February 04, 2016
Anyone who says President Obama doesn't believe in the freedom of religion is wrong. It is evident by his actions that he strongly believes in that freedom -- at least for Muslims. And Wednesday, he stood in a mosque just outside of Washington that has record of radicalism to prove it. With a compassion he rarely demonstrates for the Christian faith, the president stunned plenty by spending the day before the National Prayer Breakfast legitimizing an ideology at war with the world.
An ideology, his own Treasury Department found, the Islamic Society of Baltimore has shared. "As a Muslim American," one local told Fox News, "I'm just insulted. This is disgraceful that this is... the mosque he's chosen to visit. [It's] very concerning." The Society's former imam, who was flagged by U.S. officials for his ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, was also a member of the Muslim Brotherhood -- hardly the kind of peace-loving Islamists the President speaks of. According to several sources, the White House knew about the mosque's connections and ignored them anyway. "They prepared memos for the president's aides that specifically laid out the sordid history and nexus to terrorism of the Islamic Society of Baltimore," terrorism expert Steve Emerson pointed out.
Surely, it left most Americans wondering: is the president's team just inept -- or are they, as some suggest, sending a subtle message? Unfortunately for Christians, Jews, and other targets of radical Muslims, the president's speech was not so subtle. If anything, it pulled back the curtain on a very frightening agenda of the Left: the elevation of Islam at the expense of every other faith group in America. "Recently," the president said, "we've heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country... We are one American family. And when any part of our family starts to feel separate or second-class or targeted, it tears at the very fabric of our nation." When any religious group is targeted, he went on, "we all have a responsibility to speak up. And we have to reject a politics that seeks to manipulate prejudice or bias, and targets people because of religion."
It was a surreal moment for a country that's watched the president's seven-year war on the First Amendment. He condemned religious hostility while the proof of his administration's own hostility grows stronger every day! He speaks of tolerance and acceptance while showing anything but to Christians and Jews. "Muslims are already a privileged group," Arnold Steinberg wrote in an excellent piece for American Spectator. "Just as the Obama administration interprets freedom of religion selectively as it wants to force a Christian baker who finds a gay wedding immoral... the same Obama lawyers favor Muslims. The government seems to believe that a Muslim truck driver must be "accommodated" if he doesn't want to transport alcohol, or a Muslim airline steward must be "accommodated" if he doesn't want to serve alcohol."
And the president doesn't merely defend Islam in speeches, he prioritizes them in policy. Immigration, national security, education, and religious liberty debates have all seemed to widen the gates for Muslims at the expense of the largest and most influential faith group in the country. What's more, he's doing all of this despite the hypocritical message it sends to his base.
"Obama and his groupies charge the Republicans with a 'War on Women' and an assault on 'gay rights.' But the Muslim nations continue aggression against women and homosexuals, ranging from sexual mutilation, assault, and rape, to stoning and death. Contrary to the mainstream media, these practices are not confined to ISIS, but prevail in varying degree throughout the Muslim world... What the secular progressives and agnostic-atheist liberals don't get is this: after the Islamists deal with the Jews, and then deal with the Christians, they will go after the ultimate non-believers, the secular-progressives, especially women and homosexuals," Steinberg points out.
And amazingly, that violence is as much a threat to Muslims as it is to non-Muslims. "Right now, Muslims are killing each other on a grand scale, in the name of Islam. Are there any current wars of Jews killing Jews, or Christians killing Christians?"
President Obama has spent the better portion of seven years lecturing Americans on the need to celebrate Islam, while innocent Christians are dying to have Obama defend them with the same ferocity. What a tragic irony that the president devoted 5,145 words to the plight of Muslims yesterday -- yet he can't spare one to describe the crisis faced by thousands of believers in the Middle East: genocide.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.