By Jeff Prather
Barrack Hussein Obama isn’t a Christian. He isn’t a Muslim. He’s a Human Secularist. And that’s precisely why he’ll never praise American exceptionalism, nor defeat ISIS.
There is no doubt that Obama’s childhood religious roots were Muslim. Obama said his father was Muslim. His step father was raised Muslim. Obama’s public school in Indonesia, a Muslim country was inarguably, at least pro-forma Muslim.
But Obama’s dad has also been described as atheist, and his step father drank alcohol, which is forbidden in Islam. His Indonesian school encouraged Christmas celebrations and teachers wore mini-skirts. These facts are hardly characteristic of religious fervor, but rather simple, social convention.
More telling is that Ann Dunham, Obama’s mom, the real constant influence in his early life, rejected religion. In Dreams from My Father, Obama wrote of his mom, “…. she was a lonely witness for secular humanism, a soldier for New Deal, Peace Corps, position-paper liberalism.”
In The Audacity of Hope Obama wrote, “I was not raised in a religious household … My mother’s own experiences … only reinforced this inherited skepticism. Her memories of the Christians who populated her youth were not fond ones … And yet for all her professed secularism, my mother was in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I’ve ever known. Religion for her was just one of the many ways—and not necessarily the best way—that man attempted to control the unknowable and understand the deeper truths about our lives.”
Dunham’s daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said, “She basically gave us all the good books—the Bible, the Hindu Upanishads and the Buddhist scripture, the Tao Te Ching—and wanted us to recognize that everyone has something beautiful to contribute.
Obama himself said he didn’t grow up in any particular religious tradition. And therein is the key to unlocking Obama’s real faith. Once we understand his faith we can understand his mindset. Understanding his mindset allows us then to see that his decisions and decision making process are remarkably consistent.
In Indonesia he is Muslim not because he believes in Mohammed but because everybody else around him does. Because that society is Muslim.
In Chicago he joins Reverend Wright’s Trinity Unity Church of Christ because it has 6,000 members professing Black Liberation theology, social justice and Christian Humanism. That fits with his personal political goals, but most importantly his personal religion: Human secularism.
Rejecting religious dogma as the basis of morality and decision making, Secular Humanism posits that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or a god, does not assume that humans are either inherently evil or innately good.
But religion at its most fundamental is a belief system. Christianity is a belief system in Christ, Islam a believe system in Allah. Human Secularism is nothing more than one more belief system, another religion, in humanity.
This moral relativism does not need to define a god or even good or evil. Popular with wide swaths of modern popular culture who call themselves spiritual but not religious, the end result is the New Age cliché that all religions are equivalent and all of equal value.
Since the doctrine of faith of Human Secularism includes a belief there is no inherent evil, no devil, there must be a reason that certain peoples act in a seemingly evil way. We just have to understand them.
Obama inadvertently confirmed his Human Secularism in a 2004 interview while professing his Christianity when he said, “I have an ongoing conversation with God. Throughout the day I’m constantly asking myself questions about what I’m doing, why am I doing it.”
Once we view Obama’s seemingly random and inane pronouncements through the lens of his Secular Humanism belief system, his faith –his religion, they become remarkably consistent, and even predictable.
Obama’s supposed grand insight into Constitutional law that so wowed leftists is a prime example, when he complained that the Constitution was “a charter of negative liberties.” Through Obama’s Secular Human framework this point of view is flawed.
To the founders and historians it is sheer genius. Having examined all previous forms of historical government and firmly ensconced in a Judeo-Christian belief system, and introduced to Native American Creator and free will influences, the founders saw that human nature would always cause humans to react in selfish ways. Thus absolute power would always corrupt absolutely. Therefore the Constitution emphasizes limitations on power.
Founder Benjamin Franklin so saw Americans as new Israelites that he designed the US Seal as Moses parting the Red Sea with a pillar of fire in the background.
The concept of negative liberties is from the Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible’s essence: the Ten Commandments. In other words if you don’t do these things but do these other things you will as a people thrive.
The truth of this particular religious belief system is demonstrably proven in the civilized and modern oasis of Israel in the midst of a desert of Muslim nations beset by poverty, violence, and slavery.
But truth is irrelevant to Obama’s Human Secularist faith. Even though Islam is the youngest of three great religious to emerge from the Middle East and Judaism the oldest, per his mom, in Obama’s belief system, all religions are essentially equivalent.
Thus we get the absurd Obama-ism, “Islam is woven into the fabric of our country”, and the even more ridiculous “ISIS isn’t Islamic.”
It isn’t the way things were or are, but how they should be according to his faith.
Co-founder Thomas Jefferson who signed his letters “Yours in Christ” read the Quran and then sent US Warships against Muslim pirates.
He understood that Muslim doctrine dictated the raiding of infidels, while Christian doctrine mandated the forgiving of offenses. The relevancy of this tenant cannot be overstated. It allowed western society to move past the ancient blood feuds of past wrongs, forge new relationships to grow, build and accomplish.
Put simply, a belief system that focuses on hate will focus on destructive behavior, while a belief system focuses on love will focus on constructive behavior. Most significantly then, a belief system that focuses on nothing, will simply dither.
And that is Obama’s course. Faced with a wholly religious enemy who is totally committed to the complete annihilation of its competitor faiths and their attendant civilizations, Obama’s mindset is locked into his Human Secularist religious mindset.
He endlessly proclaims his doctrine of faith: ISIS and Al Qaeda are not Islam, the US is not at war with Islam, and the US can negotiate in good faith with Iran. Because according to Obama’s religion, all religions are equivalent, all men rational, and all nations exceptional.
The reality of war is that the most committed wins. The most committed are the ones with the most faith in their cause. There are no more faithful causes than religion. Indeed the lure of ISIS is the exact counter point to relativism, permissiveness and anything goes morality.
The irony is that Obama is locked in a global war of the world’s three great faiths, and he believes in none of them. His faith is a belief of no faith.
And as long as he leads we will never defeat ISIS.
Jeff Prather is a retired Army Major, Fast and furious Whistleblower, ex-DEA Special Agent, former DIA Intelligence Office, author, and Chaplin. www.PratherDirect.com