GARLINGTON: The Crescent And The Cross In The Biden White House

President Biden (or his ghost-writer) released a statement celebrating the beginning of the Muslims’ month of Ramadan.  It is full of praise for Muslims and their contributions to life in the States:

Jill and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.  Ramadan Kareem.

As many of our fellow Americans begin fasting tomorrow, we are reminded of how difficult this year has been.  In this pandemic, friends and loved ones cannot yet gather together in celebration and congregation, and far too many families will sit down for iftar with loved ones missing.

Yet, our Muslim communities begin the month of revelation with renewed hope. Many will focus on increasing their consciousness of the presence of God in their lives, reaffirming their commitment to the service of others that their faith compels, and expressing gratitude for the blessings they enjoy—health, well-being, and life itself.

Muslim Americans have enriched our country since our founding.  They are as diverse and vibrant as the America they have helped build. Today, Muslims are leading in our efforts to fight COVID-19, playing a pioneering role in vaccine development and serving as frontline health care workers.  They are creating jobs as entrepreneurs and business owners, risking their lives as first responders, teaching in our schools, serving as dedicated public servants across the nation, and playing a leading role in our ongoing struggle for racial equity and social justice.

But still, Muslim Americans continue to be targeted by bullying, bigotry, and hate crimes.  This prejudice and these attacks are wrong.  They are unacceptable.  And they must stop.  No one in America should ever live in fear of expressing his or her faith.  And my administration will work tirelessly to protect the rights and safety of all people.

On my first day as President, I was proud to end the shameful Muslim travel ban, and I will continue to stand up for human rights everywhere, including for Uyghurs in China, Rohingya in Burma, and Muslim communities all over the world.

As we remember those who we have lost since last Ramadan, we are hopeful for brighter days ahead.  The Holy Qur’an reminds us that “God is the light of the heavens and earth,” who leads us out of darkness to the light.  Although our White House festivities will be held virtually this Ramadan, Jill and I look forward to resuming the traditional White House Eid celebration in person next year, inshallah.  We wish your families an inspiring and rewarding month.

After reading that, one would think that Muslims were one of the largest, most influential, groups in the US.  But in reality they are only about 1% of the total population.

Well!  If that is how Pres Biden praises Islam at the start of its holy season, surely his praises of Christianity during Lent and Easter, the holiest seasons for Christians, and its contributions to the well-being of the peoples of the 50 States will be overwhelming!?  After all, Christians actually do make up the vast majority of folks in the States, and Pres Biden often portrays himself as a devout Roman Catholic.  Let’s rush in and see!  For Ash Wednesday he said,

Today, I join Christians across our country and around the world in observing Ash Wednesday. As we enter into the season of Lent, we know this moment of repentance, reflection, and renewal comes in the midst of a painful winter for our nation and the world.

On this Ash Wednesday and every day, we hold every family with an empty place at their table in our hearts. We pray for all those who have fallen on hard times and are worried about what morning will bring. Let us find strength in each other and faith that provides us purpose. And let us look with hope and anticipation toward Easter and brighter days ahead.

That’s it?  Hmm; maybe he was just saving the good stuff for Easter.  Come on, then, out with it!  On Easter he delivered these remarks:

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  Jill and I are — thank you for joining us today.  And we’re — we have a special guest, as you can see to my left here.

And I’m thankful to our friends at the White House Historical Association and the National Park Service for helping us deliver thousands of commemorative eggs to vaccination sites in communities and healthcare centers all across America.

Easter is a day of joy, when we celebrate resurrection and renewal.  But this year, we know many are still going without the familiar comforts of the season.

The virus is not gone, and the second year in a row most will be apart from their families or friends and a full congregation to fill us with so much joy.  But the Scripture tells us, “Joy cometh in the morning.”

As we celebrate the renewal of this season, we know that longed-for dawn is almost here.  We will rebuild our nation.  We will reengage and reimagine what we can be.  We’ll remember that with faith, hope, and love, anything is possible.  And we look forward to next year when the White House will ring with joy the season once again and there’ll be an Easter Egg Roll, God willing.

May God bless you all.  May God protect our troops — and take care of the Easter Bunny.  (Laughter.)

Thank you all very, very much.

Anything else?  Did a second page get lost behind some furniture in the Oval Office?

Nope.  That’s it.  In the Woke White House, Islam is praised to the heights but Christianity is minimized and even mocked with silly jokes about the Easter Bunny.

Two things might naturally issue from this.  First is the urge to disparage Islam.  Now, we believe, following St John of Damascus and others, that Islam is a heretical distortion of Christianity.  However, given the present circumstances in which a small transnational elite are trying their hardest to erase every last vestige of traditional religious life and morality from the planet, we need to make allies with whomever we can.  And on issues such as abortion, homosexual rights, etc., Muslims have come to the aid of Christians in slowing down that agenda:

Likewise, many Muslim countries and NGOs have cooperated with the Vatican State in relation to specific topics such as abortion, women’s rights and homosexuals’ rights. An example of this is the rejection of the resolution on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, introduced by Brazil in March 2004. Opposition from the Vatican State and the OIC was massive and they succeed in convincing the 53 members of the [United Nations] Human Rights Commission to vote against it. There were even rumours that the OIC had threatened to mobilise trade sanctions.[42]

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Instead of bad-mouthing, then, we need to see if alliances on certain issues can be forged with Muslims.  And perhaps somewhere along the way, their eyes will also be opened to the truth of Christianity.

Second is the realization that the proposition of Enlightenment liberalism that there can be a government that is neutral toward religion is absurdly false.  It will always favor one over others.  Louisiana and the rest of the States may not be Constantinople under the Christian emperors or Tsarist Russia; nevertheless, just like in those places (and elsewhere in a younger, saner Europe), we need the government (local, State, and federal) to perform its old role of protecting the Church from malevolent people (Google comes to mind).

Louisiana’s State legislators have an opportunity during their 2021 session to build some protective barriers for Christians.  Will they do this God-pleasing work, or will they cave to the likes of the NCAA and take us further down the path to apostasy and annihilation?

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