Russ Hepler reports:
In his first visit to a U.S. mosque, President Obama didn’t waste time trashing America and re-writing its history.
In an “in your face” move designed to disparage the Republican candidates for President, Mr. Obama went to a nearby Baltimore Islamic center and gave a highly provocative and distorted speech praising Islam and trashing those who oppose the religion.
Breitbart reports first:
President Obama spoke warmly about Islam during his speech at a mosque today, highlighting the contributions that Muslims had made to the fabric of American society.
“Islam has always been part of America,” he said, detailing the beginnings of the religion among African slaves brought to America. He also pointed out that Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Virginia statute for religious freedom that the “Mohammedan” should have his faith protected in the United States.
Obama met with Muslim leaders during a visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, before delivering a speech there. This is Obama’s first visit to a mosque as president – although George W. Bush also visited a mosque in New York City after the attacks of 9/11.
Okay, first of all, Islam’s influence on colonial America was largely non-existent. The vast, vast majority of early Americans were Christian Protestants. Second in population were Christian Catholics. A small minority of Jews were also welcomed here.
The notion that the majority of African slaves brought here were Muslims is also nonsense. Most African slaves had primitive animistic religions – worship of nature and ancestors.
In fact, it was Muslim Arabs that captured and sold almost all of the African slaves to Dutch merchants to bring to America.
But, Obama’s speech gets worse in its distortions as CNS News explains:
President Barack Obama said today in a speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore that one fact that has not been “communicated on a regular basis through our media” is that “for more than a thousand years people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace.”
“Whoever wants to enter paradise, the Prophet Mohammad taught, let him treat people the way he would love to be treated,” Obama said. “And for Christians like myself I am assuming that sounds familiar.”
Religion of peace? We reported here about Islam’s real history of murder, bloodshed, rape, and slave trading.
President Obama also has his head in the sand when it comes to Islam’s recent history. The vast, vast majority of terrorist attacks over the past 40 years have been carried out by Islamic Jihadists hell-bent on spreading the faith via violence and terror.
He conveniently forgot to mention that!
On top of his gross mischaracterization of Islam’s history, the President also distorted basic Christian theology – the religion he claims to have converted from Islam to believing.
Core Christian theology doesn’t teach that one attains heaven by being “nice” to people. Salvation is a gift resulting from Jesus Christ’s sacrificial atoning death on the cross. It is freely available to anyone who is willing to repent of their sins and accept this gift of God’s grace.
The notion of “personal goodness” is a vile corruption of Christianity, but no doubt espoused by Obama’s former pastor – the radical liberal Jeremiah Wright.
Sadly, these distortions of reality by the President are at the heart of who he is as we explained here some time ago.
And, this warped sense of reality also led the President to create a “straw man” of non-existent persecution of American Muslims as One News Now reveals:
Inserting himself into a debate that has ricocheted in the presidential campaign, Obama told parishioners at a mosque outside Baltimore that he’d heard from young Muslims worried they’ll be rounded up and kicked out of the country. He said Muslims, too, are concerned about the threat of terrorism but are too often blamed as a group “for the violent acts of the very few.”
“We’ve seen children bullied, we’ve seen mosques vandalized,” Obama said, warning that such unequal treatment for certain groups in society tears at the nation’s fabric. “That’s not who we are.”
“We have to understand: An attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,” Obama said. He said it fell on all Americans to speak up.
And, of course Obama had to bring a racial element into the message as well as One News Now explains:
Obama challenged Hollywood to start casting Muslims in roles “that are unrelated to national security.” Drawing a parallel with African-Americans’ struggle for broad societal acceptance, he noted, “there was a time when there were no black people on television.”
So, how was the speech received? At least one Republican Presidential candidate is praising the President – Breitbart names names:
Wednesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) offered his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore earlier in the day.
Bush praised Obama for making speech, despite having not seen it. The former Florida governor called it important and appropriate.
BUSH: If it was a good speech, I’m happy, because I think it’s important for the president to lead in this regard. And my brother did it much earlier in his tenure than Barack Obama’s done it in the eighth year. And I’m not quite sure he avoided doing this, but it was appropriate to do it. And sometimes, you have to give someone credit for a job well done.
No wonder Jeb has to pay people to sit in seats at his rallies!
Will Obama’s speech change anything? It certainly won’t change history. It certainly won’t change the coddling of radical Islamic terrorists the Obama Administration continues to do.
So why do it? Who knows? Perhaps he has some lingering sense of guilt for leaving the religion of his youth, if he has indeed done so.