Truth is the beginning of wisdom…


Posted by straight shooter on October 20, 2008 under Political

Sen. Barack Obama “is lying” when he insists that he has never prayed in a mosque and was never a Muslim, a prominent Middle East expert and journalist says.

Daniel Pipes, founder of the Middle East Forum think tank, says there is strong evidence that Obama received a Muslim upbringing during his years in Indonesia. Pipes say, “What I have a problem with is that he’s lying when he says he was never a Muslim.

Pipes said, “It would start with the fact that his father was a Muslim. In the Muslim world, if your father is a Muslim, you’re a Muslim. His father named him Hussein, which is a name only given to Muslim babies. He went with his stepfather to a mosque. They celebrated certain Muslim holidays at the mosque together. He had knowledge of the Koran. He had knowledge of Muslim prayers. You put all this together, he was a Muslim.”

A November 12 post on Obama’s Web site headlined, “Barack Obama Is Not and Has Never Been a Muslim,” and stated: “Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim.” The current post includes links intended to debunk any Muslim connection.

Several media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, have reported on Obama’s schooling in Indonesia, where he lived from 1967 to 1971, which included Muslim religious studies. Obama was grouped with Muslim students at the school and engaged in weekly religious studies, including studying the Koran and learning Muslim prayers.

In 1970, Obama’s family moved and he was enrolled in a public school where children such as Obama who were identified as Muslim spent two hours a week studying Islam. His former teachers, along with two people who were identified by Obama’s grade-school teacher as childhood friends, say Obama was registered by his family as a Muslim at both of the schools he attended. That registration meant that during the third and fourth grades, Obama learned about Islam for two hours each week in religion class.

It is a fact in Islam that the religion passes on through the father, and yet it’s denied as a falsehood by people who know better. It’s Islam 101.

Supporting that point is Shireen K. Burki, an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. Burki, who spent her childhood studying Islam at a school in Islamabad, Pakistan, has first-hand experience as the daughter of a Muslim father and a Christian mother. “According to Islamic jurisprudence,” she wrote in a May article in the Christian Science Monitor, “children of a Muslim father … are automatically Muslims. Most Muslims around the world agree: A child of a Muslim father is a Muslim. Period.”

This clearly shows that Obama was raised as a Muslim while he lived in Indonesia, and a whopping double standard in how the mainstream media has reported on Obama’s past.

It’s been quite intriguing to watch the careful picking over of Sarah Palin’s record, down to her library policies as mayor of Wasilla, and her possible false pregnancies, and so forth, an analysis that involved excruciating details in her case, contrasted to the “the general pass” the media has given Obama, whether over his career in the Illinois Senate, the Annenberg library papers, or his upbringing in Jakarta.

Even the McCain campaign “has been very cautious about looking into Barack Obama at all, and the GOP has demonstrated a general reluctance to raise questions about Obama’s past. Why? They would for anyone else!

Why is it so “hands off” when it comes to Obama while there is so much that is being hidden and undisclosed about his life?