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Obama a 'Secret Muslim' No More?
POLITICS DAILY ^ | 06/3/09 | DAVID KNOWLES

Posted on 06/03/2009 10:04:42 AM PDT by kellynla

Of all the silly claims that have been made about President Barack Obama, perhaps the silliest is that he is a "secret Muslim." The internet is full websites and viral e-mail that use doctored quotes from Obama's two books that purport to prove this assertion, and among his most ardent foes, the idea the Islam lurks in his heart like some sort of Trojan army has never really died away.

Witness the uproar that flared when Obama bowed to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah a few months ago. You see, purveyors of the "secret Muslim" theory bellowed, proof! For this hardy minority of American society, evidence of Obama's latent Islamist tendencies is not hard to find. He wants to talk to Iran. He's tough on Israel. He seems to be apologizing all the time. He's going back to the Middle East this week.

Well, adding fuel to this fire is a new piece by ABC's Jake Tapper and Sulen Miller that makes the case that, now that he's been elected, the president has suddenly become less secret about his Muslim heritage. Witness the recent statement made by Denis McDonough, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications (now there's a mouthful):

"the president himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to--or before he's been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world--you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father--obviously Muslim Americans (are) a key part of Illinois and Chicago."

This is what passes for strategic communication these days? But seriously, the burning bit of news here, according to Tapper and Miller, is that, even though Obama wrote about his family ancestry and schooling in Dreams of My Father, we never heard Obama talk about his Muslim father during the campaign. Was it a concerted strategy to hide his roots from the public? Perhaps. Just as it was a similar strategy to paint Obama as a secret Muslim by those who didn't want him to be president.

The point is, of course Obama wanted people to focus on other issues besides his father's former religion (he became an agnostic by the time he met Obama's mother). Likewise, we might ask: Is emphasizing those ties now the wrong strategy when trying to foster greater cooperation with the Muslim world?

Yes, Obama has members of his extended family who are or were Muslim. Strategically shifting the emphasis of this fact doesn't make Obama any more or less of a Muslim himself. Nor does it make him dishonest. Rather, it shows that he's a smart politician.

Context is everything in political discourse, and while the ABC story does accurately note a shift in tone to a more open vocalization of Obama's Muslim ties, it doesn't really give much credit to the smear campaign launched against Obama in the '08 campaign.

Given widespread unease and prejudice against Muslims among Americans, especially in the wake of 9/11, the Obama campaign was perhaps understandably very sensitive during the primaries and general election to downplay the candidate's Muslim roots.

Gee, really? Yes, given the manner in which his opponents wielded Obama's middle name, the strategic releasing of a photograph showing Obama wearing Kenyan tribal garb, and all the scurrilous attempts made to paint him as a secret Muslim, I suppose it was perhaps understandable that he might be sensitive.

With its selective stringing together of quotes, along with its flashy title "The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots", the ABC piece is already proving to be yet more fodder to those who cling to the belief that President will, at any moment, step forth from the White House wearing a turban and carrying a Koran.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; husseinobama; islam; muslim; obama; obamaandgod

1 posted on 06/03/2009 10:04:42 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: kellynla

Excellent post!

And don’t forget “Tolly-bahn” and “Pock-ee-stahn”.....


2 posted on 06/03/2009 10:08:23 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: kellynla

3 posted on 06/03/2009 10:09:26 AM PDT by edzo4 (NoBama 2012)
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To: kellynla
yet more fodder to those who cling to the belief that President will, at any moment, step forth from the White House wearing a turban ...

Silly idea. What possible reason could obama have for dressing in a manner that signals support for those who hate our country and work to kill Americans?

Nevermind.

4 posted on 06/03/2009 10:09:57 AM PDT by TurtleUp (So this is how liberty dies - to thunderous applause!)
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To: kellynla
Turns out this is more accurate than the New Yorker realized...
5 posted on 06/03/2009 10:15:18 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama: "Enough about me, let's talk about you...what do you think of me?")
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To: edzo4

FUBO was born in Hawaii as an American citizen like I was born on Mars


6 posted on 06/03/2009 10:15:22 AM PDT by clamper1797 (FUBO ... protege of the unholy union of Karl Marx and affirmative action)
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To: kellynla

As far as Islamic law is concerned President Obama - by dint of his undisputed birth to a Muslim father - was born a Muslim and remains a Muslim until the day he dies, whether he professes Islamic belief or not.

If he professes Christian belief, then he’s simply an apostate Muslim, which is punishable under Islamic law by execution by beheading, according to prevailing modern Islamic legal scholarship.


7 posted on 06/03/2009 10:15:56 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: kellynla
The Push to ‘Otherize’ Obama (NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: September 20, 2008)

Here’s a sad monument to the sleaziness of this presidential campaign: Almost one-third of voters “know” that Barack Obama is a Muslim or believe that he could be...

...A Pew Research Center survey released a few days ago found that only half of Americans correctly know that Mr. Obama is a Christian. Meanwhile, 13 percent of registered voters say that he is a Muslim, compared with 12 percent in June and 10 percent in March.

More ominously, a rising share — now 16 percent — say they aren’t sure about his religion because they’ve heard “different things” about it.

When I’ve traveled around the country, particularly to my childhood home in rural Oregon, I’ve been struck by the number of people who ask something like: That Obama — is he really a Christian? Isn’t he a Muslim or something?

...(Obama is) far more active in church than John McCain is.

