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January 31, 2015

Obama, The Secret Muslim [OregonMuse]

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.

We're all familiar with this Obama quote, right? I see it repeated a lot on conservative blogs, usually offered up as evidence that Obama is either secretly a Muslim, or, at the very least, bowing the knee to Islamic supremacy.

After seeing this a few times, I found the speech where he said it, and read the whole thing. Given the context of the speech, I believe the assertion that the statement in question constitutes some sort of endorsement or acknowledgement of Islamic exceptionalism is incorrect.

I am not by any means defending or endorsing Obama's speech. It is a dumb speech packed full of dumb. But it doesn't say what some think it does.

I never could quite see Obama seeing a secret Muslim. What he is, I believe, is a "transnational progressive" (Steven Den Beste's legendary USS Clueless blog had an excellent essay about what transnational progressivism is and what it aims to achieve).

I believe it is quite out of the question for a thorough-going transnational progressive like Obama to be an adherent of any major religion. TPism only concerns itself with this world, never the next. Therefore, the greatest, most powerful entity known to TPism is the state, and in fact, Mussolini's vision, "all within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state" fits in very nicely with TP goals and aspirations. Which is ironic, given the propensity of TPists to label their critics "fascists" at the drop of a hat.

So this lame speech is one given at the U.N. by Obama in the wake of the Benghazi terrorist attack that claimed the life of the U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. At the time of this speech, the Obama administration was still pushing the lie that the rioting was caused by an inflammatory YouTube video. During the speech, Obama said all sorts of things about who the future does and does not belong to, including:

Today, we must reaffirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers.
The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt
The future must not belong to those who bully women
The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources

And then, working in the bogus "inflammatory video" angle, Obama said:

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.

But then he adds:

But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.

From this, it should be obvious that he's not holding up Islam as superior, he's saying that all religions should be treated with equal respect, by all. In other words, in the aftermath of murderous violence of obvious Islamoterrorist origin, Obama can do no better than to offer up weak platitudes, essentially a rehash of Rodney King's "can't we all just get along?" speech. In a venue filled with representatives of hostile Islamic countries that regularly harass, oppress and maybe even murder their Christian minorities, Obama is asking them to "condemn hate".


How dumb is that?

How completely, stupifyingly, mind-bogglingly, jaw-droppingly, gobsmackingly dumb is that?

So the reason Obama says crap like that is not because he's a secret Muslim. No, Obama says these things because he's a dumbass. A world-class dumbass. A transnational dumbass. Compared to him, Jimmy Carter was a freaking genius. Obama is not a secret Muslim because he's not smart enough to be a secret Muslim. If he ever tried to be a Muslim, he'd probably do all sorts of dumb stuff like holding the Quran upside down or praying in the opposite direction so he'd be mooning Mecca.

I admit it'd be pretty funny to watch.

Here is John Bolton's reaction to the speech, and he doesn't say anything about Obama's alleged endorsement of Islamic exceptionalism. And all of us here know that if the 'Stache ever heard anything like that, he'd be the first to call it for what it is. His take on it is pretty much "So Obama comes out in favor of tolerance. This is news?"

So that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

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