The funniest part is that he tosses it out there, almost stream-of-consciousness, replete with Hitler analogy and then walks it back by saying it doesn’t much matter if he is or isn’t. As if the president of the United States conspiring to suppress information about his deepest beliefs is a theory to advance idly in the course of a larger foreign-policy critique. Hey, Frank? He can’t be Muslim. As I’ve told you many times, my president is atheist.
Consider this an object lesson in how to instantly discredit your own otherwise cogent op-ed:
This is not to say, necessarily, that Mr. Obama actually is a Muslim any more than Mr. Clinton actually is black. After his five months in office, and most especially after his just-concluded visit to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, however, a stunning conclusion seems increasingly plausible: The man now happy to have his Islamic-rooted middle name featured prominently has engaged in the most consequential bait-and-switch since Adolf Hitler duped Neville Chamberlain over Czechoslovakia at Munich.
With Mr. Obama’s unbelievably ballyhooed address in Cairo Thursday to what he calls “the Muslim world” (hereafter known as “the Speech”), there is mounting evidence that the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself. Consider the following indicators…
In the final analysis, it may be beside the point whether Mr. Obama actually is a Muslim. In the Speech and elsewhere, he has aligned himself with adherents to what authoritative Islam calls Shariah — notably, the dangerous global movement known as the Muslim Brotherhood — to a degree that makes Mr. Clinton’s fabled affinity for blacks pale by comparison.
“The following indicators” are examples of rhetorical pandering to Muslims in Obama’s Cairo speech, from referring to the Koran as the “holy Koran” to following a mention of Jesus and Mohammed with “peace upon be them.” Secret code words betraying his true religious affiliation? Or … Obama being Obama by trying to find “common ground” with his audience in clumsy, heavy-handed ways? Who even knows if Obama’s responsible for those passages of the speech? Doubtless a whole team of White House wordsmiths worked on it.
Even so, I know that as leader of the Democratic Party he’s conservative enemy number one and always a viable suspect no matter how goofy the charge, so have at it in the comments. Exit question via Karl: I thought our big problem with The One was that he spent far too long subscribing to Rev. Wright’s nutbar Black Liberation Theology. Which is he, a radical Muslim or a radical Christian?