President Obama's July 6th greeting to Muslims for Eid al Fitr

Obama forgot whose "innocent lives" were "taken during the month of Ramadan."

Prof. Phyllis Chesler

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It is the end of Ramadan and the Eid-al-Fitr feast. A greeting from the American President is appropriate. But, as ever, this President uses this opportunity not to bring diverse people together but to further divide them; perhaps, even to drive a stake through the heart of reality.

What is true, which he fails to mention, concerns the precipitous rise in anti-Jewish attacks.
Obama literally talks only about Muslims who have recently been slaughtered; he does not mention, even in passing, the fact that infidels have also been slaughtered and that the slaughterers have all been Muslim Jihadists.

He fails to note that Muslim-on-Muslim violence is embedded in the history and character of Islam; that the Sunni-Shiia religious war is even more fratricidal than ever before; and that Western "Caucasians" did not cause this and probably cannot cure it.

Again, Obama harps on "a rise in attacks against Muslim Americans." Say what?  This is simply not so; what is true, which he fails to mention, concerns the precipitous rise in anti-Jewish attacks.

The President insists that "Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding." Here I pause, take a deep breath, and understand that what he means is that some of the black Africans whom other black Africans once so treacherously sold into slavery in the New World had previously been converted to Islam via the sword.

This must be what he means. He cannot mean that native-Indians were Muslims, can he? Or that pre-revolutionary British pilgrims, indentured servants, farmers, mercenaries, were Muslims, can he? Whom else can he be talking about?

Obama does not come right out and quote his mentors: Louis Farrakhan or Jeremiah Wright on this point. Perhaps he is thinking about Steven Spielberg's stirring film Amistad, in which the rebel slaves cry "Allah, Allah" and insist on burying one of their dead "according to their (unnamed) religion."

Obama claims that his "prayers are with the hundreds of innocent lives, many of them Muslim, taken during the month of Ramadan."

First, far more than mere "hundreds" died in Jihadist attacks this month of Ramadan.

Second, why does he fail to mention that non-Muslims, infidels i.e. Christians, Jews, (Jews in Israel too), Hindus (in India) secularists, gays, (everywhere) were also innocent and slaughtered by Islamist Jihadists?

Obama states: "Muslims Americans are as diverse as our nation itself…Eid celebrations around the country remind us of our proud history as a nation built by people of all backgrounds; our history of religious freedom and civil liberties, and our history of innovation and strength. These legacies would not be possible without the contributions of Muslim Americans that make our country even stronger."

Islam is not a religion of peace or of tolerance for other religions. If radical reformers have their way perhaps one day this might change; but until then--reality demands that we note how intolerant Muslim leaders, Muslim mobs, and Muslim history have been to those of other religions.

Dangerously, demonically, intolerant.