Jerusalem (PRWEB) November 2, 2008
Barack Obama may not consider himself a Muslim, but that may not change the reality of how Muslims - and Islamic law - see him, and his election could destabilize the Middle East, says scholar Paul Eidelberg, president of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy and author of "Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall".
"There has been much confusion and misinformation in the American press about this," noted Eidelberg. "The facts are that Obama is a Muslim under Islamic law because his father was a Muslim, for descent in Islam is patrilineal and he was also enrolled in elementary school as a Muslim. While Obama may think that he converted to Christianity that is not the way Islamic law sees things. And even if his conversion were to be acknowledged by Islamic law, he would be in serious trouble because Islamic law dictates that those who leave the faith and convert to another religion are to be considered a "murtadd" or apostate and be subject to the death penalty."
"By lineage and school registration, Barack Obama was clearly a Muslim young man," Eidelberg notes. "If he renounced that and converted to Christianity as a young man he is an apostate and in trouble with the Muslim world. If he never renounced his Muslim upbringing he will likely be in trouble with American voters whom he has been telling that he is a Christian."
The election of an American president with such strong Muslim ties, Eidelberg believes, could destabilize the uneasy balance of power in the Middle East.
"The Rev. Jesse Jackson was recently quoted as saying that American foreign policy would experience 'fundamental changes' and that 'decades of putting Israel's interests first' would no longer be foundational," notes Eidelberg. "Jackson also noted that 'Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades' remained strong but would lose sway under Obama. This is a severe warning to the state of Israel and to Jews around the world. Israel is on the brink of losing one of its last remaining friends. I shudder to think of what an Obama presidency would mean for the U.S., Israel, and the entire Middle East."
An American-born, internationally known author, lecturer, and professor, Eidelberg currently lives in Israel and has written several books on the Arab-Israel conflict as well as books about American history, the corruption in the current Israeli political system, Judaism and Jewish political philosophy.
"Barack Obama is America's quintessential media candidate, an image candidate - like Jimmy Carter, a billboard candidate, all surface and no depth. My hope is that the American voter will see through this and choose wisely on November 4th."
To read more of Eidelberg's views on the current political situation check out his articles on http://politicalmavens.com/index.php/author/pauleidelberg and his personal blog site at http://www.PaulEidelberg.com.