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What matters to whom?

Reader comment on item: Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam
in response to reader comment: Oh Please, what happens in grade school is not an issue!

Submitted by D. Yetter (United States), Mar 3, 2008 at 12:40

I think many of those commenting on Prof. Pipes articles (Adam Nehr in particular) miss the point. In terms of his likely performance as President, Sen. Obama's childhood is indeed quite irrelevant.

American voters should indeed be more concerned, by many orders of magnitude, with his embrace of economic ideas that echo Mussolini's and with his African-liberation-theology, and abortion-on-demand 'Christianity' than with his childhood visits to an Indonesian mosque or lack thereof. The only reason Prof. Pipes raises this issue is that many people around the world, including certainly the radical Muslim enemies of America and the West, and possibly most pious Muslims, may not regard his childhood, or his parentage, as irrelevant.

Merely the circumstance of his birth--his father was undoubtedly a Muslim, even if not particularly pious--together with his embrace of any variant of Christianity makes him a murtadd, and apostate from Islam, and places Sen. Obama under a death sentence, and his election as President of the United States as yet another pretext for the pursuit of jihad against America.

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