Getting right to the point, Dean Obeidallah is today’s Daily Dunce on People’s Pundit Daily. Obeidallah, for those of you who do not know, is a political comedian, but there was nothing funny about his column in the Daily Beast (Please check the update at the end of this column).
During the Values Voter Summit, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke about the global war on Christianity, which even the Vatican affirmed in their risky recognition that 100,000 Christians are killed each year in the Middle East. The speech can be viewed below, as you are capable of making your own determination.
Nevertheless, Dean Obeidallah accused the Kentucky conservative of “hate speech” for simply recognizing what even Bob Beckel — a devout liberal on “The Five” — recognizes, which is that Muslims around the globe persecute Christians. Paul also pointed out that the media refuses to tell the story.
For Dean Obeidallah — who is a Muslim of Palestinian descent — it was “hate speech” for Sen. Paul to “cite isolated actions by a few Muslims in various countries.” Unbelievably, it gets even more detached from reality. “And then Paul, in an amazing feat of intellectual gymnastics, told the audience that the war on Christianity had come to America. Where you ask? Well, Paul deemed the Boston marathon bombing to have been perpetrated, ‘not against our government but against us as a people, a Christian people.’”
A “few isolated actions by a few Muslims in various countries” is not exactly what Paul was referring to when he referenced a study conducted by Pew Research. Leftists, such as Obeidallah, attempt to trivialize, minimize, and depict Muslim aggression toward Christians as an intellectually deficient position to have. I don’t expect Obeidallah to be well-versed in the scholarship, but because he mocked Paul’s intellectual position, then it is certainly fair to ask him if he ever read Samuel Huntington. And if so, is he aware that there is no real scholastic challenge to “Clash of Civilizations” as of yet?
Prior to 9/11, many Ivory Tower thinkers scoffed at Huntington much the same way those like Obeidallah scoff at Christians like Paul. But they have been relatively quiet for a decade or so, and it’s not because of the event per se, but the lack of pushback by so-called moderate Muslims to radicalism. Would Dean Obeidallah also consider it “fear mongering” to point out the Pew findings below?
Ironically, Muslims who find justification for suicide bombers are most plentiful in the region of the Middle East from which Dean Obeidallah hails. A whopping 40 percent of Palestinian Muslims are perfectly okay with suicide bombings. The greater point Sen. Paul was attempting to make, was that even though the majority of Muslims in other Islam-practicing countries claim to hold moderated views, the raw sum total number of people in the minority still represent a very, very large amount of people.
Dean Obeidallah goes on to mock Paul’s opening statement, “From Boston to Zanzibar, there is a worldwide war on Christianity.” His argument is laughably predicated on the fact that the Boston bombings didn’t target churches, which are numerous in the city, therefore it couldn’t be that Muslims are targeting Christians. Ridiculous, I know, but he is dead serious. I suppose that some twisted logic could support his Christian-tolerant view of Islam, except for the fact that it is mainstream to support Sharia as “the law of the land,” and not the fringe.
Let’s drop the charade. Sharia is not tolerant to other religions, which is why so-called “moderate” Muslims are so few and far between in the battle against extremism. Where was Dean Obeidallah when the more than “a few isolated actions” against Christians gave the Muslim faith a bad public image? If it is such a mainstream Muslim position, then why do so many support putting to death those who leave the Muslim faith?
Dean Obeidallah wrote, “Let’s be brutally honest: If Rand Paul had given a 19 minute speech listing every bad act committed by Jews anywhere in the world under the guise of ‘warning’ people about Jews, he would rightfully be dubbed an Anti-Semite.”
If we were to “be brutally honest” — like Bob Beckel has been on The Five — we would put an end to the farce that claims “moderate” Muslims are the majority. It’s not true, and it never was. The only “intellectual gymnastics” I see comes from leftists like Dean Obeidallah, who have either ignorance or insidiousness behind their motives. Whatever the motive, they are truly “alarming” for slinging accusations of “hate speech” at those who have the courage to stand up and make a perfectly acceptable, real world observation.
I would argue that Daily Dunce is not severe enough to cover this one, but it’ll have to do. Below is Sen. Rand Paul at the Values Voter Summit, giving his “hate speech” to Americans who practice a faith, which I have yet to see organize terrorist cells to show aggression toward others of Islamic faith.
In response to a horrific story about 4 Christians who received 80 lashes in Iran simply for drinking wine of the sacrament, Dean Obeidallah responded via Twitter:
— Dean Obeidallah (@Deanofcomedy) October 25, 2013
Is that supposed to be funny to the Comedy Central comedian? Is that the tolerance according to Islam and the Left?