Obama de­faults to lec­tur­ing Amer­i­cans in times of terror

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

Here in this week of re­flec­tion and grat­i­tude, it is high time you smug and in­tol­er­ant Amer­i­cans take a long look at your­selves. Why, dirty Amer­i­cans, do you hate peo­ple from ex­otic, war-torn places? Why do you de­spise other cul­tures? Why do you so hate free­dom of re­li­gion?

Or, as Pres­i­dent Obama won­ders, why are you all so Is­lam­o­pho­bic?

And don’t you dare say it’s be­cause Is­lam­o­facists just killed 130 in­no­cents en­joy­ing life in Paris last week!

And don’t you dare say it is be­cause Is­lam­o­fas­cists flew air­lin­ers packed with in­no­cents into the Pen­tagon and twin tow­ers on Sept. 11, 2001!

First of all, it is just a co­in­ci­dence that all th­ese ter­ror­ists were Mus­lim and openly seek­ing to ad­vance their twisted re­li­gious views on all the world. And, any­way, 9/11 is an­cient history now. The threat has been “con­tained.” No, th­ese at­tack­ers are all just an­gry about be­ing left out of pros­per­ity and have such a hard time find­ing girl­friends. Noth­ing to do with re­li­gion.

And so, at times like th­ese, when Amer­i­cans get a lit­tle twitchy about let­ting 10,000 Syr­i­ans into the coun­try with­out thor­ough back­ground checks, it is you, you stupid, racist Amer­i­cans who shall be lec­tured.

“There have been times in our history in mo­ments of fear when we have failed to up­hold our high­est ideals, and it has been to our last­ing re­gret,” Pres­i­dent Obama bleated Tues­day at the White House. “We must up­hold our ideals now. Each of us, all of us, must show that Amer­ica is strength­ened by peo­ple of ev­ery faith and ev­ery back­ground.”

So let us wel­come th­ese Mus­lim mis­sion­ar­ies to our coun­try, and let’s not bother with check­ing them out just to make sure we aren’t let­ting in any bad ap­ples who, you know, tend to kill you if you don’t con­vert to Is­lam.

Or, in most cases, don’t even give you the op­por­tu­nity. They just slice your throat down to the neck bone. Put you in a cage and light you on fire. Or fly you into a build­ing.

Yes, it is Amer­ica that needs the lec­ture right now. Be­cause there have been times in “our history in mo­ments of fear” when we have failed to up­hold our high­est ideals.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Se­ri­ously, Pres­i­dent Obama, whose side are you on?

Yes, you are Amer­ica’s first son-ofa-Mus­lim pres­i­dent. But that doesn’t mean you have to au­to­mat­i­cally be on their side.

You are a free Chris­tian liv­ing in the great­est coun­try on the planet that in­vented re­li­gious free­dom. This coun­try you in­sist upon al­ways den­i­grat­ing at times like this has done more to ad­vance re­li­gious lib­erty than any other force in history.

And you choose to lec­ture us at a mo­ment when the great­est threat to re­li­gious free­dom in a half-cen­tury has reared its head and threat­ens civ­i­lized peo­ple around the world? At a time when we are the most pow­er­ful force on the globe to stand up to it?

To be clear, this is not be­cause you are some closet Mus­lim try­ing to carry out some com­pli­cated caliphate against this great coun­try, de­spite hav­ing elected you twice.

Any­way, if your un­der­stand­ing of re­li­gion is any­thing as pro­found as your un­der­stand­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tion or gov­ern­ing in a demo­cratic repub­lic, then you are a cof­fee­house gen­er­al­ist at best. This caliphate busi­ness is 10,000 times more com­pli­cated than our Con­sti­tu­tion of which you claim to be such a scholar.

No, this is all about lazy think­ing and a bizarre ob­ses­sion with al­ways ap­pear­ing blithely un­ruf­fled. No Drama Obama.

Un­for­tu­nately, our en­e­mies have no such hang-ups. They are sin­gle-minded zealots who have no qualms about do­ing what­ever it takes to kill us.

Have a happy and ha­lal Thanks­giv­ing!

Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live.com and on Twit­ter via @charleshurt.

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