...I’m writing in part out of a sense of personal responsibility. Those who suggest that Mr. Obama is a Muslim — as if that in itself were wrong — regularly cite my own columns, especially an interview last year in which I asked him about Islam and his boyhood in Indonesia. In that interview, Mr. Obama praised the Arabic call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset,” and he repeated the opening of it.

This should surprise no one: the call to prayer blasts from mosque loudspeakers five times a day, and Mr. Obama would have had to have been deaf not to learn the words as a child.


8 posted on 06/03/2009 10:19:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Justice is blind. Sonia Sotomayor is not even qualified to sit on an IMPARTIAL jury.)
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To: kellynla

My message to Knowles is this: if Obama ever releases his real birth certificate and his college transcripts we’ll have some truth about this matter. Until then I’ll continue believing both are being witheld because they’ll prove he’s a Muslim.


9 posted on 06/03/2009 10:24:21 AM PDT by Bernard Marx ("Civilizations die by suicide, not from murder" Toynbee)
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To: kellynla

Obama has spent a lot of money and time trying to make us believe he is not a Muslim


10 posted on 06/03/2009 10:26:17 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: TurtleUp

LOL that’s funny and sad


11 posted on 06/03/2009 10:28:40 AM PDT by Sophia777
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To: freekitty

Obama has spent a lot of money and time trying to make us believe he is not a Muslim


It would go a long way if he would just eat a ham sandwich. Doubt it’s going to happen, tho.


12 posted on 06/03/2009 10:40:10 AM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: freekitty

And allot of money and time trying to make us believe he is a natural born citizen.


13 posted on 06/03/2009 10:43:15 AM PDT by b4its2late (I love defenseless animals, especially in a good gravy.)
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To: kellynla
I take him at his word: in an interview with George Stephanapolous on ABC TV, Obama said "My Muslim faith..."
A simple mistake? Not likely. As a Catholic, I'd never say my Jewish faith, or Hindu faith, let alone Muslim faith. It's like forgetting the names of your children. A slip of the tonque? Absolutely: one that told the truth.
14 posted on 06/03/2009 10:48:31 AM PDT by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: loungitude

Oh, he’s already eaten pork chops during his campaign.


15 posted on 06/03/2009 11:05:59 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Frank_2001

Still no word from Iman Obama on the Black Muslim killing an Army recruiter. And today, he lied about 2 1/2 million USA Muslims making this nation a large Muslim nation. Frankly ,if all 2 and 1/2 million disappeared it would not affect America. We better not be led down the path to France, Britain and Germany as those jihadists multiply to force out nation to kow tow to Allah.


16 posted on 06/03/2009 11:18:36 AM PDT by phillyfanatic ( iT)
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To: kellynla

Quick,

someone photoshop a huge “bling clock” on that chain!


17 posted on 06/03/2009 11:19:42 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: freekitty

taqiyya


18 posted on 06/03/2009 11:20:16 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: kellynla; JoeA

It’s clear now that he no longer attends church on Sundays, his declaration that the U.S. is not a Christian nation, and from his Notre Dame speech urging graduates to abandon Catholic Christian moral teaching and open their hearts to moral relativism on abortion and embryonic stem cell research that his affilation with the Rev. Wright church in Chicago was political and one of convenience. Whatever his real faith, he does not represent Christian culture or civilization.


19 posted on 06/03/2009 11:32:26 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

Quite true: where are the news reports of his going to church on Sunday with the family. Heck, even Clinton made a show of going to church.


20 posted on 06/03/2009 2:24:09 PM PDT by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: JoeA

The state run media will cover for our muzzie much more than the somewhat free media covered for the Kennedy family. The comment about obama slipping and stating that he was a muzzie is quite accurate. Thanks media, you brought us this nightmare and the ironic thing is that you will suffer along with the rest of us. Their idealogy blinded them and as some point it will come back to bite them in the butt. “America’s chickens have come home to roost”. I take that to mean that liberalism will be our downfall with our illegal, muslim, America hating, ignorant guy who plays president on TV and his media just swoons like he is some hollowwood star coming out of rehab for the eighth time.


21 posted on 06/03/2009 2:43:19 PM PDT by Texas resident (Texan by birth and by choice.)
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To: Texas resident

Talk about covering for him, Stephanapolous actually corrected him, said “Your Christian faith”, and Obama said yes, my Christian faith. Imagine what the outcry would be if it were anyone but Obama.


22 posted on 06/03/2009 4:08:32 PM PDT by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: kellynla

obama is a christian to christians, a muslim to muslims; he is pro-life to pro-lifers, pro-abortion to pro-abortion people. He is all things to all people.


23 posted on 06/03/2009 4:27:00 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: kellynla

Love This Post. He was born via a Muslim Father. Case Closed. By the time he leaves office, he will have declared himself a Muslim in some interview, somewhere and enough time will have passed that people won’t care. He’s taken the Bill Clinton Playbook of “deny deny deny” to the extreme, to the complete detriment of this nation. Just listen to the nonsense he’s been spouting everywhere the first 4 months of his presidency.


24 posted on 06/03/2009 4:28:59 PM PDT by Pagey (B. Hussein Obama has no experience running anything, except his pedestrian mouth.)
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To: kellynla; Islaminaction; Bokababe; lightman

Is this Barack Hussein Obama’s real religion?

http://www.alittleleaven.com/2009/02/chrislam.html

I of course will be commenting on this forum after I hear Obama’s Cairo speech. But so far, the run-up to that speech is a total DISASTER!!!!


25 posted on 06/03/2009 5:20:10 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: kellynla

obumpa


26 posted on 06/03/2009 8:12:41 PM PDT by Dajjal (Obama is an Ericksonian NLP hypnotist.)
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