Meet the first Muslim president

first muslim presidentby David Kupelian

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‘My Muslim President Obama’

For a president whose policies over the past four years, both at home and  abroad, have been passionately and relentlessly pro-Muslim, one wonders how the  elite media could somehow have missed the camel in the living room: Barack Obama  is the “first Muslim president.”

This is not breaking news. As American Muslim writer Asma Gull Hasan wrote in  a widely read Forbes article titled “My  Muslim President Obama”: “I know President Obama is not Muslim, but I am  tempted nevertheless to think that he is, as are most Muslims I know. In a very  unscientific oral poll, ranging from family members to Muslim acquaintances,  many of us feel … that we have our first American Muslim president in Barack  Hussein Obama.”

“Since Election Day,” Hasan confesses, “I have been part of more and more  conversations with Muslims in which it was either offhandedly agreed that Obama  is Muslim or enthusiastically blurted out. In commenting on our new president, ‘I have to support my fellow Muslim brother,’ would slip out of my mouth before  I had a chance to think twice.”

But another aspect of having elected our “first Muslim president” is much  more consequential, as veteran CIA officer and intelligence expert Clare  Lopez chronicles. Under Obama, she writes:

“America’s involvement in the global jihad against Western civilization – on  the side of the jihadis – is accelerating. Instead of standing firm as leader of  the free world and defender of inalienable human rights, U.S. policy is shifting  demonstrably to the defense of those who systematically deny such rights to  their own people and seek to suppress them everywhere.”

Noting that since 2009, “U.S. foreign policy has backed al-Qaida and Muslim  Brotherhood power plays in Libya, Egypt and now Syria, too,” Lopez reports that  our State Department “is working closely with the Organization of Islamic  Cooperation, whose top objective is the criminalization of the criticism of  Islam.”

Meanwhile, adds Lopez, here in the U.S. “the White House cultivates  relationships with CAIR/Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leadership figures and  associates,” while “instructors, trainers and any curriculum that would describe  accurately the link between Islamic doctrine, law and scripture and Islamic  terrorism have been methodically purged from U.S. government, intelligence and  law enforcement classrooms.”

So, according to the established cultural norm of what constitutes a “first something president,” Obama qualifies as “Muslim” at least as much as  Bill Clinton qualifies as “black.”

But let’s go a little further: How much literal truth might there be  to this honorary title no one in the establishment press sees fit to confer on  Barack Obama?

Respected Islam expert Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle  East Forum, has exhaustively documented “Obama’s  Muslim childhood.” Here are just a few of the dozens of non-disputable  evidentiary facts cited by Pipes:

  • “In Islam, the father passes his faith to the children; and when a Muslim  male has children with a non-Muslim female, Islam considers the children Muslim.  Obama’s grandfather and father having been Muslims – the extent of their piety  matters not at all – means that, in Muslim eyes, Barack was born a Muslim.
  • “Arabic forenames based on the H-S-N trilateral root … (Husayn or Hussein,  Hasan, Hassân, Hassanein, Ahsan, and others) are exclusively bestowed on Muslim  babies. … Obama’s middle name, Hussein, explicitly proclaims him a born  Muslim.
  • “Obama was registered at a Catholic school in Jakarta as ‘Barry Soetoro.’ A  surviving document lists him as born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961; in addition,  it lists him having Indonesian nationality and Muslim religion.
  • “He was also registered as Muslim at SD Besuki: Although Besuki … is a  public school, Obama curiously refers to it in ‘The Audacity of Hope’ (p. 154)  as ‘the Muslim school’ he attended in Jakarta. Its records have not survived,  but several journalists (Haroon Siddiqui of the Toronto Star, Paul Watson of the  Los Angeles Times, David Maraniss of the Washington Post) have all confirmed  that there too, he was registered as a Muslim.
  • “Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama’s younger half-sister, said her father (Barack’s  stepfather) attended the mosque ‘for big communal events,’ and the Chicago  Tribune’s foreign correspondent Kim Barker found that ‘Obama occasionally  followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers.’
  • “Muslim clothing: Zulfin Adi, among Obama’s closest childhood friends,  recalls about Obama, ‘I remember him wearing a sarong.’ Likewise, [the  Washington Post’s] Maraniss found not only that ‘His classmates recalled that  Barry wore a sarong’ but had written exchanges indicating that he continued to  wear this garment in the United States. This fact has religious implications  because, in Indonesian culture, only Muslims wear sarongs.
  • “Obama says that in Indonesia, he ‘didn’t practice [Islam],’ an assertion  that inadvertently acknowledges his Muslim identity by implying he was a  non-observant Muslim. But several of those who knew him contradict this  recollection. Rony Amir describes Obama as ‘previously quite religious in  Islam.’ A former teacher, Tine Hahiyary, quoted in the Kaltim Post, says the  future president took part in advanced Islamic religious lessons: ‘I remember  that he had studied mengaji.’ In the context of Southeast Asian Islam, mengaji Quran means to recite the Koran in Arabic, a difficult task  denoting advanced study.”

