Over the weekend I posted a comment to a Ring of Fire post about Franklin Graham publicly speculating that President Obama's mother was a Muslim. My comment generated 400 likes and 50 comments, to my great surprise and delight. I read through the comments, incorporated a couple and rewrote the piece which is below. I did save a copy of my comment and the fifty replies here.
If President Obama is a Muslim....
Franklin Graham has lately been persecuting President Obama with the right wing meme that the president is secretly a Muslim. Franklin Graham is mentally ill. He recently made the public presumption that Obama’s mother was a Muslim, and while Bill O’Reilly’s career was crashing and burning during the ongoing revelations that he is an inveterate liar, Franklin decided it was a good idea to go on O’Reilly’s show and accuse President Obama of consorting with Muslims in the White House. I met two people over the holidays who asserted their sincere belief that Obama is a Muslim, and I’ve been hearing a lot of that chatter lately, so I started giving it some serious thought, and I’ve come to the conclusion that if President Obama is actually a Muslim we need to immediately abolish term limits and appoint him president for life.
Muslims bow to Allah in prayer, called salat, five times a day. President Obama has been in office 2,231 days. That means he has offered 11,155 prayers without being videotaped once. Where is the prayer mat? Where is the secret room in the White House facing Mecca that he prays in five times a day? He is one of the most recorded human beings on earth, so where is the video of him sneaking off or mysteriously appearing from even one of these 11,155 prayers? The five prayers are at prescribed times of the day: near dawn, just past noon, afternoon, sunset and nightfall, so it would be even easier to know when to start looking for him to slip away. Neither do I recall ever seeing video of him entering or leaving a mosque.
If President Obama is a Muslim he has observed Ramadan six times in the White House. During Ramadan Muslims observe a strict fast from sunrise until sunset—no eating or drinking, among other things. Has anyone decided to pay attention and see if Obama observes Ramadan? Years ago I worked for a Muslim family. One of them was married to an American woman, and I once asked her what it was like around Bambino and his brothers during Ramadan. She hilariously described it as thirty days of male PMS. So why hasn’t anyway researched video of President Obama during Ramadans past to see if he’s cranky and irritable with dry lips during those fasting days?
No one’s bothered because no such proof exists--President Obama is a professed and practicing Christian, which means that in addition to hiding all his worship of Allah he must have special dispensation from the highest Islamic leaders to publicly lie and call himself a Christian.
But this presents a rather huge problem from the Muslim perspective. There is no way any Islamic leader would ever grant President Obama such a dispensation. According to Islam, the only time any Muslim is ever allowed to lie is literally if his life depends on it. So if the president is a Muslim I suspect his talking publicly about Christ is not going over well with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Now, if in the face of this overwhelming lack of evidence it turns out that President Obama is in fact a Muslim, the only person who could pull that off is Batman, and when you have Batman in the White House you DO NOT ask him to leave. Come to think of it, Obama does look more like Batman than any other president….