Why do so many Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? Two polls released last week were a shock to Big Media and Obama acolytes because of the increased belief among Americans that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim (and even more Americans either do not know or perhaps refuse to believe the Obama protestations about his religious identity). The PEW poll was taken before the Mosque of Doom became an issue. The Time magazine poll was in the field on the Monday and Tuesday after Obama bungled into the Mosque of Doom controversy.
“A new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama’s religion is. The survey was completed in early August, before Obama’s recent comments about the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center.
The view that Obama is a Muslim is more widespread among his political opponents than among his backers. Roughly a third of conservative Republicans (34%) say Obama is a Muslim, as do 30% of those who disapprove of Obama’s job performance. But even among many of his supporters and allies, less than half now say Obama is a Christian. Among Democrats, for instance, 46% say Obama is a Christian, down from 55% in March 2009.”
Why do so many Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? It’s not because being a Muslim is a dirty thing to be. It’s because every day the Big Media and Barack Obama created delusions during the primary and general election campaigns of 2008 are proven a lie. So why not be willing to believe that Obama’s words about his religion are also a lie?
Why do so many Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? It’s not because being a Muslim is a dirty thing to be. The short answer is because increasingly Americans wake up in the morning and go to bed at night reciting our mantra as revealed truth:
“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.“
Big Media protects Barack Obama now as during the elections of 2008. Big Media sold Obama as a great communicator. Now, the illness of leg tingles when Obama speaks have been cured by the reality of Obama actions and the realization that the words themselves are just sugar water platitudes and phony baloney.
David Paul Kuhn yesterday wrote about the now discredited premise that Barack Obama is a “great communicator”. Kuhn wrote,, “The conventional perceptions of Obama were flawed from the outset.” Kuhn cites the Mosque of Doom, the AIG bonuses, the BP oil gusher, the purge of David Paterson, the “bitter” slap at small town America, and other Obama created disasters of communication.
Kuhn recites all the many advantages Obama enjoyed in 2008 but sums up the end result as “But in the end, it was still the market crash that assured his victory.” Big Media did not vet Barack Obama, attacked Obama opponents with JournoLister fury and connivance, and swooned at every Obama utterance.
All the hype, all the “great communicator” verbiage, all the Hope and Change sloganeering, is now viewed as not congruent with reality or the truth. So why shouldn’t Americans now begin to question the most fundamental elements of an Obama they realize they do not know at all.
Why do so many Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? There’s the full name. Today is one of the few times we have employed Barack Obama’s full name. During the 2008 primary campaigns and subsequently anyone who dared mention the unmentionable middle name was tarred as a “racist” or “Islamaphobe”. Byron York remembers the great unmentionable:
“You a Muslim?”
“Grandfather was,” Obama said, according to his memoir Dreams From My Father.
Smitty’s question, which Obama didn’t exactly answer, prefigured a controversy that continues to this day.
A new poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that 18 percent of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim. That is up from the 12 percent who believed that in October 2008, just before Obama was elected president.
At the same time, the number of Pew respondents who say Obama is a Christian — in Dreams From My Father, he describes his conversion to Christianity under the tutelage of Rev. Jeremiah Wright — has declined from 51 percent in October 2008 to 34 percent now. And the number of people who say they don’t know Obama’s religion is growing, from 32 percent back then to 43 percent today.
The White House blames the situation on a “misinformation campaign” from Obama’s opponents. But Obama and his aides might also blame themselves for the way they’ve handled the Muslim issue over the years.
The question did not come out of nowhere. As Obama said, his grandfather was a Muslim. His father was raised a Muslim before becoming, by Obama’s account, “a confirmed atheist.” Obama’s stepfather was a Muslim. His half-sister Maya told the New York Times that her “whole family was Muslim.”
Obama spent two years in a Muslim school in Indonesia and later, in a conversation with the Times’ Nicholas Kristof, described the Arabic call to prayer, the beginning of which he recited by heart, as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” Given all that, it is entirely accurate and fair to describe Obama as having Muslim roots.
Yet during the campaign his aides shouted down even a measured discussion of the topic, and Obama’s critics could face ostracism simply for uttering the candidate’s middle name. In December 2007, with the Iowa caucuses approaching, former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said of Obama, “I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim. There’s a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal.” Kerrey’s remarks caused an uproar — one TV commentator wondered whether they were “poisoning the well” — and Kerrey later apologized.”
Barack Obama and Big Media JournoListers attacked anyone who mentioned the unmentionable middle name. But then on the bungled Oath of Office on Inauguration Day Barack Obama declared himself Barack Hussein Obama. Obama flashed the “Hussein” on and off – just like the flag lapel pin he disdained with high minded words – only to ostentatiously wear when it convenienced him and his not proud of America wife.
