Note: This is Part 2 of a 8-part series: Read Part 1: Obama's Religious Faith, Political Ideology and the Conservative Christian Inquisition
Obama epitomizes the American dream of an ethnically, racially, culturally and religiously plural nation, a dream which his WASP opponents kick against in their display of atavistic ethnic-race instincts. In the assault on the person of Obama, willing readers are regaled with "evidence" that Obama is not Christian and as such not fit to occupy the Oval Office, an office which seems to the conservatives the sole privilege of those whom they accredit as true Christians to occupy.
The typical pattern of confused diatribe you will encounter in the more simpleton but fanatically spirited attempts at Obama bashing from the unofficial Inquisition goes thus: Obama is not a Christian because he supports abortion rights…Obama supports gay pride and homosexuality in the military…his administration is filled with radical left homosexuals…he laid his hand on the koran when he was sworn in as senator so he's Muslim (this story has been proven false, it would appear that someone confused Obama with Congressman Keith Ellison who is a Muslim and was sworn in on January 4, 2007, with a copy of the Koran–Obama himself was sworn in by Vice-President Dick Cheney, with his hand placed on his personal bible during his Senate swearing-in ceremony). And the reckless campaign of calumny continues: We know that Obama is an atheist because he skipped the world "Creator" when saying the Declaration of Independence…For twenty years he attended the Chicago church of a false prophet, Jeremiah Wright, whose church hijacked the name of Christ (presumably from the accuser's church)…Obama is not a Christian because he is a Marxist and Communist…He was trained as a socialist…he is friend to enemies of America…Obama is out to destroy our country…he is on a diabolical mission to bring down American freedom…steal money from hard-working Americans…Christ is not in his heart…he might possibly be a Muslim..
The typically anti-Obama tract ranting gets wilder and wilder and more self-contradictory as the text runs to an artlessly truncated end. The mythical Obama must be a wonderful new kind of demon indeed; the Devil's bin into which every thing WASP America fears about the larger world is dumped. And we would be made to believe, if we are credulous enough,that Obama is at once a Muslim Wahhabi radical, a Catholic, a Marxist and communist, as well a member of a Chicago church which "hijacked" the name of Christ, to mention a few things among the long list of Obama's sins and heresies.
According to the Whistleblower, another anti-Obama campaigner, examination of Obama's US Senate record reveals him to be a hard leftist. Obama nurses an enthusiastic support for the radical homosexual rights agenda and he is for this single reason one of the "most dangerous men ever to be considered for the presidency of the United States of America." Whistleblower quotes its managing editor David Kupelian offering us the special privilege of a glimpse of the real Obama, saying "Obama is a man who reflexively, instinctively,will side with what's wrong and harmful for America, and will oppose what is right and good and wholesome for America…but (his) profoundly negative orientation is sugar-coated with a charismatic positive persona and beguiling rhetoric."
The first story we were treated to by the official Right Inquisition was the same story as that which the unofficial Inquisition treated us to, and a story both loved dishing out most–that Obama is in secret a Muslim conspiring to take over the U.S. for the benefit of the Muslim Ummah! And how they must have wished that could be true, for that, indeed, would be God-given Golgotha stake on which to hang their prey in public to agonized cries of Eloi Eloi Lama Sabach thaniy!
According to the Obama-is-Muslim-Conspiracy-Theory which emanated from official circles of the Right Inquisition, Obama is a Muslim, not only because he attended an extremist Wahhabi Islamic School in Indonesia for two years, but he also because he took advanced studies in the Koran and studied mengaji recitation of the Koran in Arabic. Obama himself does not deny that he studied Koranic recitation in his childhood. He admitted this, in a 2007 New York Times interview, in which he recited the first lines of the Muslim call to prayers with what his Inquisitors delight to inform us was "perfect Arabic intonation." (Chanting with a perfect Arabic intonation being a perfect indictment of the man who would be president of his opponents' "Christian Only United States of America.") Obama, in the New York Times interview, delighted his traducers with the statement that the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset." The Inquisition informs those of us ignorant of the implication of this statement that no true Christian, filled with the Holy Ghost, would ever admit to such heresy as that the "devilish" Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset."
The Inquisition informs us with glee at its discovery also that in 1981, Obama, barely past his teens, made a three-week trip to Karachi in Pakistan with Muslim friends from college where he had first-hand contact with the Sunni and Shi-ite sects of the Muslim religion. Another faction of the Obama-is-Muslim-campaign managed to dig up what seems an even more serious indictment of the man who would be president: an Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said he had a meeting with Obama in which Obama told him that he was still a Muslim, son of a Muslim father, stepson of a Muslim grandfather, and that he, Obama, had deep sympathy for the Muslim agenda. A gloss to this story says that Obama promised the Muslim world that once he overcomes some domestic American problems he would show the Muslim world what he would with Israel! In its early days, the Obama-is-Muslim campaign succeeded in raising a great deal of anti-Obama feelings with its half-minded Obama-Arab conspiracy theory stories. But now only very few still believe in its wild claims, though, for those who would have an American foreign policy which never admits of any wrong in Israel, Obama is still seen as "Israel's biggest strategic catastrophe." But the rantings of the Obama-is-Muslim-Campaign, observing no limits, went as far as to say that Obama's election as president was akin to an SS officer getting elected president during Word War II!!
JohnThomas Didymus is the author of "Confessions of God: The Gospel According to St. JohnThomas Didymus"