President Obama’s Double Standard Regarding Muslims and Black Lives Matter

Something else that struck me in President Obama’s G20 speech on Monday was the stark difference between the way he chastised and later mocked Republicans regarding Syrian refugees and his recent defense of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. President Obama said, The overwhelming majority of victims of terrorism over the last several years, and certainly the overwhelming majority of victims of ISIL, are themselves Muslims. ISIL does not represent Islam. It is not representative in any way of the attitudes of the overwhelming majority of Muslims. And then he continued, And so to the degree that anyone would equate the terrible actions that took place in Paris with the views of Islam, those kinds of stereotypes are counterproductive. They’re wrong. They will lead, I think, to greater recruitment into terrorist organizations over time if this becomes somehow defined as a Muslim problem as opposed to a terrorist problem. Now, what is also true is, is that the most vicious terrorist organizations at the moment are ones that claim to be speaking on behalf of true Muslims. And I do think that Muslims around the world — religious leaders, political leaders, ordinary people — have to ask very serious questions about how did these extremist ideologies take root, even if it’s only affecting a very small fraction of the population. It is real and it is dangerous. And it has built up over time, and with social media it has now accelerated. And so I think, on the one hand, non-Muslims cannot stereotype, but I also think the Muslim community has to think about how we make sure that children are not being infected with this twisted notion that somehow they can kill innocent people and that that is justified by religion. And to some degree, that is something that has to come from within the Muslim community itself. And I think there have been times where there has not been enough pushback against extremism. There’s been pushback — there are some who say, well, we don’t believe in violence, but are not as willing to challenge some of the extremist thoughts or rationales for why Muslims feel oppressed. And I think those ideas have to be challenged.

The stark difference in President Obama’s position on Islamic terrorists and the Black Lives Matter movement is easily seen for what it is with just a few simple comparisons. For instance, the President says that Muslims are the most harmed by ISIS and other radical Islamic groups, and even though the Black Lives Matter movement is concerned about the loss of black lives , we never hear them OR President Obama talk about that blacks themselves are committing the overwhelming majority of crimes and murders involving blacks; which naturally increases the likelihood of young blacks having dangerous encounters with police officers. So even though blacks are committing the most crimes and murders in the black community and the murder rates have been on the rise recently, we haven’t ever heard President Obama or any other liberal pointing that out to the Black Lives Matter movement. And I’ve never heard President Obama point out that even if the incidents of police brutality ARE based on racism, they do not represent America…and are not representative in any way of the attitudes of the overwhelming majority of white Americans.

I can’t help wondering what a difference it would make in our country and culture if we ever heard President Obama say, And so to the degree that anyone would equate the terrible actions that took place in Ferguson, New York, Ohio, Baltimore…with the views of white Americans, those kinds of stereotypes are counterproductive. They’re wrong. They will lead, I think, to greater recruitment into racist organizations over time if this becomes somehow defined as a white privilege/racism problem as opposed to a law enforcement problem. Now, what is also true is, is that the most extreme black organizations at the moment are ones that claim to be speaking on behalf of the majority of blacks. And I do think that blacks around the world — religious leaders, political leaders, ordinary people — have to ask very serious questions about how did these extremist ideologies take root, even if it’s only affecting a very small fraction of the population. It is real and it is dangerous. And it has built up over time, and with social media it has now accelerated. And so I think, on the one hand, non-blacks cannot stereotype, but I also think the black community has to think about how we make sure that children are not being infected with this twisted notion that somehow they can kill innocent people/police officers and that that is justified by America’s history of slavery. And to some degree, that is something that has to come from within the black community itself. And I think there have been times where there has not been enough pushback against extremism. There’s been pushback — there are some who say, well, we don’t believe in violence, but are not as willing to challenge some of the extremist thoughts or rationales for why blacks feel oppressed. And I think those ideas have to be challenged.

