Today I was forwarded an e-mail titled “Islam – More than a Religious Cult.” The e-mail, at first, appeared to be an engaging, though inflammatory, critique of Islam. It provided, for instance, sections charting the Muslim population of a country as compared to the social conflict prompted by Islam in that particular country. (Keep in mind, I’m not endorsing this.) For example,
“From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in
proportion to their percentage of the population.
For example, they will push for the introduction of halal
(clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food
preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase
pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their
shelves – along with threats for failure to comply.
At this point, they will work to get the ruling government
to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos)
under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of
Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
This is occurring in:
France — Muslim 8%
Philippines — Muslim 5%
Sweden — Muslim 5%
Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%”
It was only at the conclusion of this thing that the real target of the e-mail became apparent. And it wasn’t really Islam at all, but the Democratic Party’s prospective presidential nominee, Barack Obama. Notice how the e-mail couches its conclusion as a fact about Islam in Africa:
“In closing, we want to add these facts which are very relevant to the expansion of Islam in Africa:
A presidential candidate’s cousin, Raila Odinga continues to fuel the first, mass, widespread violence in Kenya in years, attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007. Kenya’s current government is pro-American, but Odinga wants to overthrow it and establish Islamic Sharia law. Obama’s half-brother, Abongo Obama, is Odinga’s follower. It is a matter of public record that Obama interrupted his New Hampshire campaigning to speak to Odinga on the phone. When Odinga lost the elections, his followers burned Christians’ homes, and then burned men, women and children alive in a Christian church where they took shelter. Obama had supported his cousin even before the failed election attempt.
Kristoff, from the New York Times, a year ago, reported that Obama recalled the opening lines of the Islamic call to prayer, reciting them with a very good native accent. In a remark that seemed spontaneous, Obama described the call to prayer as ‘one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.’ ”
But I think it’s outrageous to bury this anti-Obama stuff at the bottom of an e-mail that purports to be an alert to the dangers of Islam.
The piece, which is tailor-made for anonymous e-mailing, has no listed author, other than “CftC,” which stands for “Committee for the Constitution.” The group describes itself as “a website dedicated to protecting and defending the original intention of the Constitution of the United States of America.” According to the website, the group isn’t even one of the 527s, as “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” was, but ” a tax-exempt educational organization as set forth in Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and thus any expenses you may incur as a member in fulfilling speaking engagements, travel to and from them, etc. are all tax deductible.”
Attack Obama for his statements and actions, criticize him for his transparent move to the center, examine his dealings in Chicago, scrutinize, even, his creepy relationship with Rev. Wright, but, for God’s sake, don’t levy deceptive, manipulative attacks, the true origin of which nobody knows.