The Obama Town hall for College Students, Mumbai India, November 7, 2010

FIRST STUDENT, “Hi, good day, sir.  Hi, my name is Anna and I’m from St. Davis College.  My question to you is, what is your take on opinion about jihad, or jihadi?  Whatever is your opinion, what do you think of them?”

President Obama:

 “Well, the phrase jihad has a lot of meanings within Islam and is subject to a lot of different interpretations.”

The question was clear and simple demanding a direct answer. Our Noble Ruler  er, I mean, Nobel Laureate skated.

“But I will say that, first, Islam is one of the world’s great religions.  And more than a billion people who practice Islam, the overwhelming majority view their obligations to their religion as ones that reaffirm peace and justice and fairness and tolerance.”

This is a lie.

  • This man is not ignorant. He intentionally lied. He knew a brutal Jihadi attack took place in Mumbai just two years ago killing nearly 200 and wounding hundreds more and he knew those students know it. Jihadis terrorized Mumbai in 1993 killing more than 250 and wounding 700 in 13 coordinated bombings. This has been a 17 year unabated reign of terror and it continues.
  • Islam is not a great religion. Since Mohammed conducted the first Jihad, 622-632, Jihad has caused more than 240 million deaths worldwide. The average is more than 172,000/year for nearly 14 centuries. That is 19,286,000 per century. Keep in mind firearms have existed for only 700 years. Real explosives have been around less than 150 years, invented by Alfred Nobel himself.
  • The overwhelming majority of Muslims view their obligations to their “religion” as one that affirms Shariah law. One aspect of this system is all women and girls live in slavery.
  • This is not a religion. Islam is a system of control and oppression. In any case, this monotheistic Allah is not the God of the Holy Bible.
  • Peace, justice, fairness and tolerance are not included in Shariah.

We have parsed three sentences. Go ahead work the rest of this pitiful embarrassment over yourself.

“I think all of us recognize that this great religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted to justify violence towards innocent people that is never justified.

 “And so I think one of the challenges that we face is how do we isolate those who have these distorted notions of religious war and reaffirm those who see faiths of all sorts — whether you are a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian or a Jew or any other religion, or your don’t practice a religion – that we can all treat each other with respect and mutual dignity, and that some of the universal principles that Gandhi referred to — that those are what we’re living up to, as we live in a nation or nations that have very diverse religious beliefs.

“And that’s a major challenge.  It’s a major here in India, but it’s a challenge obviously around the world.  And young people like yourselves can make a huge impact in reaffirming that you can be a stronger observer of your faith without putting somebody else down or visiting violence on somebody else.

“I think a lot of these ideas form very early.  And how you respond to each other is going to be probably as important as any speech that a President makes in encouraging the kinds of religious tolerance that I think is so necessary in a world that’s getting smaller and smaller, where more and more people of different backgrounds, different races, different ethnicities are interacting and working and learning from each other.

“And those circumstances — I think all of us have to fundamentally reject the notion that violence is a way to mediate our differences.”

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