CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 13, 2015 — Bit by bit. Piece by piece. President Obama is chipping away at the bedrock of the United States by sculpting, buffing, chiseling and reshaping the Constitution in his own image. Obama has become the Michelangelo of politics.
His strategy is working. Create enough diversion and controversy over large issues so he can customize the foundation of the country by adjusting smaller items that eventually accumulate into something significant.
Case in point: On July 21, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced “modifications” to the Oath of Allegiance required by immigrants before they become naturalized citizens.
If it made the news, it slipped largely under the radar thanks to the more tantalizing stories of Donald Trump and the Republicans, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats and whatever Kim Kardashian was doing at the time.
The altered story that most of the media covered had three versions: President Obama directly ordered a modification of the oath of allegiance; Obama changed the Pledge of Allegiance; and a new policy changed the oath to affect all newly naturalized American citizens. None of those is factual.
What is true, however, is that the oath has been changed in such a way that naturalized citizens of the United States now have the right to conscientiously object to military service.
So, as the little old lady at the fast-food restaurant used to ask, “Where’s the beef?”
On the surface the change appears to be insignificant. Insignificant, that is, until you consider the modifications are particularly useful for Islamists entering the U.S. Islamic law allows for Muslims to pretend they are obeying the laws of infidel societies, especially when they are in the vast minority.
This column has mentioned the process on numerous occasions. It is called taqiyya, or in more direct terms, lying in order to gain advantage or buy time.
Sharia Law allows Muslims to break promises to non-Muslims, particularly when they are at a disadvantage. First and foremost Muslims must always be loyal to Islam and lying (taqiyya) is permitted, most especially when they non-Islamic institutions or persons are the higher authority. Taking an oath, making a vow or giving their word to infidels is no different for an Islamist than a drug addict or alcoholic promising to no longer participate in their preferred vice.
Because of the modification, naturalized citizens of the United States can now claim to be conscientious objectors to military service, which, in itself, is an oxymoron because the core belief of Islamic jihad is to eliminate non-Muslims at all costs.
Thus, Obama’s latest nuance in his great American reshaping process is to make it that much easier for non-natives to use religion as an excuse to avoid defending the country in which they have now claimed citizenship. It is more of the politically correct mumbo-jumbo of the Obama administration to continue enabling Muslims with greater freedoms in our country.
Verse, or surah, 3:28 of the Koran says, “Let not believers make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful — he that does this has nothing to hope for from God — except in self-defense. God admonishes you to fear Him: for God to all shall return.”
Unlike many verses in the Koran, the words of Chapter 3:28 are self-explanatory, but according to an interpretation by Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tarabri, a prominent Persian scholar in the 10th century, “If you (Muslims) are under their (non-Muslims’) authority, fearing for yourselves, behave loyally to them with your tongue while harboring inner animosity for them … (know that) Allah has forbidden believers from being friendly or on intimate terms with the infidels rather than other believers—except when infidels are above them (in authority). Should that be the case, let them act friendly towards them while preserving their religion.”
In other words, an American Muslim, whether a native of the country or a naturalized citizen, is, first and foremost, loyal to the Koran and fellow Muslims.
Despite the largely inaccurate, though mostly unnoticed reporting, about Obama’s Oath of Allegiance alterations, Muslims now have greater power and justification for using their religion as a means to disobey American federal law.
It took Michelangelo four years to sculpt The David. It has taken Barack Obama six and half years to radically chisel away at the United States Constitution.
That’s because it was simpler for the great Italian master. He began with an imperfect slab of marble. Obama had to reshape his masterpiece from an existing creation and morph it into something entirely different.
Modifying the oath of allegiance might not be as sexy as to the media as Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly firing insults at each other, but it carries far more dangerous implications.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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