NASA's Newest Mission:  Appeasing the Muslims

NASA is a multi-billion-dollar federal agency engaged in basic scientific research.  Whether that is the proper role of government could be debated at length.  Unfortunately, President Barack H. Obama has his hands on NASA now, and is using it to promote Islam.

NASA Chief Criticized for Mentioning Christianity in Speech.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the First Amendment.  Or maybe, after the spat over a speech by NASA's Jim Bridenstine, it does.  Thanks to the double standards of secularism, public officials can't even talk about faith without making headlines.  It's no wonder, then, that when the head of America's space program gave remarks at a Christian ministry, even he had trouble finding signs of intelligence in the criticism that followed.  Capitol Ministries, the organization that Bridenstine has supported for years, is hardly controversial.  Nine of the president's 15 Cabinet officials are sponsors of the ministry — whose aim is simple:  influencing government with biblical teachings.

Here are 1,366 well sourced examples of Barack Obama's lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc..  [#91] In July 2010, Charles Bolden, the administrator of NASA, said that Obama had told him that the primary purpose of NASA was to reach out to the Muslim world.

Trump Makes Space Great Again.  "Foremost," the NASA administrator described his marching orders from Obama, "he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world."  The great new mission of America's space agency would be to make Muslims "feel good about their historic contribution to science."  President Trump has another mission for NASA. Looking over at former Senator Schmitt, the last living man to walk on the moon in the Apollo 17 mission forty-five years ago, President Trump said, "Today, we pledge that he will not be the last."  "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and, perhaps, someday to many worlds beyond."

Our Superstitious President.  NASA, as its name implies, by all accounts is a scientific government agency devoted to the exploration of the upper atmosphere and space.  Its mission is not, as its Director Charles Bolden understood his mandate from President Obama, a sociological one:  "And third, and perhaps foremost, (emphasis added) he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."  Once the U.S. again has its own rockets, such outreach may be a nice thing to do.  But "feel good" is not the "foremost" mission of that government scientific organization.  Envision the next present promising to use NASA to ensure that Christian nations "feel good" about past Christian "contributions to science, math, and engineering."  Almost instantaneously we would hear — and rightly so — charges leveled against an anti-science president subverting for ideological purposes and a "political agenda" an historic government scientific enterprise.

Alphabet Soup Corruption.  [Scroll down]  The United States may not any longer have the capability to launch a rocket capable of sending men into space, but the National Aeronautical and Space Administration administrator Charles Bolden, shortly after assuming office, assured the public that among the agency's foremost priorities would be "to reach out to the Muslim world ... to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering."  Bolden is a decorated military officer, but he might have worried more about the underfunded and sclerotic NASA building rockets before he assured Al Jazeera that it will find ways to emphasize the historical scientific contributions of the Islamic world.

NASA Bans The Word 'Jesus'.  The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA.  The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name 'Jesus' in club announcements that appeared in a Space Center newsletter.  "It was shocking to all of us and very frustrating," NASA engineer Sophia Smith told me.  "NASA has a long history of respecting religious speech.  Why wouldn't they allow us to put the name Jesus in the announcement about our club?"  Liberty Institute, one of the nation's largest religious liberty law firms, threatened to file a federal lawsuit unless NASA apologizes and stops censoring the name 'Jesus'.

The Federal Octopus.  [Scroll down]  Under Obama, bureaucracies also freelance far beyond their missions to further the president's multicultural agenda.  One would think that NASA, our agency for exploration of outer space, should have nothing to do with the president's plans for Muslim outreach, which he thought was going to end the war on terror, remake the Middle East, and ease global tensions.  But in 2010, NASA administrator Charles Bolden informed us that, "perhaps foremost, [Obama] wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and engineering — science, math and engineering."

