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I’m not one of those people who believes that Barack Obama is a Muslim, but I don’t think he’s much of a Christian either. Judging him by his words and actions, he comes across more as an agnostic—a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God. President Obama has expressed an affinity for the Muslim call to prayer he heard as a child growing up in Indonesia, but that doesn’t make him a Muslim nor does it demonstrate a belief in Allah.

I cite three points, which you may or may not accept, in support of my argument.

Barack Obama sat in Rev. Jerimiah Wright’s church on and off for 20 years, more for political expedience rather that a deep faith in Jesus Christ or a belief in the teachings of the Bible, one can argue. President Obama needed a way to relate to the African American community in Chicago, because his own background was that of an atypical African American. The activist Trinity United Church of Christ provided him the credibility he needed to become active in the black community and Chicago politics. The fact that he claimed that he never heard all the outrageous, racists comments Rev. Wright made about White America is wholly believable. We don’t know how often Barack Obama and his family went to Trinity United on Sunday, but if we did, my guess is that he went a lot less that you would have expected him to.

During his campaign for the Presidency in 2008, Obama’s went to church occasionally, but after the election the President and his family rarely saw the inside of a church. This is not that unusual, as many U.S. presidents have avoided going to church on Sunday. Also failure to attend church regularly doesn’t mean you’re not a Christian. By itself, this argument doesn’t mean much. When taken into consideration with my other two points, however, it is revealing.

Finally, President’s Obama’s decision not to attend Justice Scalia’s funereal Mass speaks volumes. What possible legitimate excuse could the President have for not attending the funeral of a sitting Supreme Court Justice other than a national emergency. My guess is that the President placed little value on the institution of the Catholic Church, the ceremony or the person it was held to memorialize and honor. As the President of the United States, I believe Barack Obama had an obligation to represent all the people of America by attending the funeral. Why should the U.S. Congress consider the President’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia when President Obama has so little respect for the Supreme Court and those who disagree with him that serve on the Court?

Traditionally, we give Presidents broad leeway in deciding what ceremonies and events they chose to attend or participate in, and the media has largely given President Obama a pass on his refusal to attend Scalia’s funeral. Furthermore, in America we accept at face value whatever faith people claim to profess. If President Obama says he’s a Christian, we accept him as a Christian. Nevertheless, it would behoove the President to provide more evidence to demonstrate he is what he claims he is—a Christian. It also would behoove Hillary Clinton to do the same thing.


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Will the migrant/refugee flash-mob rape attacks that happened in Europe likely spread to the United States.

The short answer to that question is probably not, and the reason for that is that we have fewer Middle Eastern refugees, Those already here are more integrated into society, and American women are better armed than their European cousins.

What happened in Europe on New Year’s Eve is deplorable. Bands of Middle Eastern men, presumably Muslins, sexually assaulted and robbed women in Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Austria and Switzerland. Assaults in Germany occurred in at least six cities. Precisely how many women were assaulted is unknowable as many, no doubt, did not report their incidents.

What happened isn’t surprising considering the status of women in Middle Eastern cultures. Abuse of women and children is far more prevalent than in the U.S. Why would young Middle Eastern men behave any differently after they arrive in Europe than they did in their home countries. I’m not referring to all Middle Eastern or Muslim males, just a large percentage of those who have been educated not to see women as equals. The logical conclusion many come to, therefore, is that as the number of Middle Eastern/Muslin migrants/refugees in the United States increases, sexual assaults of this sort will become more common.

Other commentators, however, have noted that the integration of Muslims into society in the United States if far better than in Europe where Muslin populations have grown quickly and tend to isolate themselves in their own communities where they don’t assimilate Western values. Add to that the smaller number of muslins in the U.S. (1%) compared to Europe (6% and increasing rapidly to 8% by 2030). The numbers of Middle Eastern/Muslim men in America who reflect the behavior of those we saw in Europe on New Year’s eve is only a small fraction of the 1% of them in the U.S. This could change, of course, if large numbers of Middle Eastern migrants/refugees enter the U.S. in a short time.

Beyond these considerations, we should not play down the fact that the number of American women buying guns and obtaining concealed-carry permits for self defense has increased exponentially. “The number of women going to gun ranges has jumped roughly 60 percent since 2001 to more than five million, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.” More women bought guns in 2015 than men. Contrary to President Obama’s response to a rape victim in the CNN Town Hall on Guns that a woman with a gun is more likely to get shot with her own gun than an attacker, women have demonstrated time and again this is not true.

I don’t expect we will see flash-rape mobs in the U.S. any time soon, but if we do, let them be forewarned.

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I listened to former New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani on Fox News after Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture say that Americans should leave worrying about terrorists to law enforcement and our intelligence services and just go about living our lives. I disagree, and I’m surprised that the Mayor of New York on 9/11/01 would say that.  (Read the  full column at EWRoss.com)

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