Trump Has No Duty to Refute a Muslim Label Obama Promotes and the Media Ignores

by LT. COLONEL JAMES G. ZUMWALT, USMC (RET) September 30, 2015

During an appearance in New Hampshire on September 17th, Republican presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump called on a questioner. Describing Muslims as a "problem in this country," the questioner added, "you know our President is one." Failing immediately to challenge the statement, Trump was chastised by the media for not doing so. Interestingly, however, a recent CNN poll reveals 29% of Americans agree with the questioner.

There was no duty on Trump's part to correct the questioner's statement. Ironically, while quick to criticize Trump, the media ignores its duty to report on President Obama's own statements and numerous innuendos supporting the questioner's assertion which has led a growing number of Americans to start believing may be true.

Let's go back to 2008 when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was on the campaign trail.

The greatest fear a presidential candidate has is, exhausted from campaigning, his or her guard drops and a revelation slips out during an interview.

Candidate Obama had just such a moment-or two.

During a September 7th interview on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos, Obama was asked whether his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain, was guilty of any unfair campaign tactics. Without being obvious, the question's focus was on whether McCain unfairly alluded to certain influences-i.e., Islam-to which Obama had been exposed while growing up abroad.

Obama responded, "You are absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith and you are absolutely right that has not come..."

Stephanopoulos quickly interrupted Obama, not to query but to offer a correction, "Your Christian faith." Taking his cue, Obama corrected himself, saying "My Christian faith."

Apparently the media believed it had a duty to correct Obama. But even if Obama made the representation in error, Stephanopoulos had no duty to do so. At most, he should have asked for clarification; instead, he chose to treat Obama's statement as an error in need of immediate correction.

If, however, in a tired moment, Obama was admitting his Islamic faith, the media was complicit in his effort to cover it up.

One's faith is as much a part of one's rote memory as one's name, giving some credence to the fact it was not an innocent mistake but a slip-of-the-tongue revelation by Obama.

Such a revelation would further explain an earlier statement he made that might otherwise have left listeners wondering whether the presidential candidate was smarter than a fifth grader.

On May 8, 2008, while campaigning in Beaverton, Oregon, on a two-day swing through the state, speaking off-the-cuff, Obama said, "It is wonderful to be back in Oregon. Over the last 15 months we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states..."

While a fifth grader knows there are only 50 states, interestingly there are 57 Muslim states that form the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Were these gaffes or Freudian slips by Obama? His actions and statements both before and during his tenure in the Oval Office support the latter.

Obama's application to attend a Catholic elementary school in Indonesia listed Islam as his religion. Friends who knew him in his early years reported he was Muslim but not one regularly practicing the religion.

Once in office, Obama gave early hints as to his Muslim leanings.

In April 2009, in a speech given in Turkey, he suggested, "We are not a Christian nation." While made in the context of an America that tolerates all religions, such a declaration ignored the fact our Nation was founded on Christian principles that encourage such tolerance.

This priority was reiterated in his famous June 2009 Cairo speech-given before senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization dedicated to America's destruction and whose spiritual leader, Muhammad Badi, would declare war against the U.S. in 2010-saying, "I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."

Obama has repeatedly endeavored to paint an outlandish picture presenting an America heavily influenced by Islam in its formative years.

In his Cairo speech he claimed, "I also know that Islam has always been a part of America's story." In a 2010 speech marking Ramadan, he said, "Islam has always been part of America." In a 2014 speech celebrating Eid, Obama suggested that holiday "reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy." In February 2014 during his conference on countering violent extremism, Obama proffered that "Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding."

Such statements hide an essential historical fact about America and Islam and why, like oil and water, they cannot mix. Because the Prophet Muhammad declared perpetual war against all non-believers, America-almost 1200 years before her founding-was destined to fight her first two wars against Muslims in conflicts known as the Barbary Coast wars.

In fulfilling his "responsibility" to Muslims as stated in his Cairo speech, it appears Obama is of the opinion it trumps his responsibility to educate the American people about extremist Muslims taking their cue from Islam's holy book. To this day, Obama refuses to link "violent extremism" and Islam.

Revealing as well about Obama's Muslim roots is a 2010 news story shared by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit:

"Aboul Gheit said he had a one-on-one meeting with Obama, where the U.S. President told him that he was still a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father, the stepson of Muslim stepfather, that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims, and that he was sympathetic towards the Muslim agenda. Aboul Gheit claimed Obama told the Arabs to show patience. Obama promised that once he overcame domestic issues, like the healthcare reform, he would show the Muslim World how to deal with Israel."

One need only look to Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and how it endangers Israel to understand what he meant by showing "the Muslim world how to deal with Israel."

There are those who will argue, even if Obama is Muslim, his religion should not matter. Such naiveté ignores the message Prophet Muhammad taught that all non-Muslims must convert to Islam or die.

Additionally, if Obama is truly a Muslim, it makes a comment he delivered in a March 26, 2014 speech in Europe most disturbing. It is hard to believe the leader of the Free World would have uttered such words:

"We meet here at a moment of testing for Europe and the United States and for the international order for which we have worked for generations to build. Ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs. That order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all powerful sovereign."

It is just such a belief that has kept Muslims under the brutal yoke of Islam for 1400 years.

Someone who was considered Obama's "second father" and had direct knowledge of his religious leanings was Reverend Jeremiah Wright whose sermons Obama began attending in 1988.

Investigative writer Ed Klein, who queried Wright for a book he published in 2012 whether he had managed to convert Obama from Islam to Christianity, wrote: "Well, I don't know if I can go that far, but I can tell you that I made it comfortable for him to accept Christianity without having to renounce his Islamic background."

Telling too is Obama's greeting of Pope Francis upon his arrival in the U.S. on September 22nd. He made no attempt to genuflect upon meeting the head of the Catholic Church-a stark contrast to his bowing deference to Saudi King Abdullah-the Guardian of Islam's two holiest sites-in April 2009.

In subsequent meetings with the Saudi king, despite being encouraged by Christian leaders to raise the issue, Obama failed to discuss the violent persecution of Christians within the kingdom, claiming he did not have time to do so. Yet a hypocritical Obama continuously beats his drum to convey the message at home Islam is a "peaceful" religion.

If Americans tag Obama as Muslim, it is because his words and actions have encouraged it. In the face of such supporting evidence, it would be hypocritical of Trump to have corrected his questioner. It is even more hypocritical for the media to suggest it.

Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.), is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the first Gulf war. He is the author of "Bare Feet, Iron Will--Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam's Battlefields," "Living the Juche Lie: North Korea's Kim Dynasty" and "Doomsday: Iran--The Clock is Ticking." He frequently writes on foreign policy and defense issues.


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