Ben Shapiro

Is Barack Hussein Obama a Muslim?

No.

But there's a reason 24 percent of Americans believe President Obama is a Muslim: Obama spends an inordinate amount of time stumping for Islam. Obama's not Muslim. But he proselytizes for Islamic goals and dreams like a member of the faithful.

He routinely cites his background to establish his Islamic bona fides with the Muslim world. "I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims," he told a Muslim audience in Cairo. "As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. ... I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed." This is language that falls short of embracing Islam as a believer, but is geared toward telling the Muslim world, "I am on your side." Acknowledging his Muslim parentage on Muslim soil, speaking of Islam's "revelation," talking about living in a Muslim country -- that sort of rhetoric has a purpose.

Obama's first interview after his election was with Al-Arabiya. In that interview, he proclaimed that the United States had to "start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating." He then followed up this blatant pandering and pathetic apologetics with the explanation that his job was to "communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect."

In Cairo, Obama said his job as president of the United States is to "fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." That's certainly not the job of the president of the United States. It is not even the job of the most ardently tolerant Christian. Is it any wonder that so many people believe Obama to be an emissary of Islam?

Obama's bow to the Saudi king reinforced American perceptions that he was in bed with Islamism. American leaders do not bow before foreign leaders. Period. But not only did Obama bow, he specifically bowed to the leader of the Muslim country where Mecca lies. Then the White House ridiculously attempted to claim that the bow never happened in the first place.


Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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