Much has been said lately about what President Obama really believes. Is he a Christian? Is he a Muslim? The media is becoming aroused and has begun a parade of defense as they have become vicariously threatened by the growing number of people who believe he is a Muslim.
NEWSWEEK has published a feature article titled, "America The Ignorant" which gives a list, including the belief that Obama is a Muslim, of "odd ball" and "ignorant" things unwashed Americans believe. Their tone and their text is offensive and condescending.
It is Terrance Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief at CNS NEWS that is asking what I feel may be an even more important and revealing question: "Why does Obama tell Muslims America is a nation of 'non-believers'?"
What is the President thinking? He has virtually created a mantra in continuing to say that "Americans are, among other things, 'non-believers'?
Does he not know the stats? Or are there other motives?
In his inaugural address Obama said, "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers."
A few weeks later in his first public media interview, he told Al Arabiya television network, "So what I want to communicate is the fact that in all my travels throughout the Muslim world, what I have come to understand is that regardless of your faith---and America is a country of Muslims, Jews, Christians and non-believers--- "
On November 7, 2009, 4 days before Veterans Day and 2 days after the US Army psychiatrist and radical terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan murdered 12 US troops and 1 civilian, and wounded 29 others at Fort Hood, President Obama, while ordering the flags to be flown at half staff said, "Veteran's Day is our chance to honor those Americans who've served on battlefields from Lexington to Antietam ...They are Americans of every race, faith and station. They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers."
On August 13---this month, while hosting a dinner to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan, while telling his primarily Muslim guests that he supported the building of the Mosque near Ground Zero he said, "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers."
Why is he compelled---driven, to imply that America is a nation of non-believers much like we are a nation of Muslims---a nation of Jews--- and, oh yes, a nation of Christians.
He surely knows the facts, doesn't he?
Here are the facts:
The Census Bureau does not ask Americans their denomination, however, they rely on the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) to estimate the nation's religious demographics. Here's what they found in their last survey in 2008:
* 76% say they are Christians.
* 1.2% say they are Jews
* 0.6% say they are Muslims
* 0.9% say they are agnostic
* 0.7% say they are atheists
So 0.7% are essentially driving the crusade to remove God from every vestige of public expression and causing The President of the United States to elevate their population equivalency to that of Christians and Jews.
The press regularly gives atheists population equivalency with Christians when atheists buy their anti-God billboards etc., but the President of the United States?
He says he is "reaching out" to the Muslim world---building bridges, but his words would seem to validate what the Muslims already believe about America. That we are infidels and should be killed. How does that build bridges?
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that the favorability rating in Muslim countries of Obama's policies are as low as his predecessor's, George W. Bush.
And that Arabs and Muslims are saying that Obama is "all talk."
We can speculate on his faith. Is he or isn't he? But his words seem rather clear and reveal a different question.
Is he purposefully trying to diminish America's standing in the Muslim world? Did he hear too many sermons from Rev. Wright? Is he really that inept? Has someone not given him the census count?
Jeffrey concludes that whatever his motive, "His words---on their face---seek to diminish God's standing in America."
This is troubling. Thomas Jefferson found this kind of thinking troubling as well. He wrote of our God given rights in the Declaration and later in his "Notes On The State Of Virginia"-- "And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath."
Indeed. We have lost our way. We are violating the basis of our liberties. God help us.
Faith and Freedom
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