Daniel Pipes responds to efforts by the Chicago Tribune and Media Matters for America to dispute his observations that Barack Hussein Obama was a practicing Muslim as a child in Indonesia and consequently would be regarded by the Muslim world as murtadd, an apostate who must be required to return to Islam or be killed.
Â· “Interviews with dozens of former classmates, teachers, neighbors and friends show that Obama was not a regular practicing Muslim when he was in Indonesiaâ€ â€“ implying he was an irregularly practicing Muslim.
Â· â€œObama occasionally followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers, a few neighbors saidâ€ â€“ confirming that he did pray in the mosque.
Â· â€œObamaâ€™s 3rd-grade teacher at the Catholic school, who lived near the family [said that] â€˜Rarely, Barry went to the mosque with Loloâ€™â€ â€“ confirming that Obama attended mosque services.
All this matters, for if Obama once was a Muslim, he is now what Islamic law calls a murtadd (apostate), an ex-Muslim converted to another religion who must be executed. Were he elected president of the United States, this status, clearly, would have large potential implications for his relationship with the Muslim world.
Of course, he could avoid being killed simply by reconverting…