Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | June 4, 2009

Zero to the Muslim emphasis and comments

h/t to Fox, emphasis and comments

I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years (We all know what really happened at the founding of this university. There was Catholic Center of learning which was hijacked or copied), Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning (LOL, right, which is exactly why you can’t depict God in a picture, or have any visual contemplation of God ;)), and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt’s advancement. Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I am grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. I am also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people (Zero, you do NOT speak for ME, period!, I don’t dialogue with heretics ;)), and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country (Kenya, to hell if I’ve ever heard that in the United States!): assalaamu alaykum .

We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation (Were you reading the PC guide to Islam? Co-existence = suppression of Christians, e.g. Saudi Arabia. Cooperation = pay a huge tax and no building of Churches, e.g. Saudi Arabia), but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism (Yes, because the definition of peace in Islam is when everyone converts to that “religion”) that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam (Is Islam tolerant of traditions of the West? Ask Spain when the Mors came to take them over, Ask the Byzantines how tolerant Islam is, LOL!. Tolerance is not just a one way street…more later).

Violent extremist ((Authentic practicers of Islam)s have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims (Funded by the Saudi’s). The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights (Well, when you get lashed for being raped, there’s a problem isn’t there?). This has bred more fear and mistrust.

So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end (And it will at the 2nd coming).

I (yes, you, remember, you do NOT speak for ME) have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States (minus me, and anyone else whose on my side) and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive (but the problem is that they’re diametrically opposed to one another…more later), and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice (LOL! LOL! LOL!) and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings (Right, because Black person and slave are NOT the same in Arabic…(which btw, they are..Yes, it was the Muslims that sold Africans into slavery, there’s total dignity of the human person, what a joke).

I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. No single speech can eradicate years of mistrust (no kidding, Zero), nor can I answer in the time that I have all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly the things we hold in our hearts (i’ll save my reply for later), and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other (LOL!, what is this an attempt at some peaceful utopia?); to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground (Hmmm, convert to Islam or die doesn’t sound like common ground, but that could just be me). As the (not) Holy Koran (Holy Koran?, LOL!, right ;)) tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” (That same Koran that commands Muslims to kill all infidels?, you’re quoting from the same one I am right?) That is what I will try (and fail) to do – to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.

Part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I am (not) a Christian (Heretic apart of racist not really eccesiatical community), but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk (Which does NOT explain why you’re able to reproduce the accent perfectly..Even when I speak a foreign tongue I don’t speak it perfectly, I make mistakes..My answer, is that you were one). As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace (LOL!) in their Muslim faith.

As a student of history (liberal version), I also know civilization’s debt (BS!) to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries (MORE BS), paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment (Ummm, No, The Muslims were the ones burning down Churches and killing Christians, it was the Monks of the Catholic Church that saved civilization. As I mentioned earlier there is no real Theology in Islam because to approach God is to be anamnetha.). It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra (That’s bull crap, As someone who kind of is a math major, let me tell you what really happened…They copied, cheated. The great works of Math were coming from the clergy, and also from China, NOT from Arabia, I’d give a detailed lecture on this topic alone, but I have to get through the rest of this speech without laughing my guts out); our magnetic compass and tools of navigation (BS, Magnetism is actually relatively recent in the study of Physics, I’ve taught this class, I should know); our mastery of pens and printing (Actually, I’ve tried writing in Arabic, pretty hard, That was again the Catholic Clergy who did that. And wasn’t a Catholic who invented the printing press? And wait, what was the first thing printed? A CATHOLIC BIBLE :)); our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed (LOL!). Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires (jacked from the Byzantines); timeless poetry and cherished music (stolen from the Christians); elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation (Also for the most part stolen from the Christians (Catholics)). And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality (How did Zero pass History? LOL!, In Arabic, the word for slave and black person are exactly the same. Tolerance means making non-Islam religions pay taxes that are virtually unbearable, and forcing their conversions, yes, LOL!).

