Ben Kinchlow’s latest Worldnetdaily column asks the question everyone wants answered: “What’s wrong with Obama’s priorities?” It’s the usual mishmash of false assumptions and bullshit, but it ends with this staggeringly stupid few paragraphs:
Finally, the first words, at the White House announcement, by the father of Sgt. Bergdahl were in Arabic: “bism allah alrahman alraheem“ (“in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful” – the opening words of every chapter of the Quran, except one).
Didn’t the president know enough Arabic, and the Quran, to know that? I read somewhere that the president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama II, was registered as a Muslim in Hawaii, was taught by Muslim teachers during two-hour weekly religion classes and in a speech in Egypt referred to “the Azan as one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset,” and said in his book, “Audacity of Hope,” “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction” (Page 261, paperback edition).
According to Clare Lopez, a former CIA operations officer, a strategic policy and intelligence expert with focus on Middle East national defense, WMD and counter terrorism issues, Bergdahl, “By uttering these words on the grounds, sanctified the White House and claimed it for Islam.” She continued, “There is no question but POTUS knows this.”
Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick. First of all, he “read somewhere” that Obama was “registered as a Muslim in Hawaii”? Does he think Hawaii registers people by religion? And does he think that Obama should have told Beau Bergdahl’s parents what they can and can’t say? And this idea that the White House is now “claimed for Islam” is just fucking stupid. Oh, and there’s that completely out-of-context quote, which Kinchlow no doubt got from a forwarded email rather than from the original source. Here is what Obama actually said in that book:
Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
But lying assholes like Kinchlow take this perfectly reasonable statement that we should protect Muslims against unjust actions and bigotry and turn it into “he hates America and is on the side of Muslims!” But remember, he is the voice of morality and lying for Jesus is perfectly fine.