that Barack Obama has decided to be for the Ground Zero mosque before
being implicitly against it (perhaps), discussion about his faith has
once again reached a fever pitch. To many, his stance proves he’s
a Muslim, with a recent poll showing that almost 20 percent of Americans
hold that opinion; to others, it just reflects a desire to be faithful
to the Constitution (now, that would be change). The truth, however,
is a bit more nuanced. Obama is not religiously Muslim. Culturally,
though . . . well, that’s a different matter altogether.
reality, calling Obama a “Muslim” gives him too much credit.
As G.K. Chesterton once said, “We call a man a bigot or a slave
of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a
definite end.” The truth, however, is that few people have thought
thoroughly and to a definite end. And Obama is no exception. He hasn’t
even thought matters through enough to understand the folly of statism.
Even more to the point, he is a moral relativist, a position the antithesis
of any absolutist faith. Inherent in Islam is that belief that Allah,
not man, has authored right and wrong and that, consequently, it isn’t
a matter of opinion. Thus, Obama cannot truly believe in Islam —
or in Christianity or Judaism, for that matter (he could perhaps be
a Buddhist, but Buddhism isn’t truly a faith but a way of life).
and since some will ask, how do I know Obama is a relativist? It’s
simple: Virtually all leftists are, as the denial of moral reality that
is relativism lies at the heart of liberalism.
of relativists, this matter of Obama’s “faith” much
reminds me of Adolf Hitler and paganism. Like Obama, Hitler sometimes
feigned a belief in Christianity, but in reality he held the religion
in contempt. He believed it was “the greatest trick the Jews ever
played on Western civilization” and lamented that it was not a
warrior creed like Islam or the ancient Germanic paganism with which
the Nazis wanted to replace Christianity (I
wrote about this). Yet, while Hitler’s second in command,
Heinrich Himmler, certainly believed in the ancient pagan myths —
going so far as to launch expeditions to the Far East to prove them,
à la Raiders of the Lost Ark — it’s silly
to think that the leader himself viewed them as anything but a utilitarian
device. He wasn’t quite that romantic.
what about culturally? For sure, Hitler preferred seeing Swastikas and
runes (respectively, pagan symbols and letters) to crosses and crèches,
rebuilt Germanic pagan temples to churches. That was where his passions
lay. (If some are upset at a comparison between Hitler and Obama, know
that I’d never call the president a National Socialist. He’s
an international socialist. Also, Hitler was patriotic.)
Obama also has
passions, and there is no question as to where they lie. As journalist
Todd Fitchette wrote
in “The un-faith of Obama”:
continues to openly praise Islam; he bows to Muslim leaders; he claims
that the Muslim call to prayer is “the most beautiful sound in
the world;” he regularly quotes from the Koran and cites it for
directing his life . . . .
In the past year alone he made a big deal out of hosting a celebratory
dinner to open the month of Ramadan — held in the state dining
room; he refused to attend the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts (an
avowed Christian organization), and, refused to attend the National
Day of Prayer because he claimed to do so would be offensive to non-Christians.
there is that king of Freudian slips, when Obama matter-of-factly said
to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, “You’re absolutely
right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith,”
and didn’t seem headed for a correction until Stephanopoulos interjected.
(Note: This doesn’t contradict my assertion that Obama has no
real faith. Nancy Pelosi has spoken of her Catholic faith, but, also
being a relativist, it can be nothing more than part of her cultural
are Obama’s passions surprising? He spent some of his formative
years in the world’s most populous Muslim country, Indonesia,
where he was registered as a Muslim in both schools he attended and
sometimes prayed on Fridays in a mosque. Moreover, there is another
factor, one most people don’t consider.
many know, there once was a great boxer named Cassius Clay. He converted
to Islam in 1964, seemingly bothered that Jesus was portrayed as “a
white with blond hair and blue eyes,” as he put it, and took the
name “Muhammad Ali.” Of course, the irony of this is that,
despite being intensely aware of his slave roots, he rejected the name
of an abolitionist (Clay) and took the name of a slave owner (Muhammad).
It also perhaps eluded him that Christians were the first ones to outlaw
slavery while Muslims give black Africans rope and chains to this day.
I mention this because Ali’s path is a common one in the black
community; it is why we’ve long had the Black Muslims and why
Islamic names are so common among American blacks. Many blacks have
bought the bill of goods that Christianity is the white man’s
religion, the faith of oppressors. And they embrace Islam as part of
a rejection of “white” society.
being part of this milieu could only have reinforced Obama’s affinity
for things Muslim and antipathy for things authentically Christian
— of which Western Civilization is one. And if Americans hadn’t
been brainwashed with political correctness, they would have understood
this. With foreign and domestic Muslim influence, attendance at a Black
Liberation Theology, pseudo-Christian church and alliances with ex-terrorists
and declared communists, Obama perfectly fits the profile of an America
hater. The wolf never really wore sheep’s clothing; it’s
just that Americans had wool pulled over their eyes.
for Obama’s eyes, they cannot look heavenward when they’re
so busy looking down on little people who “cling to guns and religion.”
I sense that Obama is a certain kind of person, one much like Hitler
— who wanted to create a new German pagan religion with himself
at its center — in a particular sense. This type of person essentially
says the following to God, “The Universe just isn’t big
enough for the two of us.” And his little world certainly isn’t,
filled to all corners as it is with his bloated, power-hungry ego. This,
by the way, has been acknowledged by more honest secularists. For example,
Friedrich Nietzsche, the 19th-century poster boy for atheism who is
rumored to have been a philosopher (in reality, he is someone who helped
discredit the field), once said through his version of Zarathustra,
“If there were gods, how could I endure it to be no God? Therefore
there can be no gods.” I have a feeling that Obama cannot endure
it to be no god.
is, again, unwise to give Obama too much credit. Good faith
is defined as “an act of the will informed by the intellect,”
and any kind of faith requires submission to something higher
than yourself. Obama is neither that intellectual nor that humble. But
all humans have passions, and his aren’t hard to discern. He is
anti-American, anti-western, anti-Christian (the traditional variety),
anti-white and anti-life. He is more comfortable dining with Bill Ayres
than the Queen of England, more internationalist than nationalist, and
perhaps more at home in Dar al-Islam than Dar al-Harb. He has
lived abroad and traveled much, but he is a lover of nations like a
Casanova is a lover of women: He has known many but loves, and is faithful
to, none — not even the one to which he should be married. He
is a cultural traitor, and, as Cicero said about traitors two-thousand
years ago, “A murderer is less to be feared.”
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quote Chesterton again, he once said, “There was a time when men
weren’t very sure of themselves, but they were very sure of what
the truth was. Now men are very sure of themselves but not at all sure
of what the truth is.” The latter describes Obama. If he does
have faith, it is in himself. And that is a faith terribly misplaced.
Selwyn Duke is a writer, columnist and public
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To quote Chesterton
again, he once said, “There was a time when men weren’t very
sure of themselves, but they were very sure of what the truth was. Now
men are very sure of themselves but not at all sure of what the truth