Loyal to Liberty is the blog of the excellent Dr Alan Keyes, and I post his anaylsis of the decision below.
'I always find it repugnant when Barack Obama pretends to articulate and apply America’s moral values. As products of Saul Alinsky’s finishing school for Marxist protégés, Obama and his crew have no respect for the self-evident truths in which those values originate. It’s not that they have no use for them. On the contrary, they refer to them only when they are useful for ideological warfare.
Obama’s reference yesterday to religious tolerance, and America’s respect for religious freedom, is a case in point. According to an AP report, he “is weighing in forcefully on the mosque near ground zero, saying a nation built on religious freedom must allow it….While insisting that the place where the twin towers once stood was indeed “hallowed ground,” Obama said that the proper way to honor it was to apply American values.”
By taking this stance Obama chooses to show no regard for the view that the proposed mosque is intended as a monument to Islamic terrorism’s greatest victory. He chooses simply to brush aside the possibility that it is being erected in the same spirit that led Palestinians, and many other admirers of the 9-11 terrorists to dance in the streets with jubilation at their devastating assault on the United States. He therefore seeks to invoke America’s values in order to embarrass and silence those who seek to defend America’s security against what surely could be an insidious symbol, used to rally and mesmerize new recruits for future attacks against us.
Obama cannot plead ignorance of Muslim history and tradition. He knows that it was the practice of Muslim conquerors to erect places of Islamic worship on or near the sites of their decisive victories (preferably transforming or replacing something held in reverence by the conquered people.) He knows the message of exultant pride the ground zero mosque will constantly convey. He knows; just as he knew the message of American submission conveyed by his deep bow to the Saudi King, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; just as he knows of the suspected connections between the progenitors of the ground zero mosque and the infrastructure of Islamic terrorism.
The most effective war strategies target the enemy’s morale. They seek to mobilize his deepest moral fears and convictions against actions he might take to thwart the assault against him. Terrorism is especially aimed at achieving this strategic goal.
In his words, his actions and his very person Obama is the moral equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction. He has consistently implemented this form of warfare against the morale and spirit of the American people. Now he does so in order to target America’s righteous commitment to uphold the memory of 9-11′s victims against the spiteful pride of those who, still at war with our nation, seek to make perpetual war upon the tragic memory of their deaths, and the principle of justice that condemns their murderers.
Though he thus slyly seeks to abuse our founding principles against us, Obama’s deployment of this tactic suffers from the fact that, on account of his Islamic/Marxist formation, he has never taken them seriously as statements of self-evident truth. The first such truth is that in human affairs justice arises from implementing an understanding of right informed by the will of the Creator. This involves, first of all, understanding that it is right to fulfill the obligation to preserve and perpetuate God’s original gift to humanity, the gift of life. No valid claim of right can be made on behalf of actions inconsistent with this obligation. Practitioners of a religious cult that sacrifices innocent people cannot cloak their practice of murder as the free exercise of religion. Neither can practitioners of Islamic terrorism who assault innocent people as part of their implacable jihad against infidels. In America, the exercise of religious freedom must respect the indispensable understanding of right from which all people derive their claim to any rights at all.
It is and has always been clear that Obama rejects this logic. He is the staunchest proponent of “abortion rights” in American politics. He has construed “abortion rights” to include the “right” to withhold care, and thus to murder, fully born children, if they are born alive despite the procedure intended to kill them. He thus sought to place the murderous practice of infanticide behind the protective veil of right. It is therefore no wonder that he is willing to abuse the principle of religious rights in order to protect a project likely to enhance the morale of murderous terrorists.
9-11 will always evoke righteous grief and anger in true American hearts. Aside from showing off his alien contempt for such feelings, Obama’s strategic perversion of America’s heritage of religious freedom aims to deepen the confusion of liberty with licentiousness that the Obama Democrats everywhere promote. The right use of freedom can never include actions that aim to murder, enslave and terrorize innocent people. What is wrong can never be done by right, except the people that authorize it overthrow the premise of justice that is the bedrock principle of America’s way of life.
Therefore, our respect for the free exercise of religion does not require that we permit the erection of what may reasonably be construed as a monument to Islamic terror. On the contrary, since terrorism chiefly aims to destroy the moral courage of our people, a true concern for our national security requires that we respect the nation’s united reverence for the place that evokes the justice of our fight against it. The ground zero mosque project targets our unity. It targets our morale. Those who support it do what gives aid and comfort to the enemies of both.'
Update: I've attracted the ire of one, perhaps two people (making up a different name doesn't mean you've convinced me loads of people are now suddenly commenting on this very, very peripheral blog) and have been called a racist bigot. I won't do another whole post on this because I've said all I wanted to say. Rather, Dr Alan Keyes has said it for me. Dr Keyes elucidates on the whole citizenship issue in the video above.
It does strike me that Obama is un-American in as much as he doesn't appear to understand the American psyche, US patriotism and love for the country. He comes across as someone who actually despises American tradition. The previous incumbent, also disasterous, understood it only too well but abused that popular feeling while presiding over the highest office in the land. My criticism of Obama has nothing at all to do with the colour of his skin, for, as you can see, another black man (a practising Catholic in good standing, by the way) is calling Obama up on his lack of patriotism and the remaining suspicions surrounding his eligibility to be US President. Dr Keyes is right about Obama's apparent love of 'old time socialism', with all the despotism and tyranny that trails in its wake. Dr Keyes is especially on the mark concerning Obama's desire to alter the fabric of American society to embrace a culture of death rather than preserving and defending a culture that preserves and defends human life. I believe Dr Keyes is a true libertarian and defender of human rights.