Ken Blackwell

Notably, bin Bayyah lobbied the administration to “take urgent action” to help the Syrian “rebels” (i.e., the factions opposing the Assad regime, which are dominated by Islamic supremacists and violent jihadists – more accurately described as the Syrian mujahideen than as “rebels”).

As if to prove, to underscore, Michael Barone’s bold statement—Christianity bad, Islam good—consider the contrast between the Obama administration’s handling of bin Bayyah’s visit and its determination to boot the German refugee homeschoolers out of this country. The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied these Evangelical Christians’ pleas to be allowed to stay in this country. The Romeike family now faces the danger of deportation.

It would be hard to imagine a more harmless, “gentle as doves” group of people. They came here seeking only to train up their children in the love of God. But the Obama administration wants them out.

Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration reject the idea that home schooling is a protected right. Home schooling does not comport with their cramped view of “freedom of worship.” And the view they take of these German refugees cannot help but bleed over into their view of home schooling generally.

We should all be alert to this case, for in this case the Obama administration is telling us what a limited and cabined view of religious freedom it holds.

And the overall picture is alarming to be sure. In these two cases, we see the Barone Rule being played out: “Christianity bad, Islam good.” That’s the record of the Obama administration.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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