"I can't spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead," President Barack Obama told Brian Williams in an interview Sunday night on NBC's "Nightly News," reacting to the question of why a large percentage of Americans have serious doubts about his Christian faith.
In Part 1, I began to demonstrate how the president is using U.S. special envoy Rashad Hussain, his own presidential position and others in his administration to deepen and expand the partnership between the United States and Islam.
In Part 2, I detailed President Obama's real spiritual beliefs based upon a rare in-depth interview by a religious reporter for a major newspaper publication, including his beliefs about prayer, sin, heaven, the Bible and Jesus.
Now, in Part 3, I will demonstrate how President Obama categorically has been prejudicial in his treatment of Christianity versus Islam.
My question is: In a 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama committed to "fight against negative stereotypes" of Islam "wherever they appear," so why doesn't he also consider it his responsibility to do that for Christianity, especially because the majority of Americans still profess affinity with Christendom and the White House insists Obama is "a committed Christian"?
In just the past few months, why didn't the president step forward and stand up publicly for any of the following Christians who had their First Amendment rights trampled upon by others, just as he did for Muslims who are attempting to build the ground zero mosque?
--Why doesn't the president stand up for the rights of Christian organizations, whose right to hire same-faith or same-mission-minded employees is protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment but who are having to urge Congress to reject legislation that would prohibit them from hiring only fellow believers?
--Why didn't the president stand up for the rights of the North Carolina pastor who was fired from his duties as an honorary chaplain of the state General Assembly after he closed a prayer "in the name of Jesus"?
--Why didn't the president stand up for the rights of those in Utah who erected 14 memorial crosses on highways for state troopers killed in the line of duty but who were told by federal judges the crosses are to come down because they are unconstitutional?
--Why didn't the president stand up for the human rights of the Christian missionaries and medical team in Afghanistan, including six Americans, to practice medicine and their faith, even after they were murdered by Islamic extremists? Wouldn't other medical missionaries in Afghanistan appreciate Obama's defense more now than ever?
--Why didn't the president stand up for the four missionaries arrested at an Arab festival in Dearborn, Mich., just for exercising their freedom of speech and religion?
--Why didn't the president stand up for the rights of the Rev. Franklin Graham, who is the son of the Rev. Billy Graham and was disinvited from a Pentagon prayer service on the National Day of Prayer because of his "extremist" Christian views and values?
--Why didn't the president stand up for the rights of the Christian student who was booted from her graduate counseling program at a public university over her belief and conviction that homosexuality is morally wrong?
--Why didn't the president stand up for the three Christian evangelists who were arrested for sharing the gospel and singing hymns on a public sidewalk outside a mosque in Philadelphia?
--And mostly, why didn't the president stand up for the rights of the Greek Orthodox Church, one of whose churches was the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks and whose members have been frustrated and fouled by New York officials, who virtually have turned their backs on the reconstruction of the church near ground zero?
Meanwhile the Obama administration's pro-Islamic mission marches on, as even The New York Times chronicled in its multi-page report "White House Quietly Courts Muslims in U.S."
Further proof just came again, when the State Department reported, under the guise of "Cultural Affairs" and "Cultural Preservation 2010 Awards," that it is giving away U.S. taxpayer funds to 63 foreign historical and cultural sites in 55 nations, including $50,000 for an Islamic monument in India, $76,000 for a 16th-century mosque in China, $67,000 for a mosque in Pakistan and $77,000 to restore minarets (tall slender towers attached to mosques) in Nigeria and Mauritania. (To be fair, it also is giving money to restore early Christian frescoes in Greece, 17th- and 18th-century church paintings in Peru, etc., too.) Should the State Department be funding any of these religious quests, especially when the U.S. is broke?
If a self-proclaimed non-Muslim president would fight repeatedly for Muslims' religious rights to the degree that our president has, don't you think "a committed Christian" president would fight at least once for any antagonistic oppression of Christian faith and practice? Yet on no occasion since taking office has President Obama stood up publicly for a Christian individual, group, church, act or event that was being opposed or oppressed by others.
Is it any surprise that a recent poll shows an increase in Jewish and Catholic citizens who are inclined to vote Republican in November?
All of Obama's pro-Islamic actions make me ponder the application of the verse in the Book of James that says, "Faith without works is dead."
Even more apropos might be Quran 4:76: "Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah."