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THE SAVIOR OF THE U.S. OR A MUSLIM TERRORIST?


Never has so much publicity been given to a mediocre, mainstream person as that now heaped on U.S. Senator Barack Obama. The far right wing began to spread the message that he once attended an Islamic school in Indonesia. They fail to state that he also attended a Catholic school. Obama has led a mundane life and has never been considered a person of "radical" politics. He is as mainstream an American as one could find. The fact that he has some African blood in him has brought about a few responses, but not enough to damage his candidacy for the presidency of the U.S. First, the left embraced him. He was the next great hope for the U.S., following in the steps of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy combined. What fools the left are. They are so disgruntled, disorganized and squeamish that they will accept anyone...

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THE SAVIOR OF THE U.S. OR A MUSLIM TERRORIST?

Malcom Lagauche

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Barack Obama in the spotlight


January 24, 2006

Never has so much publicity been given to a mediocre, mainstream person as that now heaped on U.S. Senator Barack Obama.

The far right wing began to spread the message that he once attended an Islamic school in Indonesia. They fail to state that he also attended a Catholic school.

Obama has led a mundane life and has never been considered a person of "radical" politics. He is as mainstream an American as one could find. The fact that he has some African blood in him has brought about a few responses, but not enough to damage his candidacy for the presidency of the U.S.

First, the left embraced him. He was the next great hope for the U.S., following in the steps of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy combined. What fools the left are. They are so disgruntled, disorganized and squeamish that they will accept anyone.

Now, the right is in full-flight in denigrating Obama. The fact that he attended a Muslim school and that his middle name is "Hussein" freaks them out. To them, Obama will turn the U.S. into a haven for Islamic terrorists.

As an atheist, I take pride in that fact that most of us opposed the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and also most of us are religious neutral and do not denigrate believers solely because they believe. I also take pride in that we do not stereotype Muslims in the same way the Christian majority does. But, for every rule, there is an exception. Today, this appeared on the Atheist Coalition Bulletin board:

Subject: Our Next Presidential Candidate?

And So It Begins,

Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black Muslim from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white atheist from Wichita, Kansas. Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii .

When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya . His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a radical Muslim from Indonesia . When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia . Obama attended a Muslim school in Jakarta . He also spent two years in a Catholic school.

Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is quick to point out that, "He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school."

Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son's education. Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Osama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta . Wahabism is the radical teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world.

Since it is politically expedient to be a Christian when seeking major public office in the United States , Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential candidacy.

Of course, I had to respond:

This sounds exactly like a program FOX News did on Obama; almost word-for-word It is quite illogical and makes no sense. How can one be called a Muslim and then a Christian and, without knowing the person, assume it is all a façade to be characterized as a Christian? Is being a Muslim a crime in itself? It hurts me to see an atheist make someone a criminal solely because of his/her religion. We put up with this crap every day of our lives. Believers cast the most preposterous allegations at us because we are atheists.

To use the generality "Wahabism is the radical teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world," is ludicrous. Which Muslim terrorists and what part of the western world? Wahabism is popular in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Pakistan, all countries whom the U.S. controls.

According to the tenets of Wahabism, Obama breaks them all, therefore, he would be considered an infidel if he called himself a Muslim. Many atheists today once attended Catholic School. Do we hold that against them? Of course not. Obama attended both Catholic and Muslim schools and today is neither. To say that he hides the fact that he is a Muslim is way off. He is no Muslim. Many atheists had a religious upbringing, yet we don't call an atheist a Catholic or a Methodist, or assess any other religious labet to him/her because of previous early-in-life experiences. Obama is merely a middle of the road politician who is going through his 15 mnutes of fame. The Democratic Party is so lame that he was jumped on by the press and the public as a new power player.

For his entire adult life, Obama has been involved with normal, everyday things. He worked in programs to feed the poor and register them to vote. He worked in industry and became a lawyer. In other words, he was a middle-of-the road person with no radical agenda on anything. Now, we hear from various sources (mostly right-wing Christian) that he went to an Islamic school. And, in those days, the Islamic schools were similar to the Catholic schools: a little religion and a lot of standard education. Oh, and I forgot, his middle name is Hussein. That again makes him a criminal even though millions of Muslims are named Hussein.

I agree with one thing: we all must remain alert. For some reason, Obama has become the poster child of the left and many think his politics will be leftist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Look at his views and you will find a mainstream, middle-of-the-road moderate Democrat. If elected president, Obama will definitely let down many leftist voters. The left should remain alert and not get conned into believing Obama is the next great socialist leader. Accusing him of being a possible threat for Islamic terrorism is ludicrous. Paranoia strikes deep.

Let’s take a look at Obama’s views in his own words. These are issued directly from his website:

  • IRAQ: Since 2002, and now, as a U.S. Senator, Senator Obama has continued to critique the Administration's mishandling of this war, and believes that while our troops have done an outstanding job in Iraq, there can be no military solution to what is inherently a political conflict between Iraq's warring factions. The only hope to end this burgeoning civil war is for Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds to come together and resolve their differences, and that's why Senator Obama agrees with the Iraq Study Group's conclusion that we must begin a phased redeployment of American troops to signal to the government and people of Iraq that ours is not an open-ended commitment.
  • CRIME: Senator Obama is a strong proponent of tougher measures to fight crime, in particular the growing problem of methamphetamines, which has ravaged many communities in Illinois. He has also advocated providing more resources to local law enforcement officers.
  • HOMELAND SECURITY: Senator Obama believes that greater attention needs to be paid to the nation’s homeland security. To that end, he has supported efforts to distribute more funds to cities like Chicago most at risk of a terrorist attack. He has also introduced legislation to strength chemical plant and drinking water security and to enhance disaster preparedness.
  • IMMIGRATION: Senator Obama shares the growing public concern about illegal immigration in the United States. The challenge facing President Bush and Congress is how to effectively stop the flow of illegal immigrants across our borders, better manage immigration flows going forward, and deal with illegal aliens who are already living and working in this country.
  • DEFENSE: With the nation facing unprecedented threats, our military needs to remain the world's best. We must adapt the Pentagon to face 21st century threats such as global terrorists and loose nuclear weapons in the former Soviet states. Senator Obama is working to ensure that the nation's defense capabilities are strong, agile, and prepared and that our troops are provided with the equipment they need.

These do not signify the agenda of a left-wing radical. Most fit right into a Republican platform. The conservatives, instead of depicting him as a radical should embrace his candidacy because he represents their mainstream, tired, old ideas. Notice that on Iraq, he did not oppose the war. He opposed the way the war was handled and blames the Iraqis for today’s chaos as he maintains that the U.S. involvement is not an "open-ended" commitment.

His views on crime and immigration mirror those of the Bush administration.

If he is elected president, Obama will definitely let down those of the left. Let’s not forget, these are the same people who supported Bill Clinton and John Kerry because they were the "lesser of two evils." However, the right in the U.S. will probably, after initial statements of disappointment, say, "This guy’s not as bad as we thought he would be."


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