A frown replaces the dimpled beam of Sarah Hussein Obama, grandmother of Barack Obama, when asked on Wednesday about recent attacks on her grandsonShe's the second wife of Obama's grandfather, who converted to Islam and added Hussein to the family name. That brings up a question as to why granny got tagged with "Hussein" as well. Prudence would suggest the two last names are actually coupled, as in Hussein-Obama. If so, then merely referring to Barack as Hussein-Obama wouldn't necessarily be offensive (although everyone knows the true intentions of some critics--like those in the Clinton camp for example).
But there's something vexing about the Islam thing. It's interesting his grandmother, now a Christian, has a very western (and quite rational) view of whether someone is bound to a particular faith simply by birth as opposed to having the freedom to choose later. While making common sense, to some it's still a form of apostasy. Just ask Robert Spencer or Hirsi Ali.
But Obama is not Muslim, he belongs to a Christian church, and a rather activist one at that. The question is, if indeed some fundamental Muslims still consider Obama a Muslim by birth--no matter what he says--will the American press heap the same level of scorn on them as they did at say Bill Cunningham? Or rather, will we get a sermon on the importance of tolerance and understanding of other cultures and traditions?
Some are pointing to this New York Times article from April of 2007, and the following excerpt:
Years later, Mr. Obama met his father’s family, a mix of Muslim and Christian Kenyans. Sarah Hussein Obama, who is his stepgrandmother but whom Mr. Obama calls his grandmother, still rises at 5 a.m. to pray before tending to her crops and the three orphans she has taken in.Did the woman lie, and if so, why? Or did the Times just screw up another story? That seems to be the only compelling issue here--why the flip-flop. Assuming there is one.
“I am a strong believer of the Islamic faith,” Ms. Obama, 85, said in a recent interview in Kenya.
Many liberals are reacting with scornful glee as if it's no big deal, and it probably isn't, but it's rather amusing that some would seemingly rather keep their eyes and ears closed than learn any further background about a man who could be the leader of the free world. It's really becoming the backbone of the entire campaign--just chant O-bom-A and don't ask any questions.