Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bungling White House moves into overkill: blocks Obama visit to India's Golden 'Sikh' Temple over fears it will strengthen belief among voters he is a 'Muslim'

'It is very unfortunate that even the White House is conveying the message that there is no difference between Muslims and Sikhs.'

The one thing Obama/the White House could do with Islam is be most honest. If he is truly a friend to Islam ~ then should he be able to tell them the truth. To go out of your way to demonstrate that you have the deepest respect for Islam that doesn't respect rights and individual freedoms. It looks bad.

Visiting the Sikh Temple would have been a good opportunity for people to learn more about the Sikh religion ~ meanwhile back at the White House there is the whole Islamic presence and probably not a Sikh in sight.

Obama has entered the Islamic argument naive and arrogant. And the advisers he has chosen, could well have other religious-political aims. He came to Europe and made a comment about headscarves, which was completely out of order. Demonstrating that he should broaden the group, in which he takes advice from. In this way he would have been informed that for example, in France, Muslim parents did not want their daughters to be taught by a male teacher or requested that their daughters not be taught biology and the banning of the headscarves in schools was a part of measure to say 'we are a secular state'.

Calling everyone who challenges Islam or Shari'a a racist or ignorant ~ did not work in Europe and it won't work in the United States.

Case in point:There was a little Egyptian girl who wrote to Obama, to tell them of her and her father's plight, because they are open Christian converts, and applied to the court to have their religion changed, which was denied, they are forced to live on the run, since then the girl has had acid thrown on her clothes, when they tried to leave the country their passports were confiscated. From Obama's response to this and other cases it would seem that Obama only respects Islam.

The White House has blocked a planned visit for President Barack Obama to visit The Golden Temple in India, over concerns that coverage in the U.S. could exacerbate the belief he is a Muslim.

The temple, in Amritsar, is the spiritual centre of the Sikh religion and one of India's most popular tourist attractions.

It was scheduled to be the third stop on Mr Obama's visit to the country next month, but it has now been cut from the itinerary because of the impact it could have in the U.S.

According to Sikh tradition, Mr Obama would have to cover his head before entering the temple.

Mr Obama, a Christian, has been dogged by persistent rumours that he is a Muslim and Sikhs in the U.S. have been occasional targets of anti-Muslim discrimination and violence in America.

Dalmegh Singh, secretary of the committee which runs the temple, told the New York Times: 'To come to Golden Temple he needs to cover his head.

'That is our tradition.'

Days after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, a Sikh man was killed in Arizona by another man who mistook him for a Muslim.

Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair and Sikh men wear turbans that cover their heads in public.

The religion, which was founded in Punjab in the 15th century, includes elements of Hinduism and Islam but is a totally distinct faith.

Queen Elizabeth visited the iconic temple in 1997 and took off her shoes to walk around the temple. Last year, Canada's prime minister Stephen Harper covered his head during his visit.

H.S. Phoolka, a prominent Sikh lawyer in New Delhi, said he was disappointed that the U.S. president was now not visiting the temple.

He told the New York Times: 'We have worked so hard to establish in America that Sikhs have a very different identity than Muslims.

'It is very unfortunate that even the White House is conveying the message that there is no difference between Muslims and Sikhs.'

The news comes as the president prepares to take his campaign message to The Daily Show.

White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer says Mr Obama will record an appearance on the Jon Stewart show on October 27, days before the mid-term elections begin.

The president has been battling to boost Democrat Party fortunes ahead of the elections on November 2, with the Republicans expected to make big gains in both houses of Congress.

Michelle Obama has made frequent appearances with her husband in a bid to galvanise the Democrat campaign.

Daily Mail

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