Obama Mistakenly Refers to His Muslim Faith

September 7, 2008 · Filed Under Gaffe ·  

Obama says he’s a believer, but when he he made an inartful comment about his “Muslim faith” with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” people might be wondering what he believes.

Obama said, “You’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you’re absolutely right that that has not come.”

George Stephanopoulos quickly corrected Obama that it’s his Christian faith.

Obama is Too Busy for His Muslim Brother

July 26, 2008 · Filed Under News ·  

Barack Obama is meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown today, but his schedule doesn’t seem to permit a visit with his brother, Bernard Obama, while in the UK.

You’d think a get together would be in order for the two brothers, but perhaps Barack is a little gun shy about the association with his Muslim sibling.

Obama Rewrites U.S. Foreign Policy

June 24, 2008 · Filed Under Foreign Policy, Gaffe ·  

Barack Obama is already blazing a trail with his foreign policy efforts, as he proclaimed, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

This was a blunder of multiple levels. As he promised U.S. support for Israel’s claims to all of Jerusalem, Obama not only offended the world’s 325 million Arabs and 1.5 billion Muslims, but he also changed U.S. foreign policy of six decades.

In promising U.S. support of Israel’s claims to all of Jerusalem, Obama couldn’t have picked a better way to offend the world’s 325 million Arabs and 1.5 billion Muslims. Israel’s 41-year stewardship of the Holy City has alarmed Muslims from Morocco to Malaysia. Upon seizing East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel razed the ancient Muslim Maghribi quarter to make room for Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall. Since 1991, Israel has steadily ratcheted down Palestinians’ access to Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. Most West Bank Palestinians can no longer worship there.

Obama’s unnecessary promise deviates from nearly six decades of U.S. foreign policy that held Jerusalem to be occupied territory under international law. This long tradition was first broken in 2004 when President Bush acknowledged Israel’s demands to keep its illegal West Bank settlements in a final peace agreement, including those around Jerusalem. Thus Obama, a Harvard-trained lawyer, would both scorn the international legal system’s foundational principle - the inadmissibility of territorial acquisition by war - and echo President Bush, whose failed Middle East policies he has rightly deplored.

More details at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/17/EDOQ11A1L3.DTL.

No Head Scarf Zone for Obama

June 18, 2008 · Filed Under Ethics ·  

Muslims were barred from a photograph at a Barack Obama event, according to Politico.

Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.

Ali Koussan, a law student at Wayne State University, was one of the Muslim Americans involved in the headscarf profiling incident.

The Muslim American lamented that the Obama volunteer, “explained to me that because of the political climate and what’s going on in the world and what’s going on with Muslim Americans, it’s not good for [Hebba Aref, one of the Muslim American supporters of Obama] to be seen on TV or associated with Obama”.

Exclusion we can believe in.