Now, in another amazing blunder worthy of Vice President Joe Biden, Obama this week claimed that the U.S. could be seen as a Muslim country:
In an interview with Laura Haim on Canal Plus, a French television station, Mr. Obama noted that the United States also could be considered as “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”
While I generally don’t like to depend on Wikipedia for any facts, a fairly well-footnoted entry ranks the U.S. as either 38th or 54th — depending on which figures you’re willing to accept — in raw numbers of people identifying themselves as Muslims. As far as percentage of population, Muslims are only 0.6 percent of U.S. population — not even coming close to cracking the top 60 listed. (See here.)
So in what sense is the U.S. “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”? Because we’re a large country and we have a few million Muslims? Are we a Muslim country in the sense that many for years have been saying we’re a “Christian nation”? Every time a Christian makes that latter claim, the church-state separationists are up in arms.
Is he saying the values of the U.S., although he has spent his first months in office saying our values stink, are representative of or represent the values of Islam? Even if one accepts this claim in general terms, defining Islamic values as a continuum of Judaeo-Christian values, I believe that Obama’s declaration of June as LGBT Pride Month alone would rule that out.
Or is the statement a flat-out attempt to pander to Middle Eastern Muslims, with whom Obama will meet this week?
I’d like to hear a full explanation of why he thinks the U.S. should be considered “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”