Let me start of by saying I was never one to believe all this "Obama is a secret muslim" stuff that's been going around the past year or two. And I still dont consider him a Mulsim. He identifies himself as a Christian and so I take that at face value. (Of course I don't consider him to be a true Christian by bible standards, but just in the nominal sense)
But Frank Gaffney of the Washington Post offers presents a though-provoking article on the topic. His argument is simple but cogent: If Bill Clinton was referred to by some of his admirers as "America's first black president" for his affinity to the black community and "black issues" , Obama could (should?) similarly be considered America's first Muslim president for his very clear affinity to the Muslim community. I guess it makes sense to some degree. You know, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck... that kind of thing. He's definitely been trying to appeal to (some would say "appease") the Muslim world, while taking a tough stance toward Israel up to this point. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
Some of you might want to refer back to a previous post on this blog from March 2008: "What are Obama's Real Views Regarding Israel?"
Obama aligns with the policies of Shariah-adherents
During his White House years, William Jefferson Clinton -- someone Judge Sonia Sotomayor might call a "white male" -- was dubbed "America's first black president" by a black admirer. Applying the standard of identity politics and pandering to a special interest that earned Mr. Clinton that distinction, Barack Hussein Obama would have to be considered America's first Muslim president.
This is not to say, necessarily, that Mr. Obama actually is a Muslim any more than Mr. Clinton actually is black. After his five months in office, and most especially after his just-concluded visit to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, however, a stunning conclusion seems increasingly plausible: The man now happy to have his Islamic-rooted middle name featured prominently has engaged in the most consequential bait-and-switch since Adolf Hitler duped Neville Chamberlain over Czechoslovakia at Munich.
What little we know about Mr. Obama's youth certainly suggests that he not only had a Kenyan father who was Muslim, but spent his early, formative years as one in Indonesia. As the president likes to say, "much has been made" -- in this case by him and his campaign handlers -- of the fact that he became a Christian as an adult in Chicago, under the now-notorious Pastor Jeremiah A. Wright.
With Mr. Obama's unbelievably ballyhooed address in Cairo Thursday to what he calls "the Muslim world" (hereafter known as "the Speech"), there is mounting evidence that the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself. Consider the following indicators:
Full article here.