The man of their dreams
I don’t credit Obama’s “my Muslim faith” comment at all — from the look of the video it wasn’t a Freudian slip, it was just a clumsy way of referring to the charges that he is secretly a Muslim. And as we all know, it is only venomous Islamophobes who are spreading such rumors (which I have dismissed as false from the beginning) — venomous Islamophobes such as…the Iranian mullahs:
“Iranians Hoping for “˜Muslim” Obama Victory,” from Newsmax, September 7 (thanks to Dennis):
Iran’s leadership has expressed “great pleasure” at the prospect of a Barack Obama victory in November, according to Menashe Amir, the Iranian-born head of Radio Israel’s Persian language service.
But Iranian President Ahmadinejad has said he doubts that the American establishment “will allow” Obama to win.
“One of the Iranian religious leaders said if Obama will enter the White House, then Islam will conquer the heart of the American nation,” Amir told Isracast.com.
The Iranian leadership likes Obama “mainly because he is a Muslim,” according to Amir. His first name, Barack, comes from “al-baraq,” which is the name of the horse that Muslims believe Muhammad rode on his way to paradise.
His middle name Hussein is also a Muslim name, and he was “born in a Muslim family,” said Amir.
In fact, Obama is a Christian. His deceased father was a Muslim, and though Obama attended a Muslim school in Indonesia, he never pursued the Muslim faith of his early childhood. While some commentators have suggested that this qualifies him as an apostate “” a “crime” punishable by death according to Islamic sharia law “” Menashe Amir disagreed.
“If he wins the election, Muslims will be very proud of such a conquest, such a win. He didn’t convert [to Christianity] after he was 18. It happened much, much before,” so the sharia law judgment does not apply.
This is exactly what I argued here, long ago.