4 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Denial: A River in Egypt?

Reader comment on item: Obama's Muslim Childhood

Submitted by icefalcon (United States), Sep 14, 2012 at 14:25

Obama and his supporters have issued a number of hollow denials that he is (or, for a good part of his life, was) a Muslim. When you listen to his speeches to Muslims, such as the Cairo address, there are a number of "tells" that contradict those denials. I can't remember the exact quote, but he did say something to the effect of working toward a world "of peace." Of course everyone wants peace. But there is a very specific goal when pursuing the dar al islam vs. dar al harb. Watch the speech and you'll hear it right away--it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

Like the Jesuits used to say, "Give me a child until he is seven and you can have him for the rest of his life," I believe that Obama's childhood will always be a big part of his identity.

And really, with his history and his name, I am tired of people saying that anyone who thinks he's a Muslim is jumping to a baseless conclusion. That's like saying it's wrong to assume that a woman is or was Catholic even if she is named Margaret Mary O'Doyle, attended Sacred Heart Academy and was president of the Sodality of Our Lady club.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Daniel Pipes replies:

The last sentence puts it well.

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Denial: A River in Egypt? by icefalcon

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)