It's the day after Thanksgiving here in the United States, so it's the right time to see what the leftover turkeys in Birtherstan are up to.
Anti-Semitic Internet Outhouse Andy Martin has a movie he's pimping, soon to be seen on YouTube. The birtherstani get their panties in a knot about Obama doing the same thing Bush did. James Manning is still smoking crack, but is trying to backpedal on his calling for Obama's death. One of Dr. Orly's supporters shows his racist stripes, a breakdown of the birther cases shows how badly they're doing. The fantasy tiddlywinks league flames out in court again, while their radio show warns about the "chocolate nuisance in the White House". Berg makes a reappearance in birtherdom, not just in Hollister v 'Soetoro' but elsewhere as well. AXJ-Orange County finds my blog, and Gary Kreep is in bed with World Nut Daily
I'd like to start out with an interesting find.
It's a matter of faith among many birthers that Lolo Soetoro adopted Barack Obama and therefore Obama took Lolo Soetoro's last name. Philip Berg is particularly fond of the "Barry Soetoro" name.
There's just one little glitch in this idea.
Indonesia is 86.1% Muslim. Lolo Soetoro himself was a non-practicing Muslim, and the birthers LOVE to hint that Obama himself is a "stealth Muslim". So what does Islam teach about adoption??
(Bold face mine)
"...Nor has He made your adopted sons your (biological) sons. Such is (only) your (manner of) speech by your mouths. But Allah tells (you) the Truth, and He shows the (right) Way. Call them by (the names of) their fathers; that is juster in the sight of Allah. But if you know not their father's (names, call them) your brothers in faith, or your trustees. But there is no blame on you if you make a mistake therein. (What counts is) the intention of your hearts. And Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful." (Qur'an 33:4-5)
The Islamic laws on adoption are called "Kafala".
"While raising someone's else child is allowed and, in the case of an orphan, even encouraged, the child does not become a child of the new parents. This form of adoption where children retain membership to their original family is called, in Arabic: kafala. This implies for example that the new father cannot name the son after him"
An adoptive child is not considered maharim, or a member of the adoptive family. While the role of an adoptive parent is honored, (Muhammad himself adopted a child, Zayd ibn Harithah), the child is always seen as a member of the biological father's family, should that family be known. Which is the case with Barack Obama, Sr. and his family. It's more of a foster-child thing than an adoptive child as per Western definitions.
Therefore, under Islamic law and practices, even if an adoption took place, (and remember, there's never been any evidence of such), Obama would have never took on the last name of Soetoro.