WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 — President Obama made his first visit as president to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, when he addressed an Islamic group in Maryland. Did his visit signal an even more pro-Muslim White House stance and greater dismissiveness toward Christianity?
Obama appeared to extend his pro-Islamic hand-holding efforts when he addressed a meeting at the Maryland Islamic Society of Baltimore’s campus.
Obama has made defending against the imagined escalating attacks on Muslims in America his most focused call to arms during his presidency. He issued an executive order in 2009 that banned use of the term “Islamic-extremism” from any documents, pronouncements and commentary produced within the White House or government.
According to Fox News, Obama perceives a need to speak out against what he considers indifferent behavior and bigotry aimed at Muslims in America. But the White House offers only anecdotal examples of bigotry against Muslims. Much of his source material comes from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which some in the U.S. intelligence community believe has ties to Islamic radical groups in the Middle East.
Obama ignores the clear and convincing reality that many Americans have seen repeatedly since Sept. 11, 2001. Those devastating attacks on American soil and other terrorist attacks around the world have been committed by Islamic extremists. Yet Obama refuses to acknowledge that fact.
A Pew Research Center poll released on Wednesday points out that almost half of all Americans believe that some U.S. Muslims are anti-American. The FBI has ongoing investigations of Islamic-related terrorist activity in all 50 states.
Another point that Fox News reported from the Pew poll was this: “Two-thirds of Americans said people, not religious teachings, are to blame when violence is committed in the name of faith.”
Obama avoids describing ISIS as an Islamic terrorist organization, even though ISIS describes itself in those terms. He thinks that to do so would grant them some modicum of legitimacy. But the Muslim world and most western countries regard ISIS as an extremist Islamic organization; who is Obama trying to convince that it is not?
Perhaps Obama believes that if he says something long enough, it will become fact. In June, 2009, five months into his presidency, he traveled to Egypt. Many regarded that trip as the beginning of his pro-Islam apology tour.
On that trip, Obama toured Cairo’s Sultan Hassan mosque. In a speech at Cairo University, he declared that the U.S. would never be at war with Islam. He declared, “America and Islam are not exclusive” and added that both share “common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
Obama likes to stress, incorrectly, that Islam was part of America’s foundation. At the same time he marginalizes Christianity and the First Amendment as if it were a constitutional afterthought.
According to the Christian religious organization Wallbuilders, Obama and his administration have gone out of their way to push back against Christianity while celebrating Islamic values.
Examine the facts:
- Obama’s White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays but recognizes major Muslim holidays: Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha;
- Obama refused to fill for two years post of religious freedom ambassador, who works against religious persecution across the world;
- Obama refuses to attack Islamic extremists for murdering Kurdish Christians, Coptic Egyptian’s beheadings, raping, burning and beheading of Iraqi Christians;
- Obama refused to defend Houston Christian pastors’ rights to deliver sermons at odds with the mayor’s policies;
- Obama refused to protect right of Indiana pizzeria owners to practice their Christian beliefs.
While Obama can attend a U.S. mosque and check that off of his bucket list and speak out about the startling horror, according to Fox News, that a young Muslim-American faced by a “13-year-old girl from Ohio wrote that she’s ‘scared,” what about the victims of Islamic terrorists?
What about communities around the nation—New York; Chattanooga, Tennessee; San Bernardino, California—that have faced ISIS-inspired attacks?
What about the tears that those Americans and millions of others feel when they mourn the loss of innocents who have died at the hands of Islamic terrorists in America, people the president refuses to even speak of or acknowledge as their murderers?