It's Obama's Fault People Think He's a Muslim, Say the Guys Who Keep Telling People He's a Muslim

tomt200.jpgIn journalism, the depths of August are often called "silly season," because many newsmakers are on vacation, forcing bored reporters to fill up space with goofy stories (e.g.).

For rightbloggers, of course, silliness is a year-round thing. But with the New York mosque controversy -- a Burlington Coat Factory as "sacred ground"! Stop, yer killing us! -- we have to say they found a way to raise the bar.

You'd think that would be impossible to top, but they're doing a pretty good job with the recent Pew poll results showing that 18 percent of Americans -- and 31 percent of Republicans -- think President Obama is a Muslim, which is a new high.

While mopey liberals found the popularity of this delusion depressing, rightbloggers came up with a whole lot of reasons why it was great -- which is no shock, since a lot of them helped spread this ridiculous idea.

The notion that Obama is not, as he professes, a Christian, but a Muslim hiding the truth for some nefarious reason -- perhaps so that he can turn America Muslim without anyone catching on -- is not a new one. It was scurrilously circulated throughout the 2008 Presidential campaign, and has since been kept alive by rightbloggers during Obama's presidency.

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Whenever Obama has said nice things about Muslims, rightbloggers have declared him a Musulman ("He's tired of being President already... now he wants to be 'Caliph'"). When he gave a shout-out to pilgrims on Hejira, this too was found proof of his Mohammedanism. Ditto when he sent an envoy to the Middle East ("MORE DHIMMITUDE FROM OBAMA"). Etc.

Our favorite is from December 2009, when several people, including Arlington, Tennessee Mayor Russell Wiseman, said that Obama allowed one of his speeches to preempt "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on TV out of allegiance to Allah.

So this latest spurt in Obama-Muslim belief can hardly be a surprise; when most poll respondents say they learned this nonsense from the "media," they probably don't mean major networks or newspapers (well, besides Fox and the New York Post), but rightbloggers. See -- they've overtaken the Lame Stream Media at last! High-fives all around, bloggers!

When the Pew poll came out, some rightbloggers said out loud that they endorsed the result because they actually believed Obama to be a Muslim.

"I'll just refer to an Egyptian Coptic Christian doctor that I know," said Holy Coast. "He grew up in Egypt surrounded by Muslims and has said that without a doubt Obama is at heart a Muslim." Well, that settles it.

"What BNI readers have known for the past two years and the rest of America is finally acknowledging," cried Bare Naked Islam. "Barack Hussein Obama is now, and always has been, a Muslim."

The brighter ones maintained some plausible deniability, and went with insinuation.

Dan Riehl pointed out that Obama was reported able to repeat passages from "the Arabic call to prayer." Riehl left that one hanging, no doubt confident that his followers would put two and two together -- unless they happened to be Christians who know some songs from Fiddler on the Roof.

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"I can't figure where they're getting that idea," said Jammie Wearing Fool, "unless they've noticed his relentless pandering to Muslims. The Democrats are usually openly hostile to religious types (except for their Muslim masters, of course) and may want to take note here." Unfortunately JWF didn't say whether the Democratic Party has "Muslim masters" because they are Muslims themselves, because they are paid servants, or because JWF is off his meds. (He also advises his comrades to watch out, because "the leftwing media is desperate to portray the right as a bunch of conspiratorial wackos...")

Those rightbloggers unwilling to infer that Obama is a Muslim yet insisted that the misapprehension was Obama's own fault.

"So maybe Obama's embrace of his non-religious experiences with Islam helped cause this seven-point jump," said the Weekly Standard. "Guess he hasn't acted very Christian in the last 17 months," said Don Surber. (Surber also blamed the perception on the New York Times, because the words "Senator Obama was born a Muslim" once appeared there -- in a 2008 Op-Ed by conservative military strategist Edward Luttwak. Well, if they're dumb enough to think Obama's a Muslim, they're probably too dumb to click links.)

neo-neocon said she didn't know what Obama's religion is, his own word for it not being good enough for her. This too was Obama's fault, because her distrust of his policies (which distrust she attributed to the American people at large) required that she disbelieve even his simplest biographical facts.

"There is no other president about whom we've asked similar questions," she said, "because in some essential way we've known who they are/were." Why, just looking at George Bush, you knew there was no way he was going to lie to you about, say, his military record or Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. Then Obama came along, and made us mistrustful of politicians, curse him!

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