Monday, June 8, 2009
Obama In Cairo
I’m not so crazy about Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo. Especially since I’m sure it was meant more for consumption by Americans and it was chock full of lies about Islam. And many Americans still think of Obama as an honest man. So many of these lies will be given a longer life.
Obama claims that the US and Islam need not be in competition. Would that that were true. I have seen Islam described as a nonJeffersonian religion. A Jeffersonian religion is one that can and will tolerate the existence of other religions in a civil society in which it exists. But Islam sees itself as both religion and the only acceptable source of law for a society. The Koran allows for Christians and Jews to exist in an Islamic society but only in a restricted manner and not on a plane of equality. This is not an issue as long as the Muslims in a society are in a small minority. Mark Steyn, who has studied and written about societies in flux from minority to majority Muslim, says that after the Muslims population reaches 20% quality of life and civil rights for nonMuslims begin to deteriorate. Just take a look at all the cars that get torched in Paris or the recent riots in Athens. Obama has been around Islam enough to know the truth. Feel free to speculate on why he feels a need to lie about this.
Obama says that Islam believes in tolerance and in the dignity of all humans. That’s a lie and he knows it. They continue to accept slavery. An Islamic government does not tolerate competing religions. Christians and Jews are afforded a small amount of tolerance. And many dead Iraqi and Lebanese Christians would argue even this point. Women are not treated as equals.
He says that Islam is against the killing of innocent women and children. I’m not too sure that applies to nonMuslims. Obama warned Hamas that their tactics of murdering innocent noncombatants loses them moral authority. There is no reason to believe they care. But I think they like the idea of an American president who is this out of touch with reality: who knows what all he might surrender without reciprocity?
I was rather bothered by his assertion that he wants to make it easier for American Muslims to give to Muslim charities since that will probably mean even more money being sent overseas to jihadis.
Here are three quotes from a Jerusalem Post column by Caroline Glick about the speech:
“He spoke of the need to fight Islamic terrorists without mentioning that their intellectual, political and monetary foundations and support come from the very mosques, politicians and regimes in Saudi Arabia and Egypt that Obama extols as moderate and responsible.”
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“In short, Obama's "straight talk" to the Arab world, which began with his disingenuous claim that like America, Islam is committed to "justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings," was consciously and fundamentally fraudulent. And this fraud was advanced to facilitate his goal of placing the Islamic world on equal moral footing with the free world.”
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“. . . a careful study of his statements shows that Obama was actually accepting the Arab view that Israel is a foreign - and therefore unjustifiable - intruder in the Arab world. Indeed, far from attacking their rejection of Israel, Obama legitimized it.”
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Here is a link to a post about Hitchens writing about ‘moderate’ Muslims demanding criminal prosecution of nonMuslims who exercise free speech. And, thanks to Pundit and Pundette a quote from Hitchens about the Cairo speech: “Does the president think that the veil and the burqa are also freely chosen fashion statements? This sort of naiveté is worrying, and it means that among the global Muslim audience, the wrong sort of people were laughing at us, while the ones who ought to be our friends and allies were shedding a disappointed tear.”