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Obama: I Stand With Muslims

Barack Obama in Saudi Arabia
President Obama meets with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a bilateral meeting at Rawdat Khuraim in Saudi Arabia, where the official state religion is Sunni Islam. The president has called Islam a "religion of peace" and said he will stand with Muslim Americans "should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In his book The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama stated of Muslim Americans, "I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

With Islam now at open war with the West, the winds have, indeed, shifted, and Obama's pledge is being tested. Stunningly, despite multiple beheadings of civilians by Islamic terrorists, the murder this summer of a 19-year-old New Jersey man by an Islamic jihadist, and the beheading in Oklahoma just last week of a woman by a man who purportedly was trying to convert co-workers to Islam, the president still refuses to call Islam anything other than a religion of peace.

In a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, the president admitted his administration had "underestimated" the threat from the Islamic State terrorist group, but instead of accepting responsibility, he laid the blame at the feet of his director of national intelligence, James Clapper. The White House quickly attempted damage control, claiming that the president was not seeking to lay the blame elsewhere.

Author and apologist Alex McFarland says the president's failures in leadership pose an extreme danger to the United States.

"Wise leadership is correctly perceiving what you're engaged in and having the courage to identify the enemy," noted McFarland, director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University in Greenville, South Carolina. "Are there Muslims who are not terrorists? Absolutely. But where are those peaceful Muslims, raising their voices en masse around the globe and denouncing terrorism? They are largely silent. Why? Because the core of Islam is not peace but jihad and the eradication of all those who do not follow Islam."

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Obama said, "We have reaffirmed that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches peace. Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice. And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them—there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country."

"We've heard time and again of the threats against Christians in Iraq, who are being told, 'Convert, pay a fine or die,'" McFarland continued. "We need to understand—and our president needs to understand—that this threat is not only against Christians in Iraq but also against nations. Islam is literally telling America, 'Convert, serve Islam or die.' And jihadists on our own soil are beginning to carry out this threat.

"President Obama continues to claim that America is not at war with Islam, but the reality is that Islam is at war with America."

McFarland added that despite the president's unwillingness to acknowledge the imminence and immensity of the threat of Islam, there is still something Americans can do.

"Islam's message is, 'Convert or die,' but the message of Jesus Christ is, 'Repent and live,'" McFarland added. "Now is not the time for Christians to sit back and hope things turn out for the best. This is not a game we are engaged in. The future of our nation is at stake. Now is the time for Christians across this nation to get on their knees, repent of our individual and national sin, and pray that God would have mercy on our land. And now is also the time to pray that Muslims would have an encounter with the true God and turn to Jesus Christ."


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