Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The morning after...

DH is back at work, Sir Rowland is on Christmas break from school, and Pink Ninja continues to think she is supervisor.

WE had a lovely Christmas, very quiet, and delightful. It was nice having DH home. One never knows.

The gifts are all open, and The Collective have new ways of spending free time. Hoorah, because AWTM continues to dig out of the Christmas things.

There are a couple of things on my mind this morning.

Manufacturers of children's toys. Could you please make the packaging condusive to storing said toy/or toys. There is one company that does this. Melissa and Doug. I really should not have to buy storage bins for EVERYTHING. To game manufacturers, that insist on cardboard boxes, STOP IT. You drive everyone nuts. Could you try wooden or tin boxes. I am tired of taped game box corners. Loathe the cardboard boxes.

The Mitt Romney Mormon saga. While I agree the folks on the Romney campaign failed to approach this with the sense of goats, it is getting tiresome to me. Debbie Schlussel, spoke about Obama's religious background about a year ago.

But, then, I decided to look further into Obama's background. His full name--as by now you have probably heard--is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Hussein is a Muslim name, which comes from the name of Ali's son--Hussein Ibn Ali. And Obama is named after his late Kenyan father, the late Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., apparently a Muslim.

And while Obama may not identify as a Muslim, that's not how the Arab and Muslim Streets see it. In Arab culture and under Islamic law, if your father is a Muslim, so are you. And once a Muslim, always a Muslim. You cannot go back. In Islamic eyes, Obama is certainly a Muslim. He may think he's a Christian, but they do not.

Then, there are the other items in his background. As best-selling author Scott Turow wrote in Salon, Obama went to a Muslim school for two years in Indonesia. His mother, Anna, married an Indonesian man (likely another Muslim, as Indonesia is Muslim-dominated and has the largest Islamic population in the world).

And Obama has a "born-again" affinity for the nation of his Muslim father, Kenya, and his Kenyan sister. (Although Kenya is largely Christian, it has a fast-growing Muslim population that has engaged in a good deal of religious violence and riots against Christians. And Kenyan courts will apply Sharia law, when the participants are Muslim.) Wrote Turow:

Obama's father died in a traffic accident in Nairobi in 1982, but while Obama was working in Chicago, he met his Kenyan sister, Auma, a linguist educated in Germany who was visiting the United States. When she returned to Kenya in 1986 to teach for a year at the University of Nairobi, Obama finally made the trip to his father's homeland he had long promised himself. There, he managed to fully embrace a heritage and a family he'd never fully known and come to terms with his father, whom he'd long regarded as an august foreign prince, but now realized was a human being burdened by his own illusions and vulnerabilities.

So, even if he identifies strongly as a Christian, and even if he despised the behavior of his father (as Obama said on Oprah); is a man who Muslims think is a Muslim, who feels some sort of psychological need to prove himself to his absent Muslim father, and who is now moving in the direction of his father's heritage, a man we want as President when we are fighting the war of our lives against Islam? Where will his loyalties be?

Is that even the man we'd want to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency, if Hillary Clinton offers him the Vice Presidential candidacy on her ticket (which he certainly wouldn't turn down)?

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