Questions Raised By Obama’s Mosque Speech

Speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore the day before the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama again sent an ideological message in need of fact-checking to Americans as he called for tolerance toward Muslims and unity of all faiths.

Obama’s visit to the U.S. mosque was controversial because its former imam, Mohamad Adam el-Sheikh, was accused of terrorist connections; and the mosque is a Muslim site with deep ties to extremist elements, including the Muslim Brotherhood. El-Sheikh formed a group whose parent organization provided funds to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist organizations, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

For those who are informed and understand the president’s worldview, nothing he said was surprising. He thanked “Muslim-Americans” for helping to build this country, said Islam is not to blame for terrorist attacks, and added, “We are one American family.”

For more than a thousand years people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace. And the very word itself, Islam, comes from “salaam”–peace. The standard greeting is “salaam alaikum”–peace be upon you. And like so many faiths, Islam is rooted in a commitment to compassion and mercy and justice and charity. Whoever wants to enter paradise, the Prophet Mohammad taught, let him treat people the way he would love to be treated.

First, another meaning derived from that same root word, “salaam,” is submission. Islam promotes conquest and surrender; Muslims are to submit to Allah, and all others must convert or face consequences. Also, some have been drawn to ISIS – not because Islam is a message of peace, but because they get to kill “infidels.”

Mohammad was a bloodthirsty warrior who conquered cities. This certainly does not fit with the Golden Rule taught by Jesus Christ. Finally, there is little assurance of paradise unless a Muslim kills himself and others in the name of Allah.

Christians, however, are guaranteed eternal life by trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord (Rom. 10:9-10); and, being saved by God’s grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-10), we are given the Holy Spirit in our hearts as a pledge of our inheritance (2 Cor. 1:22).

Obama also stated:

Islam has always been part of America; Generations of Muslim-Americans helped build our nation.

I don’t seem to recall Muslim founders, patriots, or Muslim pilgrims being mentioned in history books and textbooks at school when I was growing up; do you?

Naturally, the president seized the opportunity to criticize anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican presidential candidates.

Recently, we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country.

Apparently, this was a shot at Donald Trump and those who support border security and the vetting of refugees. Defending terrorists once again, he said, “we can’t suggest that Islam itself is at the root of the problem. That betrays our values.” Sin is the root of man’s problems, but whose values is he referring to specifically?

We do know Obama values abortion, socialism, the U.N., the LGBT agenda, and many other anti-Christian views as demonstrated by his words and policies. Before he was elected president, when asked in an interview about the meaning of “sin,” Obama stated sin is “being out of alignment with my values.” In the same interview, he said he doesn’t know what happens after we die, and claimed that Jesus was merely a historical figure. Christians believe Jesus Christ is Lord and God.

The president gave lip service to religious freedom in America, saying it must be upheld; but why doesn’t he defend Christian bakers, florists, photographers, etc. when they are fined or have their businesses shut down due to their sincere religious beliefs? Do we also need to mention how the Obama Justice Department came down on Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor, and others?

Going back to the mosque, the president also stated:

We have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths—we are all God’s children, all born equal with inherent dignity.

Having dignity is one thing, but according to the Bible, we are not all children of God. In fact, Jesus once said those who were trying to kill him were of their father, the devil. It is true we were created in the image of God, but until a person is born of the Spirit of God, he or she cannot become an adopted child of God. (1 John 4:1-6) Muslims do not accept the authority and deity of Christ.

Our television shows should have some Muslim characters that aren’t related to national security.

He also affirmed there are now more black people on TV, so I’m not even sure what to say here. The president added:

In Muslim communities…this is a time of concern and frankly, a time of some fear… As Muslim Americans…your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for the violent acts of the very few.

If this is true, then why is it that no one seems to be afraid of offending Christians, but many people fear offending Muslims? We should also question his calculated use of these words: entire, often, targeted, blamed, and very.

The president also insisted we make sure that hate crimes are punished, and the civil rights of all Americans are upheld. But some consider it “hate” to say that Jesus is the only way to the Father, or that homosexuality is a sin.

I like what Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, said:

Did Obama call on Muslims to embrace LGBT rights — like he does when he speaks to Christian gatherings? I wonder if Obama’s speech writer got his facts from the Common Core lessons on Islam?

One of the more surprising claims Obama made was, “Islam has a tradition of respect for other faiths.” Um, really? This had to be off-prompter. Have proponents of Islam traditionally shown respect for the Jewish and Christian faiths as well as others they consider “infidels”? You don’t have to answer that.

Perhaps he thinks Christian persecution does not exist. With tens of thousands of Christians worldwide being chased out of their homes and villages, many of them being killed as churches are destroyed, Obama warned against anti-Muslim bigotry? The fact is that Jews are four times more likely than Muslims to be victims of a hate crime.

