Editor's Note:This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.
You probably cannot find a more scholarly, measured, and careful writer than Michael Barone. This Resident Fellow at the respected American Enterprise Institute is not given to exaggeration. Let others set their hair on fire to get a headline, Harvard-educated Michael Barone makes news because he’s one who knows.
He has been the co-editor since 1968 of The Almanac of American Politics. It has been referred to as the “Bible,” but usually by those who don’t have another. Still, when Michael Barone says the Obama administration views “Christianity bad, Islam good,” people sit up and take notice.
Can this be true? Let’s try a test. Could these columnists [Blackwell and Morrison] be admitted to this White House? It’s doubtful under the Obama administration. That’s because, respectful as we are of the high office of the presidency, and of the unique and historic role of Barack Obama as our first black president, we have nonetheless publicly criticized this president’s policies. And we’ve done so for years.
But a jihadist gained entry to the heavily-guarded White House, apparently without difficulty. Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah is touted as a “Muslim scholar.” His boss, Yusuf al Qaradawi, is the head of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Qaradawi cannot even enter the U.S. But bin Bayyah gets a kumbaya from this administration.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy laid out the case against bin Bayyah’s admission to the White House in a powerful column in National Review Online.
Bin Bayyah’s group has called for the killing of U.S. soldiers. That should be enough to keep him from entering the United States, much less being honored with a White House visit.
In his June column, terrorism expert McCarthy informs us why bin Bayyah came here:
This marks a new low for the administration that, in brazen violation of U.S. counterterrorism law, previously invited a member of the Blind Shiekh’s terrorist organization for consultations at the White House.
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