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With the Muslim Brotherhood’s grip on power slipping, is Egypt’s more radical Islamist Al-Nour Party sending President Obama a secret message with their logo? Probably not, but some conservative bloggers see a “creepy similarity” that’s “just too odd to be a coincidence:”
— Right Scoop (@trscoop) July 3, 2013
Obviously this means Obama is a secret Muslim, for some reason. For what it’s worth, the BBC says the logo for the Salafist party, which wants to impose Sharia law on Egypt, “is a sun, meant to show that the party will bring clarity and light.”
But finding coded Islamist messages in Obama logos is nothing new for the bit of the right-wing fringe that is convinced the president is a secret Muslim, or at least overly deferential to Islamists.
About a year after Obama was inaugurated, the Missile Defense Agency’s new logo caught attention as something that Drudge Report, Fox News, Breitbart, the Washington Times and others were pretty sure was a mashup of the Obama campaign logo and the Islamic crescent moon and star symbol. Obviously, as anti-Sharia activist Frank Gaffney pointed out, the logo was part of an “increasingly obvious and worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam and the theo-political-legal program the latter’s authorities call Shariah.” The Missile Defense Agency, part of the Pentagon, said it had started designing the logo more than three years prior to Obama’s election, and started using it in promotional material months before he was sworn in.
Nonetheless, a few months later, it was the Nuclear Security Summit logo that prompted conspiracy theories. That simple blue logo featured text inscribed by an incomplete ring, piercing a small circle. “That’s the same thing that you see on the flags of Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia, and Pakistan. What do they all have in common? They’re all Muslim nations,” Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson helpfully noted, even though the star is in the wrong place. The New York Post’s Michael Goodwin was the first to raise to raise the alarm, suggesting it was a subtle way for Obama to reach out to the Muslim world. The logo was actually meant to reflect images from President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” campaign of the 1950s.
Not to mention Pepsi-gate, when some were convinced the soft drink maker was carrying water for Obama with its new logo. And speaking of round things with hidden messages, did you know that Obama’s wedding ring has a secret Arabic message on it, reading “there is no God but Allah?” No? That’s because it doesn’t.
Alex Seitz-Wald is Salon's political reporter. Email him at email@example.com, and follow him on Twitter @aseitzwald.More Alex Seitz-Wald.
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