- The Washington Times - Friday, June 12, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. accuses President Obama of engaging “in the most consequential bait-and-switch since Adolf Hitler duped Neville Chamberlain over Czechoslovakia at Munich” (“America’s first Muslim president?” Opinion, Tuesday). For now, let’s set aside this glaring violation of Godwin’s law, which proves the weakness of Mr. Gaffney’s argument. Simply stated, Godwin’s law holds that the longer a partisan discussion continues, the higher the probability that one side - unable to argue the merits - will compare the other side to Hitler or the Nazis.

What is Mr. Obama’s offense, according to Mr. Gaffney? “[M]ounting evidence that the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself.” The evidence? The that Mr. Obama referred to “the Holy Koran” and exhibited a passing knowledge of Islam in last week’s speech in Cairo.

But Mr. Obama also quoted the Talmud and the “Holy Bible” in the very same speech, and he demonstrated knowledge of other world religions. By Mr. Gaffney’s logic, this makes Mr. Obama a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian all at once. This conclusion may bring to mind a good joke, but comedy is hardly the basis for Mr. Gaffney’s thinly veiled religious animus and ad hominem attacks.

JOSH GOLDBERG

Chicago

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