[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Barack Obama spent his formative years growing up as a boy in the Muslim majority country of Indonesia. His mother moved him there after marrying his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro. The family lived in Jakarta from 1967 until 1971 when Obama moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to live with his grandparents. Now, Jakarta is making news for a different reason.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta celebrated the Fourth of July, the day on which America declared its independence from England, one month early, on June 4. The reason? The actual day falls in the middle of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which begins on June 17 and lasts for one month, and they didn’t want to upset the Muslims by celebrating America’s birth during that time.
Though this decision to celebrate the Fourth of July early in order to not offend Muslims is an insult to the Founding Fathers and all that they fought for to found our great republic, the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Robert O. Blake, still referred to that day in 1776, conveniently leaving out the fact that the Founders established a republic.
Blake said, “The US will continue to support Indonesia in the future through its democratic achievements. Democracy is an American value which we have championed since [the country’s birth in] 1776.”
He also, according to the Jakarta Post, confirmed that Independence Day was being celebrated a month early out of respect for Islam.
This is taking the appeasement to Muslims to an entirely new and disrespectful level for America. Are we so afraid of Muslims that America’s Independence Day can’t even be celebrated on its actual day lest we offend Muslims?
h/t Pamela Geller[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]