Conservative author says photo shows Obama ‘flashing one-finger affirmation of Islamic faith’
President Barack Obama has moved beyond the “terrorist fist jab” with another hand gesture that conservatives believe proves he is, in fact, a Muslim.
Writing for The American Thinker website, the blogger and Islamophobic author F.W. Burleigh closely examines a photograph of Obama taken in August during a meeting with African dignitaries.
“It shows Barack Hussein Obama flashing the one-finger affirmation of Islamic faith to dozens of African delegates,” claims Burleigh, author of “It’s All About Muhammad, a Biography of the World’s Most Notorious Prophet.”
The Associated Press photo shows the smiling president holding up his right index finger in an apparent interaction with someone as he walks in a line past dignitaries already assembled for a group photo.
Video from the event shows Obama made the gesture after one of the dignitaries commented to him as he passes, and the president and three men he behind him are all laughing or smiling.
Burleigh said The Daily Mail, which apparently was the only media outlet to publish the photo, badly misinterpreted the gesture as “finger wagging” – but he knows what was really going on.
“The one-finger display is the distinctive Muslim gang sign: The index finger points straight up while the thumb wraps underneath and presses against the digital phalange of the middle finger,” Burleigh argued.
“The remaining fingers are squeezed against the palm in order to highlight the extended forefinger,” he said. “The extended finger is symbolic of the one-God concept of Muhammad and is understood by all believers to be a symbolic shahada, the Muslim affirmation of faith: There is but one God and Muhammad is his messenger.”
Burleigh argued at length that President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo – which he noted was 50 percent animist, 30 percent Christian and 20 percent Muslim – was deeply dismayed to see the gesture.
“Through his face you can read the mind of this Sorbonne- and George Washington University educated leader,” Burleigh claimed. “His mind is screaming, ‘You gotta be kidding!’”
Burleigh cited a litany of right-wing conspiracy theories to claim Obama was working promote Islamic interests in the U.S. and abroad, and he complained the president was using hand gestures to taunt the Americans he hadn’t fooled.
“There is nothing in Obama’s head that is American,” Burleigh said. “He is an antithetical American, a polar opposite of its values that he is routinely undermining. He is an unabashed member of the transtribal supertribe that Muhammad created 1,400 years ago; he is of the umma, not of America. His finger in the air at the African Leaders’ Conference is unambiguous evidence.”
Watch video from the event posted online by DNKenya: