What If Barack Obama Were a Muslim?!

obama-muslim-350Let me preface my remarks by stating unequivocally that none of the following hypotheses are true, but what if they were? 

What if Barack Hussein Obama were a Muslim?  I have read the Qu’ran and its principal message is to love one another, to feed the poor, care for the disadvantaged, look after the orphans.  Muhammad stated clearly that Muslims should embrace the Jew and the Christian as equal brothers and sisters.

He supported important roles f or women (consider his own daughter, Fatimah, whose descendants created the Shia branch of the religion).  Fatimah is so revered that she has received numerous monikers, such as The Leader of the Women of the Worlds, the Truthful, Pure, Blessed, Innocent Woman spoken to by angels.

She is venerated in a way similar to how Catholics revere Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  In fact, a Qur’anic exegesis “links the praise of Mary, the mother of Jesus, with that of Fatimah based on a quote attributed to Muhammad that lists the outstanding women of all time as MaryAsiya (the wife of Pharaoh), Khadija (the Prophet’s wife), andFatimah. . . .”

Many accuse the Islamic religion of promoting violence.  I think these same people forget the horrendous, bloody wars that are described in graphic detail in the Old Testament, the very book on which Jesus based his own teachings.  Do you recall the “The Song of the Sea” that was joyously chanted to glorify the Lord who had been the chief defender and deliverer of the Israelites as they crossed the Red Sea (or Sea of Reeds).  They praised God while they, at the same time, cheered the deaths of their Egyptian pursuers as the fledgling Jewish community fled the tyrannous grip of Pharaoh’s directives?  That has always made me feel uncomfortable, yet it is there.

Undoubtedly, the indisputable message of both the Holy Scriptures and the Qur’an is not about the early histories of the people but that of Tzedakah (the Jewish mandate to help those less fortunate) and Zakat (Islamic voluntary charity, one of the Five Pillars of  Islam)–the altruistic dictum for caring for and giving to others.

We already have two wonderful Muslim leaders in Congress:  Keith Ellison, Congressmember from Minnesota’s 5th, who has supported legislation such as reducing student debt, supporting the Affordable Health Care Law for Minnesotans (and for the nation as a whole), and taxing the most profitable speculative financial institutions that will produce billions of dollars (which they can easily afford) to invest in our communities in order to relieve the suffering and heavy burdens carried by the poor and the middle class.

André Carson, from Indiana’s  7th District, strongly supports the Jewish community and stands up for Israel’s ability to be a recognized nation and to defend itself.  He also fights for consumer protections, for alleviating poverty in our country, and for providing affordable housing (among other issues he espouses).

President Obama is, in fact, a Christian (born, reared, and practicing), but if he were Muslim, it is a religion from which no one should shrink or be in denial.  We started out in this country as a place for religious freedom (not always successful in practice) and thus this ideal was important enough for our forebears to place it prominently in our First Amendment.  Ellison and Carson are proud of who they are and what their principles represent, in part based on the Islamic creed.  Difficult to oppose Muslims who stand for such laudable policies!

Personally, I look forward to the time when we democratically elect our first Muslim President—perhaps even a woman!

What if the President were a socialist?  I have always considered myself a democratic socialist.  Does that make me a lesser person?  I think not.  I support Medicare, Medicaid, MediCal—don’t you?

I willingly pay taxes for police and fire protection and paramedic services.  What about FEMA when there is a catastrophic event?  I eagerly support my public schools (and would have even if I had not been a teacher for over 37 years in the public system).  I am pleased and feel safer when I drive over roads and bridges and other infrastructures that have been built and maintained for our benefit.

Although my family has outstanding health, vision, and dental care, I am so excited for the rest of Americans (some of whom have never had health coverage) who can now receive affordable care.

Shall I go on?  I think you get my point.  All of the above are undeniably socialistic practices.

Socialism, by definition, is an economic (not political) system through which the “economic and moral defect of capitalism” is addressed.  From each according to his ability to each according to his need.  Capitalism, on the other hand, can be, in fact, a good thing with its incentives to create, be productive, and (for its investors) make profits from capitalism’s efforts.  But, according to socialist views, profits should be reasonable and excesses should be shared.  “Individuals do not live or work in isolation but live in cooperation with one another.”

Our communities are interactive.  We depend on each other.  And, if we fall short (despite our best efforts), we need to know that our brothers and sisters will look after us until we can get back on our feet.  If I remember correctly, the Bible says something about being our brother’s keeper.  We should not lose sight of that.  So if Mr. Obama were a socialist, would that be such a bad thing?! 

What if Mr. Obama were born in Africa?  He was born in Hawai’i, of course, and thus is a native-born American citizen.  How many times does he need to be challenged on this fact?  For that matter, how many times have youever been asked to show your own birth certificate to go to college or obtain a job or even run for office?  I don’t remember ever having to produce one.  I cannot imagine having to provide a badge or card to prove who I am—it reminds me too much of the days of the Holocaust.   I simply would refuse to produce such a document.  I live in America, after all!  I would be more than willing to go to jail if that were my only alternative! 

Naturalized citizens have always been able to run for any office in this land except for President and Vice President   I have long been an advocate to allow these citizens to run for those positions as well.  Back in the days when our Constitution was being written, there was the very valid concern that America could return to a monarchy—there were many leaders, even then, who supported return to the rule of King George.

Our nation, however, has the long-established tradition of being a democratic republic, and no one in his or her right mind really believes that America, now or at any time in the future, would fall to a foreign sphere of influence.  In the intervening years since the late 1700s, we have lost far too many opportunities for superior leadership at the top because such people had not been born in America (although people like John McCain and Ted Cruz can legally skirt this issue because of “loopholes” in the law).

