that, according to the latest FBI statistics, anti-Muslim "hate crimes" are immensely exaggerated.  There were one-fifth as many anti-Muslim "hate crimes" last year as there were following 9/11.  In fact, numerous other groups -- including whites -- were more likely to be victims of hate crimes in America than Muslims.  There were 107 anti-Muslim "hate crimes" in 2009 vs. 545 anti-white ones.  Hell, Pacific Islanders appear to have suffered more hate crimes than Muslims in 2009 (126 for PI and other "Asians").

 

Coincidentally, Holder made his promise just as the United Nations is set to vote on the Defamation of Religions Resolution, which would give Islamic regimes international cover to continue persecuting non-Muslims.

 

The Justice Department long ago sold out the American people to reward Obama's domestic constituencies -- like the Black Panthers -- and to punish his political enemies.  Holder's words prove it.  Although he is apologizing for arresting Muslim jihadists, Obama has instructed the FBI to monitor pro-life groups, and his Department of Homeland Security issued a report branding Christian conservative military veterans, "the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States."

 

Holder's speech is a facet of Obama's biggest and most successful community organizing drive of heaping together a Rainbow Coalition to subvert the U.S. Constitution.  America desperately needs a president who will serve notice on all enemies -- foreign and domestic.

Mosque Blast Outrage
Gulf Daily News is reporting that Barack Obama strongly condemned an "outrageous terrorist attack" by a suicide bomber at a religious procession in Chabahar, Iran, which killed 39 people.

Obama said in a written statement:
   

"The murder of innocent civilians in their place of worship during Ashoora is a despicable offence, and those who carried it out must be held accountable.  "This is a disgraceful and cowardly act."

    
Obama said such acts recognized no religious, political or national boundaries, adding that the US condemned terrorism wherever it occurs, saying:
    

"The US stands with the families and loved ones of those killed and injured, and with the Iranian people, in the face of this injustice."

    
Obama has never, ever condemned the systematic destruction of Christian churches and persecution of Christians in Muslim countries.

However, Pope Benedict XVI singled out Christians as the religious group that suffers from the most persecution on Thursday, denouncing lack of freedom of worship as an "intolerable" threat to world security.

The message reflected a pressing concern by Benedict in recent months for the plight of Christian minorities in parts of the world, especially in the Middle East.

"Sadly, the year now ending has again been marked by persecution, discrimination, terrible acts of violence and religious intolerance," Benedict lamented in the message for World Peace Day, celebrated by the church on Jan. 1, but traditionally released in advance

He wrote that he was especially thinking of Iraq ," that continues to be a theater of violence and strife" as it aims for stability and reconciliation.

Benedict singled out the "reprehensible attack" on a Baghdad cathedral during Mass in October, killing two priests and more than 50 other worshippers, as well as attacks on private homes that "spread fear within the Christian community and (create) a desire on the part of many to emigrate in search of a better life."

Obama has never said a word about the Islamic suppression and humiliation of Egypt’s Coptic community, nor the persecution of the Christian church in Somalia.

Obama keeps telling us he's a Christian, but his words and deeds lay lie to that claim.
Obama Sought To Empower British Muslims
Live Leak is reporting the Obama administration directed embassy employees in the U.K. to conduct outreach to help "empower" the British Muslim community, according to a classified U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.

A separate cable summarized statistics showing a rise in the British Muslim population and increased radicalization there.  The cable referenced a poll that showed 32 percent of Muslims on U.K. campuses believe killing in the name of religion is justified, while 40 percent want Muslims in the U.K. to be under Islamic law, or Sharia.

A cable dated Feb. 5 directed as a "top priority" for the U.S. embassy in Britain to conduct outreach to the Muslim community there.
    

"Although people of Muslim faith make up only 3 to 4 percent of the U.K.'s population, outreach to this key audience is vital to U.S. foreign policy interests in the U.K. and beyond. ... This is a top Mission priority."

    
The cable summarized a plan involving "engagement and community capacity-building" to counter "violent extremism."

Among the plan's dictates:
    

 "Empowering Muslim communities to mobilize against extremism."

 "Empowering Muslim communities to build community resilience."

 Encouraging community cohesion, respect for pluralism and integration across ethnic and religious groups."

 "Increasing Muslim communities, understanding of U.S. foreign policy in Muslim countries and counter-terrorism objectives; countering the view that the West is at war with Islam."

    
The cable went on to commend the American ambassador to the U.K., Louis Susman, for making Muslim engagement a top priority.

States the cable: "Beginning with an Iftar in 2009 shortly after his arrival, he has spoken to Muslim groups in Wales and Scotland, visited the London Central Mosque, and hosted an interfaith breakfast at his residence, among other activities."