I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story (Yes, they were, we negotiated with them to sell slaves to the Americas, if that’s what you mean). The first nation to recognize my country (Kenya) was Morocco. In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President John Adams wrote, “The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims. (Where do I begin the laughter? This is too funny)” And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States. They have fought in our wars, served in government, stood for civil rights (Nation of Islam, what a great idea, LOL!…More commentary on that point later), started businesses, taught at our Universities, excelled in our sports arenas, won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch. And when the first Muslim-American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers – Thomas Jefferson – kept in his personal library (more later…).

So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is (religion of pieces), not what it isn’t (religion of peace). And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear (So kiss up to the Muslims, yeah yeah, what about the pro-Lifers? where’s standing up for their stereotypes? What about Catholics, how about standing up for them? Oh wait, you’re only going to defend one of your own, got it).

But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of America. Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire. The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known. We were born out of revolution against an empire (Look here, this is the only good thing you’ll find about America in this speech). We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal, and we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words – within our borders, and around the world. We are shaped by every culture, drawn from every end of the Earth, and dedicated to a simple concept: E pluribus unum: “Out of many, one. (Steal the Church’s Language why don’t you? So what are you, Pope Calif Barry I?)

Much has been made of the fact that an African-(Kenyan, non)American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President (by a bunch of cool-aid drinking minions (not to be confused with the zombie minions who follow Doofus) who are blind to the obvious). But my personal story is not so unique (I beg to disagree). The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores – that includes nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today who enjoy incomes and education that are higher than average (70 million? You totally made that up, the number of Muslims is MUCH lower).

Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it (And God forbid if I have a giant crucifix in my class. (Which I do…I tell people if you’re offended, the Constitution doesn’t guarantee you the right not to be offended, so get over it))..Lord knows how many Christians have gotten in trouble for just wearing a Cross in class.).

So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America. And I believe that America holds within her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education (ironically NOT listed in the Constitution) and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. These things we share. This is the hope of all humanity.

Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people. These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all (Nah, just us).

For we have learned from recent experience that when a financial system weakens in one country, prosperity is hurt everywhere (And Communism is going to solve it?). When a (Glorified form of the Regular flu) new flu infects one human being, all are at risk. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon (Of course what good is having it if you don’t know how to use it a. and b. When you having it is going to result on getting the snot beaten out of you), the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations. When (Authentic practicers of Islam) violent extremists operate in one stretch of mountains, people are endangered across an ocean. And when innocents in Bosnia and Darfur are slaughtered (And guess what, the Muslim north is the aggressor, what a surprise, LOL!), that is a stain on our collective conscience. That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century. That is the responsibility we have to one another as human beings.

This is a difficult responsibility to embrace. For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests. Yet in this new age, such attitudes are self-defeating. Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared (Novus Ordo Saeculorum, Screw the new world order, I don’t want to be part of that. Not wanting a one world government).

That does not mean we should ignore sources of tension. Indeed, it suggests the opposite: we must face these tensions squarely. And so in that spirit, let me speak as clearly and plainly as I can about some specific issues that I believe we must finally confront together.

The first issue that we have to confront is violent extremis (Authentic practicers of Islam)m in all of its forms.

In Ankara, I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam (When will we as the west figure it out? Yes, Islam is the enemy). We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists (Authentic practicers of Islam) who pose a grave threat to our security. Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men (See death by the sword verse, 9, 25 I think it is in the Not really holy Koran), women, and children. And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people (Just the alive ones right? Not the unborn ones?.

The situation in Afghanistan demonstrates America’s goals, and our need to work together. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support (If by international support you mean Britain, Australia and Israel). We did not go by choice, we went because of necessity. I am aware that some question or justify the events of 9/11. But let us be clear: al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And yet Al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale (going via the border which you’re not securing). They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. These are not opinions to be debated; these are facts to be dealt with.

Make no mistake: we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan (Zero, you don’t get it, Democracy and Islam CAN NOT work, if we ditch Afghanistan, and Iraq, Democracy will not prevail). We seek no military bases there. It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women (war sucks). It is costly and politically difficult to continue this conflict. We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan determined to kill as many Americans as they possibly can. But that is not yet the case (It will never be the case Zero, never! Terrorism is a concept, not a country, news flash there will always be people that hate America, and unless you’ve got Jesus on your side (which you don’t Zero), you will not eliminate terrorism).

