Sunday, September 28, 2008

Three Colorable Claims Concerning Barack Hussein Obama

The so-called "Obama Truth Squads" now operating in states like Missouri, South Carolina and Pennsylvania as well as the internet are composed in part of Democratic elected officials such as law enforcement officials and officers of the court. They are a frightening example of the lengths that Obama's supporters will go to to enforce their will upon the people of the United States. The sole purpose of these so-called "truth squads" is to intimidate their political opposition under color of law and quash debate concerning their chosen candidate for president.

The word "colorable" is a legal term of art which has been defined in some courts as, "a claim that, if taken as true, in the light most favorable to the petitioner would entitle the petitioner to relief." In plain English, a colorable claim is one that presents enough evidence on its face that further investigation and inquiry is warranted. Three such colorable claims are presented concerning the qualification and fitness of Barack Hussein Obama to serve as President of the United States:

1. The first is that Barack Hussein Obama is NOT a natural born citizen of the United States. Obama claims to have been born in Hawaii. There is very disturbing evidence however that he was born in Kenya and was later "registered" in the United States. If that is the case he is not a natural born citizen of the United States and is not qualified to serve as President under Article II of the U.S. Constitution. Obama could also claim Kenyan citizenship and allegations have been made that he may also be a Canadian citizen and that a Canadian birth certificate was issued. A DEMOCRATIC operative has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania demanding that the court issue a declaratory judgment stating that Obama is not qualified to run or serve as President of the United States and enjoining Obama from further campaign activity. A copy of that sworn complaint can be read HERE.

2. The second is that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim. The United States Constitution provides that there shall be no religious test for any public office or trust of the United States. However, lying about his religion calls Obama's fitness for public office into question and that IS, in my opinion at least, a perfectly constitutional question. The first colorable piece of evidence that Obama is a Muslim is his name, Barack HUSSEIN Obama. Hussein is perhaps the most common middle name in the Shia faith. Hussein was a direct descendant of Mohammed and one of his favorite wives Fatima. He was martyred in the tenth century. Shia muslims celebrate the date of his martyrdom. The second colorable piece of evidence is the registration of one Barry Soeto in the Francis Assisi Catholic school in Jakarta, Indonesia. Barry Soeto is one of the several psuedonyms and aka's by which Barack Hussein Obama has been known around the world. (He was sued under five or six of these names in the Pennsylvania complaint.) This school registration form, obtained by a respected journalist in that part of the world and verified by ABC news clearly lists Obama's religion as "Muslim" like his fathers. A photograph of that enrollment form can be viewed HERE. Obama claims to have never practiced Islam but that claim is brought into question by first hand accounts recorded by World Net Daily (full story HERE) :

The Indonesian media have been flooded with accounts of Obama's childhood Islamic studies, some describing him as a religious Muslim .Speaking to the country's Kaltim Post, Tine Hahiyary, who was principal of Obama's school while he was enrolled there, said she recalls he studied the Quran in Arabic.

"At that time, I was not Barry's teacher but he is still in my memory" claimed Tine, who is 80 years old. The Kaltim Post says Obama's teacher, named Hendri, died.

"I remember that he studied 'mengaji (recitation of the Quran)," Tine said, according to an English translation by Loatze.

Mengaji, or the act of reading the Quran with its correct Arabic punctuation, is usually taught to more religious pupils and is not known as a secular study. Also, Loatze documented the Indonesian daily Banjarmasin Post caught up with Rony Amir, an Obama classmate and Muslim, who describe Obama as "previously quite religious in Islam." (Please note that this link to a legitimate foreign newspaper is now blocked for some reason.)

"We previously often asked him to the prayer room close to the house. If he was wearing a sarong (waist fabric worn for religious or casual occasions) he looked funny," Amir said.

The Los Angeles Times, which sent a reporter to Jakarta, quoted Zulfin Adi, who identified himself as among Obama's closest childhood friends, stating the presidential candidate prayed in a mosque, something Obama's campaign claimed he never did.

"We prayed but not really seriously, just following actions done by older people in the mosque. But as kids, we loved to meet our friends and went to the mosque together and played," said Adi.

