The notion that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim has dogged the president since before he was elected. Author Ed Klein the other day provided another piece of the puzzle about Obama’s real religious beliefs by way of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Klein, who was speaking Tuesday on the Sean Hannity Radio Show, discussed his interviews with Wright, the controversial pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. Wright was Obama’s pastor for 20 years, but the two apparently became estranged when Obama ran for president and some of Wright’s radical sermons came to light.
Klein told Hannity:
“The Rev. Wright told me on tape Obama came to him and said, ‘I need some spiritual advice; I don’t know exactly who I am.’ The Rev. Wright said — and this is on tape — ‘Well, we know your Islam background and you have that, but what you need now is some coaching on Christianity.’
“And I asked the Rev. Wright, did you convert him from being a Muslim to a Christian?
“He said, ‘Well I don’t know if I could go that far but I can tell that I made it comfortable for him to accept Christianity without having to renounce his Islamic background.'”
Obama has insisted that he is a Christian, but his infrequent church attendance, apparent indifference toward events such as the annual Day of Prayer or even meeting with Christian pastors, and his clear embrace of all things Islamic have all served to cast doubts on his real views.
If, as the conversation with Wright seems to indicate, Obama reached some point in his thinking where he could conflate Christianity and Islam, “accepting” both, it could explain much about his personality and record.
Despite assertions, mostly from the Left, that Muslims and Christians all worship the same God, there are few faiths that are less compatible. Christianity acknowledges that Jesus Christ is God, one and the same. Although there have been many historical examples of failing to live up to its own standards, Christianity is known for the admonition to love your neighbor as yourself.
Islam, on the other hand, was founded by a self-proclaimed prophet who turned to banditry and finally became a full-fledged warlord, spreading his new faith by the sword. Whereas Christianity calls on followers to spread the Gospel by teaching and by example, Islam counsels its followers to chop off the heads of disbelievers and “step on the necks” of Christians and Jews.
If Obama clings to a view that both of these viewpoints are compatible, then it is a schismatic balancing act at the root of his personality that I imagine must require some considerable mental energy to maintain.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.” Matthew was referring to God and wealth, but the warning may apply broadly here.
And it has clear ramifications for a presidency. All the liberties, traditions and history that produced this country are predicated on the Judeo-Christian world view, in which humans are made to be free, their rights come from God, and God has made a world that reflects his constancy, predictability and ultimately love for mankind.
The Islamic world view is one in which Allah is violent and capricious, changing his mind and rules from day to day to suit his prophet’s proclivities, and humans are expendable creatures whose only purpose is to please Allah.
So the question regarding Obama isn’t what he thinks he believes, but which master has he chosen in his heart?