“Islam is violent,” says Obama’s new pastor. Or is he?

More than a year after he was forced to disown his Chicago pastor, President Obama has begun to attend services led by a Christian chaplain who views Islam as a violent faith.

Rev. Carey Cash
Rev. Carey Cash

The White House insists that the Rev Cash, the great-nephew of the singer Johnny Cash, has not become Mr Obama’s new pastor, but it appears that the President has heard more sermons by him than any other minister since taking office. (Whatsa matter, no mosques nearby?)

Mr Obama has been an irregular church attender since becoming President, but has expressed a fondness for Carey Cash, the navy chaplain at the Camp David presidential retreat who has been criticised for proselytising in the military and his mistrust of Islam.

The emergence of Mr Cash, 39, who was profiled on the front page of The Washington Post yesterday, will pose some tough questions for the White House — and for President Obama, whose father was Muslim. In a 2004 book describing his deployment to Iraq the year before, Mr Cash calls Islam violent, a faith that “from its very birth has used the edge of the sword as a means to convert or conquer those with different religious convictions.” (Who wants to bet Obama is setting him up to be charged with blasphemy as soon as Obama makes speaking against Islam a crime?)

According to the report in The Washington Post, the White House has instructed Mr Cash and his family not to talk to the newspaper. (What a surprise!) TIMES ONLINE

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