“The record,” concludes Pipes, “points to Obama having been born a Muslim to  a non-practicing Muslim father and having lived for four years in a fully Muslim  milieu under the auspices of his Muslim Indonesian stepfather. For these  reasons, those who knew Obama in Indonesia considered him a Muslim.”

All right, that was then. But what about today?

Even as president, observes Pipes:

“… when addressing Muslim audiences, Obama uses specifically Muslim phrases  that recall his Muslim identity. He addressed audiences both in Cairo (in June  2009) and Jakarta (in November 2010) with ‘as-salaamu alaykum,’ a greeting that  he, who went to Koran class, knows is reserved for one Muslim addressing  another. In Cairo, he also deployed several other pious terms that signal to  Muslims he is one of them:

  • “The Holy Koran” (a term mentioned five times): an exact translation from  the standard Arabic reference to the Islamic scripture, al-Qur’an al-Karim.
  • “The right path”: a translation of the Arabic as-sirat al-mustaqim, which  Muslims ask God to guide them along each time they pray.
  • “I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it  was first revealed”: Non-Muslims do not refer to Islam as “revealed.”
  • “The story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed … joined in prayer”: This Koranic tale of a night journey establishes the leadership of Muhammad over  all other holy figures, including Jesus.
  • “Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them”: a translation of the  Arabic ‘alayhim as-salam, which pious Muslims say after mentioning the names of  dead prophets other than Muhammad. (A different salutation, sall Allahu alayhi  wa-sallam, “May God honor him and grant him peace,” properly follows Muhammad’s  name, but this phrase is almost never said in English.)

Beyond all these things, what honest conclusion – other than that the  president has a tremendous hidden attachment to Islam – could one possibly draw  after reading Obama’s March 2007 interview  with the New York Times’ Nicholas D. Kristof, who wrote:

“Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting  them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated  (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to  prayer as ‘one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.’”

’The grand jihad’

Ironically, none of Obama’s documented Islamic background may matter very  much, since his demonstrated camaraderie with Islamists is typical of  far-leftists and doesn’t require a personal Muslim upbringing such as Obama  had.

In his bestselling book, “The  Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America,” former federal  prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy explains how and why hardcore leftists and radical  Muslims – despite their obvious differences – work together.

“Like the neocommunist, the Islamist works to impose his version of ‘social  justice.’ It is a very specific Islamic prescription, and elements of it diverge  markedly from the neocommunist’s more amorphous utopia. But the essentials of  their visions coalesce: They are totalitarian, collectivist, and antithetical to  the core conceit of American constitutional democracy, individual liberty.  Today’s left-leaning, Islamophilic Obamedia consciously ignores the convergence,  but America’s 44th president and America’s enemies have a common  dream.”

Thus, while there is no evidence Obama is today a practicing Muslim, what is  far more important than his current religious affiliation is what his deep-down  sympathies, affinities and loyalties truly are – and what sorts of policies  those affinities lead him to pursue.

One final thought: Having lived through a tumultuous era in which the two  biggest geopolitical challenges to America’s very existence as a free nation  have been Marxism and Shariah Islam, it’s a testament to modern Americans’ advancing spiritual blindness that we have chosen – twice – a president in  thrall to both.

There’s a perfect logic to the “grand jihad” uniting these two ungodly forces  against the rare and exotic bloom of individual liberty. Both movements are  based on rejection of Christianity, Judaism and the “Judeo-Christian values” that comprise the moral foundation of Western Civilization. Both are fixated to  an ecstatic vision of a utopia that cannot exist in reality because it defies  all the laws of God and man and human nature and common sense.

And, although superficially incompatible with each other, both are on the  same side of the great war between good and evil, each intent on captivating as  many free people as possible in the process of imposing a deluded paradise that  never was, and never can be.

Read the entire article at WND

David Kupelian is an award-winning journalist, managing editor of WND, editor of  Whistleblower magazine, and author of the best-selling book, The  Marketing of Evil His newest book, How  Evil Works, released to much critical acclaim in the spring of 2010.

See also:

Obama’s ring: ‘There is no god but Allah’ (counterjihadreport.com)


Obama: ‘I have never been a Muslim’- President’s personal accounts reveal inconsistencies

“If a writer will fabricate the details about his own mother’s terminal illness  and quest for insurance, then he will probably fudge on anything.”

By Daniel Pipes:

Editor’s Note: In this first of a five-part series, Middle East and Islam  specialist Daniel Pipes begins his inquiry into Barack Obama’s early Muslim  connections by noting the president’s autobiographical inaccuracies. Future  installments will establish his many connections to Islam.

