Monday, June 30, 2008


This is the clearest account we have been able to find of Barack Obama's involvement with Muslim culture as a child in Indonesia. Obama and his critics have one thing in common: they believe any connection to Islam is a terrible thing. The Obama campaign has even gone so far as to call alleged links to Islam a "smear." Would they say the same thing if someone accused him of being Jewish, Catholic or Buddhist? Probably not, but today, even the liberal catechism allows one to hate Muslims.

Obama clearly gained more acquaintance with Islam than your average American kid of his age. Interestingly, during the same period, he also gained acquaintance with Catholicism, including praying in the Catholic manner.

What has happened is an over-enthusiastic effort to spin the mild Muslim connection out of Obama's life that opened the door to false charges, such as the claim that he is or was a practicing Muslim. The strange debate continues, for example, with the argument over whether he went to a madrassa, which without a adjoining adjective is simply an Arab term for school.

"The Muslims learn about Islam, prayer and religious activity," said Hardi Priyono, the vice principal for curriculum. "And for the Christians, during the religious class, they also have a special room teaching Christianity. It's always been like that. We are a public school. We have always been a public school."

When Obama attended 4th grade in 1971, Muslim children spent two hours a week studying Islam, and Christian children spent those two hours learning about the Christian religion.

At holidays, the school made a practice of teaching students about different religions. Students from all religions celebrated Christmas with a Christmas tree and carols. They celebrated the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha by handing out a sacrificed goat to the neighborhood's needy.


At June 30, 2008 6:18 PM, Anonymous robbie said...

So, what, liberals hate muslims? I understand that liberals want to be seen as "distrustful" of muslims, but all of the hatred Islam faces in this country today was generated by the right wing. All Muslims, all bad, all the time. Liberals are spineless, not hateful. Or do they hate gays too? Sorry, fear mongering is exactly why so many "hate" muslims, and liberals didn't do that. (Not necessarily counting pro-Israeli liberals, of course)

By the way, you worry that people mistake madrassa for "institution of Muslim initiation and `death-to-America' brainwashing" Just who, exactly, do you think is responsible for that?


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