Why won’t president say ‘Islamic terror’? Could it be …

During a 2006 visit to Somalia, Barack Obama dons the costume of a Somali elder

During a 2006 visit to Somalia, Barack Obama dons the costume of a Somali elder

The latest obsession of the conservative hive mind appears to be President Obama’s reluctance to say the words “Islamic” and “terrorism” in the same sentence. It’s now gotten to be such a “thing” that on Fox the other night, Bill O’Reilly grandly proclaimed it “Day Four of the Jihadist Controversy”, warning that the president’s refusal to say the magic words has put America in “grave danger.”

(For other prime examples of the genre see here and here and here and here.)

I guess it’s not surprising. If you’re trying to gin up fear of Muslims in general, making them all responsible for the crimes of a few and warning that Muslims must be barred from immigrating to our country, it might get pretty frustrating to see the president going around making “pro-Islamic” statements such as:

  • “The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur’an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace.”
  • “Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion.”
  • “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam.  That’s not what Islam is all about.  Islam is peace.  These terrorists don’t represent peace.  They represent evil and war.”
  • “When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world.  Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace.  And that’s made brothers and sisters out of every race — out of every race.”
  • “Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn’t follow the great traditions of Islam. They’ve hijacked a great religion.”

What’s the president up to in saying such things? Doesn’t he understand the true nature of the threat against us? As Rudy Giuliani and others have surmised, maybe it’s his Islamic upbringing and heritage coming through. However, I don’t think that explanation holds water. To my knowledge, President Bush didn’t have an Islamic upbringing.

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Enoch19
Enoch19

Bookman again is fundamentally dishonest. ( In more plain language, he is lying)  No one wants to "gin up" hatred for muslims or Islam in general but one has to either have an agenda or be a  fool not to see that the source of terror has been a (large and growing) group of Islamic extremists who self proclaim motivation from their religion.


There is a mosque near my house. I have no reason to believe that is' a hotbed of islamic terror. I don't fear the people who go there. My concern for islamic extremist terrorists does not extend to the folks who worship there. But there is a strain of Islam that is followed by tens of millions that actively supports acts of terror and aspires to acts of genocide.  


But you can't fight an enemy you won't name.  Mr. Obama's policies have left the world worse off and the US in more danger, not less.  


Instead of leading in the fight against Islamic terror, Mr Obama sends Kerry to France, a week late ,to have James Taylor sing "You've Got a Friend).  I think I just threw up in my mouth.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Obozo is a muslim.  He told us that in the Stephanopoulos interview.  Why are libtards so defensive about it?

Stewdaday
Stewdaday

Since our president only likes to kill Muslims by drones--can he not just say--Islamic drone targets instead?

Robtown
Robtown

The Emersoning continues.

Aboli
Aboli

The President is correct to praise and be humbled.

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

Ah ........... the wonderful world of mainstream Islam !



"The King of Saudi Arabia is to refer the case of blogger and activist Raif Badawi's to the Supreme Court, his wife has told BBC News.

His wife Ensaf Haidar - who is living in Canada with their three children - said the decision has given him hope that the authorities want to withdraw his punshiment, following an international outcry.

Her comments come after Saudi authorities postponed Badawi's second round of public flogging for a week, citing medical reasons, according to a leading human rights group Amnesty International, the Associated Press reported.

In May last year, authorities sentenced Badawi, 31, to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes after he used his liberal blog to criticise Saudi Arabia's powerful clerics. The Jiddah Criminal Court also ordered he pay a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals (£175,700)."

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@AyeAyeSir 

Curious from what I had read about the flogging of American slaves, I asked my Personal Care Physician how many "lashes" would cause death. She said that 15 or 20 would cause unconsciousness, and 50 could cause death.  Badawi's sentence of 100 lashes as the first round of the total number was equivalent to a death sentence.

gotalife
gotalife

Paterno's wins restored.

alexander2
alexander2

Southern talibaptist....THAT is creative!!!

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

On Arabic contributions to modern society, don't forget the shoe bomb and the underwear bomb.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@_GodlessHeathen_

Are you joking? 

There is not a single terror tactic, I would wager, seen used in the Middle East that was not taught DIRECTLY by the either the Israelis or the Americans, in a great many cases even taught right inside the boundaries of the state of Georgia for good measure (see: school of the death squads uh I mean "Americas").

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Tuna Meowt Your high school algebra teacher is spinning in her grave at 10,000 RPM, Philo

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You're taking for granted that the Freikorps guy actually had a high school algebra teacher? 