The “Christian” label, like the flag lapel pin, like the “Hussein” middle name was a sometime thing. During the Jeremiah Wright episode we quoted the New York Times:
“Mr. Obama is particularly vulnerable because voters are still getting to know him, said Democratic and Republican strategists — and a few voters as well. The Wright affair “makes me question other things. What else do we not know?” asked Karen Norton, 58, a computer saleswoman in North Carolina and a Republican who said that, until now, she had been stirred by Mr. Obama’s message of national reconciliation.”
“What else do we not know?” The answers are coming in fast and furious and that is why Barack Obama is in daily worsening trouble. Byron York details the Obama hypocrisy as to his Muslim roots:
“Eighteen months later, when President Obama traveled to Cairo for a long-awaited speech to the Muslim world, the White House was saying, and the press was reporting, the same thing Kerrey had to apologize for. “President Obama is now embracing his Muslim roots,” ABC News’ “Nightline” announced. “President Obama’s speech … was laced with references to the Quran and his Muslim roots,” said USA Today. “Obama touched on his own Muslim roots,” reported the Associated Press.[snip]
Pew asked respondents how they learned about Obama’s religion. Most who believe Obama is a Muslim say they learned it through the media. But 11 percent say they learned it through Obama’s “own words and behavior.” Perhaps they read the White House press pool reports, which often describe Obama heading out to play basketball or golf on Sunday mornings.”
Why do so many Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? It’s not only the golf on Sunday mornings and the decades of attendance at the pulpit of “God Damn America” Jeremiah Wright. It’s not only the Obama family tradition of not observing the Christmas holidays with exchanges of gifts as most Christians, even the poorest observe. Perhaps the Obama’s are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Perhaps Antoin “Tony” Rezko performed Santa duties and donated bags of money and that was Christmas. Whatever his religious affiliation or possible atheism there are other reasons to believe Obama is not completely forthcoming on this belief system issue as with everything.
Recall the necessary do-over inaugural oath of office during which no Christian Bible could be found in the White House library or any room in the White House. No Obama lackey or Obama family member thought to cross the street to get a Bible from a nearby church, a Gideon donation hotel Bible, or passerby tourist Bible – if there was a concern on that special day to express religious devotion?
Obama did make a great show, an ostentatious display, of a Lincoln Bible at the official and televised proceedings in order to steal himself into the Lincoln lineage, but in private, the oath was a secular affair. Perhaps its the lackadaisical attitude of the Obamas and their fellow travelers who did not think it would matter to Americans that the Bible was not an Obama concern at all – simply because a Bible is not specifically legally mandated in the Constitution as the oath is?
Why do so many Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? Perhaps it is that the church Obama attended, for decades, celebrated, on the Sunday after September 11, the destruction of the Twin Towers, and the death of thousands of Americans at the hands of organized Islamic hatemongers, with “God Damn America!”
Perhaps it is because Obama was not outraged enough, thought his church was some sort of normal, did not denounce the “God Damn America!” pastor/friend/mentor until that pastor/friend/mentor of decades insulted Obama personally. Muslim bodies were pulverized at ground zero along with Christians and Jews and Sikhs and those of other faiths – but it was a certain rabid Muslim sect and political ideology that championed the attacks. And it was at Obama’s purported “Christian” church where “God Damn America” chants joined “Death to America” chants coming from the caves of Afghanistan and the golden mosques of Saudi Arabia.
Why do so many Americans believe Obama is Muslim? Because increasingly Americans don’t trust Obama and his lies are becoming all too transparent. It is not that being a Muslim is the problem. Perhaps it is the cancellation of the National Day of Prayer? Perhaps it was the stated Obama desire and plans of no traditional Nativity scene in the East Room that is responsible for the head turning poll responses. No doubt it is the sense that Obama has been dishonest for too long about too many things.
There was also the Cairo speech with its ugly adoption of Muslim extremist grievances and distortions of history. There was no mention of Bill Clinton and General Wesley Clark and the fight to save Muslim lives at Obama’s Cairo speech. There was Obama “the Arabs’ lawyer” at Cairo and the insults to Israel, which did not merit a visit, on the Cairo trip. There was also the snub of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. No surprise then that Jews are joining seniors in an Exodus from the once great, now dead, Democratic Party.
Why do so many Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? One large part of the puzzle is that Big Media and the front line shock troops propaganda cadre from JournoListers have been projecting and protecting the many Obama fairy tales so that when Big Media assures Americans that Obama is X Americans immediately suspect the truth is Y.
Why do so many Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? Not because “Muslim” is a dirty word and not because all Muslims are to be feared. But Americans have learned from shattered lives and crumpled buildings that there is a such a thing as “stealth” jihadists who will flim-flam to get into positions of trust. Americans have learned that some, certainly not all and not even a significant in numbers group, of Muslim jihadists will deceive in order to destroy.
