Which is it?

Ever since it became clear that Barack Obama would be the Democratic Party nominee for President--was it really almost a year ago?--the right wing has been claiming that he's the most liberal anything ever. He's taking us down the road to socialism, he's pro-abortion, pro-gay, anti-Day of Prayer, and so on.

And yet now, just because President Obama notes that the US has a sizable Muslim population, large enough to be a nation in its own right, Roger Simon is convinced that Obama is the secret Muslim that the right thought he was all along.

We know the difference between the Medina and Mecca Korans (and their views of jihad), between Sunni and Shiite and so forth. We also know what dhimmi law is… and taqqiya.

For those of you who have missed it, here is a definition of taqiyya - again from Wikipedia: The word “al-Taqiyya” literally means: “Concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of imminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury.” A one-word translation would be “dissimulation.”

The WikiIslam defines it as “sanctified hypocrisy.” That is Barak Obama to a T. He uses taqiyya constantly, as on French TV when he claimed the US was one of the biggest Muslim nations, and recently to avoid having our government adhere to agreements it made with the state of Israel during the Bush administration. Or maybe it was our State Department practicing taqiyya in his behalf. In any case, it comes to the same thing.
Riiiight. If President Obama is practicing taqiyya, then he's doing an awful lot of it given his stances on social issues that, while aren't liberal enough for his supporters on the left (me included) are far to the left of those in conservative Muslim thought.

It seems to me that Simon has the line drawn here: if you're not willing to go along with whatever Israel wants and if you're not willing to embrace the notion of the US as a Christian nation (because what's the problem with noting the large Muslim population in the US after all?), then you're one of them. You're a Muslim or a Muslim sympathizer, which is just as bad as far as Simon is concerned.

So which is it guys--is Barack Obama the most liberal ever, or is he a secret Muslim bent on transforming the US into Saudi Arabia (without the oil, of course)? Because you can't be both.

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