Perhaps because the Left has drifted so far into insanity, folks on the Right are beginning to see the time as opportune to begin pushing back with some clarity. So, on the recurrent question of whether President Obama is a Muslim, Roger Simon has a good response:
Obama is neither Muslim nor Christian, but that is an entirely incomplete view of his belief system. Something is going on in an emotional sense that trumps (excuse the phrase) conventional religious belief. He seems almost always to side with Islamic society against Christendom, bending over backwards on occasion to set up false equivalences. …
Who would do such a thing? Well, Barack Obama obviously. Although not a Muslim (or anything else) religiously, he tilts Islamic culturally. Why? First, he identifies with it from his Indonesian childhood and as the religion of his father who deserted him. But at least as importantly he does so because he is a “progressive.” It’s no accident that he became one in the absence of Islam or Christianity. “Progressives” are the real true believers. They are convinced (to an extent religious people could only dream and at a level of almost absolute blind faith) that everything bad that happens or happened internationally is or was the fault of the imperialistic West. Arabs and Persians therefore are simply Frantz Fanon’sWretched of the Earth, even though they control immense amounts of oil, are hugely misogynistic and homophobic (the very things “progressives” say they abhor), and rape, murder and pillage everyone who doesn’t go along with their “divine plan.” Shiite or Sunni, it makes no difference.
That said, I think Mark Steyn’s “Get Lost, You Palace Guard Creeps” might take the better approach to imagining himself, as a presidential candidate, responding to the attack-dog media. Here’s strategy three:
3) In the normal course of events, the President – who is supposed to serve as president of all the people, not just the half of the country that voted for him – should command a certain respect. But this particular president has compared the members of the loyal opposition to terrorists and to the more hardcore Iranian ayatollahs. And none of you media bigfeet huffing and puffing about lèse-majesté gave a crap about that. So, if you’ll forgive me, as someone designated a terrorist and ayatollah by Obama, I’m disinclined to rise to defend the President’s amour propre. Go hector someone else.
Unfortunately, the Left has an advantage in choosing what ultimately appears before readers and viewers (or doesn’t), but there’s hope in the waning fortunes of the old media.