If you seek to understand Barack Obama and his views, the best place to go is his speeches. But you have to read them in their entirety, not rely on hearing them or on the media’s summary of them. When you do, you come to realize how often what Obama says is morally and intellectually confused and even untrue.
The most recent example was his speech last week at a mosque in Baltimore. In addition to reassuring Muslim Americans that they are as American as Americans of every other faith — a point that any president, Republican or Democrat, would and should make — President Obama spoke a lot of nonsense, some of it dangerous nonsense.
President Obama: “So let’s start with this fact: For more than a thousand years, people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace. And the very word itself, ‘Islam,’ comes from ‘salam’ — peace.”
Why did Mr. Obama say this? Even Muslim websites acknowledge that “Islam” means “submission” [to Allah], that it comes from the Arabic root “aslama” meaning submission, and that “Islam” is the command form of that verb.
That’s why “Muslim” means “One who submits,” not “One who is peaceful.”
Obama: “Jefferson and John Adams had their own copies of the Koran.”
The primary, if not only, reason Jefferson had a copy of the Koran was to try to understand the Koran and Islam in light of what the Muslim ambassador from Tripoli had told him and John Adams. When asked why Tripoli pirates were attacking American ships and enslaving Americans, the Muslim ambassador explained that Muslims are commanded to do so by the Koran.
Jefferson wrote that the Tripoli ambassador told him that “it was written in their Koran that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman [Muslim] who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to Paradise.”
That’s why Jefferson and Adams had Korans.
Given this reason, why did the president mention that Jefferson and Adams owned copies of the Koran?
Obama: “And how do we move forward together? . . . It can’t be just a burden on the Muslim community — although the Muslim community has to play a role.”
Most Americans would say that the American-Muslim community has to play the role, not “a” role in preventing violent Islam from capturing the minds of American Muslims and in helping authorities identify extremist Muslims.
Obama: “Second, as Americans, we have to stay true to our core values, and that includes freedom of religion for all faiths.”
This is so obviously true that one wonders why the president felt it necessary to mention it. Who doesn’t believe that Muslim Americans should have the freedom to practice their faith?
Obama: “There are Christians who are targeted now in the Middle East, despite having been there for centuries, and there are Jews who’ve lived in places like France for centuries who now feel obliged to leave because they feel themselves under assault — sometimes by Muslims.”
One would have expected that after mentioning “Christians targeted now in the Middle East,” he would have mentioned “Jews targeted now in the Middle East.” That, however, would presumably have been too controversial to say to Muslims, even Muslim Americans. So, the president mentioned the many Jews in France “who now feel obliged to leave” their country because “they feel themselves under assault.” And then came the corker: “sometimes by Muslims.”
Sometimes? French Jews have recently been murdered, tortured, and harassed more than at any time since the Holocaust. And virtually every one of those attacks has been perpetrated by Muslims.
Obama: “We have to be consistent in condemning hateful rhetoric and violence against everyone. And that includes against Muslims here in the United States of America.”
Two facts are relevant here. One is that religious hate crimes are exceedingly rare in America. The other is that in 2014, the last year for which we have data, Jews were targets of hate crimes four times more frequently than Muslims.
The media really hopes no one sees anything but their version of events.
Especially when it comes to Obama opening his mouth and having his brains fall out.
Really? When did THAT start?
Thanks largely to the left (I don’t even think Muslims promoted it), any time action against Islamic extremism is undertaken by non-Muslims, it is characterized as “Islamaphobic”. So, due to the left’s demonization, it is up to Muslims to fight Muslim extremists; anyone else violates PC. Or, it is up to Muslims, if they want someone better equipped and more determined to put down Islamic extremism, to shout down liberals making that task a vile act.