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Obama's apostasy WILL matter, and probably matters already.

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Submitted by Doc Tater (United States), Jan 8, 2008 at 16:50

I have to believe that it will matter that a Muslim cleric, somewhere, may decide it is advantageous to Islam for him to issue a fatwa (ruling) declaring that Barack Obama is an apostate, and that any Muslim can get on a fast track to paradise for executing his death sentence. They've already started sweetening the deal for Muslims willing to carry out such an execution by offering the promise of both cash rewards and the eternal reward of paradise, since some "believers" apparently need a little earthly encouragement.

Barack Obama is a husband and father, whatever else you might think of him, and he has his family to think of. Jihadists don't hesitate to pressure a man by threatening his wife and children.

Even as a senator, Obama is already vulnerable to Islamist influence, since a charge of apostasy is a charge that cannot be refuted. Once the charge is made, guilt has already been declared. There is no defense to the charge of apostasy, especially when clerics compete with each other to see who can be the harshest judge in such matters.

Therefore the threat of being charged with apostasy is enough to open Obama up to coercion. We probably should assume that black Muslim clerics in Minneapolis, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Atlanta are already influencing him, and his carreer, in a significant fashion. We should probably assume that Shiite and Sunni clerics in many countries already have made plans for him, and that Obama is quite aware of those plans.

We'd all love to know what information about Islamist threats to Obama is shared during the briefings for his security detail during this presidential campaign, but if we knew we'd probably never have a good night's sleep again for years.

So consider the following scenario: Obama is president. There is a fortunate replay of the Autumn 1998 scenario in which we have Osama bin Laden in our sights, again, and we can kill bin Laden with a cruise missile attack or a smart bomb. There is a 2 hour window of opportunity, just like Bill Clinton had, during which a decision must be made by the president to pull the trigger with a launch order. The national security advisor and military liason ask President Obama if he wants to give a green light for the attack. At that point he's wondering if he, or his family, are going to be assassinated, or worse, in a reprisal for the launch order.

At that point he knows that that the ability of his security detail to protect him and his family is not infinite. His children will be going to school somewhere. His wife will be at home, or arguing cases in court somewhere. They will all be vulnerable in ways that the family of a US president has never been vulnerable before, because he'll be the first Muslim apostate president in US history.

I'll tell you what Obama is going to do: he'll say he wants to call the secretary of defense and the attorney general and see what they think about it, or ask for an emergency meeting with the joint chiefs of staff, or ask for another briefing, and the window of opportunity will pass before a decision has been made (which is basically what Bill Clinton did when he was president and had a shot at bin Laden).

Considering all that, can anybody even consider electing Obama? Get serious! Actually, we probably should be hesitant to elect any Muslim to public office, unless we are going to surrender to dhimmitude. And while we're at it, we need to make sure that presidential security details never pull back from the standard of "protection for life".

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