Obama to Roll out red Carpet for 500 Muslims

Ever since Obama took office, the pattern of our government catering to Islam has been crystal clear. Recent examples of this are Obama overturning the Bush ban on Tariq Ramadan, ending the use of terms like “radical Islam” in security documents, and the pathetic Islamophile speech by John Brennan, Assistant to the President For Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, given at NYU. Our government has now taken it one step further, and there is no end is sight.

Obama walks the talk in new Muslim outreach
Post-Cairo speech » U.S. purging inflammatory language and sending Nobel winners to teach seminars.

By Omar Sacirbey
Religion News Service

Nearly a year after President Barack Obama’s historic speech in Cairo announcing that America wanted a “new beginning” with the Muslim world, evidence of that policy shift has, in recent weeks, become hard to ignore.

The Obama administration is revising national security guidelines that strip references to “Islamic radicalism” and other terms deemed inflammatory to Muslims.

Officials also reversed 3-month-old guidelines that singled out passengers on flights arriving from 13 Muslim countries, and Cuba, for mandatory screening.

Controversial scholar Tariq Ramadan entered the United States for the first time in six years after being barred by the Bush administration, and the Obama administration has dispatched American Nobel Prize winners to advise Muslims scientists, economists and other professionals on how to improve their research and better manage their institutions. At month’s end, the U.S. government will play host to some 500 mainly Muslim business people for intensive seminars on entrepreneurship.

“There’s a lot going on but not a lot being told,” said Qamar ul-Huda, a senior officer at the Religion and Peacemaking Program at the United States Institute for Peace, an independent nonpartisan institute chartered by Congress. “Many Muslims are not aware of what’s happening, and that needs to be addressed.”

Many analysts say tangible benefits to U.S. foreign policy and security already are visible, such as increased U.S.-Pakistani cooperation that has resulted in the capture or killing of an unprecedented number of high-level Taliban leaders.

In June, Obama will have another chance to win over Muslims when he visits Indonesia, the Southeast Asian nation where he spent part of his childhood and which boasts the world’s largest Muslim population.

Still, analysts say the long-term battle for Muslim hearts and minds is just beginning, and they caution it will take time to win over people in societies plagued by unemployment, corruption, and social malaise — much less those who are more familiar with U.S. troops in Afghanistan than business seminars in Washington.

Obama and other administration officials stopped using terms like “Islamic extremism” shortly after taking office and are purging “Islamic radicalism” from the National Security Strategy policy document.

“It’s offensive to everyday Muslims who don’t like their religion tied to extremism,” ul-Huda said. While not yet finalized, the new language will target terrorism groups rather than use general terms that connect terrorism to Islam.

While George W. Bush was criticized heavily in the Muslim world for using terms such as “Islamo-fascism,” changes started being made while he still was in office. In 2008, the National Counterterrorism Center produced a document called “Words that Work and Words that Don’t: A Guide for Counter-Terrorism Communication,” which recommends that government agencies and officials avoid characterizing al-Qaida and other terrorist groups as “Islamic” or “Muslim” because those terms could “unintentionally legitimize” their tactics.

In January, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lifted a 2004 revocation of Ramadan’s visa, which undermined U.S. credibility as a beacon of democracy, critics said. “It made it harder to sell democracy in the Muslim world,” said Asma Afsaruddin, and Islamic Studies professor at Indiana University who taught at Notre Dame when Ramadan was barred.

Many Muslims have welcomed the changes and shift in tone. Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called the new White House vocabulary “another step toward respectful and effective outreach to Muslims at home and abroad.”

“We hope this positive change in language,” he said, “will lead to policies that will deal more effectively with important issues such as peace with justice in the Middle East and withdrawal of our nation’s forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.”

For Muslims in the Islamic world, the changes have been greeted with hope, but also skepticism, especially as Obama has increased the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and Israeli-Palestinian peace talks remain stalled.

“Many Muslims see this as an important harbinger of things to come. The fact that Obama stops using terms like Islamic terrorist shows a big change in mind-set.

Muslims notice that, they notice that he’s not generalizing about them,” Afsaruddin said. But, she added, “Skeptics would say people are still dying in Afghanistan, and that the Palestinians are not any better off. It’s a valid criticism, but it’s too early to give up hope.”

Ramadan, a Swiss scholar who has been critical of U.S. foreign policy, has used his new freedom to tell New York Magazine in an interview that he believes Obama has shown he knows how to communicate with Muslims, but not much else.

“Obama has the vision and the words, but does he have the power? This is problematic,” Ramadan said. “It seems he is limited.”

