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August 14, 2010
Obama Embraces Ground Zero Mosque (updated)
At a White House dinner honoring Iftar (the first meal permitted during Ramadan), President Obama reversed previous statements by Robert Gibbs claiming the Ground Zero Mosque was a local decision, and fully embraced the project before a group of Muslims. Frank Gaffney reports at Big Peace:
Gaffney presents a quick rundown on some of the people present at the dinner with ties to Muslim extremist groups. It makes for sobering reading.
The American people are overwhelmingly against the mosque, understanding (as the President does not, apparently) the Islamic practice of constructing mosques to commemorate victories over infidels and symbolize Muslim dominance. The self-proclaimed reconciliation motive of Imam Rauf is not being served by construction of the mosque' rather, it is aggravating the relationship between Muslims and the American people.
This move puts the mosque (and community center) squarely into the midterm election debate. It is a bit difficult for me to understand the motivation behind this move. Was the President pressured by some of his Muslim friends present at the dinner? Is this a heartfelt statement of principle? Or is this some Alinskyite move, intended to heighten contradictions and "rub raw" (in Alinsky's words) the emotions of the public for yet-to-be revealed purposes? Certainly, from the standpoint of electoral advantage, it is not a logical move. Perhaps the President really does want a Republican Congress that he can run against in 2012.
Update: Andrew Malcom of the LA Times provides the official text of the President's address, and the guest list for the dinner. These were no off-the-cuff remarks.
Rick Moran adds:
No one is really surprised at this - especially those of us who understand the overwhelming desire, even need, for liberals to be seen as tolerant and inclusive.
It's not so much that they actually believe in those values. It's not important that they believe. It's that they have a compulsive need to be seen as supporting them, both as a measure of their own self-worth and as a sign to the rest of us that they are our moral superiors.
With 70% of the country opposed to building the mosque, Obama's support also plays into the great liberal narrative that they are bucking the odds, standing on the battlements waving the bloody shirt of social justice despite the rest of the world being against them. If it sounds like an adolescent's heroic daydream, you are spot on.
Now, if only those "moderate Muslims" who are building the mosque would take 10 seconds to acknowledge the fact that 9/11 was perpetrated by evil men who also happened to be followers of Islam, that would be a breakthrough. But since Imam Rauf and his crew have failed to dialogue with families of those who lost loved ones on 9/11 and have made statements in the past that places blame for the attack on the US, we won't get any satisfaction from them.
And note the strawman argument; no one that I know is advocating the notion that Muslims have no right under the Constitution to build the mosque where they please. It has always been the idea that the stated reason for building the mosque flies in the face of the Cordoba Initiative's actions. That, and the fact that Imam Rauf has some troubling connections to terrorists, and has made statements that would lead one to believe he is no friend of "tolerance and dialogue."
I hope this statement by the president makes Democrats squirm. Imagine on the campaign trail or in a debate asking the Democratic candidate if he agrees with the president about the mosque? There will be much clearing of throats and hemming and hawing before any kind of an answer to that question is forthcoming.
James Lewis adds:
Notice that Obama is deliberately sacrificing the Democratic majority in Congress for his ideological position, or perhaps for vast amounts of money from the Saudis.
This action will lose the November election for the Democrats for sure.
I think it will also make Obama a one-term president.
If this action doesn't shock you, you have erased the entire 20th century from your memory.
We are seeing new totalitarian imperialisms armed with nuclear weapons, from Iran and from the Saudis. The Saudis sponsor massive population movements from Pakistan to Europe, and train Wahhabi Imams to preach jihad in Saudi-purchased mosques all over the world. The Iranians want to control the Middle East with nuclear weapons. The Saudis have also bought political influence in the Democratic Party and throughout Europe.
If Hitler and Tojo had had nuclear weapons in 1945 we would have seen a nuclear war by the 1950s. We are now seeing a nuclear breakout for the first time in history. If you think pacifism will solve this problem you are in deep denial.
King Abdullah was just quoted in the press as saying, "There are only two nations that don't deserve to live, Iran and Israel."
The Iranian fascists believe the same thing about him.
Both sides are currently going for nuclear weapons. The Saudis paid for Pakistan's nuclear weapons development and they can just get them off the shelf as soon as Iran explodes its first bomb.
Turkey is now controlled by a neo-Ottoman regime with a modern army.
Tony Blair has been bought by Muammar Khadafi to peddle political influence in Europe. The major Democratic candidates all visited Saudi Arabia in the run-up to the presidential election, except for Obama, who has had close political allies from Syria and Saudi Arabia in Chicago and Detroit for years.
If you are shocked and amazed by this news, please pass this on to your trusted friends.
If you are not shocked, you are still in deep denial. If you have simply not read up on your basic history, it is high time to do so.
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
Dr. Andrew Bostom contrasts Obama's views with those of Muslim freethinker Ibn Waraq (reprinted with permission):