That’s why we’re partnering with a coalition of forty-six countries (big mistake). And despite the costs involved, America’s commitment will not weaken (but America will). Indeed, none of us should tolerate these extremists (Funded by the Saudi’s, they’re NOT our friends). They have killed in many countries. They have killed people of different faiths – more than any other, they have killed Muslims (Terrorists are equal opportunity killers). Their actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam (What a joke, the Koran sanctions these actions). The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind (This verse is abrogated in traditional Islamic schools of thought by the kill by the sword verse). The enduring faith of over a billion people is so much bigger than the narrow hatred of a few. Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace (Ask the Spanish, the Byzantines, Africa before the Muslims took over by fore, how peaceful things are there).

We also know that military power alone is not going to solve the problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is why we plan to invest $1.5 billion each year over the next five years to partner with Pakistanis to build schools and hospitals, roads and businesses, and hundreds of millions to help those who have been displaced. And that is why we are providing more than $2.8 billion to help Afghans develop their economy and deliver services that people depend upon (How are we going to pay for something we don’t have the money to pay for?).

Let me also address the issue of Iraq. Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world (Here’s something to think about: Saddam had been president of Iraq for that amount of time, and no one stood up to him, (of course not having arms helps)…Did you ever think that the religion of the country had somethng to do with them NOT standing up?). Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein (agreed, see previous commentary), I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible. Indeed, we can recall the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said: “I hope that our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be. (Good to know, so if we didn’t use arms in WWI, II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf, Afgahnistan, Iraq, we’d be better off? SO that’s how you’re interpreting Jefferson?, Alrights, I totally see it (NOT))

Today, America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future – and to leave Iraq to Iraqis (And here’s the problem, the Christian Minority is screwed if you leave Iraq to the Iraqis…In Islam, the Government and the Religion are EXACTLY THE SAME!!!!, there in lies one of the problems). I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and no claim on their territory or resources. Iraq’s sovereignty is its own. That is why I ordered the removal of our combat brigades by next August (Mark my words on Sept 1st, there will be a major attack in Iraq, way to go giving our enemies time to plot their next move with complete knowledge that we’ll be gone). That is why we will honor our agreement with Iraq’s democratically-elected government to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by July, and to remove all our troops from Iraq by 2012 (And watch what happens as Iraq goes into war, we really should of divided it into 3). We will help Iraq train its Security Forces and develop its economy. But we will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron.

And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists (how about we start with the home grown ones known as abortionists?), we must never alter our principles. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals (SO what you’re saying is that our troops have zero conscience whatsoever and just “torture” people for the sake of torturing them? Way to go Zero, way to insult our troops who have shedded their blood for our saftey as Americans, but not like you care, you were born in Kenya). We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture (because getting 3 meals a day, living, breathing is torture, absolutely) by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year (So, what’s going to happen to the detainees again? American soil? Releasing them? You naive idiot, they have satelite TV there, Gitmo works!, keep it, but you’re not worried about us here in America).

So America will defend itself respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened (Which is exactly why “clerics” have stood up to condemn violence? Wait, that’s a negative, there’s no central authority in Islam). The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities (Wake up to reality!, that’s not going to happen), the sooner we will all be safer.

The second major source of tension that we need to discuss is the situation between Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab world.

America’s strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied (Congrats Isreal, you’ll be thrown under the bus in 5, 4, 3, 2…).

Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve (More actions sanctioned by the Koran).

On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own (Do remember that there are Palestinean Christians (albeit a small minority, but an important minority…If you want my personal opinion, if they don’t both play nice, they should BOTH be kicked out and a Vatican take over would be lovely)…There are terrible living conditions in Bethlehem which must be addressed (where most of the Palestineans are)…But both states have a right to exist. I’m probably not in the majority on this opinion, but here’s what they should do. Jerusalem, and Bethlehem to the Vatican…Flip a coin, and whoever loses gets the north, whoever wins gets the south)

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For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. It is easy to point fingers – for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought by Israel’s founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security (See my solution above).

