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Trying not to offend Muslims, Obama ends up offending Sikhs

There is an unfortunate pattern developing with Obama. It appears that he over thinks many situations. We are told that liberals use nuance and critical thinking in every decision. Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean they get it right. In fact most of their cherished ideas have failed miserably in real world situations.

Obama spent months deciding what to do in Afghanistan and then he got it wrong. Shortchanging his military commanders with too few troops and telegraphing to the Taliban when we would withdraw. Why? Because as he put it: “I can’t lose the entire Democratic Party”.

During the BP oil spill crisis he was offered help from other countries with expertise in containing oil spills but he couldn’t accept. Why? He didn’t want to upset the unions and waive rules imposed by the Jones Act.

Now Obama and his advisers have taken a simple goodwill gesture of a visit to The Golden Temple and created a problem where one didn’t exist. From the New York Times:

Temple officials said that American advance teams had gone to Amritsar, the holy city that is the site of the temple, to discuss a possible visit. But the plan appears to have foundered on the thorny question of how Mr. Obama would cover his head, as Sikh tradition requires, while visiting the temple.

“To come to golden temple he needs to cover his head,” said Dalmegh Singh, secretary of the committee that runs the temple. “That is our tradition. It is their problem to cover the head with a Christian hat or a Muslim cap.”

(While working on this post I went back to read the article again and noticed that the last sentence about the hat and cap had been removed with no explanation. Was Obama considering wearing a Muslim cap?)

Is he trying not to offend Muslims? Why would Muslims care one way or the other if a Christian wears a Christian article of clothing? This is multiculturalism carried to the extreme. Disowning your own religion so as not to offend others and all it shows is weakness to other cultures. With this decision we can add a whole other group of people disappointed in Obama:

H. S. Phoolka, a prominent Sikh lawyer in New Delhi, said he was disappointed that Mr. Obama would not visit the temple.

“We have worked so hard to establish in America that Sikhs have a very different identity than Muslims,” Mr. Phoolka said. “It is very unfortunate that even the White House is conveying the message that there is no difference between Muslims and Sikhs.”

Obama could use some of that Palin “common sense”. Nuanced thinking like this is why his presidency is failing.