Christopher Hitchens, the Hillary Hater and cancer ridden walking corpse, today writes about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the wannabee builder of the Mosque of Doom which Obama wants built before he does not know if he wants it built. Hitchens has called opposition to the Mosque of Doom “stupid and demagogic“. Hitchens also says this about the stealthy Imam Rauf:
“From the beginning, though, I pointed out that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was no great bargain and that his Cordoba Initiative was full of euphemisms about Islamic jihad and Islamic theocracy. I mentioned his sinister belief that the United States was partially responsible for the assault on the World Trade Center and his refusal to take a position on the racist Hamas dictatorship in Gaza. The more one reads through his statements, the more alarming it gets. [snip]
I do not find myself reassured by the fact that Imam Rauf publicly endorses the most extreme and repressive version of Muslim theocracy. The letterhead of the statement, incidentally, describes him as the Cordoba Initiative’s “Founder and Visionary.” Why does that not delight me, either?
Emboldened by the crass nature of the opposition to the center, its defenders have started to talk as if it represented no problem at all and as if the question were solely one of religious tolerance. It would be nice if this were true. But tolerance is one of the first and most awkward questions raised by any examination of Islamism. We are wrong to talk as if the only subject was that of terrorism. As Western Europe has already found to its cost, local Muslim leaders have a habit, once they feel strong enough, of making demands of the most intolerant kind. Sometimes it will be calls for censorship of anything “offensive” to Islam. Sometimes it will be demands for sexual segregation in schools and swimming pools. The script is becoming a very familiar one. And those who make such demands are of course usually quite careful to avoid any association with violence. They merely hint that, if their demands are not taken seriously, there just might be a teeny smidgeon of violence from some other unnamed quarter …
As for the gorgeous mosaic of religious pluralism, it’s easy enough to find mosque Web sites and DVDs that peddle the most disgusting attacks on Jews, Hindus, Christians, unbelievers, and other Muslims—to say nothing of insane diatribes about women and homosexuals. This is why the fake term Islamophobia is so dangerous: It insinuates that any reservations about Islam must ipso facto be “phobic.” A phobia is an irrational fear or dislike. Islamic preaching very often manifests precisely this feature, which is why suspicion of it is by no means irrational.”
Hitchens on his last days on this Earth relates looking at the minaret of the biggest Washington, D.C. mosque. It is where George W. Bush went after 9/11 to express hopes for peace. [Yes, that alleged warmonger Bush could have led the United States into a Kristallnacht of anti-Muslim violence – but instead he reverently respected American Muslims who had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks and many of whom are good people.]
Hitchens relates how a wife of an ambassador taking her dog for a walk hear the mosque “when a bearded man accosted her and brusequely warned her not to take the animal so close to the sacred precincts”. Muslim cabdrivers in the nation’s capital, Hitchens relates are increasingly refusing to accept passengers with “unclean” dogs. Hitchens also dislikes the “display of flags outside, purportedly showing all those nations that are already Muslim.” There is also the proposed by Muslims United Nations resolution “that would circumscribe any criticism of religion in general and of Islam in particular.”
No doubt Hitchens’ article is a response to the disgraceful Time magazine current issue, “Is America Islamophobic?” For all its faults, and all its hypocrisies, and all its shortcomings and failings, it is the United States which enshines in Article VI of its Constitution that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” JFK overcame the “Papist” label with his forthrightness and honesty and gave deeper meaning to Article VI of the great American Constitution. No one doubted which country had JFK’s allegiance.
Why do so many Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? It’s not because of hate of Muslims or intolerance of Muslims. But it certainly is a fear of a certain type of Muslim. As we have always warned there are rotten people and they come in all colors, shapes, genders, and religions. There are rotten people everywhere including high office.
Americans have to be excused for believing anything and everything about Obama. It was the Obama campaign that exploited the strategy of letting the voters project their hopes and fears and dreams unto the blank slate which was Obama. Now that blank slate is the aged and corrupt Picture of Dorian Hussein Gray.
Remember how Obama disdained old issues from the 1990s and the 1960s? Obama promised he would “turn the page“. That’s not quite what he has done. If anything the culture clash is back full force. Whether it is illegal immigration or the Mosque of Doom, because of Barack Obama – the fight is on.
Why do Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? It’s not because Muslim is a dirty word. A great deal of it is that many Americans understand Big Media protected Obama instead of vetting him. Americans still don’t know who this guy is. Americans knew who Hillary Clinton is. Americans knew who John McCain is. But Barack Obama was protected from prying eyes.
Big Media protected Obama and attacked anyone who explored his past or his character. Questions about Barack Obama’s finances, his investments in biotech stocks (followed quickly by political actions which would help those stocks rise), Michelle Obama’s remarkable raise in salary after Obama earmarked her employer money, the assertions of European travel that has still never been disclosed, the Pakistan trip we did not know about until after the election – are all questions that have never been answered about Barack Obama.
Even before the Mosque of Doom, which has surely aggravated the doubts, less than half of Obama SUPPORTERS believe he is a Christian. This religion question is a proxy way of saying:
“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.“
We do not care what Barack Obama’s religion, if any, is. We do care what Obama says about his religion or anything else. We do not believe Barack Obama. We do not trust Barack Obama.