Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why Do Some Americans Think President Obama is a Muslim?

I am repeating this post I did almost four years ago.  I think the belief by some Americans that president Obama is a Muslim is still out there and therefore, that makes this post still relevant today.  

The reason I am repeating this post at this time is because of the consistent refusal [especially recently] by president Obama to connect radical Muslims to the terror being committed by self proclaimed Muslims.

Just showing respect?
March 25, 2011:   "Why Do Some Americans Think President Obama Is A Muslim?"

In writing this, I am not saying president Obama is a Muslim. I will take him at his word that he is a Christian.  Also, I want to get this straight, I am not a birther. I believe he was born in Hawaii.  Also, in this post I am not even using the argument that his father and family members were Muslims or that he went to a Muslim school in Indonesia.  Even without using those facts, I still believe a lot of Americans would believe that president Obama is a Muslim.

I bet if you ask those Americans why they think Barack Obama is a Muslim, they can't give you an exact explanation, just that they feel it in their gut.  I don't think that is an unreasonable feeling that these Americans have.  I don't think Americans who think Obama is a Muslim are kooks or that they are unintelligent or that they are bigots        

I will give just a few examples of Obama's own words in the past, that may lead many sensible Americans to have this feeling in their gut.:

* When running for president in a debate with Hillary Clinton,  Obama was asked by Hillary Clinton to denounce Louis Farrakhan. The reason is because this vile anti Semite was effusively  praising on Obama. Obama hemmed and hawed how he didn't agree with all of Farrakhan's statements.  Hillary kept on Obama to denounce Farrakhan  So, finally Obama said: "Okay, I denounce Minister Farrakhan".  Obama did not say he denounced Louis Farrakhan or Farrakhan, but he used the honorific "Minister" Farrakhan.  How many Christians or Jews would call this vile man minister?  I think all Muslims though would call him Minister Farrakhan.

On June 4, 2009, in his Cairo speech and many other times, Obama has referred to the Koran as the Holy Koran.  Tell me when you have ever heard a Christian or a Jew refer to the Koran as the Holy Koran.  I have never heard any Christian other than president Obama refer to it that way.   I do think all Muslims would refer to it that way.

* Also, in his Cairo speech, the president demanded that members of the Muslim Brotherhood have guaranteed seats to hear his speechWould many or any Christian leaders in the United States  make that demand?  But I bet a Muslim leader might make that demand.

* Also, in his Cairo speech Obama told the Muslims "when it was first revealed".  I understand that to mean when Islam was first revealed.  How many Christian leaders would use the term "when it was first revealed"?   But I bet many Muslim leaders would use that phrase.

Obama many times has referred to the Muslim 'call to prayer at sunset' as one of  the prettiest sounds on earth.  Again, I have not heard many Christians say that, but I bet many, if not all, Muslims feel that way.   

Note: Nicholas Kristoff of the New York Times in 2008 wrote Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent.:

* Obama in a press conference on June 23, 2009 said:  "The United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not at all interfering in Iran’s affairs."  Do many Christian politicians in the United States refer to Iran as The 'Islamic Republic' of Iran?  I bet a Muslim leader would always use those words.
Feb. 2015 Update:  Since I published this post almost four years ago, there have been many examples of Islamic terrorism where the president of the United States will go out of his way to explain that the acts couldn't have been committed by Muslims because those acts that have been committed go against the teachings of the Muslim faith [as if he seems to know the religion of Islam more than those committing acts in the name of Isalm do].  President Obama, by going out of his way to always defend the religion of Islam, I believe, is also another reason that some Americans in their guts feel that the president is a Muslim.

We have also just had 21 Coptic Christians be-headed in Libya, and the president shamelessly will not say they were murdered just because they were Christians.  Would any other American leader, Christian or Jewish, fail to mention that those slaughtered by the terrorists were Christians?  But a Muslim leader might do so
Here is my take on it.  I will give president Obama the benefit of the doubt and take him at his word that he is a Christian.  
But there is zero doubt in my mind the president is basically a secularist who has a great affinity for the Muslim religion, much greater than he does for any other religion.


northierthanthou said...

What people 'feel in their gut' is often little more than their own prejudice.

Big Mike said...

I actually agree with you north but it certainly is not in every case and it is not prejudiced but facts that leads me to the conclusion that Barack Obama has more affinity for the Muskum religion than his own Christian religion. In saying that I am not saying he is a Muslim- you are free to disagree.