Obama’s White House Launches This New Muslim Outreach Office
President Obama has taken the next step in furtherance of his goal to “fundamentally transform America,” as he promised in his 2008 campaign, and created a new position in the government to handle outreach to the Muslim-American “community” in the U.S.
Rather than treating those who practice the Muslim faith as any other Americans, like Presbyterians or Catholics or Jews, Obama sees the need to establish a special agency to cater to the needs and concerns of Muslims for whom being an American is secondary to being a follower of Islam.
The special Muslim “outreach” office will work out of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
“A big part of this role is making sure the national conversation about these communities is not framed through a single lens, but covers the full range of issues that Muslims face,” said Zaki Barzinji, who will work out of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Barzinji, who was the president of the Muslim Youth of North America before being tapped by Obama to run his new Muslim program, did not elaborate on what that full range of issues might include.
Barzinji has served as director of intergovernmental affairs in Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration. McAuliffe made news this week as the subject of an investigation into campaign contributions made by Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang, who also made significant contributions to the Clinton Family Foundation.
Obama’s creation of the Muslim office is seen as a slap in the face of the presumptive Republican nominee for the presidency, Donald Trump, who has promised a pause on immigration from the Middle East until vetting procedures can be counted on to identify potential terrorists trying to gain entry to the United States.
Apparently, President Obama is more concerned with making Muslim immigrants feel comfortable, than keeping America safe from those who wish to do it harm.