Unfortunately, while President Obama passionately rails against any attempts to blame or associate Muslims and Islam with ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups, He obviously doesn’t have the same view when it comes to black activists blaming whites for slavery and painting Americans with the broad brush of racism based on history and the acts of a few, as he made abundantly clear in his recent defense of the Black Lives Matter movement. After proclaiming that they have a “legitimate” issue and that we as a society, particularly given our history, have to take this seriously, President Obama went on to say, the African community’s not just making this up…it’s not just being politicized…it’s real and there’s history behind it and we have to take it seriously. He also added that …it’s incumbent then on the activist to also take seriously the tough job the police have.

Yet President Obama has repeatedly fueled the belief that police and the American justice system are racist and passionately declared that HE is going to do something about it. And when speaking about the Trayvon Martin case, President Obama even offered justification for blacks believing whites are generally racist. And despite often stating that he doesn’t comment on pending cases, just after six months in office, President Obama set a racially divisive tone for his administration and hostility toward police when he said the Cambridge police acted “stupidly” when they arrested Harvard Professor Henry Gates for disorderly conduct; also admitting that he didn’t know the details of what had happened. Yet, in an interview on CNN, Professor Gates’ own account of events that night clearly displayed his racial hostility toward police; probably why he was arrested.

So according to President Obama, while blacks have reason to mistrust police, whites, conservatives and whomever else he wants to demonize at any given time, Americans LEGITIMATELY concerned about our safety in light of recent terrorist events have no basis for our concern. Of course, it’s totally unreasonable to make such a comparison and accusations against whites as racist based on history since it was white northerners who fought and literally gave their lives to end slavery over one hundred and fifty years ago, and then it was white Republicans who fought to pass The Civil Rights Act of 1964.

While President Obama fully agrees that blacks are justified in being fearful, suspicious, on guard and are in fact heroic activists fighting for their right to feel safe and live in a world without perceived racial insensitivity (largely based on distant historical events), he thinks it’s wrong for Americans to be activists against his plan to bring more Islamic refugees to America because we feel that our lives are literally in danger as we watch in horror as people are beheaded, burned alive and executed by radical Islamist all around the world. And even though President Obama declared that the African community’s not just making this up…it’s not just being politicized…it’s real and there’s history behind it and we have to take it seriously, it’s inconceivable to him that the very same applies to all of us who are concerned and alarmed by what we’ve most recently witnessed in Paris, as well as today in Mali. And that is indeed an unexplainable double standard!

But President Obama’s double standards and attempts to justify extremism don’t stop with the Black Lives Matter movement, as we all witnessed in disbelief when he stirred up quite a controversy at the last National Prayer Breakfast, where he equated ancient religious wars to the atrosities of today’s radical Islamic terrorists. Judge Jeanine obviously got it right when she said President Obama is “comfortable with extremism”.

Whatever else might be said of President Obama, his own words reveal that his loyalty to his Islamic heritage and his racial identity and experience are so deeply engrained in him that they keep him from seeing many of the most significant issues now facing our country through the clear eyes of reality. Barack Obama was elected by the majority of Americans because they believed he’d foster unity, restore civility and ease racial tensions. However, they didn’t realize that unity, civility and racial harmony weren’t included in his planned agenda for “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” And since he’s demonstrated time and time again that he won’t be moved from his deeply held ideology for any cause, America is left to cope with the consequences. And our nation is now more racially divided than we’ve been in over four decades…our country is no longer respected or looked to for leadership in the world…our culture has descended into a self-destructive abyss of promiscuity, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, violence, intolerance and incivility…it’s no longer safe for the police we count on to protect us to be out on the streets or to respond when we’re in need because a racist domestic terrorist group (who has our President’s full support and endorsement) openly calls for their murder (and some have been murdered)…our economy is on the brink of collapse under the staggering weight of debt that’s been racked up so far in President Obama’s presidency…and we now live under the very real threat of Islamic terrorism, which our President isn’t capable of protecting us from because he’s too blinded by his own ideology.

Thankfully, As God assures us in Proverbs 21:1, The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. So let’s join together in praying for our President to be blessed with godly wisdom as he leads our country and that his heart will be filled with genuine love and peace. President Obama is obviously very conflicted within himself, but God can lead him where He wants him to go despite his most deeply held convictions and as Christians, we can’t ever lose sight of that as we steadfastly pray for God to bless and protect America and to heal our land.

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