A series of horrific car bombings in Baghdad yesterday have reportedly leftÂ more than 80 deadÂ and many more injured. The attacks appeared to target festivities marking the end of Ramadan in Shi’ite neighborhoods, which prompted comment from State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, whoÂ said in an official statement:
- The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks today in Baghdad. These attacks were aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The terrorists who committed these acts are
enemies of Islam
- Â and a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community. (HT:
As horrific as these bombings are, obviously fueled by sectarian differences, it’s troubling to see that the Obama administration has now put the U.S. government in the business of denouncing “enemies of Islam.”
The first reason this development is troubling is the blinding hypocrisy and deliberate selectivity of it all.
As Elizabeth Harrington at CNS NewsÂ reportedÂ last year, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson testified to Congress last year that the violence by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram targeting Christians wasn’t religiously motivated – one day after Boko Haram bombed a church service on Easter Sunday.
Mind you, this is the administration that branded theÂ MuslimBrotherhood aÂ “largely secular” organization. It has taken every effort toÂ purge government national-security documentsÂ of any reference tying terrorism to Islam while Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Securityproscribed trainingÂ by anyone declaring themselves “Muslim reformers” (while at the same timeÂ government contractors tieÂ pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and Tea Party views to “violent extremism”).
Any government employees that observe that Islamic terrorists themselves wrap themselves in the mantle of doctrinal Islam will quicklyÂ find themselves without a job. And when members of Congress have confronted senior administration officials as to whether elements of radical Islam have declared war on the U.S., those officials have angrily protested thatCongress merely asking such questionsÂ puts them in league with al-Qaeda.
Then there’s the constitutional problem. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment requires the U.S. government to remain agnostic on these sorts of questions. It’s doubtful that Jen Psaki is going to be denouncing respective sides in Northern Ireland as “enemies of Christ,” especially when State can’t bring itself to even admit that attacks on Christians by Islamic groups are religiously motivated.
The administration has some serious problems in this regard. If the NYPD showing the documentaryÂ The Third JihadÂ to police officers is aÂ grave constitutional crime, then so too should be the Department of JusticeÂ Civil Right Division screeningÂ Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really ThinkÂ for their employees on government time (not to mention the chutzpah of anyone claiming to know “what a billion Muslims really think”).