Just in time for the American elections, the loons have at long last unearthed the smoking gun. A poem authored by President Barack HUSSEIN Obama when he was nineteen years old, on the eve of a trip to–gasp!–the MUSLIM nation of Pakistan, provides irrefutable “proof” he’s not only a secret Muslim, but a rabid hater of Christians and Jews:
Under water grottos, caverns
Filled with apes
That eat figs.
Stepping on the figs
That the apes
Eat, they crunch.
The apes howl, bare
Their fangs, dance,
Tumble in the
Musty, wet pelts
Glistening in the blue.
Are you outraged yet? Isn’t it obvious Obama’s heart is brimming with hate, hate, hate?
If you can’t see it, you must have become lost in the murky depths of pro-Muslim propaganda spewed daily by the Muslim Brotherhood-loving liberal media. Fortunately, Jack Cashill has decoded this monstrous tribute to jihad on a far right hate site with an (unintentionally?) ironic name, the American Thinker:
…both of the poem’s most conspicuous symbols, apes and figs, are mentioned in the Qur’an. Middle Eastern scholar Bernard Lewis has argued that although Muslims were relatively tolerant of Jews, there are at least three passages in the Qur’an in which Jews are denounced as “apes.” In sura 5.60, for instance, the Quran reads, “[Worse is he] whom Allah has cursed and brought His wrath upon, and of whom He made apes and swine.” “Swine” is apparently the epithet of choice for Christians, but “Underground” is not about swine. It is about apes — belligerent, boastful apes at that.
In 1981, when Obama submitted this poem, he was plotting his forthcoming summer trip to Pakistan, a Muslim country. By all accounts, given his education in Indonesia and his choice of friends in America, he was a knowledgeable fellow-traveler in the world of Islam. By 1981, too, Israel had emerged as a source of evil in the eyes of both radical Muslims and the international left.
The reference to “figs” strengthens O’Hagan’s case that the “apes” refer to Jews, or at least to Israeli Jews. He cites the 95th sura of the Quran, “At-Tin,” which translates as “fig” or “fig tree.” It reads in part: “[I Swear] By the fig and [by] the olive/ And [I Swear by] Mount Sinai/ And [I Swear by] this secure land [of the city of Makkah].”…
Read the rest here.
Plainly, Obama is a crafty secret Muslim who, even as a teen, could obscure his true beliefs in poetic symbolism. Did you notice he also mentioned “caverns”? Cavern is another word for “cave,” and everyone knows the Prophet Muhammad used to spend time in a cave named Hira, where Muslims believe he received his first revelation. There’s even a chapter in the Qur’an entitled, The Cave.
Still not convinced? Well the poem also mentioned water, and the Qur’an mentions water too. Repeatedly. And the poem has words, and the Qur’an has words too! This is apparently the kind of “thoughtful” analysis that impresses the loons.
Sarcasm aside, the “apes and pigs” theme (not “apes and figs”–that’s a refreshing new twist) is a common talking point for anti-Muslim loons, based on a distorted interpretation of verses in the Qu’ran. Sadly, a tiny minority of radical Muslims do use the verse in question to justify their prejudices.
Mainstream Muslims interpret the verses quite differently. Aziz Poonawalla’s City of Brass blog has provided a clear, concise explanation of verses in question in response to a previous “analysis” advanced by the ant-Muslim hate site, MEMRI:
Jews are NOT apes and pigs
I was unsurprised to read in NRO’s The Corner the entry by Kathryn Jean-Lopez about the MEMRI “analysis” which purports to demonstrate that the Qur’an calls Jews “apes and pigs”.
The verse she is referring to is 5:60 – while I do not deny that the verse has been deliberately misused to justify calling Jews “apes and pigs” – it has nothing to do with Jews. This is a group of ayats that are a kind of dialouge. It is confusing to follow but here is the general gist:
5:57 – (addressing Muslims) – do not choose as *guardians* [LW ed: or allies] (actual word used) those people who follow earlier Revelations but not Islam (ie, Jews and Christians), and people who are outright disbelievers (in Allah). The issue of Guardian goes back to 5:55, which has an extensive history in and of itself, as relates to Ali. [LW ed: See our discussion of the issue of wilaya, or ‘friendship, patronage and alliance.’ Also see the translation of this verse.]
5:58 – Some ignorant Jews and Christians mock you (as a muslim) and your Azaan (call to prayer) because they do not understand what you are doing (they do not see it as a form of worship). This should not dissuade you from doing your actions (duties to Allah).(personal comment: I have been ridiculed while praying in parking lots. My wife and I used to go to movies before Baby arrived, and sometimes the only time we could catch a show was right around sunset. So we would do our obligatory prayers in the parking lot. To be honest, we are reluctant to do that nowadays, but this verse demands that we persevere despite that paranoia)
5:59 – addressing Jews and Christians – “is the only reason you hate us (Muslims) because we believe in Allah, and the revelations that came before (which you also believe in)? Is this because most of you do not follow your own scriptures as well as we follow them (the same scriptures)? at this point the Muslim understands that they are inheritors to the same scriptures that Jews and Christians follow. However, they are a target of ridicule by some in these groups for adherence to these scriptures.
5:60 – addressing Muslims again – Do you want to know who is worse (than such ignorant Jews and Christians. Note, not ALL, see 5:58)? Those who are worse are those who Allah has cursed, had wrath upon, had damned to be apes and swine.. etc . these are far, far worse than Jews or Christians (who mock the azaan, etc.)
5:61 – The group that is discussed in 5:60 is here revealed to be those who say (on the surface) I believe in Allah but who actually do not, and seek to cause dissent and turmoil within the community of believers.
Clearly, the average Jew or Christian who follows their own scriptures, or who at least does not ridicule Muslim belief, is clearly not the target of 5:59, let alone 5:60. …
The article is worth reading in full here. The notion Jews are equated with apes and pigs is a distortion, but adding Christians into the mix and claiming Muslims view them as “swine” is even more of a stretch. It seems this new twist was added to broaden the scope of alleged hate and maximize outrage with the loons’ gullible target audience.
Just in case there are any “counter jihadists” reading this article, I’ve conducted my own analysis of Mitt Romney’s poetry, just for you. From Mother Jones:
To wit, “Baha“:
Who’s got your camera, though,
Who let the dog’s [sic] out,
And here’s a bonus volley (condensed and edited), via Emily Friedman. “Unleashed”:
Oh, this is great—
Little bacon pieces keep falling out.
Today this is me,
Just raw and unleashed.
Dogs and bacon? The symbolism is clear. GOP candidate Willard Mitt Romney (who I’ve affectionately dubbed “Mitney”) is telling the world he is not a secret Muslim, and therefore he is deserving of the presidency. Savvy loons choose Mitt.
It’s amazing any credible site would publish such idiocy and present this laughable “analysis” of Obama’s poetry. What it proves is not that Obama is a secret Muslim, but that “counter jihadists” are sinking deeper into complete absurdity, and that their blind hatred is eclipsed only by their stunning ignorance.