The Appalling Elevation
A family lived between two houses. The house on the right was occupied by a family who followed religion A and the family on the left religion B.
The family in the middle house had utter contempt for both religions. So they placed signs that ridiculed both religions in their front yard. A member of the family on the right confronted a member of the middle house family, saying that their actions were disrespectful, ignorant and cruel; but that was the end of it. A member of the family on the left told a member of the middle family that their action had slandered their religion, and, in a highly emotional outburst, said that the entire family deserved death for their actions.
As you might expect, this threat caused great concern to the middle family. They called the local police chief and asked him to make a statement regarding this developing situation. A short time later the police chief, at a public event, made the following statement.
The future must not belong to those who slander religion B. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see towards religion A.
The middle family was shocked and demoralized. For, here they were, under credible threat of being murdered by a neighbor, and the police chief had said that “the future must not belong” to them. Their futures would certainly be taken from them were the the family on the left to act on their murderous threats. And, this ultimate destruction of their futures had to all intents and purposes been implicitly affirmed by the police chief.
Throughout the 2000’s the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, located in Paris France, had been publishing cruel comments and cartoons about many world religions, including Islam. These actions sparked outrage in many of these religion’s followers. However, across the Islamic world the outrage included official threats of death. In mid-September of 2012 Charlie Hebdo published satirical cartoons of Muhammad. Once again, many in the the Islamic world responded with emotional demonstrations and threats of murderous violence.
Thus, on September 25 2012, when Barak Obama, President of the United States and leader of the free world, ascended to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, all were listening with great intensity. And, this is what he said.
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.
Let’s be absolutely clear. When Charlie Hebdo mocked Christianity, or when Andres Serrano displayed a photograph of a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of his urine, or when Chris Ofili displayed a painting depicting a black Madonna decorated with elephant manure, there was outrage. However, no leader of Catholicism or the Eastern Orthodox Church or the Anglican Communion or any other Protestant denomination called for their execution. Nor did Christians riot demanding that they be executed.
So, when President Obama spoke to the United Nations, Charlie Hebdo and other mockers of Christianity were under no threat from that religion. However, they were under credible and imminent threat from Political Islam. And, in this charged environment the President chose to specifically condemn slanderers of the “prophet of Islam” and to say that “the future must not belong” to them. Yes, he threw in the second sentence regarding Jesus Christ, churches and the Holocaust, but once again, no-one from these religions was demanding that people be put to death.
By this statement President Obama implicitly raised Political Islam to a higher moral plane than all of the other world religions. For, whereas all religions other than Islam were to be respected, only Political Islam could demand that the disrespectful be put to death. Thus, when citizens of Western Civilization were found to be under Political Islam’s death penalty for speech, the President of the United States singled these citizens out for condemnation and rejected their right to a future. It is hard to imagine a more complete or cold abandonment of specific human beings or of Western Civilization.
At the time, embedded as it was in the final stages of a Presidential election campaign, this troubling statement by President Obama passed by as just one in a torrent of events. However, looking back, I have concluded that this moment is a credible candidate for when the elite Progressive Left announced the ascension of Political Islam to their pyramid’s top position. Few if any took note, particularly not the gay community, who continued to falsely imagine that their hold on the top position was secure.
In early January 2015 France experienced a series of terrorist attacks conducted by radical Islamists that included a massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people were murdered in this incident. The Islamist terrorists who carried out this atrocity were heard to shout “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “God is Great” as they carried out their gruesome work.
After these attacks, in a wholly symbolic act, leaders of the Western World gathered in Paris to march in solidarity with the murdered. Neither President Obama nor John Kerry could be bothered to attend. It’s hard to imagine the demoralization caused by the leader of the free world not caring enough about a direct and vicious attack on Western Civilization to attend this event, or to at least send his Secretary of State. It did , though, put a clear period on President Obama’s 2012 abandonment.