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First, the Obama administration erred when it decided to join the dysfunctional Human Rights Council last year, thereby legitimizing it. Nothing changed as a result of our participation. One-sided condemnations of Israel continued to pour out of the council while the world’s true human rights abusers were let off the hook. The council also continued its regular practice of passing resolutions declaring “defamation of religions” (specifically Islam) to be a violation of international law.
Second, the Obama State Department embarrassed the United States when it submitted a self-critical report to the council that highlighted the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law and alleged discrimination against Muslim Americans. In fact, the Obama administration went out of its way while preparing the report to consult, in its own words, “with Muslims, Native Americans, African Americans and other minority groups, to assess the extent of domestic rights violations.”
In the Obama administration’s report to the UN Human Rights Council, it threw the state of Arizona under the bus. It bragged about hauling Arizona into court for simply trying to help the federal government enforce the country’s immigration laws:
A recent Arizona law, S.B. 1070, has generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world. The issue is being addressed in a court action that argues that the federal government has the authority to set and enforce immigration law. That action is ongoing; parts of the law are currently enjoined.
Referring to the Arizona law during the course of the UN Human Rights Council’s November 5th hearing, the U.S. representative said that the U.S. will continue to oppose the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law. The U.S. representative also criticized the United States for its past “problematic” criminal justice record.
Concerning alleged Islamophobia in the United States, the Obama administration’s report to the UN Human Rights Council assured the council that it had consulted the “victims” of alleged anti-Muslim discrimination in America:
At our UPR consultations, including the meeting in Detroit, Michigan, Muslim, Arab-American, and South Asian citizens shared their experiences of intolerance and pressed for additional efforts to challenge misperceptions and discriminatory stereotypes, to prevent acts of vandalism, and to combat hate crimes.
The Obama administration’s consultations included discussions with Dawud Walid, the executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council American Islamic Relations. Walid believes in the supremacy of Sharia law in the event of a conflict with the laws of the United States, where he has chosen to live. He is quoted as saying: “We should obey the laws of the United States of America, except when those laws bar us from those things that are obligations [of] our religion.”
In a trip abroad this year to Mali that was organized by Michigan State University but funded by the federal government, Walid delivered a message which, in his own words, “stated that Muslims in America have many challenges from Islamophobia to unjust government policies that profile us.”
Walid has also been reported to have participated in illegal alien demonstrations against immigration enforcement.
Yet this radical Islamist is one of the folks with whom the Obama administration chose to consult in doing “research” for its report to the UN Human Rights Council.
In short, the Obama administration has once again shown its willingness to engage in a humiliating mea culpa for the alleged sins of the United States in order to court favorable world opinion.
We have a president who does not believe in American exceptionalism. Obama believes the United States has historically been too powerful for its own good and bears guilt for its racist past. Don’t forget that this is the same man who, back in 2001, criticized our Founding Fathers for “shackling” the government with “negative liberties” – placing limitations on governmental power — rather than specifying what the government “must do” for its citizens by means of redistributive policies.
Thus, Obama’s philosophy is not that far apart in some ways from various of our country’s severest critics. It is no wonder that he is willing to submit the United States’ human rights record to their judgment.
Joseph A. Klein is the author of a new book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam.
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