The knives are already out for E.W. Jackson.
The black Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia says President Obama has a “Muslim perspective” on the world.
And the Council on American Islamic Relations doesn’t like that one bit.
The latest offender is Jackson, a former Marine and graduate of Harvard Law (like the president) who studied theology at Harvard Divinity School (unlike the president).
In a 2010 blog post, Jackson wrote that he understands Obama because of his own experience growing up as a black man:
“All my life I have witnessed a strain of anti-Semitism in the black community. Growing up in a small, predominantly black urban community in Pennsylvania, I heard the comments about Jewish shop owners. They were ‘greedy cheaters’ who could not be trusted, according to my family and others in the neighborhood.
“In Chicago, the anti-Jewish sentiment among black people is even more pronounced because of the direct influence of Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
“The question is whether Obama, given his Muslim roots and experience in Farrakhan’s Chicago, shares this antipathy for Israel and Jewish people.”
Jackson noted that Obama is a black man with a Muslim background, and that in Jackson’s experience, many black men have strong feelings against Jews. Many Muslims, he added, have strong feelings against Israel.
So, is it reasonable to think that a black man who came of age in the center of militant black Islam in the United States would be affected by it?
It’s unreasonable to CAIR, which has appointed itself the arbiter of all things ant-Islamic in the United States.
“It’s been a constant theme of the opponents of President Obama that he’s promoting a Muslim agenda,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said in an interview with BizPac Review.
Maybe that’s because neither he nor his party can be trusted with Israel’s security – remember all those Democrats booing Jerusalem and God on the Democratic National Convention floor?
Maybe it’s also because of Obama’s selective religious tolerance – legal war with the Catholic Church over contraception compared , denunciations of “those who slander the Muhammad” before the United Nations.
But what’s truly strange is that a group formed as the public face of a religion in the United States gets infuriated when the president of the United States is accused of sharing that religion’s worldview.
Unless they’d rather people didn’t know.
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