Obama: 2010 in Faith

Obama: 2010 in Faith

Kirstin Simonson

In 2010, President Obama played 29 rounds of golf and had 20 basketball outings.  He took six vacation trips, defined as all or part of 32 days.  He had six formal, solo White House press conferences and six cabinet meetings; he took 172 flights on Air Force One and 196 flights on Marine One.  He had 17 town hall meetings and 107 interviews, and he signed 203 bills.  CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller featured these statistics and others in his article “Obama’s 2010: By the Numbers.”

Although Knoller omitted any numbers relating to Obama’s spiritual life, Politico’s Carol E. Lee uncritically explored Obama’s recent public expressions of faith in “Obama lets his faith show”, and Politics Daily’s David Gibson subsequently chimed in with “Obama Tries to Reassert His Christian Bona Fides, With Words and Deeds.”  Admitting that Obama has rarely attended church as president, Gibson reminds us that “George W. Bush never joined a church while he was president, preferring, like Obama, to attend services at the Camp David chapel.”  But Knoller tells us that in 2010, Obama visited Camp David only four times. 

Obama has said that he has not joined a Washington church because it would be too “disruptive” to the services.  Being disruptive apparently did not concern him during his lavish Christmas vacation in Hawaii, however.  According to a MailOnline article, to visit childhood friend Bobby Titcomb’s beachfront house, a “10-vehicle convoy drove the president and wife Michelle from his rental property in Kailua, across highways cleared of traffic and through a military community.” 

Lee asserts that Obama’s critics “have been relentless about trying to generate doubt about his faith, the same way they have about his being born in the United States.”  For his part, Gibson claims that “resurgent Republicans and conservative activists continue to raise doubts about Obama’s religious views as a way to sow doubts about his commitment to American values.”  Actually, Christians are capable of thinking–and doubting–for themselves.  Both Lee and Gibson fail to mention Obama’s record on abortion or his currently evolving views on same-sex marriage, on which widespread doubts about his faith are based.  



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Beaky Buzzard, Zionist/Mossad Agent?

Beaky Buzzard, Zionist/Mossad Agent?

