President promotes Islam as religion of diversity

Regular Folks UnitedLori Roman

Liberals are so overconfident in their ability to rewrite history and mislead the public that occasionally they over reach and completely insult our intelligence. In the case of our President, I chalk it up to unfathomable arrogance.

Last week at a dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House, President Obama stated: "Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality. And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country."

He can’t really think that anyone believes that, can he? Does he think if he says it enough we will all forget that every where Muslims control the government, women are oppressed and abused? Does he want school children to believe that our founders were Muslim? Are these blatant lies meant to propagandize, or a politician patronizing dinner guests?

Given the fact that this President recently reoriented NASA’s mission to include spreading a message of Muslim scientific contributions, I’m afraid I will lean toward this being part of a larger propaganda campaign.

Since it is completely absurd that anyone would think that America’s founding had anything at all to do with Islam, I’ll focus on the claim that Islam is a faith known for great diversity. Even public schools run by unions and taught with liberal revisionist textbooks have yet to put an Imam at the first Thanksgiving dinner. But keep an eye out for that in the future, since at least one major textbook publisher is owned by a large Saudi company.

I would like to know where the women’s rights groups are when the President claims that Islam is known for diversity. Throughout the world, where Muslims rule, women are abused and denied basic human rights. Women are oppressed as part of the custom and practice of the mainstream of this religion.

Sharia, or Islamic Law, strongly influences the government and culture in Muslim nations. In countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, and Iran, legislation must conform to Islam. In Saudi Arabia, women are treated as dependent minors their entire lives. They cannot conduct their daily lives without the permission of their guardian, who may be their husband, father, brother or even their son. They cannot have elective surgery, go to school, or travel without permission. In 2004 a Saudi television station featured an Islamic scholar who showed the rods which men should use to beat their wives under Sharia law.

In Iran, it is customary to stone women to death who are accused of adultery, or who may have been raped. Women are buried up to their chests and then citizens are invited to throw stones until they die—a slow painful death. In recent months, the world has followed the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old woman sentenced first to 99 lashes and then to death by stoning, for adultery. At this time, she is still imprisoned as human rights advocates fight for her freedom.

And in other countries, Muslims also work to infiltrate the government with Sharia. In 2008, the most senior judge in Great Britain said that Sharia law could be used to resolve family issues and regulate financial actions. This was met with public outcry as citizens and activists worried about the impact on women’s rights and English culture.

Even in our own country, some Muslim men practice so-called “honor killings”, killing their daughters for dating outside their religion or for becoming too westernized. In 2008, two teenage Texas girls were killed by their father. One of the girls called 911 as she was bleeding to death, saying she was shot by her father. He disappeared after the murders, probably being sheltered by Muslims in America or by a Muslim country. Their mother believes their father killed them because they were dating boys that were not Muslims. We might think this the act of a mad man if it weren’t for the fact that “honor killings” are common place in Muslim countries. A June 2008 report by the Turkish Prime Ministry's Human Rights Directorate, says that in Istanbul alone, there is one honor killing every week. Most often the woman is accused simply of “violating Muslim law.”

So, Mr. President, don’t lecture us on the diversity of the Muslim faith. And stop spending American money promoting the religion, whether through your world tours or your redefinition of NASA’s mission, or by the State Department sponsoring the travels of the Amam of the Ground Zero Mosque. As the government continues to purge every speck of the Christian faith from every school and every piece of government land, the last thing we want to see is our tax dollars spent defending a religion that oppresses most everywhere it is practiced.

Where is the National Organization for Women on this matter? Perhaps too focused on promoting abortion to bother with defending the rights of women who are truly oppressed.