If anyone thinks that Barack Obama is a Muslim now, there is no one to blame but Barack Obama. In his speech in Cairo, Obama said that he had “known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.” Obama didn’t say that he had come to the region where “Muslims believe that Islam was first revealed,” or where Islam “began,” or was “founded.” Revealed.
Obama referred to “the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization [that] led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.” Yes, the West is hostile to misogyny, honor killings, racism and Jew-hatred. Obama also preached about religious freedom – speaking in a country where there is none. Yet he did find time to mention “civilization’s debt to Islam.” The president said that Islam “carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment,” and praised “innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed.”
This is revisionist nonsense. Robert Spencer wrote: “The idea that Islamic culture was once a beacon of learning and enlightenment is a commonly held myth. In fact, much of this has been exaggerated, often for quite transparent apologetic motives.” Nor was that the end of Obama’s Islamic apologetics. Andrew Bostom noted Obama’s Quranic cherry picking: The president quoted Quran 5:32, attempting to “demonstrate that the Quran disapproved of violence and killing,” but left out Quran 5:33, which turns that anti-violence message (taken from the Talmud) into a warning to the Jews that they will be tortured and murdered if they resist Muhammad.
What is the purpose and end result of all this pandering? Foremost is the throwing of Israel under the bus. MK Aryeh Eldad noted that “Obama makes a shocking parallel between the destruction of European Jewry and the suffering that the Arabs of Israel brought upon themselves when they declared war on Israel.” Caroline Glick lamented that Obama “shares the Arab world’s view that there is something basically illegitimate about the Jewish state.”
America did not approve the abandonment of Israel. And America increasingly dislikes this Islam-obsessed president. As of June 5, Rasmussen had Obama’s approval rating at zero – as many disapproving as approving – for the first time since he took office. Yet the mainstream media continue to adore him. Newsweek editor Evan Thomas brought adulation over Obama’s Cairo speech to a whole new level last Friday, declaring on MSNBC: “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above the world, he’s sort of God.”
We should have seen all this coming. Obama deceitfully hid his Muslim background and schooling and his agenda. I started writing about Obama’s religious Muslim background in January 2007, and throughout 2007 and 2008 I presented evidence of Obama’s identification as a Muslim when he was a child, his extremist Muslim family and his Islamic schooling. In December 2007, I wrote, “Barack Obama went to a madrassa in Jakarta. A madrassa in a Muslim country. Whether he was devout or secular, he knows what was taught. He knows what is in the Quran. Even if he is ambiguous, he knows the stakes involved. His father was a Muslim who took three wives (without divorcing). His stepfather and close members of his family are devout Muslims. Not an unimportant influence.” And who can forget Obama’s bald-faced lies to the Jews? In February 2008, Obama told Jewish leaders: “If anyone is still puzzled about the facts, in fact I have never been a Muslim.” Yet he was registered as a Muslim in an Indonesian school.
Nor was that all. Terrorists supported him. There were the phone banks in Gaza supporting his campaign. Tens of thousands of jihad dollars from a Hamas controlled refugee camp in Gaza filled his coffers. Mosques in the U.S. were preaching for Obama. Khalid Al Mansour, a racist Islamist very much in the mold of Louis Farrakhan and Obama’s anti-Semitic, anti-American pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, sponsored Obama for Harvard. When Wright was exposed as a member of the hate group the Nation of Islam prior to his leadership of his Black Liberation church, the mainstream media yawned.
Americans rely on our media to vet our candidates. But the media morphed in 2008. Instead of investigative journalism, the American people were victims of activist propagandizing. Obama was never vetted. His lies were never exposed.
And so now we have our first Muslim presidency, just eight years after 9/11. The media can spin their subjugation and adulation a million different ways, but America did not vote for a “Muslim presidency,” which is what this is. Everything this president has done so far has helped foster America’s submission to Islam.
The Cairo speech was just the beginning. Imagine what the next three and a half years will bring to what Obama has called “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”
Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs website and former associate publisher of the New York Observer. Her op-eds have appeared in The Washington Times, The American Thinker, Israel National News and other publications.