Memo: From The Imam-in-Chief
Vol: 107 Issue: 14 Saturday, August 14, 2010
You can’t pray on the steps of the Supreme Court. You can’t preach from the Scriptures at a Gay Pride Parade. A New Mexico federal judge warned a graduating class that he was sending a US Marshall to their graduation to ensure nobody said the Name ‘Jesus’ or they would spend six months in jail.
“Anyone who violates these orders, no kidding, is going to wish that he or she had died as a child when this court gets through with it,” the judge told the students.
A teacher at the Lynn Lucas Middle School in Houston Texas threw away two students’ “Truth for Youth” Bibles, calling them “garbage.” She then took the students to the principal’s office where she threatened to call Child Protective Services on their parents for permitting them to bring their Bibles.
Later at the same school, different officials threw away students’ book covers showing the Ten Commandments, claiming the commandments were hate speech and could offend students.
Senior citizens in Balch Springs, Texas were forbidden from saying grace before meals because the food they were grateful for was federally-subsidized. Praying over federally-subsidized food violates the provisions of the 1st Amendment where it says,
“Congress shall make no rule respecting the establishment of religion nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.”
In another case, shcool officials at the University of New Orleans denied Michelle Beadle permission to hand out an evangelistic tract that encourages Jewish people to embrace Jesus Christ as the true Messiah.
The university told Beadle, a Messianic Jew who works as a missionary for Christian Jew Foundation Ministries, that the content of the literature ‘may be offensive’ to some people.
Just under nine years ago, nineteen Muslim jihadists boarded four US aircraft which they used as flying missiles to attack the Pentagon and the Twin Towers in New York. They claimed their actions were on the behalf of their religion.
Later, Osama bin Laden confirmed that the 9/11 attacks were on behalf of his religion saying further that it is religious duty of every Muslim in the world to actively work for the overthrow of the United States government and its replacement with Muslim Sharia Law.
It is hard to say just how many people were ‘offended’ by the 9/11 assault – maybe 98% of Americans? Maybe a bit more – only about 0.6% of the country’s population is Muslim, according to the CIA World Factbook.
But to my knowledge, there are no prohibitions concerning where Muslims can practice their faith. Parts of New York City are literally shut down during prayer time by Muslims blocking the streets to pray. Any effort to impose restrictions on Islam similar to those imposed on Christianity are promptly shot down by the courts.
Nobody has ever forbidden a Muslim from praying on a public street anywhere in America, to my knowledge.
If anybody tried, it would be front page news.
When it comes to the construction of the thirteen-story Islamic mosque 100 yards from the footprints of Ground Zero, one can only imagine what the reaction would be if the proposal were to knock down an historic 9/11 building to make way for a thirteen story Christian worship center.
I mean, picture the outcry. You don’t believe that there would be one? Why? Old people can’t thank Jesus for their food. Any kid that dared mention Jesus during his graduation might, according to the judge involved, “wish they’d died as a child.”
If the mere mention of Jesus might offend some people, as was feared at the University of New Orleans, then just imagine the offense that might be engendered at the sight of a thirteen story Christian worship center – just steps from Ground Zero!
“Why, the Christians are trying to hijack the 9/11 tragedy! They are going to use it to proselytize! Separation of Church and State! Separation of Church and State!”
You don’t think so? I am trying to imagine Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking out in favor of building a thirteen-story Christian Worship Center only steps from Ground Zero on the grounds of ‘freedom of religion.’
Yesterday, President Obama also endorsed the construction of the Ground Zero Mosque, saying that “Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground,” during an official White House dinner celebrating the Islamic Ramadan holiday.
Hallowed to whom?
In any case, Obama wanted to use the Ramadan event to remind Americans that Muslims have freedom of religion ‘just like anyone else’.
(Unless they pray to Jesus, say grace to Jesus before meals, carry Christian Bibles to school, pass out Christian tracts, or ask Jesus’ blessing on their graduation class.)
Is it just me? Or do you also have a problem imagining an official White House celebration of Lent? Imagine the President using Lent to highlight the doctrinal differences between the way Catholics and Protestants observe it, defining one as ‘good’ and the other as ‘bad’?
“But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”
What a peculiar choice of words! It gives one pause to wonder what Obama believes personally, and not “as a citizen, and as President.”
According to all the polls, a significant majority of Americans oppose the construction project. Over at Obama-friendly CNN, their poll shows 68% of Americans are against it. Here’s how Politico summarized it.
“In his speech Friday, Obama called for sensitivity with respect to developing in lower Manhattan, but cautioned against drawing comparisons between mainstream Islam and the ruthlessly violent ideology of al Queda, which he said is a “gross distortion” of the faith.”
I am trying to picture an instance in which a US president could decide what Christian doctrines are legitimate and which would be ‘gross distortions’ without actually violating the 1st Amendment prohibiting the government from endorsing a religion.
I’m having some trouble with that one. If the hijackers were ‘distorting’ Islam, then it would follow that there is an undistorted, or pure Islam. It then follows that the Ground Zero Mosque would necessarily be part of that pure, undistorted Islam, as defined by the President of the United States.
Am I the only one that is bothered with the question, “How does he know the difference?” How are we to know the difference? Is there a difference between the brand of Islam endorsed by Obama and the brand of Islam Obama claims is distorted?
Is the Ground Zero Mosque part of the officially US government endorsed ‘pure’ Islam or is it also ‘distorted?’ Don’t worry. Imam Obama has already made that determination. This is the good Islam.
After all, the Cordoba Institute claims it only wants to build the mosque there to improve relations between Islam and the West. What better way to do that than to tell 70% of Americans to shut up about their petty prejudices and learn tolerance? You know. Like Islam?
Opposition to the construction of the Ground Zero Mosque will undoubtedly be characterized as ‘racism’ or ‘xenophobia’ or some other such pejorative. Maybe it is. But building a monument to Islamic triumphalism at the site of the worst attack by Islamic terrorists in history sends a message.
To the Islamic terrorists who are looking for signs that they are making progress and that their sacrifices are not in vain, the message is loud and clear. Americans can learn to embrace Sharia Law – America has already elevated Islam to a place above that of Christianity. Just hang in there.
To the Iraqis and Afghanis and any other Muslims or Muslim nations considering supporting us in the war on terror, the message is — don’t. We’re not in it to win it. One day we’ll pull out and leave you to face the purveyors of the religion of peace on your own.
And to the voters of America, especially the Christian voters, the message is simple and direct.
“We don’t give a d**m what you think. You’re all xenophobic racists anyway.”