Saturday, June 9, 2012

Nothing To See Here. Move On.

We have been told ad nauseam that the Obama administration’s policies are not anti-religion. We have seen that same administration intrude into the religious arena time and again, most recently when it came to denying religious exemptions for those who want no part of abortion or radical birth control (abortifacients, also know as “morning-after pills).

That has resulted in nationwide lawsuits against Obamacare mandates. But let’s look outside for a few minutes. Despite Congressional requirements, the US Department of State in May released the annual Country Reports on Human Rights without any mention whatsoever of religious oppression overseas. Continuing its defiance of Congress and its denial of the realities of Middle East Islamist oppression, the State Department simply deleted the required section on religious freedom from its report. There was method to their madness.

The administration’s fecklessness during the “Arab Spring” and fast-developing strife throughout northern Africa and the Middle East would be exposed if the truth were told with current information. So instead of including the required section on religious freedom, the Report “covered” it by referring to the 2010 International Religious Freedom Report (IRFR) and the 2010 US Commission on International Religious Freedom Report (USCIRFR). Talk about a day late and a dollar short. This is two years late, and thousands of deaths short.

The Country Report is supposed to include an up-to-date section on religious freedom and religious oppression each year since the law was enacted in 1998. But the 2012 Report would have been the first which could not ignore what is really happening in those Muslim nations which have had uprisings, revolutions and changes of government which have occurred over the past year. The Report is supposed to include a country-by-country accounting of what is good and bad in each nation that the State Department is reporting on.

This means that despite massive changes in government control in Libya and Egypt and ongoing blood-letting in Syria, where it comes to development in religions other than Islam, the Report is so out-of-date as to be meaningless. Moreover, the administration has defended its position by saying that “human rights” and religious freedom are basically the same concepts, and human rights were covered in the Report. That is the position taken by those who want complete control over every facet of life and consider religion an impediment to their agenda. Worst of all, the Report didn’t even adequately cover human rights violations which are now rampant throughout the two regions.

Religious freedom is a far smaller concern to the Obama administration than other human rights, particularly since the oppressors are Islamists and the victims Christians and Jews. The Report doesn’t even cover the conflicts between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, which seem to make things even worse. Issues such as global women’s issues have been addressed over and over, but the US official charged with protecting and reporting on religious liberty has only been in her office a couple of times in three and a half years, while the ambassador-at-large for women’s issues began working feverishly the day after Barack Obama was inaugurated.

As I mentioned above, the 2010 USCIRF Report is totally out-of-date, as is the IRFR. But nevertheless, those were the reports the State Department’s 2012 Report cited. Odd, since both the 2012 IRFR Report and the USCIRFR, which were not cited, include such tidbits as the massacre in 2011 of twenty-five Coptic Christians in Egypt during a jihadist attack on a church, and the ongoing slaughter of Christians by the Islamist thug army Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Scolder-in-Chief Obama has wagged his naughty-naughty finger at some of the goings-on during the Arab Spring, But he saved his mild admonitions for human rights and women’s rights violations. When it comes to religious freedom, he just doesn’t see a serious problem and stands by his lofty praise of Middle East tyrannies and Islam made during his Cairo speech back toward the beginning of his presidency. He has put zero pressure on either the old or new governments to protect religions other than Islam.

While bending over to kiss the hem of the Saudi king’s royal robe, Obama may have whispered “could you please be a little less harsh on women?” but nary a word about the oppression and murder of Christians, Jews and pagans throughout northern Africa and the Middle East. If you want to know what’s really going on with religious freedom in those regions, don’t rely on the US State Department to give you accurate and current information.

12 comments:

DCAlleyKat said...

It becomes more obvious daily just how much humanity is awol in Barack Hussein Obama the man and in his administration...seriously, some basic American goodness doesn't exist in the sham that is Obama and the modern left.

T-Rav said...

Tsk, tsk, LawHawk. Obviously this is just righteous payback by those oppressed Muslims for the terrible things done to them by those Christians' ancestors during the Crusades. Or at least, that's what Obama tells himself, I'm sure.

K said...

I was surprised that Obama forced abortion on the Catholic hospitals - in effect shutting them down. I was doubly surprised when he didn't walk it back immediately.

I can only assume this obvious overreach was due to fence mending with his base in terms of funding. He "evolved" on gay marriage to please the gay left for funding and the pro abortion lobby is more powerful than the gays - especially in the Hollywood set which he seems to gravitate to and from which he seems to "go to the well" quite often for more bucks. This implies to me that his internals were showing he is toast.

IMO, Obama's election went in the dumpster with the attack on the Catholics (and others) but he's fighting a retreating war and had no "choice" but to pander for Hollywood and gay money.

AndrewPrice said...

It's funny that the left for years criticized Republican presidents for being unwilling to challenge our rotten friends in the region. Now Obama is in power and he does the same thing, yet the left remains silent.

LawHawkRFD said...

DCAlleyKat: Remember the saying about liberals--they love humanity but they hate human beings.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: Somebody once asked something telling about the Muslims and the Crusades: "What are they so mad about? They won!"

LawHawkRFD said...

K: Doctrinaire leftists show their true colors sooner or later. He held out for awhile, but finally decided that if he was going to hold onto his base, he'd have to do something big. Refusing to grant exemptions, which would be such an easy and correct thing to do, is apparently that watershed moment. He came out of the leftist closet, twice, in a very short period of time. Desperation.

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: That's the flaw of being a political and executive novice. You get mugged by reality. A good leader would adapt. Obama and amateurs like him freeze.

Tam said...

But...but...but...THE CRUSADES!!!

LawHawkRFD said...

Tam: I know how you feel. I saw enough Crusades movies as a kid that I was sure that Richard the Lionheart won. It was only when I began to study history that I found out that he managed to take Acre, but never made it to Jerusalem. He and Saladin reached a devil's agreement, and Richard went home to try to hold onto his French possessions (after being ransomed from prison on his way home). On the other hand, without the Crusades, we wouldn't have had the legend of Robin Hood. LOL

Tennessee Jed said...

nicely said, Hawk. I cannot think of a better term than "feckless" when it comes to Obama standing up to the religious intolerance of virtually all fundamentalist Islamic movements.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: Thanks. Even a bad plan would be better than letting our foreign policy drift at sea.

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