It’s Time to Play ‘Bush, Obama, or Imam?’

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Photo: Bush/Obama: Alex Wong/Getty Images; Abdul Rauf: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

Do you suspect that, in addition to being a secret Muslim and supportive of the imposition of Sharia law across the globe, President Obama “favors the interests of Muslim Americans over other groups of Americans”? You're not alone! A recent Newsweek poll showed that 59 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of all people agree. And it's easy to see why. After all, Obama has been inviting Muslims over to the White House, defending their freedom to worship as they please, and generally just saying suspiciously complimentary things about Islam. It's the type of stuff that would only be done by someone with an out-of-control pro-Muslim bias. In fact, here, try this exercise: Look at these thirteen quotes about Islam and see if you can tell whether they were uttered by President Obama or the imam of the so-called ground-zero mosque, alleged Islamic-supremacist-fundamentalist-terrorist-sympathizer Feisal Abdul Rauf. We also threw Christian American patriot George W. Bush in there, for kicks.

"People who go to mosques, you know, need to be — Americans need to be viewed as equally American as their neighbor."

George W. Bush at the "Unity: Journalists of Color" Conference on August 6, 2004.

"I want people to understand that one of the great freedoms in America is the right for people to worship any way they see fit. If you're a Muslim, an agnostic, a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, you're equally American."

George W. Bush in an interview with Al Arabiya on October 4, 2007.

"I pray to the same God as a Muslim prays."

George W. Bush in an interview with Al Arabiya on January 4, 2008.

"The faith of Islam teaches moral responsibility that ennobles men and women and forbids the shedding of innocent blood."

George W. Bush at the Air Force Academy commencement on June 2, 2004.

"The Muslim religion is a peaceful religion. Islam is peace."

George W. Bush in an interview with Egypt’s Al Ahram newspaper on May 8, 2004.

"Christians and Jews and Muslims have too often been divided by old suspicions, but we are called to act as what we are: the sons and daughters of Abraham."

George W. Bush at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, 2004.

"It should be clear to all that Islam, the faith of one-fifth of humanity, is consistent with democratic rule."

George W. Bush commemorating the 20th anniversary of the National Endowment for Democracy on November 6, 2003.

"Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty and justice and compassion."

George W. Bush in a Rose Garden address on October 11, 2002.

"America has a vibrant and important and dynamic Muslim faith tradition."

George W. Bush at the Afghan Embassy on September 10, 2002.

"Mosques provide great hope for people who wonder whether America is meant for them."

George W. Bush discussing his faith-based initiative on April 11, 2002.

"We know Islam is a religion that teaches love and peace and compassion."

George W. Bush at American Red Cross headquarters on October 16, 2001.

"Islam is a religion of love, not hate."

George W. Bush at a meeting with American Muslim leaders at the White House on September 26, 2001.

"There are millions of good Americans who practice the Muslim faith who love their country as much as I love the country, who salute the flag as strongly as I salute the flag."

George W. Bush at a meeting with House and Senate leaders on September 19, 2001.

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