As Muslim communities stand up for the future you believe in… America will be your partner.

Not all of America, if that future includes shredding the U.S. Constitution, mistreating women, implementing Sharia Law, and dominating our culture, government, education system, and media.

Finally, to Muslims, the president said, “Let your light shine.” How exactly is this translated in terms of the Quran and Muhammad’s teachings?

American citizens might take him more seriously if there were Muslim groups denouncing Islamic terrorism and speaking out on behalf of the victims of violence in the name of Allah. And if Obama supported Christianity the way he does Islam, these speeches wouldn’t fall on as many deaf ears.

It is both disingenuous and doublespeak to divide Americans while preaching “unity.” More often than not, Obama’s actions and rhetoric seem to do more damage to our society than good. Of course, some believe this was part of the agenda all along.

David Fiorazo is author of the book The Cost of Our Silence

Putin Just Ignored Obama Admin’s Desperate Pleas In A Huge Way- ‘Russian Strikes Will…’

Russia plans to continue airstrikes against Syrian villages despite a direct appeal by Secretary of State John Kerry and the UN for a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to starving civilians.

Fox News reports not only has the Putin-led government refused the ceasefire, it has escalated its involvement, introducing four of its most advanced fighter jets to assist in the airstrikes. Some of the Russian targets include CIA-backed rebel fighters who oppose the Assad regime.

“The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to proceed with peace talks. The Su-35S is Russia’s most advanced warplane, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions,” one official familiar with the jet told Fox News

Russia’s move comes despite two UN resolutions calling for a ceasefire and caused peace talks in Geneva to derail Wednesday.

“[T]here will be a ceasefire,” Kerry predicted Tuesday in Rome. “We expect a ceasefire. And we expect adherence to the ceasefire. And we expect full humanitarian access.”

Kerry said he was assured by Russia’s foreign minister the airstrikes would end. “I talked to Foreign Minister Lavrov a couple of days ago and I specifically discussed a ceasefire with him, and he said they are prepared to have a ceasefire,” the secretary of state said.

Two days later, the bombing missions continue.

“Russian strikes will not cease [in Syria] … I don’t see why these airstrikes should be stopped,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday in Oman.

Hours later, the UN talks fell apart, according to Fox. 

The top U.S. general in Iraq made it clear that America wants to avoid a confrontation with Russia, despite Putin’s strikes against the U.S.-backed rebels.

“I wouldn’t characterize it as a proxy war. I would say that we are pursuing different goals,” Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland told reporters, speaking from Baghdad earlier this week.

The U.N. chief humanitarian coordinator says close to 500,000 Syrians are cut off from food assistance, surrounded by Bashar Assad’s forces, Fox reported. 

“We saw people who are clearly malnourished, especially children, we saw people who are extremely thin, skeletons, that are now barely moving,” Yacoub El Hillo, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Syria, told Reuters.

Kerry said Tuesday that some besieged Syrians have been reduced to eating leaves and grass. “Starvation as a tactic of war is against the laws of war and it is being used every single day as a tactic by the Assad regime,” he said

The Washington Post editorial board blamed Kerry’s willingness to compromise with Putin for the unfolding humanitarian crisis. “Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s handling of the Syrian crisis appears to be enabling those very war crimes,” the paper wrote.

The Post charges the administration is only offering strong rhetoric, but nothing to back it up. “On that, Mr. Kerry has had exactly nothing to say. Expect the sieges, the bombing, the starvation — and the statements — to continue.”

Rush Limbaugh Just Asked The One Question About Obama’s Mosque Visit He Wasn’t Supposed To

In light of President Obama’s first official visit to a mosque while in office, he has received widespread criticism for both choosing a facility with links to Islamic extremism and thanking those in attendance for their purported contributions to national peace.

Some of the fiercest backlash came from syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh during his program Thursday. The veteran broadcaster used the controversial address to highlight some questions about Obama’s self-professed Christian faith.

“Why did he choose to become a Christian?,” Limbaugh asked, after painting a picture of the way Obama has characterized both Islam and Christianity.

“Barack Obama, he goes into this radical mosque in Baltimore [Wednesday],” he said. “He talks about how Islam has always been part of the fabric of America, and I stopped. I said, ‘Really?’ I didn’t know that.”

Not only does the president talk “about how awesome Islam is all the time,” Limbaugh continued, “at the same time, he’s out there, and look what he says about Christians. He says he is one. Look, he talks about them as bitter clingers and they hold on to their guns when they’re nervous.”

In light of his dichotomous position on the two faiths, the host wondered why Obama would have chosen to follow Christ.

