Unlike Ann Coulter, multitudes of radio talk show hosts, and even some of the internet's most recognizable blogs, I don't think that using Barrack Hussein Obama's middle name accomplishes all that much. The argument that he is a muslim is, as I argued on Chicago talk radio last week, most probably the weakest attack one can levy at the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois. Making this argument with such weak substance reduces an examination of Obama's belief system, particularly his faith, to one dimension.
It also gives Obama a hugely unfair advantage: a path to dishonesty that is unchallenged, one that he should be accountable for.
For every time that Coulter slips a "B. Hussein Obama" into the discussion with Neil Cavuto, he simply slips in a little bit of "I pray to Jesus every night" at his next campaign stop. Partisan sides are already disinclined to believe the other anyway, and the useless rhetorical exercise repeats itself all over again the next day.
On the level of fact, we have no record of Obama, particularly in his adult life, ever associating himself with a mosque, Islam, or the fundamental system of jihad that the "B. Husseiners" attempt to imply. As a matter of fact, part of his extended family once converted to Islam, but even that was for a brief time. So on the facts, Mr. Obama's Kenyan relatives have every right to be angered that he would be so slandered.
The bigger danger in the controversy is that it is giving cover for the candidate to continue to spread the fraudulent idea that he is, in fact, a Christian.
I suppose one could possibly allow him to make the claim that he is a cultural "Christian" from the standpoint that he is not Atheist, Buddhist, Jew, or Muslim. But Obama is trading a good deal more on the meaning of the term than simply cultural - and he's had help doing it.
Rick Warren was warned repeatedly when he invited Obama to address his congregation, from behind his podium, in his worship center that the already declared aspirations for President would be greatly benefitted by the identification with Warren. That it would in essence be an implied "stamp of approval" upon Obama expressly as a "Christian." Warren's neck grew stiff, his ears grew deaf, and the cache he traded at the time was a huge hit of popularity--and possibly frequent invites to a future Obama White House. All this in exchange for a little implied endorsement, or at the very least, the inaction of differentiating himself from Obama's positions on issues of biblical importance.
I predicted all of it, and a week ago Senator Obama proved it true highlighting his appearance at Warren's church as evidence of his spiritual commitment.
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