I have previosly written about what is a fairly well known item-except that Obama denies it,namely that he was raised as a Muslim.
Now comes new proof,from his half-brother Malik who said last week "Despite his Muslim background" he (BARAK) will make a good President for the Jews. (Israel-Commentrary.Org:80/ )
Islam is a religion BASED ON PATRILENEAL DESCENT.THUS, HE WAS BORN A MUSLIM REGISTERED AS SUCH IN SCHOOL,ATTENDED ISLAMIC CLASSES (WHICH PRESUMABLY WERE MANDATORY) AND WENT WITH HIS STEP-FATHER TO THE MOSQUE.
This new report claims he can recite the Koran in Arabic.
NO ONE IS CLAIMING THAT HE IS MUSLIM TODAY.SURELY WE KNOW HE IS A PRACTICING CHRISTIAN,AND UNTIL RECENTLY A MEMBER OF THE REV.WRIGHT CONG.
WHAT IS DISTURBING IS HIS TOTAL DENIAL OF EVEN A HINT OF ATTACHMENT AS A CHILD TO ISLAM.
What if anything this impacts on his world view is for each individual to come to their own conclusions.
Of course it is nice he will be visiting Israel.Perhaps he will see first hand why Jerusalem cannot be divided.
The Appelate Court decision that the case against two former AIPAC staffers Keith Weissman and Steve Rosen must be held in open court and that the burden of proof by the Govt. cannot be lowered is a great victory for them.
It is sad that only 2 Jewish Organizations the American Jewish Committee and the Reform Movements Political wing have applauded this decision.It is time for all Jewish (and non-Jewish) groups to publicly call upon the Govt to drop this case,which is a witch-hunt.Indeed almost every organization used Steve Rosen as a speaker for an inside look at US policy in the Middle East.
I personally sat in countless briefings by members of administration after administration ,from the White House to the State or Defense Dept.,which started with the words"THIS IS OFF THE RECORD'.
In truth most of what they said WAS PLAIN OLD -FASHIONED ANALYSIS,( that could be read on some blog or news analysis) but occasionally there was insight into yet unpublished material, especially as a result of the questions and answer period.Was this really SECRET? Did anyone seriously believe that everyone in the room was bound to an oath of silence?Didn't every "leader" in that room try to use the briefing as a way to push American policy a little way toward our point of view,as they were trying to get us to support their point of view
These two staffers merely did what occurs on a DAILY BASIS IN WASHINGTON-DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS AND GATHER AND EXCHANGE INFORMATION.