Run for President 2016: A Muslim in the White House

Regarding the recent furore over Ben Carson’s remark that he was not partial (that is, not impartial – English!) to seeing a Muslim President in the White House, Dean Obeidallah, the comic Muslim, said on CNN today that he cherishes his friendships with non-Muslims.
He said Americans are very ignorant of true Islam, and that they often take the Qur’an out of context. As far as taking things out of context, that, indeed, is a common failing. I must say, however, that this kind of criticism is often both a pretext and a protest that hides either ignorance or duplicity – or a penchant for comedy. For example, consider Obeidallah’s statement that he has many non-Muslim friends.

Please don’t fall for the knowledgeable, believing, obedient Muslims’ “friendliness.” If it were genuine they would end up – they know it well – in hell. Qur’an (5:80) – “You will see many of them (professing Muslims) befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their (professing Muslims) souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide.” Muslims who befriend unbelievers will be thrust into everlasting torment.

Obeidallah, if he is on or comes to any nodding acquaintance with the above verse would probably cry “You’ve taken it out of context; that only applies when Muslims are attacked by enemies of peace.” Tripe.

Stand-up comedy in the West is much ado about parody; not an Islamic thing; unless cultural Muslims are considered Islamic. For many Muslims in the West, as with Jews and Christians, religion is a cultural thing, no more.

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20 thoughts on “Run for President 2016: A Muslim in the White House

  1. Remember, Raphael, that cultural Jews were sent to the gas chambers along with orthodox Jews . . . Do you not see that Muslems are the ‘new’ Jews?

      • For centuries Jews have been persecuted and looked down upon. Things were said about them–that they drink Christian babies’ blood; that they are money grabbing; that they own the banks and run the world; that such and such a world evil is because of the Jews. Jews were not welcome anywhere. Even during the Holocaust — remember Hitler’s experiment–he filled a ship with Jewish refugees and sent the ship across the seas to other lands . . . and no one would take them in. Now it’s the Muslims who are being bad-mouthed. Now it’s the Muslims who are being blamed for the world’s misfortunes. Now it’s the Muslims who are refused entry. That’s what I mean when I say that the Muslims are the ‘new’ Jews.

        Get it?

                • Don’t you accept that the Holocaust happened? Don’t you accept that right now, in our time, there is a lot of anti-Muslim feeling all over the world? Come on, Raphael!

                  On the whole I do accept history, but I am aware that historical events can neither be completely nor accurately recorded. Take the history of South Africa that we learned at school . . . and the same goes for American and Canadian history; these school histories were distorted to the extend of being downright dishonest. The history that is handed down to us is never complete. Each human being has a history and 99.99999999% of these individual histories go unrecorded. I was bored stiff in Latin class by the Caesar wars! I wanted to know about the Romans’ daily lives, I wanted to know about the women and children.

                  • Karen, your

                    “Each human being has a history and 99.99999999% of these individual histories go UNRECORDED. I was bored stiff in Latin class by the Caesar wars! I wanted to know about the Romans’ daily lives, I wanted to know about the women and children.”

                    Are you saying that the Roman historical record is limited to wars and politics?

                    • I’m saying that the Latin stuff we had to translate was incredibly boring–being only about wars. We did get a tiny bit of Ovid, but none of the interesting, juicy bits! I’m saying that all histories have limitations, biases and fabrications, including the history in the Old and New Testaments. I’m also saying that most histories are never written down.

  2. It’s more subtle than that: There are historical records that are indisputable. But there are also historical accounts that may have been misrepresented and are subject to (mis)interpretation and contradiction by other accounts of the same issue.

      • Oh for goodness’ sake, Raphael! I know what you are leading up to. So let’s cut to the chase: I DO consider the historical record true that Jesus was crucified. I DO NOT consider it true that Jesus was the Son of God, nor that Mary was a virgin, nor that Jesus appeared to some people on earth after his death.

        So, sue me.

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