The Obama Administration's Ethics Problem.  What has happened to NASA?  We are currently trying to isolate Vladimir Putin for his territorial aggressions and yet beseeching the Russians to send our astronauts into space.  Perhaps NASA administrator Charles Bolden should not have boasted that one of NASA's "foremost" goals was "to reach out to the Muslim world" and "to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering."  Americans might have preferred Bolden to stick with rockets.

Muslim Self-Esteem... or the Stars.  In July 2010, NASA chief Charles Bolden, an Obama appointee, told Al Jazeera that his boss had given him three priorities... none of them involving space exploration.  The foremost priority for the agency once tasked with sending a man to the moon was "to reach out to the Muslim world... to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering."  A small step for one man had become a great step for Muslimkind.

Impeachment-Ready Obama Surrenders American Military to U.N..  [Scroll down]  Until Obama arrived with his "Muslim Priority," NASA had been one of the very best outfits in America.  Certainly, as such an entity, NASA has to collaborate with other countries.  But what is there in the Muslim world that could possibly be useful to NASA?  As former NASA director Michael Griffin said:  "There is no technology they have that we need."  That says it all.

Who Is Barack Obama?  [President] Kennedy believed passionately in American exceptionalism — and championed some of the most dramatic plans to put a man on the moon.  Obama, after shutting down space travel, with no belief in American exceptionalism, praises a NASA leader who has diverged dramatically from NASA's core mission to claim that NASA's new mission priority is Muslim outreach.

NASA: Muslim world here we come.  Now that the space shuttle program has been retired, NASA can start focusing on its primary mission:  reaching out to the Muslim world.

NASA Chief:  Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World.  NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.  Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA's orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him.  He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.

Obama's new mission for NASA:  Reach out to Muslim world.  In a far-reaching restatement of goals for the nation's space agency, NASA administrator Charles Bolden says President Obama has ordered him to pursue three new objectives:  to "re-inspire children" to study science and math, to "expand our international relationships," and to "reach out to the Muslim world." ... "NASA is not only a space exploration agency," Bolden concluded, "but also an earth improvement agency."

The Editor says...
Oh!  An "earth improvement agency."  Who could possibly oppose that?  Sure, that's worth $20 billion a year, easily.

Obama tasks NASA with building Muslim self-esteem.  In the video below, Charles Bolden, head of NASA, tells Al Jazeera that the "foremost" task President Obama has given him is "to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering."  Thus, NASA's primary mission is no longer to enhance American science and engineering or to explore space, but to boost the self-esteem of "predominantly Muslim nations."

Former NASA Director Says Muslim Outreach Push 'Deeply Flawed'.  The former head of NASA on Tuesday described as "deeply flawed" the idea that the space exploration agency's priority should be outreach to Muslim countries, after current Administrator Charles Bolden made that assertion in an interview last month. ... Bolden created a firestorm after telling Al Jazeera last month that President Obama told him before he took the job that he wanted him to do three things:  inspire children to learn math and science, expand international relationships and "perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering."

White House, NASA, Defend Comments About NASA Outreach to Muslim World.  The White House and NASA today defended comments by National Aeronautic Space Administration administrator Charles Bolden about reaching out to the Muslim world — comments that conservatives criticized as undermining NASA's mission.

Former NASA chief:  Muslim outreach is 'perversion' of NASA's mission.  Michael Griffin, who headed NASA during the last four years of the Bush administration, says the space agency's new goal to improve relations with the Islamic world and boost Muslim self-esteem is a "perversion" of NASA's original mission to explore space.

NASA's new mission:  Building ties to Muslim world.  You'd be hard-pressed to find an American who doesn't know that the "S" in NASA stands for "Space."  Since the race to the moon in the 1960s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been one of the most storied agencies in the U.S. government.  Now, under President Obama, its mission is changing — and space isn't part of the story.

