Monday, August 23, 2010

Graham Cracker

I would like to think that Franklin Graham was simply making some kind of obscure point about Islamic traditional beliefs when he told CNN that he thought President Obama had the “seed of Islam” because his father was a Muslim.

“I think the president’s problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name,” Graham told CNN’s John King in a televised interview that aired Thursday night.

“Now it’s obvious that the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed, and he has renounced Islam, and he has accepted Jesus Christ. That’s what he says he has done. I cannot say that he hasn’t. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said,” Graham continued, adding that “the Islamic world sees the president as one of theirs.”

Like I said, I’d like to believe he meant nothing at all by that. But I don’t believe it for a second, and the rest of Mr. Graham’s answer confirms that fact: he’s insinuating Mr. Obama’s Christian faith is insincere and he’s skeptical about his true beliefs, not to mention the fact that Mr. Graham couches the entire argument in his own Christian superiority. And, as Juan Cole points out, Mr. Graham is misinformed about Muslims and Islam in the first place. I know; I’m just as shocked as you are to find out that a Christian evangelist is passing along rumors and falsehoods as fact.

I’ll say this much for the Taliban and the other Islamic extremists: at least they’re upfront with their hatred for other religions. They don’t sugar-coat it with platitudes and patronizing smugness. It’s people like Mr. Graham who are the stealth religious terrorists, and it’s just one more example of why people like him are more of a threat to our nation’s freedoms and civilization than any Islamic community center.