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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Obama's Muslim Connection

by Jon Christian Ryter | January 16, 2008

In 1991 a young Muslim Harvard Law College graduate named Barack Hussein Obama (who has denied his Islamic past and Muslim roots for as long as he has been a public figure) became a civil rights community activist working out of the Trinity United Church of Christ. Obama worked as a community organizer for Trinity in poor black neighborhoods. Trinity's senior pastor Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr, a black racist, who preached radical Afrocentric theology and didn't mind delivering profanity-spiked sermons, found a congregation-builder in Obama. Because of what Wright called Obama's multiple-faith background and his Harvard education, he was a natural community-builder.

When Obama broke onto the national political scene in 2004, not only did he attempt to erase all traces his Islamic childhood, but he also tried to erase the nature of his relationship with Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr, the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ. (When your country is at war with Islamic extremists, being a Muslim is not the shortest route to the White House.) Obama has told the media his reason for shielding his pastor was because "...he respected Mr. Wright's work for the poor and his fight against injustice." In reality Dr. Wright's work was to denounce the United States as a white racist nation. That's not good press for an African American candidate who needs to win a majority of the white vote to win the office of President.

It would have been not only natural, but expected, for Barack Obama-- when he decided to run for the presidency—- to make the announcement from the pulpit of the 8,500 member Trinity United Church of Christ. Obama would later state he did not in order to shield his pastor from the spotlight of the media. Dr. Wright has never shunned positive publicity. It was obvious to the media—- in particular the New York Times-- which noted in an April 20, 2007 article that Obama was very deliberately distancing himself from Jeremiah Wright. Instead, Obama announced his candidacy...Read more...


Blogger D.K. said...

I have to say that I recall Obama publically stating that he has a Muslim background, on several occasions, as well as a Christian background.

And why does it matter, in a country with religious freedom, what religious background a president or potential president has?

Thu Jan 17, 02:22:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama, in terms of religion, philosophy, and politics is THE consumate tap dancing syncretist.

And if you want to see the concrete modern results of syncretism, you only need look no farther than Mestizo Latin America and its overflow into our society.

Flaxen-headed Strumpet

Thu Jan 17, 04:15:00 PM CST  
Blogger Steve Rankin said...

From TimB:

"If Obama was a Moslem then he is an apostate, and as such is subject to the death penalty for his conversion according to Islamic law. He has a Fatwah, and all Moslems are enjoined to kill him.

"If he has remained a Moslem then his first obedience and duty is to Islam and Sharia Law, not the United States.

"Then there is the matter of his oath; consider this passage in the Koran:

"[Bukhari:V7B67N427] 'The Prophet said, "If I take an oath and later find something else better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath."'

"So, Obama will be either an apostate, or an oathbreaker. Remember, we are at war with radical Islam, and Obama will have to side with ``infidels`` against Moslems. He will be apostate if he does that, or apostate if he doesn`t."

Fri Jan 18, 03:31:00 PM CST  
Blogger D.K. said...

Considering his Christian background, I would conclude that Obama is not a member of an Islamic terrorist organization.

Fri Jan 18, 03:49:00 PM CST  
Blogger Steve Rankin said...

From TimB:

``Just an apostate to Islam and a member of a black separatist church where his pastor makes it clear whites are not welcome, that`s all!``

Sat Jan 19, 01:31:00 PM CST  
Blogger D.K. said...

If Obama's church doesn't want white people in it, they should be free to have it that way.

I think Ron Paul best sums it up when he responded to the attacks on Romney's religion:

"The recent attacks and insinuations, both direct and subtle, that Gov. Romney may be less fit to serve as president of our United States because of his faith fly in the face of everything America stands for.

Gov. Romney should be judged fairly, on his record and his character, not on the church he attends."

I don't see that perspective being any different for Obama or any other candidate.

Sun Jan 20, 10:24:00 AM CST  
Blogger Steve Rankin said...

From TimB:

"DK, if any Republican had the religious background of Obama the media would have a field day. It`s one thing to be in an outside-the-mainstream religion and another to be part of a racist one or one that has encouraged suicide bombing and shouts ``Death to America``.

"Should David Duke be excused his background in the Klan? If Obama had a Buddhist education it would not be an issue, but an Islamic background coupled with membership in a racist ``Christian`` organization is cause for concern. Remember, Obama does not have a right to anything; he is asking us to give him our most powerful position in government and we have a right to know what we are getting.

"The last time I checked, Mormons were not blowing up old ladies and children in pizza parlors, nor were they pushing for whites-only advancement. Romney`s Mormonism is an issue with limited pertinence. Romney has a long track record we can look at to assure ourselves that he isn`t some kind of kook, too, while Obama is a largely unknown quantity, and we HAVE to look into things like his religious background. Obama certainly fails to give us specifics on issues.

"Perhaps if Germany had looked a little deeper into their Chancellor`s religious beliefs (Theosophism) they could have avoided the rise and fall of the Third Reich?"

NOTE: I'm posting TimB's comments because he's unable to post directly to blogger.com. ~~ SR

Sun Jan 20, 03:35:00 PM CST  

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