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ObamaâEUR(TM)s Multipronged Assault on Truth and Reality


Society & Culture  (tags: Barack Obama, Darren Wilson, Ferguson, Iraq, ISIS, Islam, Michael Brown, Syria, terrorism )

Hilary
- 1548 days ago - commentarymagazine.com
The sheer audacity of Mr. ObamaâEUR(TM)s multipronged assault on truth is one of the more troubling aspects of his deeply troubling president.



   

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Hilary S (65)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 10:38 pm
Peter Wehner Commentary Magazine 22 Feb 2015

President Obama is fond of invoking the term “narrative,” so it’s worth considering several instances in which he invokes exactly the wrong narrative–the wrong frame–around events.

The most obvious is the president’s repeated insistence that militant Islam is utterly disconnected from the Islamic faith. As this much-discussed essay in the Atlantic points out:

Many mainstream Muslim organizations have gone so far as to say the Islamic State is, in fact, un-Islamic. It is, of course, reassuring to know that the vast majority of Muslims have zero interest in replacing Hollywood movies with public executions as evening entertainment. But Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, “embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion” that neglects “what their religion has historically and legally required.” Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature, he said, are rooted in an “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.”

The author, Graeme Wood, adds this:
According to Haykel, the ranks of the Islamic State are deeply infused with religious vigor. Koranic quotations are ubiquitous. “Even the foot soldiers spout this stuff constantly,” Haykel said. “They mug for their cameras and repeat their basic doctrines in formulaic fashion, and they do it all the time.” He regards the claim that the Islamic State has distorted the texts of Islam as preposterous, sustainable only through willful ignorance. “People want to absolve Islam,” he said. “It’s this ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ mantra. As if there is such a thing as ‘Islam’! It’s what Muslims do, and how they interpret their texts.” Those texts are shared by all Sunni Muslims, not just the Islamic State. “And these guys have just as much legitimacy as anyone else.”

President Obama continues to insist the opposite, pretending that what is true is false, and even suggesting those who are speaking the truth are actually endangering the lives of innocent people. This makes Mr. Obama’s comments offensive as well as ignorant.

But that hardly exhausts the examples of false narratives employed by the president. As this exchange between Fox’s Ed Henry and White House press secretary Josh Earnest demonstrates, in its statement the White House avoided saying that the 21 Egyptian Christians who were beheaded by members of ISIS were Christian, even though that was the reason they were beheaded. At the same time the president suggested that the murder of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina was because they were Muslim, when in fact that wasn’t by any means clear when the White House issued its statement. (The shooting appears to have involved a long-standing dispute over parking.) So when Christian faith is a factor in a massacre, it’s denied, and when there’s no evidence that the Islamic faith was a factor in a killing, it’s nevertheless asserted.

And then there was the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, in which the president and his attorney general constantly spoke about the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson as if race was a factor in the shooting. That assertion is fiction. It was an invention, just as it was an invention to suggest, as the president did back in 2009, that the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. by Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley was racially motivated.

Here, then, are three separate examples of the president imposing a false narrative on events. (I could cite many others.) Which makes Mr. Obama a truly post-modern president, in which there is no objective truth but simply narrative. Mr. Obama doesn’t just distort the facts; he inverts them. He makes things up as he goes along. This kind of thing isn’t unusual to find in the academy. But to see a president and his aides so thoroughly deconstruct truth is quite rare, and evidence of a stunningly rigid and dogmatic mind.

The sheer audacity of Mr. Obama’s multipronged assault on truth is one of the more troubling aspects of his deeply troubling president.
 

(0)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 11:36 pm
Denying the sometimes uncomfortable reality of a situation is surely the mark of the abject coward.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday February 23, 2015, 2:16 am
A comment copied I see. . .

Depends on the which side of the fence you happen to be. . .

Obama is actually defending the nature of the true nature of Islam as a religious idea, and not the carved up distortion that many of these twisted fundamantalists perpetuate.
 

Justin Vale (13)
Monday February 23, 2015, 4:05 am
what? i'm with obama on this one. all you non-linear thinking haters are letting hate take control. the heat generated in your hearts has migrated to your brains and it has affected thought processing. nobody on earth has the right or authority to make any amendment or change in the rights conferred by allah. if baghdadi and all other muslim leaders do it, that's on them. not on allah.. No one has the right to abrogate them or withdraw them. if they do, that's on them. not on allah.these are not basic human rights which are conferred on paper for the sake of show and exhibition and denied in actual life when the show is over. like by all the human rights entities. ngo or not. u.n. or not. these human rights are given to us by allah. and yes it us, not just them. "Although the Islamic state may be set up in any part of the earth, Islam does not seek to restrict human rights or privileges to the geographical limits of its own state. Islam has laid down some universal fundamental rights for humanity as a whole, which are to he observed and respected under all circumstances whether such a person is resident within the territory of the Islamic state or outside it, whether he is at peace with the state Or at war. The Qur’an very clearly states:

0 believers, be you securers of justice, witness for God." that's a mandate baghdadi tries and fails to follow. but it is not the fault of islam. just like christ is not to blame for the killings his followers commit.
 

(0)
Monday February 23, 2015, 4:18 am
"True" is dependent upon on which parts of the Koran one chooses to read and which parts it is for some, more comfortable to gloss over and ignore. It is a very difficult and tedious book, the biography of Mohammed. Much of it is based on "conversations" he had with angels and gods that today we call paranoid schizophrenia that is thankfully, treatable. The "episodes" started off relatively pleasant and became increasingly aggressive and violent leading to robbing, pillaging, raping and ethnic cleansing and a desire for world conquest. The obvious contradictions between the earlier "love, tolerance and peace" of the Koran and the later instructions to conquer "the enemies of Allah" is handled by our Islamic scholars by the later statement cancelling out the earlier. In practice this is not so easy as 300 years ago some “scholars” (lovely word that) rearranged the Koran by length of Surah so working out which Surah is relevant by chronology creates loads of “ammunition” for “learned” discussion and piles of “get out of jail free” cards to confuse amuse and abuse detractors and supporters alike. By the way Islam is based upon accepting the Koran as written without scope for interpretation and that “cause and effect” is nullified by divine predestination.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 10:31 am
He really scares me , is he in denial , or on the wrong side .....
 

Justin Vale (13)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 5:11 pm
he's not in denial. only a complete imbecile would call what is probably the most fundamental entity ever, radical. there is nothing radical about isis. extremist yes, but radical? only the uninformed and the mentally deficient would call isis radical. obama is right. those beating the war drums need more schooling.
 

Dawnie W (250)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 12:43 am
Interesting topic and very emotive. . .Noted and read. . .Thank you. . .


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