reports that Barack Obama is setting up an entire unit to combat
‘virulent rumours’ about him on the internet. Doubtless one of the
blogs in the sights of team Obama is Little Green Footballs,
which in the last few days has been excavating examples of wildly
anti-Jewish and anti-American prejudice and conspiracy theories posted
up by fans on Obama’s own website. LGF is making hay with the fact that
the Obamanables are belatedly taking (some of) this stuff down from the
site while simultaneously insisting that its presence is nothing to do
with them because the website has no moderators. Yeah, right.
The Guardian quotes the director of some monitoring outfit as saying
that the blogosphere’s smears about Obama are particularly vicious.
He added that one of the most persistent is that Obama, a Christian,
is ‘some kind of Muslim Manchurian candidate, planted by Islamic
fundamentalists to betray the country and it is very widespread’.
Well now. Crazed Jew-hating American-loathing moonbats posting
comments on Obama’s website are one thing. But the fact is that there
are serious and troubling questions about Obama’s ancestry and
associations and what he himself has said about them, which have
surfaced in the blogosphere but have been almost wholly ignored by the
mainstream media in its collective Obamanic swoon.
First is his childhood background. Last November, his campaign website carried a statement with the headline:
Barack Obama Is Not and Has Never Been a Muslim
Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian.
Obama has also said:
I've always been a Christian
I've never practised Islam.
But none of this is true. As is explored in detail on Daniel Pipes’s
website, Obama was enrolled at his primary schools in Indonesia as a
Muslim; he attended the mosque during that period; his friends from
that time testify that he was a devout Muslim boy. A former teacher at
one of these schools, Tine Hahiyary, remembers a young Obama who was
quite religious and actively took part in ‘mengaji’ classes which teach
how to read the Koran in Arabic. The blogger from Indonesia who reported this commented:
‘Mengagi’ is a word and a term that is accorded the highest value
and status in the mindset of fundamentalist societies here in Southeast
Asia. To put it quite simply, "mengaji classes" are not something that
a non practicing or so-called moderate Muslim family would ever send
their child to... The fact that Obama had attended mengaji classes is well known in Indonesia and has left many there wondering just when Obama is going to come out of the closet.
His father was a Muslim, as was his stepfather. His grandfather was
a Muslim convert. His wider family appear to have been largely devout
Muslims. Yes, we only know about Obama’s early years as a Muslim; and
yes, twenty years ago he became a Christian. The issue, however, is why
he has been less than candid about his early background and his family.
Indeed, he appears to have actively deceived the public about it. That
is why the blogosphere is so exercised about it.
Now here’s another curious thing. Much has been made of his
membership of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago whose
former pastor and his long-standing mentor, Jeremiah Wright, Obama was
forced finally to renounce on account of his obnoxious views (although
he has signally failed unequivocally to denounce those views themselves
and the no less obnoxious philosophy of the Trinity United black power
church). But according to a passing reference in a profile in The New Republic last
year, Pastor Wright was himself a Muslim convert to Christianity. He
seems to have moved from being a Muslim black power fanatic to a
Christian black power fanatic – which might go some way to explaining
his close affinity to the Muslim black power ideologue Louis Farrakhan.
Then there is also Obama’s troubling support for the Kenyan
opposition leader -- and his cousin -- Raila Odinga, the leader of the
violent uprising a few months ago against the newly elected Kenyan
government and who signed a memorandum of understanding with Kenyan
Muslims to turn Kenya into an Islamic state governed by sharia law. At
the time, the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya released a statement in
which church leaders said Odinga
comes across as a presumptive Muslim president bent on forcing
Islamic law, religion and culture down the throats of the Kenyan people
in total disregard of the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom
of worship and equal protection of the law for all Kenyans.
As the Atlas Shrugs
site reported, Obama actually went to Kenya in 2006 and spoke at
rallies in support of Odinga, causing the Kenyan government to denounce
him as ‘Raila’s stooge’. Why was Obama supporting such a person? Why
has no-one bothered to find out??
Daniel Pipes makes another highly significant point about Obama’s
Muslim background. He points out that, in the eyes of the Muslim world,
Obama remains a Muslim regardless of what religion he now professes
because he was born to a Muslim father. By his own admission (of
Christianity) therefore, he is a Muslim apostate – a status regarded by
the Muslim world as a sin to be punished by death. Pipes thinks this
would put his life in danger and undermine his initiatives towards the
Muslim world. But surely the more significant point is that much of
that Muslim world has actually embraced him. Indeed the Muslim Brothers
of Hamas – who most certainly would regard any Muslim apostate as
someone to be eliminated – actually came out publicly in support of him
(until Obama blotted his copybook by professing undying support for
We are entitled therefore to ask whether the Muslim world supports him because it believes he is still a Muslim.
We are entitled to ask precisely when he stopped being a Muslim, and
why. Did Obama embrace Christianity as a tactical manoeuvre to get
himself elected? Why indeed has he dissembled about his family
background if not for that end?
These multiple known deceptions by someone who may become President
of the United States are deeply alarming. The concealment is the issue.
To dismiss such concerns and the related questions they provoke as a
smear campaign is to attempt to browbeat into silence those who
legitimately raise them and require urgent answers as a matter of the
most acute public interest.
Update: In this entry I originally included the following quote from the American Expatriate in Indonesia blog quoted above: 'Another of Obama’s former classmates, Emirsyah Satar, now CEO of Garuda Indonesia, has been quoted as saying:
At that time, he was quite religious in Islam but after marrying
Michelle, he changed his religion.' It has been pointed out to me that
comments posted on that blog claimed that this was a mistranslation,
and that the quote attributed to Satar was written instead by the
author of the article.