Today, in front of the United Nations, Richard Milhous Hussein Obama proved just what he meant when he wrote those words in his book. But he went further, in not just giving Islamic jihadists credence for attacking America on the anniversary of 9/11, but attacking our First Amendment rights in the process.
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support.
Do you hear that? Yet Obama says nothing about the depiction of Jesus Christ in a jar of urine, "art" that is being shown again in the same town, New York City, where he spoke those words above.
Likewise, Obama says nothing when Coptic Christians in Egypt are being persecuted by Muslims for practicing their faith. He says nothing about Muslims who hold crucifixions of Christians in "arab Spring" nations like Tunisia.
For all the faux liberal outrage about a supposed "war on women" waged by Republicans/conservatives, Obama, the Democrats and these same liberals are silent as women in Muslim nations are treated as chattel, forced to cover their bodies in burkas, treated as second-class citizens, have sexual organs mutilated and are killed for adultery and even rape.
For all the championing of homosexual rights and homosexual marriage, Obama and the liberals are silent as the real face of intolerance towards gays occurs in Muslim nations, where killing of homosexuals is the norm.
But yet, Obama, the Democrats and the Left submit once again to the Religion of Perpetual Grievance, in their futile effort at appeasement, hoping the alligator will put off eating them a little longer.
Thus, Obama has placed Islam ahead of all other religions and faiths by uttering these words. As Erick Erickson pointed out at RedState.com:
It is an orthodox Christian belief that Mohammed is not a prophet. Actual Christians, as opposed to many of the supposed Christians put up by the mainstream media, believe that Christ is the only way to salvation. Believing that is slandering Mohammed. That’s just a fact. If you don’t believe me, you go into the Middle East and proclaim Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and see what happens to your life.
Then Barack Obama went on to say “Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied.” Note he says we cannot “slander the prophet of Islam” but it’s only the image of Christ in the next sentence — not actually Christ himself desecrated. If this is so, why does Barack Obama’s government continue funding the National Endowment for the Arts, which funded Christ in piss, the Virgin Mary painted in dung, etc.?
Now, in point of fact, this is a major difference between Islam and Christianity. Christ came to this world as an enemy of the world and expected to be impugned. He also tells his followers that they should expect to be impugned. There is joy in being persecuted for following the Risen Lord. In Islam, if you impugn Mohammed, you get a fatwa on your butt.
Not only that, Mohammed is referred to as "prophet," whereas Jesus Christ is the Savior.
Erickson also addresses the excuse given by Obama, Hillary and the dhimmis in the State Department, in their effort to rationalize the attacks of 9/11/12, a stupid, amateurish YouTube video. The problem is, Obama and his Regime are not just giving the Religion of Perpetual Grievance another reason to attack us and justify it, he's attacking the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. If that's the case, if attacking Mohammed is verbotten, then what form of speech will be attacked next? Who will be the one who decides what is forbidden speech and acceptable speech?
But free speech is only part of the First Amendment. Freedom of religion is the second of three parts to that right. Obama has, essentially, put Islam in a favored status above all other religions. Thus, as Erickson noted above, you slander Islam by proclaiming Jesus is "The Way, the Truth and The Light," then you no longer have freedom in religion in America, because to do so is to slander Mohammed. Look at Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia. Bibles cannot be brought into the country, and crosses cannot be worn. That is not freedom of religion. That is a Theocracy, exactly what the Founding Fathers didn't want, and what liberals like the AlQueda Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claim to oppose in their attacks on voluntary school prayer, and public displays of nativity scenes and the Ten Commandments, all masked as "separation of church and state."
Likewise, if Obama was true to his words about condemning desecration of Jesus Christ, why no condemnation about the aforementioned "art" of Jesus in urine? How can Obama claim to condemn Holocaust denial but state he'd be willing to meet with no preconditions with Iran's Ahmadamnutjob, who has repeatedly denied the Holocaust?
For a President who attacked his Republican rival last week over comments about "the 47 percent," Obama is not living up to his pledge of representing "all Americans" by his comments today. He certainly is not representing Christian or Jewish Americans by his words or his actions.