“I’ve always wondered that,” Limbaugh concluded. “He’s such a defender and promoter of Islam, and, on the other hand, he and his party are constantly denegrating Christians. I don’t care what the issue is — whether it’s guns, whether it’s gay marriage, any cultural or social issue, or the ‘bitter clinger’ comments.”

 

Watch: 7 Words Obama Just Said At National Prayer Breakfast Is Catching People’s Attention

Barack Obama, while setting an ecumenical tone at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, none-the-less professed that Jesus is a source of strength for him.

Shortly into his remarks, the president stated that he has been reflecting on the verse 2 Timothy 1:7 recently.

“On this occasion, I always enjoy reflecting on a piece of scripture that’s been meaningful to me or otherwise sustained me throughout the year, and lately, I’ve been thinking and praying on a verse from 2 Timothy: ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,’ he said.

Obama observed there is much to be fearful about in our current times, but noted in times gone by there has been too, including wars, famine, economic depressions.

“Fear does funny things,” he said. “Fear can lead us to lash out against those who are different or lead us to try to get some sinister other under control. Alternatively, fear can lead us to succumb to despair or paralysis or cynicism.”

“It is a primal emotion — fear — one that we all experience. And it can be contagious, spreading through societies, and through nations. And if we let it consume us, the consequences of that fear can be worse than any outward threat,” he stated. 

The president said there is a remedy for fear, and that is faith.

“For me, and I know for so many of you, faith is the great cure for fear. Jesus is a good cure for fear [emphasis added]. God gives believers the power, the love, the sound mind required to conquer any fear, and what more important moment for that faith than right now?” Obama asked.

“What better time than these changing, tumultuous times to have Jesus standing beside us, steadying our minds, cleansing our hearts, pointing us towards what matters,” he said, drawing applause from the audience.

Earlier in the program, House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed those in attendance saying, “I want to welcome all of you to Washington. You could not have come for a better reason. This breakfast is a national tradition because prayer is a part of our national heritage. It all goes back to the Declaration of Independence. We believe our rights come from God, and our job, as officeholders, is to protect those rights. So it is only natural we should ask for His guidance as we seek to do His will.”

The audience was also treated to a moving rendition of Amazing Grace by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Watch: Trump Just Described Obama’s Mosque Visit With 5 BRUTAL Words, Sets Off A Firestorm

Donald Trump dismissively denigrated President Obama’s visit to a Baltimore-area mosque on Wednesday by saying, “maybe he feels comfortable there.”

Trump was making an appearance Wednesday on the Fox News program On the Record when host Greta Van Susteren asked the Republican presidential candidate about Obama’s visit to the mosque.

“I don’t have much thought. I think he can go to lots of places. I don’t know, maybe he feels comfortable there,” Trump replied.

“We have a lot of problems in this country, Greta. There are a lot of places he can go, and he chose a mosque. I saw that just a while ago. That’s his decision. That’s fine,” Trump said.

Trump, in the past, had hinted that he thought Obama was a Muslim. He came under criticism in September when he did not correct a man who publicly claimed, at a New Hampshire rally, that Obama is Muslim when the president has said he is a Christian.

In a December, speech noting Obama does not use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism, Trump said “There’s something going on with him that we don’t know about.”

On Tuesday night, when was talking about Obama’s vacations, he mentioned him getting into Air Force One to celebrate Christmas “or whatever he celebrates” in Hawaii.

Trump’s most recent comments brought out readers who took both sides of the issue, as shown by these samples from commentary on Mediaite.

“… Obama no doubt felt comfortable visiting there, a place under surveillance by the FBI for terrorist possibilities. His administration has made such a wreck of the economy that he needs all the votes he can get. There are plenty of other places he could have gone to address real issues but he’s a politician after all, not a problem solver,” wrote Roy Thomas.

Some defended the president.

“How can such an insensitive and nonsensible idiot (Trump) be considered for president? It was a civil event with fellow civilized Americans, AND it was peaceful and successful. Obama’s message to Muslims who are under attack by American trouble-makers was reassuring, constructive and presidential. Something Trump, and other Republican candidates, are incapable of doing, apparently. Like sore-losers, Republicans first inclination is always to attack and criticize. There is no place for logic and reason,” wrote manofmystique.

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio also responded to the president’s visit, saying actions like these are divisive to the American people. “I’m tired of being divided against each other for political reasons like this president’s done,” Rubio said. “Always pitting people against each other. Always.”

He added, “Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque,” Rubio continued. “Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims. Of course there’s going to be discrimination in America of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam … [I]t’s this constant pitting people against each other – that I can’t stand that. It’s hurting our country badly.”

h/t: The Gateway Pundit