By Ray Starmann
President Obama showed his true colors again yesterday by visiting a mosque in Baltimore with ties to radical Islam.
The Islamic Society of Baltimore’s former imam has ties not only to the Muslim Brotherhood but the Northern Virginia mosque where the radical Anwar al-Awlaki used to preach.
The former imam in question is Mohamad Adam El-Sheikh, who served at the Baltimore mosque from 1983-1989 and 1994-2003. A member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan, he had moved to the U.S. in 1978 and went on to receive several advanced law degrees as he became involved in the religious community.
During his time in Baltimore, El-Sheikh was a regional director for the Islamic American Relief Agency, the international parent organization of which has been cited by the U.S. Treasury Department for connections to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. After 2003, he was the imam for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., near Washington. It was there that Awlaki, just months earlier, gave his fiery sermons, before going on to be a top Al Qaeda affiliate operative in Yemen. Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that Obama is visiting to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans.”
When does Obama ever speak of the contributions of our Founding Fathers, the Tejanos who fought with the Texans at the Alamo, the Chinese who built the Trans-Continental Railroad, the Tuskogee Airmen in World War II, or the bravery of those who served in Vietnam?
It will also be an opportunity, Earnest said, for the president “to talk about the role that faith plays in his own life.”
What faith would that be exactly, Mr. President?
It’s not just El-Sheikh’s affiliations but his past comments that have stirred controversy.
He told The Washington Post in August 2003, when he was the imam in Falls Church, that Islamic law does not allow suicide bombings in most instances, but, “if certain Muslims are to be cornered where they cannot defend themselves, except through these kinds of means, and their local religious leaders issued fatwas to permit that, then it becomes acceptable as an exceptional rule, but should not be taken as a principle.”
One has to wonder why Obama would want to visit this particular mosque at a time when radical Islamic terrorists are wreaking havoc across the globe.
This is a president who has found opportunity after opportunity to bash Christianity and defend Islam. In February of 2015, the President remarked, “From a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, their faith, professed to stand up for Islam.”
He then doubled down by remarking, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
When has the President ever spoken of 2015 as the most violent and deadly year for Christians in the last thousand years?
Yet, Jihad Barry can’t say radical Islam. He refused to call the San Bernardino attacks Islamic terrorism until the FBI told him that the shooters, Mr. and Mrs. Jihad weren’t related to people who came over on the Mayflower.
Jihad Barry won’t fight Islam. He simply doesn’t want to destroy ISIS. He has overseen the implementation of an air campaign that is a farce on a good day and a bloody shambles on a bad day.
On the same week that the nation was mourning the victims of San Bernardino, Jihad Barry was telling the country that he couldn’t wait to bring in thousands of un-vetted Muslim refugees; you know the same people who are murdering, thieving and raping their way across Europe now.
In essence we have a President who is sympathetic towards Islam. We have a President who blames Christianity for the world’s woes, past and present. We have a President who thinks America is just another country on the block, equal to such Third World paradises like Somalia and Iran.
Jihad Barry, like other liberal imbeciles, believes that America and the West can only be strengthened by hordes of un-vetted Muslim migrants storming our shores.
Obama is the spokesman for a whole generation of liberals and do-gooders who think that by placating radical Islam, the bad guys will see the light and will be singing Amazing Grace with Pat Robertson.
What Jihad Barry and other liberal fools refuse to see is that the West and radical Islam are heading for a clash, a clash of civilizations that has been in the making for a millennium.
While some Muslims want peace, many do not and many are happy to sit on the sidelines and reluctantly accept the violence perpetuated in the religion’s name.
You would think that the President of the United States might just be on the side of those fighting radical Islam. But, that is obviously too much to ask.
Yesterday’s event was just another sad chapter in the tenure of our commander in chief, Jihad Barry.