great memoriesA good week to remember this one:
But as a practical matter, in very few Islamic countries do the governments have sufficient authority to resist demands for the punishment of apostates at the hands of religious authorities....-- Edward Luttwak, "President Apostate?" New York Times, May 12, 2008.
Because no government is likely to allow the prosecution of a President Obama — not even those of Iran and Saudi Arabia, the only two countries where Islamic religious courts dominate over secular law — another provision of Muslim law is perhaps more relevant: it prohibits punishment for any Muslim who kills any apostate, and effectively prohibits interference with such a killing.
At the very least, that would complicate the security planning of state visits by President Obama to Muslim countries, because the very act of protecting him would be sinful for Islamic security guards.
A shame Barack Obama will never be able to visit the Middle East without being killed.
But at least the issue of a visit to Israel is off the table, since Iran destroyed it with nuclear weapons almost two years ago.