Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Robert Spencer Misses a Key Point

He latches quite excellently onto the very silly statement from Obama's speech in Turkey (well, no doubt one of many boring unimpressive speeches).

“We will convey,” said Barack Obama to the Turkish Parliament Monday, “our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”
Undeniably the Islamic faith has done a great deal to shape the world – a statement that makes no value judgment about exactly how it has shaped the world. It has formed the dominant culture in what is known as the Islamic world for centuries. But what on earth could Obama mean when he says that Islam has also “done so much” to shape his own country?

That was my first reaction too.
After all, how has the Islamic faith shaped the United States? Were there Muslims along Paul Revere’s ride, or standing next to Patrick Henry when he proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death”? Were there Muslims among the framers or signers of the Declaration of Independence, which states that all men – not just Muslims, as Islamic law would have it – are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Were there Muslims among those who drafted the Constitution and vigorously debated its provisions, or among those who enumerated the Bill of Rights, which guarantees – again in contradiction to the tenets of Islamic law – that there should be no established national religion, and that the freedom of speech should not be infringed?
There were not.

Spencer enumerates some BAD influences on US History, leaving out the Barbary Pirates.
Of course, it is certain that Obama had none of that in mind. But what could he possibly have had in mind? His statement was either careless or ignorant, or both – not qualities we need in a Commander-in-Chief even in the best of times.

But I realized after a few minutes I had forgotten how stupid the sixties and seventies were and no doubt so had Spencer.
Well, one influence that clearly HAS affected Obama is the history of Black Muslims, a la Farrakhan.
Though maybe Obama does not want to emphasize that! It sure would not help me want to vote for him.


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