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  •  Who are the Islamic Experts (4+ / 0-)

    that spew this shit?  

    Egyptian-born Islamic scholar Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., examined photographs of Obama’s ring at WND’s request and concluded that the first half of the Shahada is inscribed on it.
    What Gabriel says, on its' face, as a standalone statement, is surely true:
    “There can be no doubt that someone wearing the inscription ‘There is no god except Allah’ has a very close connection to Islamic beliefs, the Islamic religion and Islamic society to which this statement is so strongly attached,” Gabriel told WND.
    You can bet, though, that it in all likelihood was actually World News Daily that concluded that the first half of the Shahada is actually inscribed on Mr. Obama's wedding band, not Dr. Gabriel, since it fits their narrative. And it must have been OK with Dr. Gabriel, since it was published with attribution to him.

    And therein lies the problem--this bullshit in print from entities hiding behind our first amendment. Guys like Gabriel need to quit letting themselves be used by corporations that benefit from pushing division. This is not opinion, nor is it even informative. This is sophistry and lies, stirring up the uneducated in this country, and it has got to be stopped before it destroys us.

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:54:24 AM PST

    •  had to google Gabriel (5+ / 0-)

      because I had never heard of him and I couldn't believe that anyone who has any real knowledge of Islam would be involved with this. Interesting:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      "While the books have sold tens of thousands of copies, they also constitute the only source of information about the author, and as such, are self-referencing and not verified by any unrelated sources."

      And, even more telling:
      "Some critics believe that Gabriel does not actually exist and that a body-double is being used in his videos."

      •  Interesting... (0+ / 0-)
        In addition to what he claims about his qualifications from Al-Azhar University, Gabriel has a doctorate in Christian education and a master's in world religion from Florida Christian University in Orlando.
        I'd never heard of "Florida Christian University", not that I can claim to have heard of every university in the U.S. But googling for it brings us here. Please follow the link -- you'll be very, umm, impressed.

        Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

        by Nowhere Man on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:27:30 PM PST

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    •  an "islamic expert' would have known that.... (0+ / 0-)

      An Islamic expert would have known that...although Muslim women are allowed to adorn themselves with gold jewelry, Muslim men are not.  If men have jewlery, it is not to be ornate, it has to be functional (such as a watch) but it is FORBIDDEN for it to be gold.

      This was the more obvious flaw in the 'bin Laden confession video'...the 'actor' wore a gold ring.

      Oaths and alleginaces only become valid after being tested in adverstity.

      by Nur Alia Chang on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:25:54 AM PST

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