By Don Feder – BarbWire guest contributor
Imagine Winston Churchill trying to inspire the British people in the War on Nazism with these stirring words: “Get off your high horse, Brits. You think injustice is confined to Germany? In our own country, there was the slave trade, wars in France, the Saxon conquest of Britain, the Norman conquest of the Saxons, the Opium Wars, and The Curse of Cromwell, not to mention the beastly way we treated poor Scandinavian immigrants in Alfred’s day. So who are we to judge?”
Hitler and Goebbels would have been delighted – just as ISIL, al-Qaeda and the Moslem Brotherhood must have been with Obama’s performance at the National Prayer Breakfast last week.
Our president has been called Islam’s principal Western apologist. But that’s like calling the Chief Rabbi of Israel kind of Jewish, or Lindsay Lohan sort of messed up. In fact, from his 2009 Cairo speech to last Friday’s Sermon on the Mosque, it’s been nothing less than slavish devotion: the Muslim Brotherhood is “secular,” the Ft. Hood massacre was “workplace violence,” the Taliban is “an armed insurgency” (but not terrorist), initially, Benghazi was caused by an anti-Mohammed video, “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” the muezzin’s call to prayer is “one of the sweetest sounds on earth,” and on and on ad nauseam.
In the coming Caliphate, maybe he’ll be the Sheik of Chicago or the Imam O.
At the Prayer Breakfast, after his faux Buddhist greeting to the Dali Lama, the alleged leader of the Free World pledged to “push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilist ends.” Which religion?
Lest you think the president was referring to the religion of peace (against whose adherents we occasionally undertake overseas contingency operations), Obama was quick to point out that around the world, every faith has, from time to time, been “hijacked” by violent extremists “for their own murderous ends.”
So, get off your “high horse,” Christians! “Remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Moreover, “in our own home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was (sic) justified in the name of Christ?”
Worldwide, 100 million Christians are being persecuted – not a few of them tortured to death and murdered in ways too gruesome to recount here (including women and children) – and Obama tries to balance the books with the Crusades (which ended more than 700 years ago), the Inquisition (which happened over 500 years ago), slavery (which ended in America 150 years ago) and segregation. While the last was reprehensible, given the choice between you can’t sit at my lunch counter and you can’t live unless you convert, which would you choose?
In this country, the abolitionist movement started in Northern churches. The Civil Rights movement began in Southern churches. Christian nations abolished slavery first, thanks to heroes like William Wilberforce. The United States was the only nation to fight a civil war to end the odious institution. Slavery is alive and well in the Muslim world.
The Crusades, the Crusades, the Crusades – the most distorted episode in history lasted for around 200 years. Not that the Crusaders didn’t commit heinous acts – like murdering Jews across Europe, on their way to the Holy Land, and the sack of Christian Constantinople – but, at least in regards to Islam, they were a response to naked aggression.
Moslems destroyed ancient Christian communities throughout the Middle East, attacked Christian pilgrims, occupied various parts of Spain for 800 years, breached the walls of Rome and scattered the bones of St. Peter, and got as far as southern France.
So Christians went to the Middle East (which had been Christian for centuries before the first jihad) to fight Muslims? Everyone forgets that Islam slaughtered its way across Europe, occupying Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary from the 14th century to (in some cases) the beginning of the 20th century.
Within 100 years from the death of Mohammed, Islam spread from the Arabian Peninsula to encompass the entire Middle East, North Africa, parts of Spain and the Indus Valley. How does our president-cum-historian-cum-theologian imagine that happened – gentlemen from the local mosque knocking on doors asking; “Have you considered Mohammed?” It was, after all, the type of philosophical system designed to appeal to intellectual Arab tribesmen.
Islam came at the point of a scimitar – by offering conversion, death or a subservient status, kidnapping children, forced marriages and other acts of peace. Since then, only the technology of slaughter has changed.
If Sheik O is right, Islam must be the most distorted, misinterpreted, misrepresented and misunderstood religion in the world – including by mullahs, muftis, imams and assorted Moslem scholars.
The hit parade of extremist groups that have hijacked the peaceable creed for their own nihilist ends includes Abu Nidal, al-Qaeda, Al-Shabab, Ansar al-Islam, the Army of Islam, the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, the Islamic Jihad, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Muslim Brotherhood, Lashkar-e-Taiba and – of course – ISIL, that is until it becomes an armed insurgency.
And where are the Christian terrorists? No, the Salvation Army isn’t a paramilitary force. Judaism does not boast a Hassidic Front for the Liberation of Brooklyn. Ask the Dalai Lama about Buddha’s Army for the Sound of One Hand Clapping.
9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, Charlie Hebdo, Ft Hood, Mumbai, the Beltway snipers, Jews once again fleeing Europe, the worldwide rise of anti-Semitism, Muslim rape gangs in Britain, no-go zones in France, jihadists recruited in Germany, rockets rained down on Israel, almost daily atrocities in Nigeria, Coptic churches attacked by Moslem mobs, ethnic cleansing of Serbs in Kosovo, and Sharia successfully exported to the West – all the work of Moslems following Mohammed’s rules for spiritual struggle.
Obama is so slavishly devoted to Dar-al-Islam, that many think he’s a Moslem himself. To the contrary, he is a devout leftist.
Two strains converge to shape Obama’s attitude toward Islam. There’s nostalgia – for his Moslem boyhood in Indonesia (so innocent, so carefree, so harmonious) and his absentee dad – combined with the left’s worldview.
The left views Islam as the religion of the downtrodden and dispossessed – the faith of victims of Western colonialism and capitalist exploitation. Besides, it’s so charming and quaint. So good progressives are able to overlook its flagrant misogyny, rampant homophobia and genocidal rage. A shared hatred of the West trumps everything else.
The liberation theology preached at Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church is a consequence of the left’s Islamophilia, as is Obama’s anti-Zionism.
That Barack Hussein Obama commands the US military, controls the apparatus of national security and has the world’s bulliest pulpit, makes him far more dangerous to the survival of Western Civilization than Jihad-this, Islam-that, and Abu-whatever.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.
First published at GrassTopsUSA.com.
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