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Obama Tours Mosque but Does Not Meet with Persecuted Christians

President Obama is in Asia and he recently spoke with the good people of Malaysia. On his little outing he made a few interesting and notable comments that give some reason for concern.

The most notable was President Obama’s decision to visit Malaysia’s most important mosque (fine) but not to visit with congregations from the persecuted Christian, Buddhist or Hindu minorities. Malaysia is about 60% Muslim and the minority religious communities often come under pressure from the majority Muslim population.

A spokesman for the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship chairman, Rev. Dr. Eu Hong Seng, said he welcomed the fact Obama chose to tour the National Mosque.

“Given the challenges and concerns for non-Muslim religions in Malaysia, especially Christianity, it would have been good for President Obama to also visit the places of religious worship of other religions,” he said. “This would help him better understand the issues facing non-Muslim religions in Malaysia.”

omuslimPresident Obama did take time in a speech he gave to speak up for the religious minorities within the nation, but even then he mis-stepped by making it sound as if the religious tension in Malaysia and the racial tension that may exist in the United States were somehow similar.  This is a disgusting equivocation of two very different things. The racial issues we have experienced in our nation have much improved over the last hundred years, and every sane American believes that all men are created equal and should have access to the same fundamental rights and privileges. The religious intolerance in Malaysia is still a terrible problem and it does not seem to be getting better. In fact, throughout the Islamic world, Muslim oppression and persecution of religious minorities is only getting worse. (As we’ve documented over and over again here at Eagle Rising.)

Here in Malaysia, this is a majority Muslim country. So then, there are times where those who are non-Muslims find themselves perhaps being disadvantaged or experiencing hostility.

In the United States, obviously historically the biggest conflicts arose around race. And we had to fight a civil war and we had to have a civil rights movement over the course of generations until I could stand before you as a president of African descent.

But of course, the job is not done. There is still discrimination and prejudice and ethnic conflict inside the United States that we have to be vigilant against. So my point is all of us have within us biases and prejudices of people who are not like us or were not raised in the same faith or come from a different ethnic background.

Malaysia won’t succeed if non-Muslims don’t have opportunity. You should be proud of who you are and your background. And you should appreciate the differences in language and food. And how you worship God is going to be different, and those are things that you should be proud of. But it shouldn’t be a tool to look down on somebody else. It shouldn’t be a reason to discriminate.

Our situations are not the same, and while it may simply be an attempt to connect with his listeners… it’s a bridge too far. Those being persecuted don’t need the Presidents gentle conversation with their abusers… they need the leader of the Free World to stand up and denounce religious oppression! They needed to hear President Obama say that America stood with them in their pain and that the persecuted people of the world would always have a political ally in us. They needed our President to exert pressure on the Malaysian government to help the downtrodden minority. They needed our President to clearly call out the Muslim community for their immoral behavior. Instead, he visited their most important mosque and treated the oppressors as friendly hosts instead of brutal rulers.

The free people of the world may not realize it yet, but we can’t take much more of Barack Obama’s “leadership.” 

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

  • seeymour kleerly

    You bring back memories of being in grammar school. Snipe and run!

  • seeymour kleerly

    Sadam “protected” Christians from the Islamic fanatics and Bush removed him! There was a mass exodus of Christians and is probably only getting worse!

  • Hetero Lingo

    You are a lamp of liberty, a shining beacon for all to see. Glow brighter, shine bigger:

  • seeymour kleerly

    Wrong. That’s just the conservative propaganda. Joe HEADED both the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations commitees! He suffers from foot in mouth disease, but he’s quite smart.

  • Michael Skok

    B.O. can’t be bothered with Christians–only with those who say, “God damn America.”

    • Shirley

      Jeremiah Wright was no way a Christian. If intelligent persons had listened to his words before Obama was elected they would have no doubt where Obama’s beliefs are far from Bible believing Christians. All his rhetoric was hatred and damning this country. Obama listened to his rhetoric for years. I hope those who refused to look at facts regarding Obama’s background will now get their heads out of the sand.

  • Don

    I see that it is OK for you to list multiple items for discussion but I cant ???? typical liberal, cant handle the truth when it it placed in front of him / her ?

  • Mark_Trail

    “Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.”
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~

  • Vic Bailey

    Bama an his puppet master VERMIN need to thrown in prison, until such time they can be tried and convicted or TREASON, then HUNG! Semper Fi.

  • tins6

    Type in, ‘Obama admits he is a muslim,’ youtube.

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