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Letter: Obama may be protecting his childhood culture

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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:00 am

There has been much talk from some in our country that President Barack Obama is doing his best to destroy our country. I think that is not fair. However, one might wonder why he released five Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison who were considered some of the most dangerous detainees who desire to kill Americans. Why would he do that?

To find the answer, all one need do is observe what Obama says and does.

This last April, Obama flew to Malaysia and honored Islam by visiting a special mosque. Malaysia’s Star newspaper quoted Abdullah Muhammad Zin, religious adviser to Prime Minister Najib Razak, as saying it was rare for any leader to visit a mosque. He said, “There can be no better way for Obama to honor Islam than by him visiting Masjid Negara.”

However, a non-Muslim leader in Malaysia stated, “Given the challenges and concerns for non-Muslim religions in Malaysia, especially Christianity, it would have been better for Obama to also visit the places of religious worship of other religions,” which he did not.

In 2009, Obama gave a speech at Al-Azhar University, saying, “For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning.” He also stated, “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance” — yet, in 2012, this Islamic University called for the U.N. to issue Sharia law, banning “insulting symbols of Islam” and “punish(ing) those who commit this crime.”

In a later speech, Obama said, “I consider it part of my responsibility as president of America to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” He stated, “As a student of history, I know of civilization’s debt to Islam.” He also has stated that in his childhood, the sweetest sound he knew was the Muslim call to prayer.

To be fair to Obama, it is reasonable and understandable that he thinks well of a culture and religion he bonded with as a child. It’s possible that he didn’t view the Guantanamo prisoners as terrorists, but as enlightened freedom fighters who are fighting for America’s best interests.

Darrell Baumbach


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