Andrew G. Bostom

Tuesday (1/4/11) the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al-Weeam, claimed a vulture, “R65” tagged with the words, “Tel Aviv University,” was detained as a Mossad spy. Donning a leg bracelet and transmitter, apparently placed by Israeli ornithologists evaluating bird migration patterns, the vulture was found in a rural area of The Kingdom. Seven vultures banded in Israel during the last few years are known to have reached Saudi Arabia. Transmissions from four of them have ceased and they are presumed dead. One vulture — in addition to R65 — apparently is still alive and “airborne” over Saudi Arabia, after wintering in The Sudan.
Notwithstanding these realities, the Al-Weeam report claimed the migratory tracking study was “a Zionist plot,” which triggered a deluge of posts on Arabic websites, insisting that “Zionists” were training such birds for espionage.
A bird ecologist (and eminently rational human being) for the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority, Ohad Hatzofe, opined,
The subject is receiving great publicity and it is important that Saudi authorities understand that it is not true. There is also an international treaty of nature protection professionals, that forbids doing things like this.
The Al-Weeam report, and those complementary posts it inspired, are pathognomonic of the delusive, conspiratorial Jew-hatred that has pervaded the Islamic Middle East since the advent of Islam — centuries before the modern Zionist movement began in the late 19th century — through the present.
The Muslim world’s obsession with Jewish conspiracies against Islam date back to Islam’s foundational texts, and history.
Koran 5:64, for example (“They [the Jews] hasten about the earth, to do corruption there”) reads like an ancient antecedent to “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” and was cited in this context during a January 2007 speech by “moderate” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
After Muhammad’s conquest of the Jewish farming oasis at Khaybar, the hadith (words and deeds of Muhamamd as recorded by his pious Muslim companions) and sira (early pious Muslim biographies of Muhammad) refer to an event which updates with impeccable logic the Koranic curse upon the Jews (2:61 /3:112) for having wrongfully slain Allah’s earlier prophets — a Khaybar Jewess is accused of serving the Muslim prophet poisoned mutton (or goat), leading ultimately to his protracted and painful death. Ibn Sa‘d’s sira (Kitab Al-Tabaqat Al-Kabir) focuses on the Jewish conspiracy behind this alleged poisoning of Islam’s prophet.
An additional profoundly anti-Jewish motif occurring after the events recorded in the hadith and sira, put forth in early Muslim historiography (for example, by the great Muslim historian Tabari), is found in the story of Abd Allah b. Saba. An alleged renegade Yemenite Jew, and founder of the heterodox Shi’ite sect, he is held responsible — identified as a Jew — for promoting the Shi’ite heresy and fomenting the rebellion and internal strife associated with this primary breach in Islam’s “political innocence,” culminating in the assassination of the third Rightly Guided Caliph Uthman, and the bitter, lasting legacy of Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian strife.
Not surprisingly then, conspiratorial accusations against Jews  in late 13th century Baghdad included alleged plans to attack Mecca itself and convert the Kabaa (a black-gray, cube-like building located in the center of the mosque at Mecca which contains the black stone [the Hajaru ‘l-Aswad], purportedly constructed in heaven itself some 2000 years before the world’s creation)  to a heathen temple! The brief 13th century rise and calamitous fall of Sa‘d ad-Daula, which mirrored the experience of his Jewish co-religionists, took place during this Mongol epoch. Sa‘d ad-Daula was a Jewish physician, who successfully reformed the Mongol revenue and taxation system for Iraq. In recognition of these services, he was appointed by the Mongol emperor Arghun (who reigned from 1284-1291) to the position of administrative Vizier (in 1289) over Arghun’s Empire. Despite being a successful and responsible administrator (which even the Muslim sources confirm), the appointment of a Jew as the Vizier of a heathen ruler over a predominantly Muslim region, aroused the wrath, predictably, of the Muslim masses.
According to modern historian Walter Fischel, this reaction was expressed through (and exacerbated by) “…all kinds of [Muslim] diatribes, satirical poems, and libels.” Ibn al-Fuwati (d. 1323), a contemporary Muslim historian from Baghdad, recorded this particularly revealing example which emphasized traditional anti-Jewish motifs from the Qur’an:
In the year 689/1291 a document was prepared which contained libels against Sa‘d ad-Daula, together with verses from the Qur’an and the history of the prophets, that stated the Jews to be a people whom Allah hath debased…
Another contemporary 13th century Muslim source, notes Fischel, the chronicler and poet Wassaf,
…empties the vials of hatred on the Jew Sa‘d ad-Daula and brings the most implausible accusations against him.
These accusations included the claims that Sa‘d had advised Arghun to cut down trees in Baghdad (dating from the days of the conquered Muslim Abbasid dynasty), and build a fleet to attack Mecca and convert the cuboidal Kabaa  to a heathen temple. Wassaf’s account also quotes satirical verses to demonstrate the extent of public dissatisfaction with what he terms “Jewish Domination.”
Fast forward over 650 years later to John Foster Dulles testimony (see I L Kenen, Israel’s Defense Line: Her Friends and Foes in Washington (Buffalo NY: Prometheus 1981), pp 127-128, cited here) before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February 1956 discussing why (at that time) the United States was selling military aircraft to Saudi Arabia, but not Israel. Dulles also justified the US Army policy of not stationing Jewish soldiers in the US Armed Forces on bases in Saudi Arabia. Senators had criticized the fact that:
…the agreement for the US airbase at Dhahran permitted Saudi Arabia to exclude any “objectionable'” individuals. The United States was required to submit a detailed list of the names and identities of personnel and employees. Dulles. . . went on to explain why American Jews could not be assigned to an American base. There was an audible gasp when he said that Saudi Arabia practices “very rigorously certain religious doctrines, and they have felt for a long time — it goes back centuries — a very particular animosity toward the Jews because they credited the assassination of Mohammed to a Jew” [i.e.,  Muhammad’s alleged poisoning by a Khyabar Jewess]. Dulles later revised his testimony to read: “a very particular animosity toward the Jews since the time of Mohammed …largely dictated by the strict tenets of the Moslem faith.”
A longstanding Bugs Bunny enthusiast, I submit that Beaky Buzzard is the most plausible Zionist vulture mastermind, and the Saudis should use the Kingdom’s vast financial resources, and unmatched wisdom, to capture Beaky, and dismantle yet another Jewish conspiracy against Islam!

