Monday, 29 December 2008

Barack Obama is reported to be planning to reach out to the Muslim world

"Barack Obama says his presidency is an opportunity for the U.S. to renovate its relations with the Muslim world, starting the day of his inauguration and continuing with a speech he plans to deliver in an Islamic capital."
So reports The Chicago Tribune in a long piece, do take a read. One thought, if Barack Obama he is so keen on building relations with the Muslim world then may I suggest he tries to make his speech in Mecca. Of course if Barack Obama is allowed to make a speech in Mecca then it may be because many Muslims still regard him as a Muslim; after all his stepfather, father, grandfather and great-grandfather were Muslims, so he is deemed a Muslim by birth and thus a member of the Ummah. Parts of the Muslim world argue that if Barack Obama had truly converted to Christianity then why did he never change his names from the Islamic first and middle names - Barack (blessing) and Hussein (beautiful) to baptismal Christian names?

This article was written before Christmas and dated for what I thought would be a fallow period of news and blogging; how wrong I was...

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