The Critical-Thinking Muslim African-American Christian Religious Traditionalism Candidate
Vol: 73 Issue: 23 Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I was walking through the TV room to get a second cup of coffee this morning just as a shot came on the screen of some of the Democratic candidates for president were being recorded at a sporting event while the national anthem was being played.
I paused mid-step in astonishment as I looked. The candidates in the shot were Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson and the man Ann Coulter likes to call “B. Hussein Obama”.
Bill Richardson, dressed in a suit, no tie, did a passable impression of a man at attention, right hand over his heart, looking both patriotic and presidential.
Beside him was Hillary Clinton, dressed in a respectable women’s business suit, right hand over her heart, doing her best to look both patriotic and presidential, while trying unsuccessfully not to look bored.
But what caught my attention was Barack Obama. Obama was wearing slacks and an open-collared dress shirt. Instead of standing to attention, he was slouched, feet apart, hands crossed in front of him, not even trying not to look bored.
None of these poses were accidental. Presidential candidates are drilled over and over by their handlers concerning every gesture and every phrase.
Every second of ‘face time’ on TV is an opportunity to send a message to the voters, using whatever language is available, including body language.
I understand why Bill Richardson stood rigidly at attention, hand over his heart, eyes fixed on the flag. Although Richardson made ending the Iraq War a main plank in his platform, the Far Left vote is split between Obama and Hillary. Richardson needs to shift his attention to finding some support from the center.
Hillary has a tougher balancing act. She has adopted John Kerry’s platform of being ‘for the war before she was against it’ so she has to appear kind of patriotic, but not too much so, so that she doesn’t alienate either the Far Left or the centrists.
What message is Barack Obama trying to send by treating the national anthem as if it were an enforced interruption in his day? Obama is running for the Presidency of the United States, the supreme Trusteeship of all that America holds dear.
It is really quite incredible.
Barack Hussein Obama (yes, that’s his real name!) was born in Illinois to a black Kenyan national father and a white American mother. His father was a Muslim foreign exchange student when he met his mother at the University of Hawaii.
Obama’s parents separated when he was two years old and later divorced.
His mother married Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian foreign student, with whom she had one daughter, Maya. The family moved to Jakarta in 1967, where Obama attended the local madrassas until he was ten years old.
His father went to Harvard University to pursue Ph.D. studies, then returned to Kenya, where he died in an auto accident when the younger Obama was twenty-one years old.
In his book, “The Audacity of Hope” Obama tells the story of his ‘spiritual journey’ writing,
“[I] was not raised in a religious household.” He describes his mother, raised by non-religious parents, as detached from religion, yet “in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I have ever known.” He describes his Kenyan father as “raised a Muslim,” but a “confirmed atheist” by the time his parents met, and his Indonesian step-father as “a man who saw religion as not particularly useful.”
The chapter details how Obama, in his twenties, while working with local churches as a community organizer, came to understand “the power of the African American religious tradition to spur social change.”
Obama writes: “It was because of these newfound understandings that religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking, disengage from the battle for economic and social justice, or otherwise retreat from the world that I knew and loved that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ one day and be baptized.”
So, according to his own testimony, Barack Obama recognized the “power” of “African-American religious tradition” and it was that understanding that caused him to be baptized.
That troubles me almost as much as the image of Barack Obama deliberately showing such disrespect to the national anthem. Because here is the image he is consciously cultivating;
He isn’t a Muslim, really, because his father was a confirmed atheist and his step-father didn’t think religion was ‘particularly useful’ — but then sent him to Islamic madrassas to be educated.
Obama is a ‘Christian’ because he was baptized, but what drew him to the Trinity United Church of Christ was not the power of Christ, but the “power of African-American religious tradition to spur social change.”
His understanding that”religious commitment that doesn’t require me to suspend critical thinking” troubles me greatly. “Critical thinkers” is how militant atheists describe themselves.
Everything about this guy just feels wrong. Listening to him puts me in mind of the guy who writes those Nigerian scam emails offering you millions of dollars — if you’ll just help him rip off his starving countrymen first.
Steve Spillman once remarked to me, “Did you ever notice that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad never wears a tie? No fundamentalist Muslim wears a tie. It is a symbol of Western authority. Now, did you ever notice that Barack Obama never wears a tie?”
I laughed it off then, but then I read Obama’s Christian ‘testimony’ and I began to wonder.
According to the latest polls, Barack Obama is running just behind Hillary for the Democratic nomination and is neck and neck with Republican front-runners Rudy Guiliani and John McCain.
What does it say about America when a guy like Barack Obama is a presidential front-runner? I mean, you just can’t make this stuff up. John Grisham couldn’t write this stuff.
But the Apostle Paul did, in a letter to his disciple, Timothy, sometime around the middle of the first century.
It begins: “This know also, in the last days, perilous times shall come. . . ” (2nd Timothy 3:1)