I should begin by admitting that I'm a fan of our liberal president, Barack Obama. I support gay rights, I think giving people access to medical care is a good thing, and I'm happy to have an occupant of the Oval Office who protects programs for the poor.
That being said, I acknowledge that many people don't like the president. That's totally fine, this is the United States of America. If someone thinks President Obama compromises too often, or he coddles the poor at the expense of business, or he's soft on family values, they're 100% free to not like him. Heck, if someone doesn't like a president who reads Marvel comic books, they're free to not like the president.
What makes me crazy is the statement, "Obama should be booted from office, because he's a Muslim, so he supports ISIS." This idea is bass ackwards on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin.
The draperies in question are gold silk lampas curtains featuring decorative, non-religious, patterns. The drapes were ordered by Jackie Kennedy, and have adorned a wall in the East Room of the White House since Lady Bird Johnson ordered them to be hung in 1965.
Even if the curtain theory wasn't a complete joke, the idea that Obama is a Muslim is absurd for other reasons. Muslims must routinely follow the Five Pillars of Islam, in order to live good lives and prove their devotion to their religion. The Five Pillars are:
- Shahadah (the sincere declaration of Muslim faith),
- Salah (praying properly five times a day),
- Zakat (making donations to help those in need),
- Hajj (going on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once),
- Sawm (fasting during the holy month of Ramadan).
If President Obama is a Muslim, he's extremely bad at it.
Although all objective evidence points to Barack Obama not being a Muslim, I find it sad that it needs to be proven at all. The Islamic religion is a perfectly valid religion, rooted in much of the same history as Christianity and Judaism.
The fact that I have to make this point 14 years after the attack on New York is nothing short of tragic; Muslims are not the enemies of the United States of America. Being a member of the Islamic faith does not equate to membership in a terrorist and/or criminal organization. Keep in mind, ISIS and Al-Qaeda are to the Islamic faith what the KKK and Nazis are to Christianity. Saying all Muslims are terrorists is the same as saying all Christians are homophobic Aryan bigots.
As I said, not liking the president is fine. However, if someone is going to dislike President Obama, or anyone for that matter, they should make sure their reasons for not liking him are grounded in reality.