Robert Morrison

President Obama’s statement of personal faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the congressional prayer breakfast in February was all that a believer could ask for. The evident sincerity of Mr. Obama’s testimony stands in stark contrast to his infamous bow before King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia two years ago.

Cynics in this capital city said Mr. Obama’s profession of Christian belief represents less of his own road-to-Damascus experience and more of his awareness that the road-to-Des Moines is stretching out before him. The Iowa Caucuses are just a year away.

I prefer to quote Queen Elizabeth I on such matters: I have no window to look into men’s souls. Given the earnestness with which Mr. Obama spoke of his faith, we need not attack it. But we are also taught to judge the tree by its fruits.

The murder in Pakistan of that Muslim country’s only Christian Cabinet member shows again what we are reaping from President Obama’s infamous low bow to the Saudi king.

Yet, President Obama continues to assure us that Islam is about “tolerance.” What has Abdullah to do with Pakistan?

Abdullah is head of a thoroughly anti-Christian government where persecution is government policy. No crosses, no Bibles, no crucifixes are even permitted in his kingdom. Well, let me amend that. If you are convicted of apostasy in Saudi Arabia, you will be beheaded and your body will be “crucified” (their word)—but not on a cross.

In Egypt, President Obama gave a famous speech at Cairo University. Yet there Coptic Christians are attacked and murdered on Christmas. In his speech President Obama ignored the record of the now ousted Hosni Mubarak, who showed a blind eye to Christian persecution for thirty years.

In Iraq, roughly half the Christian population of the country has fled under the threat of Islamic persecution. Christians who have lived there since the days of the Apostles are in mortal danger.

When he’s not dealing with Muslims, but with Communists, President Obama’s record is no better. Cuban democracy advocate Orlando Zapata died last year of a hunger strike in Castro’s prison. He suffered daily beatings. The Christian Zapata was described as being “tattooed with blows.”

If this administration really cares about human rights, why was there no outcry for Zapata? Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.), to his great credit, joined with Cuban-Americans in denouncing Castro’s persecution of Christians.

Now, Alan Gross, is facing a 20-year prison sentence in Havana. Gross is an American Jew. Israel’s Haaretz newspaper has shown greater concern for Alan Gross’ fate, it seems, than Mr. Obama’s State Department.


Robert Morrison

Robert Morrison is a senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council.