Yesterday Barack Obama, lame duck president and apologizer-in-chief, participated in a military and veterans focused “town hall” on CNN. Why does Obama rate a “town hall?” Who knows” In fact, we, the punditocracy may very well be the only people who watched it. Kudos to CNN, though. Unlike the way questions are screened for Hillary Clinton so the hardest thing she ever has to answer is “how do you deal with the stress of being so awesome,” Obama got some actual questions.
TINA HOUCHINS: Hi, Mr. President. As a gold star mother, my son gave his life for acts of terrorism. Do you still believe that the acts of terrorism are done for the self-proclaimed Islamic religious motive? And if you do, why do you still refuse to use the term racially – I’m sorry, Islamic terrorist?
What followed was Obama at his most petty and obtuse.
OBAMA: Well, first of all, I want to thank your son, obviously, for his service. I spent a lot of time with gold star moms, as does Michelle, and it’s always one of the most profound things we do in office, is just spending time with families and hearing about not just the sacrifices, but also the incredible life and patriotism and talent that these men and women live their lives with.
The truth of the matter is that this is an issue that has been sort of manufactured, because there is no doubt, and I’ve said repeatedly that where we see terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda or ISIL, they have perverted and distorted and tried to claim the mantle of Islam for an excuse, for basically barbarism and death. These are people who kill children, kill Muslims, take sex slaves – there’s no religious rationale that would justify in any way any of the things that they do.
But what I have been careful about when I describe these issues is to make sure that we do not lump these murderers into the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including in this country, who are peaceful, who are responsible, who in this country, are our fellow troops and police officers and firefighters and teachers and neighbors and friends.
And what I learned from listening to some of these Muslim families both in the United States and overseas is that when you start calling these organizations Islamic terrorists, the way it’s heard, the way it’s received by our friends and allies around the world is that somehow Islam is terroristic. And that then makes them feel as if they’re under attack. In some cases, it makes it harder for us to get their cooperation in fighting terrorism. So do I think that if somebody uses the phrase Islamic terrorism that it’s a huge deal?
No. There’s no doubt that these folks think that – and claim that they’re speaking for Islam.
But I don’t want to validate what they do. I don’t want to – if – if you had a – an organization that was going around killing and blowing people up and said we’re on the vanguard of Christianity, well, I’m not – as a Christian, I’m not going to let them claim my religion and say you’re killing for Christ. I would – I would say that’s ridiculous. That’s not what my religion stands for. Call these folks what they are, which is killers and terrorists. And – and that’s what we’ve been trying to do, is to make sure that A, we don’t validate their claims that somehow they speak for Islam, because they don’t. And, B, making sure that we do not, uh, make Muslims who are well-meaning and our natural allies on this fight, because these groups are killing more Muslims than they’re killing anybody else, make sure that they don’t feel as if somehow the – this is some contest between the West and Islam.
And, you know, I think that – I’ll just be honest with you, the dangers where we get loose in this language, particularly when a president or people aspiring to get pres – become president get loose with this language, you can – you can see in some of the language that we use – in talking about Muslim-Americans here and the notion that somehow we’d start having religious tests in – in who can come in the country and who’s investigated and – and – and whether “The Bill of Rights” applies to them in the same way.
And that’s a slippery slope. And – and – and the way we’re going to win this battle is not by betraying our ideals, it’s by making sure that we hold true to our ideals and one of our core ideals is – is that, you know, if you’re an American and you are, you know, subscribing to the ideals and the creed and the values that we believe in as a country, you know, then we don’t have a religious test in this country.
There are so much here to unpack you hardly know where to start. I’m not even going to bother his whole “hurty feelings” things as it pertains to American Muslims, but I will point out that the Islamic terrorists that have acted out in America have had one salient commonality: they were not loners. They all attended mosques and in many of those mosques the exact theology was preached that Obama claims is not Islamic. And for a “constitutional scholar” he appears to know damned little about what a “religious test” actually means and the history of said tests in the United States.
But his diatribe about Christians is simply balderdash. Apparently unbeknownst to Barack Obama the FBI already uses the term “Christian” in association with the racist grouping called the “Christian Identity Movement.” You can find it referenced repeatedly in FBI and Homeland Security bulletins and reports and never once to they shy away from using the word “Christian.” Despite the fact that the unifying force in the “Christian Identity Movement” are not the Gospels of Jesus Christ but garden variety racism. Never mind that his movement has yet to fly a single airplane into a building or shoot up a recruiting station or behead a hostage, it is still called “Christian.”
Islamic terrorism, on the other hand, has a very firm underpinning in Islamic theology. The variety of theology practiced by al-Qaeda has its philosophical and leadership center in the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo and is bankrolled by our nominal allies in Saudi Arabia. It isn’t some rogue impulse. It represents Islam as millions of Muslims think Islam should be practiced. The idea that all Muslims don’t practice it therefore it isn’t truly Islamic is as stupid and bankrupt as declaring Sufi or Sunni or Shia Islam isn’t really Islam because all Muslims don’t agree with those cults.
This is quintessential Obama. Dishonest. Disingenuous. And it is why his administration has allowed terrorism, in the world and the United States, to metastasize.