President Obama has come out swinging against his Republican rival,  sponsoring television advertisements that ask, “What is Mitt Romney hiding?” The  allusion is to such relatively minor matters as Mr. Romney’s prior tax returns,  the date he stopped working for Bain Capital and the nonpublic records from his  service heading the Salt Lake City Olympics and as governor of Massachusetts.  Mr. Obama has defended his demands that Mr. Romney release more information  about himself, declaring in August that “the American people have assumed that  if you want to be president of the United States that your life’s an open book  when it comes to things like your finances.” Liberals such as Paul Krugman of  the New York Times enthusiastically endorse this focus on Mr. Romney’s personal  history.

If President Obama and his supporters wish to focus on biography, of course,  that is a game two can play. Already, the temperate, mild-mannered Mr. Romney  has criticized Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign as “based on falsehood and  dishonesty,” and a television ad went further, asserting that Mr. Obama “doesn’t  tell the truth.”

A focus on openness and honesty is likely to hurt Mr. Obama far more than Mr.  Romney. Mr. Obama remains the mystery candidate with an autobiography full of  gaps and even fabrications. For example, to sell his autobiography in 1991, Mr.  Obama claimed that he “was born in Kenya.” He lied about never having been a  member and candidate of the 1990s Chicago socialist New Party. When Stanley  Kurtz produced evidence to establish that he was a member, Mr. Obama’s flacks  smeared and dismissed Mr. Kurtz. Mr. Obama’s 1995 autobiography, “Dreams from My  Father,” contains a torrent of inaccuracies and falsehoods about his maternal  grandfather, his father, his mother, his parents’ wedding, his stepfather’s  father, his high school friend, his girlfriend, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn,  and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. As Victor Davis Hanson put it, “If a writer will  fabricate the details about his own mother’s terminal illness and quest for  insurance, then he will probably fudge on anything.”

Into this larger pattern of mendacity about his past life arises the question  of Mr. Obama’s discussion of his faith, perhaps the most singular and outrageous  of his lies.

Asked about the religion of his childhood and youth, Mr. Obama offers  contradictory answers. He finessed a March 2004 question, “Have you always been  a Christian?” by replying: “I was raised more by my mother and my mother was  Christian.” But in December 2007, he belatedly decided to give a straight  answer: “My mother was a Christian from Kansas.  I was raised by my mother. So,  I’ve always been a Christian.” In February 2009, however, he offered a  completely different account:

“I was not raised in a particularly religious household. I had a father who  was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing  Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion. I  didn’t become a Christian until  I moved to the South Side of Chicago after  college.”

He further elaborated on this answer in September 2010, saying, “I came to my  Christian faith later in life.”

Which is it? Has Mr. Obama “always been a Christian” or did he “become a  Christian” after college? Self-contradiction on so fundamental a matter of  identity, when added to the general questioning about the accuracy of his  autobiography, raises questions about veracity. Would someone telling the truth  say such varied and opposite things about himself? Inconsistency is typical of  fabrication: When making things up, it’s hard to stick with the same story. Mr.  Obama appears to be hiding something. Was he the areligious child of irreligious  parents? Or was he always a Christian? A Muslim? Or was he, in fact, something  of his own creation — a Christian Muslim?

Mr. Obama provides some information on his Islamic background in his two  books, “Dreams from My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope” (2006). In 2007, when  Hillary Rodham Clinton was still the favored Democratic candidate for president,  a number of reporters dug up information about Mr. Obama’s time in Indonesia.  His statements as president have provided important insights into his mentality.  The major biographies of Mr. Obama, however, whether friendly (such as those by  David Maraniss, David Mendell and David Remnick) or hostile (such as those by  Jack Cashill, Jerome R. Corsi, Dinesh D’Souza, Aaron Klein, Edward Klein and  Stanley Kurtz), devote little attention to this topic.

I shall establish his having been born and raised a Muslim, provide  confirming evidence from recent years, survey the perceptions of him as a  Muslim, and place this deception in the larger context of Mr. Obama’s  autobiographical fictions.

To begin with, Barack Obama readily acknowledges that his paternal  grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, converted to Islam. Indeed, “Dreams” (Page  407) contains a long quote from his paternal grandmother explaining the  grandfather’s reasons for doing so: Christianity’s ways appeared to be “foolish  sentiment” to him, “something to comfort women,” and so he converted to Islam,  thinking “its practices conformed more closely to his beliefs” (Page 104).  Barack Obama readily told this to all comers: When asked by a barber (Page 149), “You a Muslim?” for example, he replied, “Grandfather was.”

Mr. Obama presents his parents and stepfather as nonreligious. He notes in “Audacity” (Pages 204-5), that his “father had been raised a Muslim” but was a “confirmed atheist” by the time he met Barack’s mother, who, in turn, “professed  secularism.” His stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, “like most Indonesians, was raised a  Muslim,” though he was a nonpracticing, syncretic one who “followed a brand of  Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu  faiths” (“Dreams,” Page 37).

Read more at Washington Times

Daniel Pipes (DanielPipes.org) is president of the Middle East Forum.

Also see:

Islamist Influences on President Obama (discoverthenetworks.com)

Report: Obama said ‘I Am a Muslim’ by Pamela Geller,  6/16/2010(americanthinker.com)

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