Ul-Huda blames the media and politicians in the Muslim world for kindling anti-American sentiments. Whenever people point to progress, ul-Huda said, naysayers always bring up Afghanistan and Palestine.

“Of course there are people who say, ‘What have you done?’ They want magic, but Obama never promised magic.”

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32 comments for “Obama to Roll out red Carpet for 500 Muslims

  1. Robin Shadowes
    April 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Just what I have prophecized before, what took decades in Europe the arselifter Obama will do in no time at all in America. The speed of the islamisation has stepped up on both sides of the pond recently.

    • April 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

      The question is why are even non-Muslim politicians, not standing up for Western Civilization?

      • April 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm

        Because they are either stupid or culpable.

      • April 18, 2010 at 12:17 am

        Because they've bought into the good-Islam/bad-Islam meme.

        Pure fantasy, of course!

  2. jim
    April 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I'm sorry I've had enough of this guy, it's time for him to spend the rest of his life under armed guard wearing an ankle bracelet in a hut in Kenya so he won't slide out of the hut the way he slid in under the door of the White House. Dirt Bag!

    • Robin Shadowes
      April 17, 2010 at 5:44 am

      Or open Gitmo again lol.

  3. April 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Where are John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald now that we really need them?

  4. April 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Your only other choice is to wait until later in the year when Republicans are predicted to replace Democrats in your Senate and House of Reps. Once that happens, O'Bummer won't be able to pass legislation like he's doing now.

    The only problem with that, however, is that its seven months away. He could do a lot of damage until then.

  5. Bobbi
    April 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Are these Muslim-Americans?

  6. skai
    April 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    You people are not going to believe this .I never thought Americans would be that stupid and naive to elect Muslim as their president, I personally think America is doomed for good, and if nothing is done soon . watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWszy#http://www.blip.tv/file/1382254 God help you Americans, if there is God on your side?

  7. April 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Obama's agenda is set, and he is moving 100 mph to get it done.

  8. Bobbi
    April 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    skai, there were so many trolls out during the campaign. I think that part of his campaign funds were used to buy off the media, and stop bloggers from saying the truth.

  9. Furor Teutonicus
    April 18, 2010 at 6:45 am

    When THEY stop calling ME Scheißdeutsch, and calling for the total destruction of our way of life, then I will stop calling THEM sand niggers.

    • April 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

      I understand your sentiment but all such terms like sand nigger, dune coon, towelhead, raghead, etc. are racist because they only refer to one subset of arselifters. Namely, arabs. I used to lose my accounts on Google Groups because they'd complain and my accounts would be shut down.

      Once I switched to non-racist terms, there was nothing they could do. So I'd recommend terms like muzzies, arselifters (from they way they pray) or slapheads (from bumping their foreheads on the ground). While they're derogatory, you can't be accused of racism.

      Oh, and if anyone has any more, I'd love to hear them.

      • Furor Teutonicus
        April 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

        So "Scheißdeutsch" is not racist??

        "One good turn deserves another".

        • April 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

          Yes, I understand that. But, by being careful, you can accuse them of being racist without them being able to come back at you. That gives you an advantage over them. Very important and useful when they always try and play the victim.

  10. whatsinit
    April 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    According to Nostradamus predictions third anti christ name is MABUS. Fortunately he dies early unfortunately his war continues for another 26 years.

    Century 2, Number 62.
    "Mabus soon dies,
    and there is a terrible slaughter of people and animals
    There is thirst, hunger, famine when the comet is seen."

    My understating for
    MABUS= obaMA, Barrak hUSsain.

    Nostradamus always uses cryptology to hide names.

    • April 19, 2010 at 6:37 am

      Its hard to say with Nostradamus. A lot of people believe in him but, because he messed up his quatrains for fear of being accused of sorcery and changing names, its very hard to get concrete proof. Anything he wrote could be construed to be any event. Depends on how you read it. I suppose it would have been better if he wrote everything correctly and left it till after his death to be published.

      The same goes with the prophesies of John in the Bible. A lot of people misunderstand his writing of the mark of the beast, for example.

      In the above quatrain, which comet is he referring to? Haley's came in the 1980s and won't be around again for 76 years after that (around 2060). Is there another comet that might show up soon?

  11. April 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Do you care to debate the issue?

    • April 19, 2010 at 6:26 am

      He looks like another hit and run coward, Chris.

  12. April 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Gee Alex, which planet are you from?! Or what are you smoking?!

  13. April 19, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Hahaha…..we see them everyday. Don't we?

  14. April 28, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Thanks for pitching in.

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