Obama’s curious defense of Islam

Obama’s speech at the United Nations has rightly drawn criticism from some quarters of the American press over his curious comments regarding Islam and slander.

According to Obama, “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” This is a curious statement. In a democracy, a person is entitled to “slander” Mohammed if they wish, although given the current climate, they may pay for it with their life.

Shouldn’t Obama have said that the future does not belong to those who kill in the name of Mohammed?

After all, Jews and Christians do not kill those who slander their respective religions. They may be offended and they may protest, but they don’t riot and murder.

Unable to stop Islamic violence, Obama is appeasing it. At the risk of sounding alarmist, his comment also portends a dystopian world where criticism of Islam is made illegal.

This is bad enough, but the US president made a serious category error when he compared the slander of Mohammed with Holocaust denial. The Holocaust is a proven fact and is only denied by crazed anti-Semites.

Criticizing Islam or casting doubt on its founder is entirely justifiable, especially in an age where Jihadists are murdering thousands of people in the name of Mohammed.

Once again, Obama has shown his true colors. His appeasement of the Islamic world and his inability to robustly defend American values are lethal signs of weakness. Such weakness will no doubt be exploited by Iran and other Islamist fanatics who see a lamb, not a lion, in the White House.