That is in Israel’s interest, Palestine’s interest, America’s interest, and the world’s interest. That is why I intend to personally pursue this outcome with all the patience that the task requires. The obligations that the parties have agreed to under the Road Map are clear. For peace to come, it is time for them – and all of us – to live up to our responsibilities.

Palestinians (Muslims…there are Christian Palestinians, many Catholic) must abandon violence. Resistance through violence and killing is wrong and does not succeed. For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation (sold by the Muslims, participated in by America). But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America’s founding (well, it wasn’t THAT pretty). This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia. It’s a story with a simple truth: that violence is a dead end. It is a sign of neither courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is how it is surrendered (Zero, who are you to speak on moral authority when you won’t even stand up for unborn babies?).

Now is the time for Palestinians to focus on what they can build. The Palestinian Authority must develop its capacity to govern, with institutions that serve the needs of its people. Hamas does have support among some Palestinians, but they also have responsibilities. To play a role in fulfilling Palestinian aspirations, and to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, and recognize Israel’s right to exist (That’s not going to happen, as mentioned earlier in Islam, Government and Religion are one in the same…The only way that this will happen is if the Christians stand up (but that’s kind of hard when you’re being killed or forced to convert or pay heavy taxes)).

At the same time, Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel’s right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine’s. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop (Israel, how does it feel to be ran over by Zero’s bus?).

Israel must also live up to its obligations to ensure that Palestinians can live, and work, and develop their society. And just as it devastates Palestinian families, the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel’s security; neither does the continuing lack of opportunity in the West Bank. Progress in the daily lives of the Palestinian people must be part of a road to peace, and Israel must take concrete steps to enable such progress (Israel also has an obligation to protect itself).

Finally, the Arab States must recognize that the Arab Peace Initiative was an important beginning, but not the end of their responsibilities. The Arab-Israeli conflict should no longer be used to distract the people of Arab nations from other problems. Instead, it must be a cause for action to help the Palestinian people develop the institutions that will sustain their state; to recognize Israel’s legitimacy; and to choose progress over a self-defeating focus on the past (Will never happen…).

America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs. We cannot impose peace. But privately, many Muslims recognize that Israel will not go away. Likewise, many Israelis recognize the need for a Palestinian state. It is time for us to act on what everyone knows to be true (Ran over again by Zero).

Too many tears have flowed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of three great faiths (two great, and one founded by a guy who was confused) is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer (I call bs on that, Moses and Jesus yes, NT, Transfiguration…, Muhammad? LOL!).

The third source of tension is our shared interest in the rights and responsibilities of nations on nuclear weapons.

This issue has been a source of tension between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to my country, and there is indeed a tumultuous history between us. In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically- elected Iranian government (In otherwords WE’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IRAN STUFF? Way to blame US Zero). Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and civilians. This history is well known. Rather than remain trapped in the past, I have made it clear to Iran’s leaders and people that my country is prepared to move forward. The question, now, is not what Iran is against, but rather what future it wants to build (What you’ve also done is weakend us from their standpoint).

It will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude and resolve. There will be many issues to discuss between our two countries, and we are willing to move forward without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect (LOL, no pre-conditions, STUPID NAIVE IDIOT, this is really like watching a 5 year old run the country). But it is clear to all concerned that when it comes to nuclear weapons, we have reached a decisive point. This is not simply about America’s interests. It is about preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that could lead this region and the world down a hugely dangerous path (Now I happen to be nuclear physicsist, but no lectures for right now).

I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. That is why I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons (peaceful communist utopia, bs). And any nation – including Iran – should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (LOL, As long as that Akmjuni however you spell his name is in power, they shouldn’t). That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it. And I am hopeful that all countries in the region can share in this goal.

The fourth issue that I will address is democracy.

I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other (As I’ve told you Zero, Deomocracy and Islam can not function).

That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America (Barack Hussien Obama) does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice (LOL justice, getting punished for being raped, getting your hands chopped off for stealing, what justice, LOL!); government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.

There is no straight line to realize this promise. But this much is clear: governments that protect these rights are ultimately more stable, successful and secure (The one’s you’re taking away from us right?, Un alienable rights, I think the Consitution uses, quit sucking up). Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments – provided they govern with respect for all their people.

