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Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?

Submitted by marion ds dreyfus (United States), Dec 24, 2007 at 15:08

All Obama really needs now for his get-pretty-for-the-cameras ritual is a bit of eye shadow--from what he says about his oh-so-tenuous non-relationship, never-was, never-could-be linkage to that 'religion of peace,' he's got all the gloss a body could want.

His mother has been a reported atheist for the entire campaign--yet she is suddenly a lax ...Christian. Both fathers, biogenic and annexed, were practicing muslim "folks," as Barack Hussein O'B himself might call them.

He attended madrassas or the equivalent in Indonesia, the world's most populous muslim land, and was raised by this motley of muslims--yet we are to swallow the spoonful of nouveau pancake over the old tarty islamic visage?

Does Revlon special-order his custom maquillage?

How gullible is the American voter? More to the point, a careful parsing of BHO's pre-puberty "conversion" to Christianity does not analyze beyond the scripted advised treatment for a murtadd--it has been a very long time, however, since the hadith and suras have dictated the actual behavior (more often, of late: misbehavior) of today's intemperate Wahhabist demonstrators. The koran says not very much about killing one's child if she or he decides to date a non-member of the sect, nor sanctions the killing of innocents in random "suicide" bombings. If it comes to that, muslims are forbidden to commit suicide altogether, according to their teachings. Yet there is no shortage of imams delighted to loosen their malleable interpretive strings to permit any atrocity sought and done so eagerly--and often-- for their rabid minions today. We see those behaviors every day from those one can surmise are rabidly observant muslims. The fact that there is a guideline saying you need not kill the child who converts is no guarantee at all that today's brain-addled fanatics won't do precisely that. Salman Rushdie is still under threat of death, two decades after the fatwa condemning him for daring to write, if only tangentially, about the prophet.

What is on the books is less normative than the intimidation one can wreak, and the sublimated pleasure one can extract, by racing through the alleyways with a scimitar held aloft, threatening mayhem to middle-aged British schoolteachers and their stuffed teddies, or a presidential candidate unwise enough to have been born into an unfortunate set of circumstance, shouting allahu akhbar at the top of one's lung capacity.

In short, their current actions are symptomatic of Let's go beyond what the koran indicates and demonstrate our zeal of disapproval. In a time of too many quoridian dangers to our Chief Executive, having the added burden of being hounded for childhood 'conversion' is not a prospect any of us should welcome.


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