“However, I think that President Obama, through some of his own words and actions, including his outreach efforts to the Muslim world, his seeming indifference and/or hostility to Israel, his cancellation of the National Prayer Breakfast for two years in a row, and his lack of church attendance while President, has contributed to people’s misunderstandings about his religious background, both past and current.” Weekend Seven: Obama’s Religion & Saudi Torture
Well, he did it again. This time in the largest Muslim country in the world. President Obama, on his world-wind trip to Asia last week, took the opportunity to criticize Israel yet again. In what appears to many to be a petty and gratuitous slap at the Jewish state and only stable democracy in the Middle East (Iraq does not count as a stable democracy), President Obama responded to Israel’s announcement of further construction in Jerusalem by saying:
“This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.”
What activity is Obama referring to? Israel’s building of new residential homes in east Jerusalem, the capital of one of America’s closest allies and friends in the world. But, if Obama really believes in a special friendship between our two countries, he has a strange way of showing it.
For what is supposed to be the most intelligent, most politically savvy Presidential administration that has ever served this country, the latest flap either reveals a continuing amateurishness to Obama’s foreign policy (except for when to bow) or an intentional strategy of appeasing Muslims while attacking those dastardly “Zionists.” Frankly, I’m not sure which is better.
Andrew C. McCarthy, in “Obama Knocks Israel in a Budding Sharia State,” at National Review Online, sets forth a devastating analysis of President Obama’s apparent anti-Israel verbal smack down. If Obama is a friend of Israel, he sure has a funny way of showing it.
For all his spin about Indonesia’s values and religious tolerance, Obama either does not know (I doubt that) or conveniently ignores (most likely) the real facts of Indonesia’s Muslim-majority views of Jews and Christians. According to The Voice of the Martyrs report on religious liberty in Indonesia, Indonesia is not as tolerant of non-Muslims as the President would have us believe. Israelis can’t even enter Indonesia.
Perhaps President Obama is remembering the more tolerant time of his childhood spent in Indonesia or his advisors simply didn’t do their homework on the current religious climate in the world’s largest Islamic country. Whatever the reason, the President of the freest nation on the face of the earth missed a golden opportunity to defend the religious freedoms and rights of Indonesia’s minority Christian community.
But, why should that surprise anyone? For a President who criticizes Israel at the drop of a hat, who refuses to condemn jihad, and who goes out of his way to defend the Ground Zero mosque, Obama certainly has a strange way of reassuring the American public of his Christian faith. And, he wonders why so many people think that he is a Muslim!