This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy (As I said, Democracy is not possible with Islam, but America’s a REPUBLIC NOT A DEMOCRACY, but anyways).

The fifth issue that we must address together is religious freedom.

Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance (Yes, because the Dihimmi is complete tolerance). We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition (What book were you reading, not the one I did that’s for sure). I saw it firsthand as a child in Indonesia, where devout Christians worshiped freely in an overwhelmingly Muslim country (Had nothing to do with Islam, but with how the government was set up, i.e. When the Christians were in the majority). That is the spirit we need today. People in every country should be free to choose and live their faith based upon the persuasion of the mind, heart, and soul. This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive, but it is being challenged in many different ways (Effectively no, this is not true, the Governemnt should be in pursuit of Truth, but that’s not today’s lesson).

Among some Muslims, there is a disturbing tendency to measure one’s own faith by the rejection of another’s. The richness of religious diversity must be upheld – whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon (Catholics ;), and is this an acknowlegement of forced conversions?) or the Copts in Egypt. And fault lines must be closed among Muslims as well, as the divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence, particularly in Iraq.

Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it. For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat (What? Congress shall not establish anything preventing the free exercise of Religion! They should have zero problem with this).

Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism (Here in lies another problem with Islam, it does NOT adapt to the culture. The veils were jacked from the Catholics anyways (think Mantilla’s). I’m not going to lecture on this, but I would NOT want to be apart of a relgiion that dictates what I should wear OUTSIDE of the context of the Faith…Mantilla’s are to be worn in Mass (not going to discuss Canon Law as to why in this entry)…but there’s no need to wear them outside of Mass).

Indeed, faith should bring us together. That is why we are forging service projects in America that bring together Christians, Muslims, and Jews (Mandated Community service, woot!). That is why we welcome efforts like Saudi Arabian King Abdullah’s (the same one funding terrorists) Interfaith dialogue and Turkey’s leadership in the Alliance of Civilizations. Around the world, we can turn dialogue into Interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action – whether it is combating malaria in Africa, or providing relief after a natural disaster (SO what now JudaChristanislam?).

The sixth issue that I want to address is women’s rights.

I know there is debate about this issue. I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal (Once again stolen from the Catholics, the veil is a sign of modesty, as well of mystery…See 1 Cor 11, 3…Heb 9, 3-5…), but I do believe that a woman who is denied an education is denied equality (This is absolutely correct Zero, I’m surprised you got something right in here). And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well-educated are far more likely to be prosperous.

Now let me be clear: issues of women’s equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, we have seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead (This is because the governments that are there are NOT truly Islamic but have major western influence). Meanwhile, the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world (Let’s get this clear, men and women are equal before God insofar as both are human beings. That’s it. Man and women were made differently and to perform different functions, but this will not be a lecture on that).

Our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons, and our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity – men and women – to reach their full potential. I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal, and I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles. But it should be their choice. That is why the United States will partner with any Muslim-majority country to support expanded literacy for girls (not going to happen), and to help young women pursue employment through micro-financing that helps people live their dreams.

Finally, I want to discuss economic development and opportunity.

I know that for many, the face of globalization is contradictory. The Internet and television can bring knowledge and information, but also offensive sexuality and mindless violence. Trade can bring new wealth and opportunities, but also huge disruptions and changing communities. In all nations – including my own – this change can bring fear. Fear that because of modernity we will lose of control over our economic choices, our politics, and most importantly our identities – those things we most cherish about our communities, our families, our traditions, and our faith.

But I also know that human progress cannot be denied. There need not be contradiction between development and tradition. Countries like Japan and South Korea grew their economies while maintaining distinct cultures. The same is true for the astonishing progress within Muslim-majority countries from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai. In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education (LOL!, most likely it was Catholic Missionaries that actually did the educating, not the Muslims).

This is important because no development strategy can be based only upon what comes out of the ground, nor can it be sustained while young people are out of work. Many Gulf States have enjoyed great wealth as a consequence of oil, and some are beginning to focus it on broader development. But all of us must recognize that education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century, and in too many Muslim communities there remains underinvestment in these areas. I am emphasizing such investments within my country. And while America in the past has focused on oil and gas in this part of the world, we now seek a broader engagement (Horray Green agenda).

