Gotta hand it to him, this guy is a master of gently twisting phrases to sound non-threatening when, in fact, they are 100% distorted and extremely dangerous. In Cairo today, Obama managed to distort both the Koran (nuthin’ “holy” about it) and the Holy Bible. (BTW, for the record, there really can only be one “holy” book. Either it’s the Koran or the Bible, but it can’t be both, because it’s God who determines what is holy, not man.) Anyway, the Bamster proceeded to cite some phrase from the Koran saying it captured what Muslims believe.
While the Koran may indeed say “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another,” that is completely irrelevant to what Islam holds as its single defining verse, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.” There is a yawning chasm between the two concepts.
It is also irrelevant that the Talmud says “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace” if the commandment of the Torah is “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is One, the Lord is God.” Obviously if the Lord is God, Allah ain’t, and “promoting peace” in the Talmud first comes through accepting that fact.
And yes, the Lord Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” and yet at the same time the single clear message of the New Testament is not that verse, but John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life.” The call to peace comes from that faith—the practice of peace does not yield eternal life.
These are not minor religious quibbles, but the essence of fundamental world-views that in fact require one or the other to dominate. That domination does not necessarily have to be bloody, and the very examples of Islamic “tolerance” that Obama cites came only after wars in which Islam defeated elements of Christendom. (By the way, the phrase Obama cited urging Muslims to peace, namely “he who saves a life saves the world,” was first a Jewish saying.
A couple of final words—because I could turn this post into a book: it is a-historical and utterly, well, stupid to find some “Muslim history” in America. Obama cited a treaty with Morocco by John Adams, without noting that the same Thomas Jefferson whom he later praised wasted no time going to war with the Barbary States over their barabaric practices of enslaving sailors and passengers at sea; that he did so without a declaration of war (just as George W. Bush did with Iraq, using a Joint Resolution); and that he engaged in a “preemptive war” just as Bush did by taking on all Barbary states—not just the one that actually declared war on us—in an 1804 version of “you’re with us or you’re with the terrorists.”