NASA's Mission to the Muslims.  NASA was the direct result of the Cold War scare when the Russians put Sputnik into orbit over the Earth in October 1957, thereby demonstrating they had missiles powerful enough to launch a nuclear attack on the nation.  It galvanized the U.S. government into passing the National Defense Education Act in order to get more young Americans to go into the fields of science and math, and it prompted the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the purpose of demonstrating American scientists and engineers could create bigger and better missiles.  Muslims had nothing to do with it then and nothing to do with it now.

Obama's "Fly Me to the Crescent Moon" Policy.  [Scroll down]  We can find something else interesting in this loony story:  Where are the atheizers and arch-separationists on this one?  Do they support "separation of church and state" but go suddenly silent when the issue is "separation of mosque and state"?

Clarice's Pieces.  I might suggest to Bolden and his boss that if you want to inspire children to get into science and math, get us back into space.  If you want to expand our international relationships, do what NASA once did — be a shining example of American creativity and ingenuity.  If you want to make the Muslim nations feel good, find another job, because it is preposterous to link it to yours.

Video:  Charles Krauthammer didn't think much of Bolden's remarks, either.  "This is a new height in fatuousness[.] ... NASA was established to get America into space and to keep us there.  This idea to feel good about their past and to make achievements is the worst combination of group therapy, psychobabble, imperial condescension and adolescent diplomacy."

Does the 'S' In NASA Suddenly Stand for 'Stupid'?  The latest example of the brainless void in the Obama administration (no, not Joe Biden this time) comes directly from the head of NASA.  The space agency's Administrator Charles Bolden said recently that the "foremost" mission of our space agency was to make Muslims feel good about stuff they did hundreds of years ago.  It's not an accident.  Bolden had been in Cairo promoting this stupidity, following up on Obama's speech a year ago catering to the Muslim world.

NASA's Muslim outreach:  Al Jazeera was told first.  Lawmakers across Capitol Hill, both Democrats and Republicans, were surprised to learn recently that the Obama administration has made reaching out to Muslim nations a top priority for the space agency NASA.  They will probably be more surprised to learn that administration officials told the Middle East news organization Al Jazeera about it before they told Congress.

President Dogbert.  Set aside whatever you are thinking now about making Muslim nations feel good.  If this was the new NASA administrator's "mission," how is it discernible from, say, a mission that could be assigned to the Secretary of Education?  Couldn't General Bolden accomplish his mission without even having to put anything or any person into space ever again?  This "mission" has the earmarks of the bad mission statements I recall from my tenure as a cubicle-dweller:  It is a "save the world" (and its children and Muslims) mission, and it has nothing specific to do with NASA itself.  It could apply equally to the Dept. of Education, the Dept. of Energy, or the Dept. of Agriculture.

Farewell to Space.  Just when you thought Barack Obama's toadying to Islam could not get any worse, now comes this:  The President directed the new administrator of NASA, retired Marine Major General Charles Bolden, as "perhaps [his] foremost" charge to "find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage more dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science... and math and engineering."

One Giant Leap (Backward).  "Waste anything but time."  That was the motto of the teams behind NASA's Apollo missions.  That spirit has long since evaporated.  Today's NASA is pulled by a million missions, from improving education and spinning off more products like Tang to its latest call of duty:  telling Muslims how good they are at math. ... We've gone from "waste anything but time" to "waste everything, especially time" in about a generation.

The NASA-Muslim Outreach Story 'Has Not Made the Cut'.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.
  •   Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post:  0.
  •   Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News:  0.
  •   Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on ABC World News:  0.
  •   Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on CBS Evening News:  0.

The Distance NASA Travelled Over 48 Years.  [Scroll down]  One listens to this interview and remembering this is the United States of America we are talking about, one is tempted to say the piece is an absolutely nutty story, one wants to say it is ridiculous, even bizarre, a fraud.  Then one realizes it is real, it is where we have traveled in the last 48 years, and one shudders.

Allah's final frontier.  What's unclear is what Mr. Bolden believes the United States has to gain by reaching out to a part of the world that has been technologically stagnant for centuries.  The Muslim world has nothing to offer the United States as a space-faring nation.  If anything, America should be discouraging Middle East space programs.  Iran has the most advanced space initiative in the region and claimed to have launched a satellite in February.  It's a short step from putting satellites in space to being able to do the same with warheads.

