UPDATE June 18, 10:35 AM PDT: ABC is reporting that Obama’s half brother didn’t say Obama had a Muslim background — and they have the transcript of the interview with Malik Obama to prove it. So the Jerusalem Post story linked in my earlier post about this (link below) appears to be false.
As noted here yesterday, Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik says that the candidate has a “Muslim background.”
Barack Obama himself, however, says he doesn’t.
This is question of his honesty, but it also raises another question: by all this increasingly implausible denial that he was ever identified as a Muslim, Barack Obama is implying what he would almost certainly strenuously deny if asked directly. He is implying that there is something wrong, something that would raise questions about one’s loyalties, about being a Muslim. He is implying that people would have legitimate concerns about a Muslim President of the United States.
His followers have tried to get around this by saying, “Barack Obama is not a Muslim — not that there’s anything wrong with that except in the eyes of crazed right-wingers.” In line with that, Obama himself might reply, if cornered, that no, he doesn’t think those concerns are legitimate, but was only recognizing that a significant percentage of the American electorate thinks them legitimate. But that is precisely the portion of the American electorate for which he and his supporters have the most contempt.
So in other words, he is either pandering to what he and his supporters would almost certainly identify as “racism,” or he is tacitly acknowledging that Islam’s political and societal program makes it a threat to American Constitutionalism. Is there another choice that I am missing? And to do whichever one of these he is doing, he is lying.
And this man could be our next President.