Via Ben Smith, we find Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney pulling out his hair and rending his garments about President Obama’s Cairo speech. Gaffney has previously cited “evidence” (what evidence, he didn’t say) that the president was “born in Kenya,” but he’s a reliable agitator for aggressive wars in Central Asia, so he’s not in any danger of being pushed out of the discourse.
Smith focuses on Gaffney’s Hitler analogies, but I’m stuck on his three-part proof of Obama’s secret Islam.
Mr. Obama referred four times in his speech to “the Holy Koran.” Non-Muslims — even pandering ones — generally don’t use that Islamic formulation.
Mr. Obama established his firsthand knowledge of Islam (albeit without mentioning his reported upbringing in the faith) with the statement, “I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.” Again, “revealed” is a depiction Muslims use to reflect their conviction that the Koran is the word of God, as dictated to Muhammad.
… Mr. Obama said he looked forward to the day “. . . when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them) joined in prayer.” Now, the term “peace be upon them” is invoked by Muslims as a way of blessing deceased holy men. According to Islam, that is what all three were – dead prophets. Of course, for Christians, Jesus is the living and immortal Son of God.
Did Gaffney contact Ben Rhodes, the very white and very non-Muslim speechwriter who did plenty of work on this speech? Does he actually think that stretching to use local or religious rhetoric is proof that the speaker is hiding his secret connections? This is the thinking of the man who was been quite successful so far in making a controversy of the nomination of Yale Law Dean Harold Koh for the top legal job in the State Department.
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