April 29, 2010, - 12:43 pm

Bowing to Muslims, Obama Abandons US Stand on Religious Freedom

By Debbie Schlussel

In the past, I’ve noted that Obama’s ass-kissing and pandering to the Islamic world was no different and no more egregious than that of Bush.  Both of them are equally disgusting in their brown-nosing of Islam.  But now, Obama’s taken it a step further.


I warned of a similar action by Obama before on this site–Obama’s softening of America’s lip service to free speech around the world, in order to please Muslims and protect Islam from criticism by  others, something which disturbed even hardcore liberals.  Now, he’s softening America’s lip service to freedom of religion around the world.  In the past, America has always voiced a strong insistence upon religious freedom for all people in any nation.  It was merely talk, as we’ve repeatedly tolerated, and even financed and propped up religious intolerance by Muslims–as in Iraq, where Christians are now persecuted and from which they are fleeing in droves (thanks, Bush).

But now Obama is voicing a softened stand on religion, as I warned he would, last year.  And he’s using silly, liberal intellectual semantic tricks.  Even a bipartisan commission to which Obama, himself, appointed members, rips him on this.  And they get it–it’s being done to condone Muslim persecution of Christians around the world.

A bipartisan U.S. commission on religious freedom says President Obama is softening his stand on protecting the right to one’s faith at a time when religious persecution is on the rise, according to an annual report to be released today.

The 11th annual report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says Obama’s recent call for nations to respect “freedom of worship” rather than “religious freedom” allows regimes to claim they are not oppressing certain religions if those faiths exist in a form acceptable to the regime.

(Read the report, though I have to note that the cover photo is particularly misleading, not to mention obnoxious, given the contents of the report and the statements in this article.)

“When you start narrowing the discussion, the signal the administration is sending to the international community is that as long as they prop up a few churches or houses of worship (of minority faiths), there isn’t going to be a problem,” Leonard Leo, the chairman of the commission, told USA TODAY.

The report also criticizes the administration for failing to nominate an ambassador-at-large for religious freedom.

The ambassador-at-large post, which falls under the State Department, is a requirement of a 1998 law that mandated religious freedom be an aim of U.S. diplomacy.

The commission was established to monitor religious freedom and issue an annual report on U.S. efforts in that area. Commission members are appointed by Congress and the White House. It recommends which countries should be named “countries of particular concern” (or CPCs) for egregious violations and suggests penalties. . . .  The label requires the administration to consider whether to levy sanctions against the nations.

The 2010 annual report notes that Obama spoke about the importance of religious freedom in speeches in Turkey and Cairo early in his term. But since then, Obama has stopped using the term, it says. . . .

The commission report slams U.S.-supported nations, such as Iraq and Pakistan, for failing to protect members of minority faiths who have been targeted with violence or discrimination.

Hmmm . . . where is the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens–you know, the same guy who says Iraqi Muslims love freedom and democracy more than we do in the West? Crickets chirping.

In April 2009 in Ankara, Obama said that “freedom of religion and expression lead to a strong and vibrant civil society that only strengthens the state.”

In subsequent speeches in China and Japan, Obama appeared to dial back his vision on religious freedom, according to the report. He referred to “freedom of worship” in Japan on Nov. 14 and used the same phrase in a town hall meeting with Chinese students two days later.

More Obama subtle sleight-of-hand in the continuing decline of U.S. from the moral high-ground, as we prefer to pander to Muslims instead.

Nauseating to the Nth.

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14 Responses

Not suprised

Carlos Ortiz on April 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Soon, Obama will change the data notation from BCE (Before Common Era), which was formerly AD (Anno Domini), to AH (After Hijra). For those of you who don’t know, Hijra was the data when the metamorphosis of Islam from peace and tolerance to war and intolerance took place. Muslim calenders use AH to signifies the importance of that date and the effect it had in making Islam a religion for warriors.

What Jews and Christians need are warriors of their own like King David or Vlad III.

Rick on April 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Actually, BCE is BC. AD (Anno Domini) is referred to as CE. Not here in the UK, though. We still have the old notation and I for one have NO intention of using any different. Odd, given that we’re supposedly already under the Islamist’s sword really, isn’t it?

    Alison on April 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

This is just another way BHO is trying to turn the US into dhimmi land.

There’s a reasom BHO hasn’t assigned an ambassador-at-large for religious freedom. He really wants to appoint an Ambassador of Forced Unification (AFU) where they will make all of us live under sharia law. (Yeah, I know, it has already happened to way too many communities in the US)

Jarhead on April 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

would really like to hear the enlightening response of Norman Blitzer and others who post their hypocrisy here.

exdemexlib on April 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Just to clarify, B.C.E. (Before the Common Era) was formerly known as B.C. (Before Christ). C.E. (Common Era) was formerly known as A.D. (Anno Domini).

Mike on April 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Mike wrtote:
just to clarify, B.C.E. (Before the Common Era) was formerly known as B.C. (Before Christ). C.E. (Common Era) was formerly known as A.D. (Anno Domini).

Your right. I meant C.E. Also, I wrote data when I meant date. In my line of work I use the word “data” all the time, so I think my fingers are trained to type it when the first three letters begin with “dat”. Sorry.

Rick on April 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm

This is not one of my better days. That should have been “you’re” and not “your”

Rick on April 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Just heard of another BHO appointed agency. It’s called the Federal Unification Board for America’s Ruin – FUBAR And the other definition works as well for what these un-American a##holes are trying their best to do to our country..

Jarhead on April 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm

So there’s no ambassador-at-large for religious freedom, but there *is* an ambassador to the OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference). Interesting.

Raymond in DC on April 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Well, we haven’t had freedom of speech for a long time, religious freedom has been encroached on, freedom of assembly is under constant attack if you disagree with PC (the problems conservatives have on campus), so these attacks are consistent. The Constitution is becoming just a memory. Slowly but surely Western traditional values are becoming just a memory.

Little Al on April 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm


I’m curious about one thing: is the Bret Stephens who writes for the WSJ the same as the Bret Stephens who writes/wrote for the Jerusalem Post?

Infidel Pride on April 30, 2010 at 2:17 am

FUBAR…too funny! I haven’t heard that one in awhile. Unfortunately that is true though.

Angela04 on April 30, 2010 at 8:31 am

What do you expect from Obama? He is a Muslim and his religion is Islam. I think today he said there were no violations of international religious rights-not an instance!
If he is a Muslim, which he is, then how could there be any violation of the rights of other religions by Moslems since they have a perfect right to obliterate all religious denominations who have no right to exist and that is there avowed goal.Islam for all or all must die.
I wish he was as much a fabrication as his so called newly found birth certificate.
Everyone has the right to “worship” as long as it is Islamic.

His tombstone will read

He Did One Good Thing For the American People
He Died

Bruce Barron

Bruce Barron on April 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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