Obama's official campaign site has a page titled "Obama has never been a Muslim, and is a committed Christian." The page states, "Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ."

Obama claims to be "committed" Christian but did not bother to change his religiously charged Muslim middle name. Based upon that alone, he would be recognized as a Shia Muslim by most of the Islamic world. He claims to have never studied or practiced Islam despite numerous eyewitness accounts to the contrary and the fact that his father registered him as Muslim in a country which required compulsory religious training in all schools negates the claim that he never practiced the faith. (Catholic schools in Indonesia at that time would take children of all faiths and release them for religious training in their particular faith.) So, the question of whether or not Barack HUSSEIN Obama is Muslim is certainly colorable at minimum.

3. Given the above, if Barack Hussein Obama were not the Democratic Presidential candidate could he qualify for a security clearance to view top secret and above military and diplomatic documents. The short answer here is not only no but HELL NO. With: (a) mulitple pseudonyms and identities, (b) questions about his birth country and citizenship including the likelihood of mulitple birth certificates in foreign countries, and (c) the likelihood of ties to a religion with terrorist ties, he would never qualify for any sensitive government or military job if he were anyone other than the Anointed One of the American left.

The American people deserve truthful answers to these more than colorable questions not "Truth Squads" trying to intimidate them into silence under color of law.


The following biographical facts leading to reasonable inference that Obama is or was a Muslim are taken from a copyrighted story in the Jerusalem Post which can be read in its entirety HERE:

• Obama's Kenyan birth father: In Islam, religion passes from the father to the child. Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (1936-1982) was a Muslim who named his boy Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

• Obama's Indonesian family: His stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, was also a Muslim. In fact, as Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng explained to Jodi Kantor of The New York Times: "My whole family was Muslim, and most of the people I knew were Muslim." An Indonesian publication, The Banjarmasin Post, reports a former classmate, Rony Amir, recalling that "All the relatives of Barry's father were very devout Muslims."

• Obama's Catholic school in Jakarta: Nedra Pickler of the Associated Press reports that "documents showed he enrolled as a Muslim" while at a Catholic school during first through third grades. Kim Barker of The Chicago Tribune confirms that Obama was "listed as a Muslim on the registration form for the Catholic school."

• The public school: Paul Watson of The Los Angeles Times learned from Indonesians familiar with Obama when he lived in Jakarta that he "was registered by his family as a Muslim at both schools he attended." Haroon Siddiqui of The Toronto Star visited the Jakarta public school Obama attended and found that "Three of his teachers have said he was enrolled as a Muslim." Although Siddiqui cautions that "With the school records missing, eaten by bugs, one has to rely on people's shifting memories," he cites only one retired teacher, Tine Hahiyari, retracting her earlier certainty about Obama's being registered as a Muslim.

• Barack Obama's public school in Jakarta, Koran class: In his autobiography, Dreams of My Father, Obama relates how he got into trouble for making faces during Koran studies. Indeed, Obama still retains knowledge from that class: Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times reports that Obama "recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them [to Kristof] with a first-rate accent."

• Mosque attendance: Obama's half-sister recalled that the family attended the mosque "for big communal events." Watson learned from childhood friends that "Obama sometimes went to Friday prayers at the local mosque." Barker found that "Obama occasionally followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers." One Indonesia friend, Zulfin Adi, states that Obama "was Muslim. He went to the mosque. I remember him wearing a sarong" (a garment associated with Muslims).

• Piety: Obama himself says that while living in Indonesia, a Muslim country, he "didn't practice [Islam]." Indonesians differ in their memories of him. One, Rony Amir, describes Obama as "previously quite religious in Islam."

OBAMA'S HAVING been born and raised a Muslim and having left the faith to become a Christian make him neither more nor less qualified to become president of the United States. But if he was born and raised a Muslim and is now hiding that fact, this points to a major deceit, a fundamental misrepresentation about himself that has profound implications about his character and his suitability as president.

The writer is director of the Middle East Forum and is the Taube/Diller distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.


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