U.S. Space Program Bows To Mecca.  At a time when the only missile programs in the Arab world, namely in Syria and Iran, are aimed at hitting Israel with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, NASA administrator Charles Bolden goes on Al Jazeera to tell the Muslim world his "foremost" goal was to make them feel good about their achievements in math, science and engineering.  Citing the International Space Station as an example, Bolden described space travel as an international collaboration of which Muslim nations must be a part.

Obama Making Carter Years look Like Paradise.  The United States government and some in media seem obsessed with appeasing anybody and anything Islamic.  Only the latest example is the decree from NASA that its "foremost" mission is to recognize and appreciate the contributions of Muslims to science.

The Right Stuff Goes Wrong.  The president and Bolden think it will improve relations with the Muslim world if we praise them for their work in math and science many centuries ago, but what has the Muslim world done for humanity lately?

Muslim pandering 'not good for the country'.  A conservative media watchdog thinks the mainstream media has virtually ignored the NASA administrator's recent outlandish statement that the "foremost" mission of the space agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.  NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made that announcement on the English language version of Al Jazeera, which Jeff Poor of the Media Research Center's Business and Media Institute believes was a questionable move in and of itself.

The White House backpedals at full speed:
Muslim Outreach Not the Job of NASA, White House Says.  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday [7/12/2010] that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden must have misspoken when he told Al Jazeera last month that one of his top priorities is to reach out to Muslim countries.  "That was not his task and that's not the task of NASA," Gibbs said.  Bolden, though, said last month in the interview that it was President Obama who gave him that task.  He made a similar claim in February.

White House denies NASA remark on Muslim outreach.  The White House is contradicting the NASA administrator's claim that President Barack Obama assigned him to reach out to Muslims on science matters.

In Search of Islam's Contributions.  NASA administrator Charles Bolden gave an interview in late June to Al Jazeera television and told the Arabic-language news network that before he took his new job, Obama told him that "perhaps" his "foremost" duty was "to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering."  This is ludicrous.  It is not our government's job to make foreigners feel good about themselves.

Norm Augustine's Subversive Agenda.  To commemorate the first anniversary of Barack Obama's Cairo speech, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, interviewed on al Jazeera TV, said that one of his foremost responsibilities was improving relations in the Muslim world by highlighting their contributions to math, science and engineering, thereby making them feel better.  Notwithstanding that Muslims abroad learned of this outreach before the Americans who will fund it did, while your first instinct may be to focus on the emotional aspects of using taxpayer-funded NASA to enhance public relations with Muslims, a sizable majority of whom hate us, we must look at the totality of what Barack Obama is doing to America's military and space programs and how those actions are intertwined, before the national security implications become apparent.

NASA's Final Frontier.  Once upon a time, NASA led America's great ascent into the final frontier.  But in a stunning case of misplaced priorities, the space agency now seems to be primarily concerned with raising Muslim self esteem.

NASA Outreach Program 'Confirmed' Despite White House Denial, Rep Says.  The White House is disavowing a plan to have NASA conduct outreach to Muslim countries, but a congressman who talked to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden about that plan last month said the initiative was very real until somebody slammed the brakes on it.  Rep. Pete Olson, ranking Republican on the Space and Aeronautics House Subcommittee, told that Bolden described the outreach program as part of the administration's space plan during a conversation they had in June.

What Muslim Scientific Achievements?  [Scroll down]  Walid Phares, an author and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted that the U.S. shouldn't "be in the business of bringing religion, Islam or other to space development." ... "This is a ridiculous concept.  Those who enter a spaceship are humans not members of religious sects.  I think what lays behind this medieval perception of space technology is a policy of partnership with Islamist regimes, most of which are oppressive of their own people."

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