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Not all religions are created equally in the eyes of President Barack Obama, as his treatment of Islam and Christianity has proven.
Whenever the opportunity has arisen, he’s managed to trash Christianity. Meanwhile, at every turn, he’s apologized for and heaped lavish praise on Islam.
Don’t believe us? Check out these 40 quotes, starting with 20 about Islam.
#1 “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.” Obama in 2012, before the U.N. General Assembly.
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#2 “The Muslim call to prayer is “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” From a 2007 interview.
#3 “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.” A 2009 speech before Turkish Parliament.
#4 “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.” Remarks at Cairo University, 2009.
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#5 “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” Again from Cairo; he must have been huffing the bus fumes fairly hard on that particular trip.
#6 “Islam has always been a part of America’s story.” Cairo again. That speech is like a greatest hits album of misguided Islamophilia.
#7 “We will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities.” Yup, Cairo.
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#8 “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.” Obama’s 2009 Ramadan message. Which I’m assuming was probably read in Cairo, but was surprisingly not part of that speech.
#9 “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” This quote was, though.
#10 “I made clear that America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam.” Cairo!
#11 “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism — it is an important part of promoting peace.” Let’s just assume these are from the Cairo speech until further notice.
#12 “So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.”
#13 “In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.”
#14 “Throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”
#15 “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality.” Obama’s 2010 Ramadan statement. The follow-up to his 2009 smash hit, the 2010 Ramadan statement was every bit as sanguine and misguided as the prequel.
#16 “The Holy Quran tells us, ‘O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.’” We’re back to Cairo.
#17 “I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.” 2010 Ramadan statement.
#18 “We’ve seen those results in generations of Muslim immigrants — farmers and factory workers, helping to lay the railroads and build our cities, the Muslim innovators who helped build some of our highest skyscrapers and who helped unlock the secrets of our universe.” White House Iftar dinner, 2013.
#19 “That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” Cairo again.
#20 “(T)here is a mosque in every state in our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That’s why the United States government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab and to punish those who would deny it.” Yup, Cairo.
Meanwhile, here’s what he had to say about the Bible and Christianity:
#2 “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” Obama in Ankara, Turkey, 2009.
#3 “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?” Obama at the aforementioned 2006 Christian conference, using the same sort of inelegant sophistry a high-school atheist who hasn’t read more than three Bible verses would employ.
#4 “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages — the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity — are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.” Same conference. How did this guy get the headline gig at a Christian gathering? Was Christopher Hitchens unavailable?
#5 “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.” Same speech.
#6 From Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope”: “I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex — nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.”
#7 When he asked what his idea of sin was: “Being out of alignment with my values.” A 2004 interview in which Obama managed to unintentionally sum up his entire worldview in just seven words.
#8 “If all it took was someone proclaiming I believe Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins, and that was all there was to it, people wouldn’t have to keep coming to church, would they?” Same 2004 interview. Apparently, Obama didn’t get deep enough into the Bible to get to Ephesians 4:11-13: “ So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Guess he was too busy reading about those shellfish back in Leviticus.
#9 “I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and proselytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.” Same 2004 interview.
#10 “I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup.” 2004 interview.
#11 “I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.” 2004 again. The second part might be a poignant quote if Obama had any faith (he doesn’t, as evinced by the first part of the statement) or values (he doesn’t, as evinced by the last seven and a half years in the White House).
#12 “I’ve said this before, and I know this raises questions in the minds of some evangelicals. I do not believe that my mother, who never formally embraced Christianity as far as I know … I do not believe she went to hell.” Quoted in Neils C. Nielsen’s book “God in the Obama Era.”
#13 “Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will — they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.” Obama’s 2006 keynote speech again. Wow.
#14 On his support for civil unions for gay couples: “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.” On the campaign trail in March, 2008. I must have missed that part of the speech. Then again, I’m reading that version of the Bible which says the meaning of God’s church and doesn’t seem to dwell that much on shellfish, since it differentiates between the idea of law and grace. Obama apparently is reading out of the director’s cut of the Bible.
#15 “You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
#16 From “The Audacity of Hope”: “In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology.” Good to know they’re all on the same level.
#17 “On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.” “The Audacity of Hope” again.
#18 “We have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own.” A 2010 speech in Albuquerque.
#19 “All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra — (applause) — as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, peace be upon them, joined in prayer.” The Cairo speech, back for an encore.
#20 “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.” A statement during his 2004 interview, which could have just as easily come out of a Timothy Leary book.
With statements like that, it’s little wonder some Americans question Obama’s religious priorities.
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