Ho hum, another outrage
It is hard to follow his line of thinking here. This cover insults Muslims because it depicts Obama as an Islamic terrorist? How exactly is a satirical drawing of a portrait of Osama bin Laden (a Muslim, and a terrorist) in the vicinity of Barack Obama dressed in Muslim garb (although he is not a Muslim, or a terrorist) insulting to Muslims who are not terrorists? Obama seems to be buying into the line, the increasingly common line, that any shadow of a hint that Islam might have anything to do with terrorism is ipso facto offensive and insulting — and that is a line, already articulated by the Bush Administration’s new guidelines on Speak-No-Jihad, that will preclude us from understanding our enemy or meeting the challenge he poses.
“Obama: New Yorker Insulted Muslim Americans,” from NewsMax, July 15 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday that the New Yorker magazine’s satirical cover depicting him and his wife as flag-burning, fist-bumping radicals doesn’t bother him but that it was an insult to Muslim Americans.
“You know, there are wonderful Muslim Americans all across the country who are doing wonderful things,” the presidential candidate told CNN’s Larry King. “And for this to be used as sort of an insult, or to raise suspicions about me, I think is unfortunate. And it’s not what America’s all about.”
Obama blamed himself for not being forceful enough in challenging some of the rumors about him, including that he is Muslim. Obama is Christian.
Yet many Muslims think he has been plenty forceful — too forceful.