Barack Obama – First Muslim President? - Page 2
Compare this to the President's speedy and unequivocal condemnation of the proposed burning of the Koran. It might be easy enough to conclude that he sees the destruction of an Islamic book as a far more heinous crime than the slaughter of Christians for their faith.
Slow to get involved in the debate on the mosque at Ground Zero, he finally declared that Muslims had the same right to worship as any other religious group. When pressed for an opinion on its appropriateness, he refused to comment further. If his public statements are anything to go by, his interest in the rights of these “other religious groups” is minimal by comparison.
Does it matter what the nation's leader's religious beliefs are? It shouldn't, but it clearly does. America is still a predominantly Christian nation, and strong Christian values are seen as part of strong leadership, while a perception exists that a Muslim in the highest office would be a security risk. The President's words do little to ease this fear. He is reluctant to place blame for any act of violence or intolerance on Muslims, but is always swift in his condemnation of anything he sees as Islamaphobic.
Barack Obama's lack of willingness to speak out against jihad (a word that he believes has many meanings) can't help but raise doubts about his ability to combat this threat, nor will it do anything to stop the steadily increasing belief that he publicly professes (for purely political reasons) to being a Christian, while really being a follower of Islam.