That's more than I'm willing to assume.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Arms_Akimbo 

As the Obama train wreck has devolved over six years, there are only two close presidential advisors who haven't been thrown under the bus by the big O- Valarie Jarrett and Al Sharpton. Jarrett was born in Iran and moved to Chicago in 1963. She apparently is fluent in Farsi and French. Perhaps Obama's middle east perspective is influenced by Jarrett's fond memories of Iran under the Shah. Al Sharpton has made a career out of extorting payments from people who want to avoid having him organize protests. He is one of the few political figures who has actually achieved Obama's ultimate goal of being paid NOT to show up at a meeting. These two advisors have shaped Obama's approach to conflict. The problem is that playing the race card doesn't really work in international affairs which removes Obama's most effective negotiating tool. The end result has been a loss of credibility for the nation as a whole. The Obama crowd is simply over their heads when it comes to foreign affairs. Thus one of the key topics for the 2016 elections will be foreign affairs expertise and how the U.S. is going to repair the damage done by WH advisors putting the image of the president above the best interests of the nation and the needs of the world.

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All of this verbiage appears to be based on a simple confusion that Barack Obama somehow represents a politics of the "left". 

That is an error.

alexander2
alexander2

@LeninTime @Arms_Akimbo  Lenin, your paranoia is striking on this one, nothing about left or right here.....try to be a bit objective and you can learn from the "left" or "right"...or simply disagree with a view point without stereotyping ...Hmmmm....back in the train--your passing thru Bavaria....

LeninTime
LeninTime

@alexander2 @LeninTime @Arms_Akimbo

It's paranoid to point out that the whole right wing mythology rests on a fraud: the notion that Barack Obama anything fundamentally different in terms of policy than they do?

TBS
TBS

Climate change is a farce sheets.............

tireOfIt
tireOfIt

Surprise surprise


Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book


"I did not die. I did not go to Heaven," Alex wrote. He continued, "I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible.

BSNBC
BSNBC

The only radical Muslims are the ones that believe in peace and that's a small group. The koran is what it is and all the evil commands are in that book! It's just the opposite of "peaceful" !

lvg
lvg

The pedophile, Muhammed was not a terrorist . He just would have been content if all the Jews and infidels disappear.

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

The blogger who is complaining about "ghazi" will say kooks all day for attention.

Now that is too funny.


SSDName

gotalife
gotalife

" Jindal said Obama had been willing, as Klein wrote, "to pay a political price to advance his agenda and [Jindal] said Republicans needed to be willing to do the same." Obama was willing to risk losing the Congress and derailing his other important legislative priorities. "He said Republicans should be thinking the same way and [be] willing to risk political blowback to repeal Obamacare and push a market-based alternative," Klein reported, ignoring the fact that Obamacare is, in fact, market based."

OMG, he finally told the truth. It is a miracle. It said it to a private group like mittt and his 47% gaffe.

gotalife
gotalife

Except for the market based part. He still uses that lie.

Arms_Akimbo
Arms_Akimbo

I am sure the Bookman minions will be pleased to know that the WSJ reported today that the WH issued new rules for school lunches banning on site frying and declaring tofu a meat substitute. Or as kamchak refers to the dish "tofughazi".

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Regardless, the Islamic culture has a serious PR problem.

It's not like it can point to any remotely significant positive contributions to modern society over the past number of centuries to counterbalance the evil of some of its adherents.

JamVet
JamVet

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Ditto, the Southern Talibaptist Church.

(Excluding the positive contribution to modern society known as the KKK, of course...)

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Philo_Farnsworth Depends on how you define "Islamic culture" AND how you define "modern society"...after all, it was the Muslim/Arabic culture that retained copies of the writings of the ancient Greeks and Romans and that enabled Europe to learn from them and work it's way out of the Dark Ages. Personally, I'd call that a contribution to modern society.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@Philo_Farnsworth Regardless, the Philo_Farnsworth has a serious ignorance problem.


Crack a freakin' BOOK once in a while, pal.  You'd make yourself look a LOT less ignorant.

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@Philo_Farnsworth


Tell us about this Islamic culture.

Is it the same for all 1.2 billions or so Muslims all over the world?

Is it the same for each sect within Islam? 

To say you are not that bright would be the understatement of the day. 

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Unless one calls the leading edge development of IEDs and suicide vests "positive," contributions total zippo.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@Tuna Meowt @Philo_Farnsworth 

Al-Gebra is a terrorist movement headed up by the leader known as Osum of Bin Adden which has reportedly infiltrated American schools. It began at the undergraduate level and has spread to secondary schools, according to US Attorney General John Ashcroft. Favored targets are said to include homomorphics and people living in polynomial relationships. Academics dismiss the Ashcroft's accusations as pandering to the lowest common denominator of anti-Arab prejudice. 


http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Al_Gebra

Smokeyone
Smokeyone

@Philo_Farnsworth How far back do you want to go? Note the following begin with the prefix Al, common in Arab/Muslim languages:

Al-gebra

Al-chemy, pre-cursor to chemistry

Al-gorithm

Al-manac


Other ideas and products include cotton, silk, gauze, the concept of zero, astronomy and many more. 


While Europe was in the dark ages, Arab/Muslim civilizatons were at their zenith. It was only during the Crusades and other travels such as Marco Polo's travels that Europe was introduced to these concepts or re-learned what had been lost before.