Barack Hussein Obama spent the week leading up to America’s celebration of independence in his childhood home and Muslim-majority, Indonesia (shocker). In the last leg of his vacation there, he warned a Muslim audience of the dangers of ‘aggressive nationalism’ while he praised Islamic Indonesia.
Reminder, Indonesia just publicly caned a woman for kissing her boyfriend and sentenced a Christian Governor to prison for ‘blaspheming the Quran’. How loving and tolerant!
Via The Guardian:
Barack Obama has called on the world to stand up for tolerance, moderation and respect for others – warning that sectarian politics could lead to chaos and violence.
The former US president said some countries had adopted “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and “increased resentment of minority groups”, in a speech in Indonesia on Saturday that could be seen as a commentary on the US as well as Indonesia.
But he said that increased prosperity had been accompanied by new global problems, adding that as the world confronts issues ranging from inequality to terrorism, some countries – both developed and less developed – had adopted a more aggressive and isolationist stance.
“If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue,” he said.
“What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions, and religious divisions and more violence.”
Of course Obama bragged about having a Muslim step-father..
“My stepfather … was raised a Muslim but he respected Hindus and he respected Buddhists and he respected Christians,” he said, adding: “If you are strong in your own faith then you should not be worried about someone else’s faith.” The line earned raucous applause.
ABC News touched on Obama praising the Islamic spirit and Constitution of Indonesia. Yes, the same one that allows Christians and women to be persecuted and abused:
“The spirit of this country has to be one of tolerance. It’s enshrined in Indonesia’s constitution, it’s symbolized by mosques and temples and churches beside each other,” Obama said. “That spirit is one of the defining things about Indonesia. It is one of the most important characteristics to set as an example for other Muslim countries around the world.”
Good ole Barry Hussein Obama is in a foreign country, a Muslim-majority country no less on 4th of July weekend blasting the U.S. while praising Indonesia’s Constitution. Somehow that doesn’t shock us; he is just being himself.