What in the world?
I don't get it.Â Nothing in the mainstream media, yet the image of the leader of the free world bowing before a Saudi king at the G20 Conference in London is a bit distressing.Â This bow can be interpreted in different ways among those hostile to the US.Â And before I hear it is a tradition and/or a form of respect, the following was published in the LA Times:
The new Saudi king has ordered citizens not to kiss his hand, saying the traditional gesture of respect is degrading and violates Islam.
"Kissing hands is alien to our values and morals, and is not accepted by free and noble souls," Abdullah told a delegation from Baha, in southwest Saudi Arabia, which came to the royal palace to offer congratulations on his accession. "It also leads to bowing, which is a violation of God's law. The faithful bow to no one but God."
Well, at least there were no knuckle bumps to the Saudi king, nor Queen Elizabeth.
Another interesting article appears in Front Page Magazine:
|Obama: Islam Has Shaped the U.S.A.|
By Robert Spencer
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Â“We will convey,Â” said Barack Obama to the Turkish Parliament Monday, Â“our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world Â— including in my own country.Â”
Undeniably the Islamic faith has done a great deal to shape the world Â– a statement that makes no value judgment about exactly how it has shaped the world. It has formed the dominant culture in what is known as the Islamic world for centuries. But what on earth could Obama mean when he says that Islam has also Â“done so muchÂ” to shape his own country?
Unless he considers himself an Indonesian, ObamaÂ’s statement was extraordinarily strange. After all, how has the Islamic faith shaped the United States? Were there Muslims along Paul RevereÂ’s ride, or standing next to Patrick Henry when he proclaimed, ...more