It is time that a Constitutional Amendment be introduced and passed so that outstanding and proven leaders like Czechoslovakian-born Madeleine Albright (first female Secretary of State), Polish-born Zbigniew Brzezinski (former National Security Advisor), British-born U.S. Representative Ron Barber of Arizona, Japanese-born U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Iranian-born Jimmy Delshad (Mayor of Beverly Hills), and so many others could and should be able to run for the highest offices if they chose to do so!

Can you imagine if Barack Obama were really born in Kenya, how many contributions to this nation he would not have been able to make?  Now that is food for thought!  Without doubt, however, he was born in the sunniest of states, the 50th, the Aloha State of Hawai’i.

I love my President for all that he is—for his altruistic policies; for his quiet but persistent, behind-the-scenes approach to making change happen; for his being a role model for what a good husband, father, son, and friend should be—for what the picture of family ought to be.

He is not as the far-right describes him.  He is innocent of their outrageous accusations.  Wall Street is seeing its highest numbers ever and the unemployment rate is lower than it has been in years.  Our troops are out of Iraq, and Syria and Iran seem willing to create a safer region for their own people and for the rest of the world.  All people in our own land must now be treated as equals before the law (which includes the military).

Furthermore, our statutes embrace the right to marry those whom we love, regardless of who they are or what they might represent to others.  There is equal pay for equal work.  There is affordable healthcare for everyone.  And lest we forget, all this has transpired under President Obama’s leadership and his collaboration with others.

Don’t believe the naysayers.  Take joy in the tangible realities.  Let us look forward to three more years of wonderful possibilities (if only the obstructionists would see the light).  At this time of Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s, our gifts to each other ought not to be perpetuation of stereotypes, bigotry, biases, or preconceived notions; rather, the greatest gifts would be passing on acceptance, tolerance, understanding, and love.

Let’s make that notion our New Year’s resolution for 2014!

Rosemary Jenkins
CityWatchLA

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  1. JoeWeinstein says

    Especially at Christmastime Americans’ thoughts turn to feelings of good will and mutual tolerance. So it is understandable that the author cherry-picks Islamic doctrine in order to support the notion that the good will is universal and reciprocal. And of course – given the entire complex of historical and doctrinal elements in the various religions, she does find some supporting evidence.

    But these same elements also offer controverting evidence. That fact should not tell us to withhold good will, but it does tell us to be both open-minded and open-eyed, and to be mindful of realities that otherwise could dangerously sting us.

    Among the three best-known Abrahamic religions there is a critical difference of timing in their development and of the language in their most revered documents (Bible versions, Quran). After all, Judaism predates Christianity by over 1000 years and Christianity predates Islam by over 500 years. The passage of history, including its ‘schools of hard knocks’, has therefore had different lengths of time to work on these three religions – quite understandably with results which differ among the religions.

    I am informed that Quran-based Islamic legal authorizations of jihad violence to impose Islam are open-ended and are NOT limited to times past. By contrast, the ruthlessness which the Bible describes and authorizes – for the post-Exodus initial conquest of Canaan – was authorized for that one time only, never to be repeated. By 550 BCE organized Judaism had accepted and adopted the notion that religion and state power are quite different and independent things: the Jewish people and practices and teachings do not rely on nor seek to exploit state power. Judaism might attract persons (e.g. Ruth) or peoples not born Jewish but by volition only; it is not to be imposed on them by violence or threat thereof. To arrive at similar results it took Christianity a lot lot longer, into recent centuries – and understandably so, because early on Constantine awarded Christianity alliance with and imposition by state power – a temptation and addiction hard to resist. Islam – in the huge swath of lands where it has long been the majority religion – is not yet there. In those lands, Islam was imposed by conquest and it is deemed and seeks to be more than merely a religion within the state: its norm is to both guide the state and to use state power to impose itself and to subordinate or expel or annihilate religious alternatives. Unlike the other two religions, for Islam a key part in the life of the founder himself was his command of conquering armies, precisely to impose both his rule and his doctrine and to exterminate opposition – including entire Jewish tribes in north Arabia who initially were indispensable to him as allies. Yes, in Islamic lands Jews and Christians may be treated as brothers – but they may also be merely tolerated as inferiors – dhimmi – and as such, (under penalty of death for refusal) can be – and habitually have been – either expelled or else (more usually) charged an annual toleration tax (jizya).

  2. says

    Oh yes. If Obama were a Muslim, he’d be one of the biggest liars in history since he’s repeatedly denied it He’d therefore be a Muslim plant with an agenda of rendering the U.S. helpless against absorption by the Muslim World, hence a great hero to it. The biggest trick the Devil pulled is to convince the world he doesn’t exist.

  3. says

    “I have read the Qu’ran and its principal message is to love one another, to feed the poor, care for the disadvantaged, look after the orphans. Muhammad stated clearly that Muslims should embrace the Jew and the Christian as equal brothers and sisters.

    He supported important roles f or women (consider his own daughter, Fatimah, whose descendants created the Shia branch of the religion). Fatimah is so revered that she has received numerous monikers, such as The Leader of the Women of the Worlds, the Truthful, Pure, Blessed, Innocent Woman spoken to by angels.”

    Sorry, but this writer seems to have missed most of the Quran, which teaches hatred of non-Muslims, and commands Muslims to conquer the world and rule it with an iron hand with Sharia, which makes Muslims superior to non-Muslims and men to women. This writer is the sad victim of Muslim disinfo., as shown by the fact that Muslims murder each other daily all over the world while claiming to be a religion of peace. The Shias started out being brutally persecuted and murdered by the Sunnis instance. I guess she’s totally ignorant of the thousand-year Great Jihad which killed hundreds of millions in a quest to spread this sick ideology masquerading as a religion, and it’s her fault since there’s abundant free educational materials available.

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