Susman, however, has recently come under fire for his visit to the East London Mosque, which is accused of hosting and espousing extremist Islamist views that have encouraged terrorist acts.  The mosque has twice hosted speeches by senior al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Walaki.

Meanwhile, a separate cable, dated Jan. 6, 2009, relates troubling statistics for British Muslims, including a growth of that community to over 2 million.

Among the statistics cited:
    

 Unemployment rates were higher for Muslims than any other religion, for both men and women.

 Muslims were most likely to be unavailable or not actively seeking work due to reasons such as disability, being a student, or looking after the family and home.

 Muslims had the highest rates of disability, with 24 percent of females and 21 percent of males claiming a disability.

 According to a poll of 600 Muslim and 800 non-Muslim students at 30 universities throughout the U.K. conducted by the Centre for Social Cohesion, 32 percent of Muslims on U.K. campuses believe killing in the name of religion is justified, 54 percent wanted a Muslim party to represent their world view in Parliament and 40 percent want Muslims in the U.K. to be under Islamic law.

    
For a "committed Christian," Obama sure is working his ass off to promote Islam and Muslims.
A "Committed Christian" My Ass
Eric Holder told Muslims gathered at the annual dinner of an anti-FBI group called the Muslim Advocates that:
    

"We are committed to using criminal and civil rights laws to protect Muslim Americans" in the workplace, housing market and schools, he said, adding that he was making it "a top priority."

    
A cable, dated Feb. 5, directed as a "top priority" for the U.S. embassy in Britain to conduct outreach to the Muslim community there, said:
    

"Although people of Muslim faith make up only 3 to 4 percent of the U.K.'s population, outreach to this key audience is vital to U.S. foreign policy interests in the U.K. and beyond. ... This is a top Mission priority."

    
Obama has never said a word about the Islamic suppression and humiliation of Egypt’s Coptic community, nor the persecution of the Christian church in Somalia, but when a mosque was torched in Iraq, he said:
    

"The murder of innocent civilians in their place of worship during Ashoora is a despicable offence, and those who carried it out must be held accountable. "This is a disgraceful and cowardly act."

    
Previously, Obama directed the head of NASA to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering.  NASA Chief Golden described this directive as his "foremost" priority.

And on April, 2009, Obama made an address to the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Turkey, in which he talked about the contribution of the Islamic faith in the life of American Muslims and then he personalized that message by saying:
    

"We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation"... "We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world -- including in my own country," and, "I know because I am one of them."

    
Obama has also invited the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the organization behind the global jihad, to the White House.

Meanwhile, as Christmas trees are taken down, creches removed, and Santa Claus banned, Obama continues to insist he's a "committed Christian."
Barack Obama's Department Of Selective Justice
John Hindraker says he's a few days late, but it is worth noting this editorial by Investors Business Daily on the Obama Justice Department's selective enforcement of the laws:
    

On Monday, Justice sued an Illinois school district for rejecting a Muslim teacher's request to take a three-week leave of absence to travel to Mecca.  The suit claims that the Berkeley School District discriminated against middle-school instructor Safoorah Khan, whose religion "required" her to perform the hajj, and is seeking damages for this so-called victim.

But it's not stopping there.  It seeks an order mandating school officials adopt policies accommodating all Muslim customs, no matter how unreasonable.

    
The vast majority of Muslims never make it to Mecca on their own time, let alone their employers'.  The lawsuit in which DOJ joined strikes me as another instance of "lawfare," in which radical Muslims, probably associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, are trying to carve out ever-growing spaces in which Sharia becomes the law of the land.
    

Attorney General Eric Holder is fulfilling a promise to pander to the special interests of Muslims.  In June 2009, he pledged "a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim community" that includes "robust enforcement" of "religious freedoms."

"We are committed to using criminal and civil rights laws to protect Muslim Americans" in the workplace, housing market and schools, he said, adding that he was making it "a top priority."

Earlier this month, Holder spoke in San Francisco at the annual dinner of an anti-FBI group called the Muslim Advocates, whom he described as "partners in our work to promote tolerance."

He told Muslims gathered there that all 94 U.S. attorney's offices were partnering with the department's Civil Rights Division to act as "force multipliers" in helping to protect the Muslim community.  He informed them that he'd brought a third of the nation's U.S. attorneys to Washington for an unprecedented meeting to work on being more "sensitive" toward Muslims.

"Last year," moreover, "I established an Arab-American and Muslim Engagement Advisory Group to help identify more effective ways for the Justice Department to foster greater communication and collaboration -- as well as a new level of respect and understanding -- between law enforcement and Muslim and Arab-American communities," Holder said.

   
"Equal justice under law" is an ideal to which the Obama administration does not aspire.  Rather, as the most divisive administration in memory, it has friends, and it has enemies.  Its thumb is always on the scale, one way or another.
 

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