Monday, May 12, 2008

I've got good news and bad news for 'progressives'

The moonbat subscription base of the New York Times is up in -- well, not arms since they don't believe in the Second Amendment -- but they're ticked off nonetheless. The Times' crime? Their op-ed page just called Obama "President Apostate".

As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother’s Christian background is irrelevant.

...His conversion [to Christianity], however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is “irtidad” or “ridda,” usually translated from the Arabic as “apostasy,” but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive).

With few exceptions, the jurists of all Sunni and Shiite schools prescribe execution for all adults who leave the faith not under duress; the recommended punishment is beheading at the hands of a cleric, although in recent years there have been both stonings and hangings...

It is true that the criminal codes in most Muslim countries do not mandate execution for apostasy (although a law doing exactly that is pending before Iran’s Parliament and in two Malaysian states). But as a practical matter, in very few Islamic countries do the governments have sufficient authority to resist demands for the punishment of apostates at the hands of religious authorities...

And that's the good news.

The bad news? After leaving the Islamic faith, Obama joined the virulently racist Trinity United Church of Christ, which appears to me to be closer to militant Islam than it is Christianity.

Hat tip: The right wing propaganda machine otherwise known as the New York Times.

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