Sunday, May 18, 2008

Will Al Qaeda claim that Obama is a Muslim apostate?

Barack Obama – Muslim apostate? | "According to Islamic jurisprudence, children of a Muslim father – even an apparently nonpracticing one, such as Obama's father, and irrespective of the mother's faith – are automatically Muslims. Most Muslims around the world agree: A child of a Muslim father is a Muslim. Period. Should Obama become US commander in chief, there is a strong likelihood that Al Qaeda's media arm, As-Sahab, will exploit his background to argue that an apostate is leading the global war on terror (read: attacks against fellow Muslims). This perception would be leveraged to galvanize sympathizers into action."
Note that this article is not from a right-wing website. It is an article in the Christian Science Monitor, and it is written by a political scientist who seems to know what she is talking about. The whole situation is bizarre. Obama has pretty clearly established that he was not brought up as a Muslim, nor has he ever practiced Islam. But now it seems that, to some in the Muslim world, that makes him an apostate because he is (in their eyes) a Muslim by birth anyway, so they think he is obligated to practice that faith. And the author of this piece says they will use this claim against him in the Muslim world to undermine his efforts to bridge the gap between our cultures.

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