All -- All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin.
And, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner."—President John F. Kennedy
I'm a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.
[...] much has been made of the fact that an African American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President [of the United States of America}. --Barack Hussein Obama
Much has been written about Barack Obama’s Cairo speech to Muslims however most of what I have heard is critique that quite frankly misses the point.
In Cairo Obama came out to the world as a Muslim once removed on his father’s side, a boast that just 6 short months ago was anathema for anyone who would dare speak such blasphemy. But now here was Obama in all of his speechifying glory imitating John F. Kennedy’s, “Ich Bin Ein Berliner,” moment in Germany as best he could. Obama was self identifying with the Muslims of the world.
Only thing is Obama's, “ich bin ein, sort of” moment was hampered (he didn’t fully come out and say that he was Muslim as Kennedy said he was a Berliner) largely because he’s never had this discussion with the people of his own country before he came out this day to the Muslims of the world. It was sort of like sitting in an audience at a play and your thespian father announces at final bow that he is a homosexual. Something that you kinda suspected but it’s a punch in the gut just the same.
Yet as striking as Obama’s announcement about his Muslim roots was I found the American Pro Obama press only critiquing the tone and delivery of Obama’s speech as if how he said what he said was much more important than what he actually did say.
For me it was like listening to and reading historians critiquing the methodology that the Romans used when they crucified Christ while paying no attention to the larger issues involved. You know stupefying questions like, were the nails long enough, was the cross made of gopher wood or cedar, how does this crucifixion compare with other Roman crucifixions?
In addition, the America Pro-Obama media concerned itself with the superficial window dressings of Obama’s speech rather than focusing in on the subtle implications of Obama’s confesses which speak to Obama’s eligibility to be President of the United States of America.
For example, Obama said, “As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk” (see transcript)
This would undoubtedly mean that Obama himself was raised as a Muslim for several years in Indonesia by his Muslim stepfather Lolo Soltero which would mean that Obama studied the Quran and prayed to Allah five times a day as the Muslim custom is and that he was taught these thing and they were enforced in the Muslim “hadras” or school which he attended in Indonesia which by the way has the largest Muslim population in the world.
Alas Obama couldn’t completely embrace his inter Muslim just quite yet because there is his pesky little claim that he is a Christian which he used during his campaign to win the presidency. Too much information to soon might be damaging to the Obama image and erode the coalitions of blind loyalty that Obama has so successfully constructed out of the groups that support and follow him.
So in a moment of unmatched political sophistry Obama claims both Christianity and Islam mutually inclusively he said, “I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims.”
Here Obama allows for your imagination to fill in the blank. You hear what you what to hear. Back home in the United States you hear that he is a Christian but there in Cairo you hear that Islam is in Obama’s blood even in his name.
But Barack Hussein Obama is no John Fitzgerald Kennedy. In fact Obama turns what President Kennedy represented on its head! President Kennedy identified himself as a free man and because of that freedom his statement was underlining the support of the United States for West Germany shortly after the Soviet-supported Communist state of East Germany erected the Berlin Wall as a barrier to prevent movement between East and West. In that cause Kennedy said that he was a Berliner.
On the other hand Barack Obama’s identification with Islam was supporting Obama’s ideology of moral relativism. That is, his attempt to draw moral parallels between the Theocratic dictatorships of Islamic countries with that of the Secular Constitutional Countries of the West and that was totally in contradiction of JFK who sought to encourage free Western Germany against the Communist Soviet backed East Germany.
For Kennedy to have done what Obama did in Cairo, Kennedy would have had to address East Germany instead of West Germany and he would have had to have praised Soviet-supported Communism.
One might even go as far as to call what Obama did in Cairo Egypt anti-Kennedy like behavior. Nevertheless make no mistake President Kennedy stood against Communism in his time whereas Barack Obama stood in Cairo Egypt addressed Muslims and identified and stood with countries under the traditions of oppressive theocratic rule of Islamic Sharia law of the East. To Obama all is morally relative.
There is much to glean from the Message of New Beginnings to Muslims; Barack Obama’s Muslim heritage, Barack Obama’s Indonesian citizenship, the acceptance in Barack Obama’s mind that theocratic Dictatorship Islamic governments of the East are equal to Democratic Constitutional Representative forms of government of the West.
However the most important thing that we can understand from Obama’s message to Muslims is that Barack Hussein Obama is no John Fitzgerald Kennedy!