Update — Matthew Harrison writes:

Not only do the daft Arabs think the buzzard in question is a Mossad agent, but apparently the lefty anti-Semites right here at home do as well, which was  evidenced here by one of HuffPo’s “experts” on intel gathering and gadgets.

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Sarkozy: Mideast Christians victims of ‘cleansing’


Sarkozy: Mideast Christians victims of ‘cleansing’


French President makes damning comments following church attacks in Egypt, Iraq.

Middle East Online

Pot calls the kettle black

PARIS – French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that Christian minorities in the Middle East are victims of “religious cleansing”, following deadly attacks on churches in the region.

“We cannot accept and thereby facilitate what looks more and more like a particularly wicked programme of cleansing in the Middle East, religious cleansing,” he said in an annual New Year’s address to religious leaders.

An attack on a Coptic church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on January 1 killed 21 people.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for that attack, which came after threats published online against Egypt’s Copts from an Al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq which had said it was behind a deadly assault on a church in Baghdad in October.

Forty-four worshippers and two priests died in the attack on a Syriac Catholic church in Baghdad in October, the worst of a series of attacks against Christians in Iraq.

French security sources said this week they had launched an investigation on terrorism-related charges after a priest filed a complaint over threats made online against a Coptic church in France.

Police in France and several other European countries have boosted security at Coptic churches which were due to celebrate Christmas on Friday, according to the eastern Orthodox church calendar.


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Don’t Raise the Limit on Obama’s Credit Card

by Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Fear-mongering works – why not try again? This must be the thinking behind Obama’s latest attempts to manipulate the new Congress. Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers, trotted out before the cameras this week to threaten the Republican Congress, saying that if they don’t raise the limit on the USA’s debt ceiling, the “impact on the economy would be catastrophic.”

Goolsbee spun

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Liberals cheat… again.

Judson Phillips

The election is behind us now, but some parts of it will not go away.  One of the brighter moments of the 2010 election was seeing liberal Nevada Congressman Dina Titus get voted out of office.   Seeing a liberal lose is always a source of joy.

However, the back-story here gets more interesting.

Titus, for almost thirty years, was a professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).    As a part of the liberal-political complex, she has always relied on the government for her living.   Now she is going back to UNLV as a tenured professor.  But it is her actions during the campaign that have raised an issue and the response of the Nevada Democratic Party shows the NDP’s true colors.

On October 14th, 2010, Titus was engaged in a televised debate against her opponent, Joe Heck.  The agreed rules were that neither side would be able to use notes.  What does a good liberal do?  Ignore the rules and cheat.  We know liberals cannot stand competition.  They hate it because in the free market of ideas, they lose.  They try to kill competition every chance they get.  When they cannot kill the competition, they avoid it.  When they cannot avoid it, they cheat. 

During the debate, Titus repeatedly referred to her notes, even after being advised by the moderator that she was breaking the rules. She even read much of her closing statement, even though that was against the rules.

The College Republicans of UNLV took exception to that and have exercised their First Amendment rights and created a website that shows Titus’ actions.

They have also filed complaints with the University, citing the University’s academic dishonesty policy.   UNLV’s President has basically weaseled out of the complaint by saying UNLV had nothing to do with the debate. 

Now, the Nevada Democratic Party, thought its Chairman Sam Lieberman has issued a threat to the UNLV College Republicans. Lieberman said, “If I were the College Republicans, I would not be messing with Dina Titus, who is returning to their turf.”

Typical of the Democrats, instead of debating a legitimate issue (Did Titus cheat and if she did, how is she going to enforce an academic honesty policy against cheating), the NDP instead wants to threaten the College Republicans.   As is typical of the party of treason, they do not believe in free speech, unless it is free speech for liberals.   The UNLV College Republicans are not backing down from this fight.  Good for them.

Just be warned, when you fight the Democrats, they will cheat.  Of course, the College Republicans have seen Dina Titus in action, so they know that first hand.

For more details on this story, visit the website they have set up, http://www.womanwithoutintegrity.com/  You can also send a message of encouragement to these students at their email, contact@unlvcr.org.