On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America (sweet, let’s bring terrorists here), while encouraging more Americans to study in Muslim communities (Let’s put lives in danger, sweet). And we will match promising Muslim students with internships in America; invest in on-line learning for teachers and children around the world; and create a new online network, so a teenager in Kansas can communicate instantly with a teenager in Cairo (I absolutely despise technology in class. Maybe because I’m an old school teacher with a youthful heart, the internet already allows that).

On economic development, we will create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries. And I will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship this year to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world (Or how you can destroy your country too within a year, or Obamunism 101).

On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create jobs. We will open centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and appoint new Science Envoys to collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean water, and grow new crops. And today I am announcing a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to eradicate polio. And we will also expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health (Green jobs, LOL!).

All these things must be done in partnership. Americans are ready to join with citizens and governments; community organizations, religious leaders, and businesses in Muslim communities around the world to help our people pursue a better life.

The issues that I have described will not be easy to address. But we have a responsibility to join together on behalf of the world we seek – a world where extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own, and nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes; a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all God’s children are respected (That’d require you to protect un-born babies Zero, and keep the Mexico City policy in action). Those are mutual interests (As I mentioned before in islam, that’s no possible). That is the world we seek. But we can only achieve it together.

I know there are many – Muslim and non-Muslim (including this one) – who question whether we can forge this new beginning. Some are eager to stoke the flames of division, and to stand in the way of progress. Some suggest that it isn’t worth the effort – that we are fated to disagree, and civilizations are doomed to clash. Many more are simply skeptical that real change can occur. There is so much fear, so much mistrust. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward. And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country – you, more than anyone, have the ability to remake this world.

All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort – a sustained effort – to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.

It is easier to start wars than to end them. It is easier to blame others (which is why it’s all George Bush’s fault right?) than to look inward; to see what is different about someone than to find the things we share. But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path. There is also one rule that lies at the heart of every religion – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This truth transcends nations and peoples – a belief that isn’t new; that isn’t black or white or brown; that isn’t Christian, or Muslim or Jew. It’s a belief that pulsed in the cradle of civilization, and that still beats in the heart of billions. It’s a faith in other people, and it’s what brought me here today.

We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.

The Holy Koran tells us, “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another (The same one that commands Muslims to kill all infidels?).”

The Talmud tells us: “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace. (That same Talmud with the cursing of the Christian people?)

The Holy Bible tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

The people of the world can live together in peace (wtf, do you think we’re going to back to pre-original sin?). We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you.

a. Now chances are in your liberal history classes they taught you that the Moors were coming to free people from the Inquisition. First things first, An inquisiton comes from the Latin, meaning questioning. This is to make sure that people were not practicing two different Faiths (Catholic and any other Faith). Second thing, the Church did NOT sanction any of the punishments that were given. Heresy was a crime against the STATE, and it was the STATE that did the punishing NOT the Church. The Church actually gave you a trial and a chance to defend yourself.

b. The reason that America and Islam will never be reconcilable is really simple: Difference of philosophy. The idea of peace in Islam is when everyone converts to Islam, or all will be subject to Sharia law. In America we promote Republic, that is a government by the people through elected representatibves (though now and days it’s not that). In Islam the Government and Religion are one in the same. Sharia Law which is application of Koranic principles in Law can not reconcile with the Western defintion of Law, much of it developed from Canon Law in the Church. (Though in the US we have a screwed up form). For example in the Catholic Church we have rights, for example a Liturgy celebrated according to the rubrics. We have dignity and it is presumed in this law. In Sharia Law, say that a woman was to go out in public. This woman couldn’t go out in public unless it was her husband or relative. And she’s punished if it’s a friend or whomever. Where is the dignity in this? There is none.

c. It amazes me how ignorant many African Americans are of what Islam is really all about it was through the Muslims that we got sold into slavery. It’s Arabic that calls us slaves. Just a thought to consider. 😉

d. Do you REALLY think Jefferson read the Koran? Give you a hint it wasn’t there for study, it was there to know his enemies.

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