Despite Beverly Hills protest, Obama pushes deal with Sharia-compliant Brunei

Despite Beverly Hills protest, Obama pushes deal with Sharia-compliant Brunei
Obama with Prince Mohammed, Brunei's chief trade negotiator.

The Hollywood elite finally discovers what the Right has been warning of…

Barack Obama is surely used to Republicans opposing many of his initiatives. But when members of the GOP align with notoriously hard left-leaning members of Congress such as Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as well as more than a few leftist labor unions and green-friendly environmentalist groups (read: the Sierra Club, the Natural Resource Defense Council, and the World Wide Fund for Nature), that may be a signal for the Chief Executive to take pause.

As reported by the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News portal and The Irrawaddy Journal (of Burma), the Obama Administration is moving swiftly but silently to fast-track the Sultanate of Brunei, officially named The Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, to full membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And that special trade agreement would “bind the U.S. to Brunei and give the Islamic Sultanate special economic privileges.” 

The Hollywood elite have only recently become aware that Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced over a year ago his intention to completely replace secular law with Islamic Shari Law. It was also made clear by the Sultan upon his pronouncement that Sharia would be the law of the land for the country’s sizable Christian and Buddhist minority, comprising 30 percent of the population.

The Sultan and his government have been very up-front with the imposition of Sharia Law on the entire nation. Now fully in place, corporal and capital punishments such as amputation, whipping, stoning, and beheading would be meted out for crimes ranging from stealing vegetables to adultery to not paying proper respect to Muhammad to homosexuality.

Protesting outside the Sultan of Brunei-owned astronomically expensive Beverly Hills Hotel, many of the entertainment world’s super-rich and famous focused their paparazzi-fueled short-lived march on the Sultan’s persecution of the LGBT minority. Hollywood has also taken to Twitter to voice its displeasure with Sultan Bolkiah, whose personal wealth is estimated at $20 billion. Other than being a regular player of polo with the likes of Britain’s Prince Charles, the Sultan also is the proud owner of an estimated 2,500 luxury vehicles, ranging from Rolls-Royces to Lamborghinis.

Breaking ranks…

Several House Republicans oppose fast track on the grounds that it excessively empowers the executive branch, which many Republican critics argue would only hasten Obama’s “race to the bottom” for the American republic and its citizens. In spite of Speaker John Boehner’s siding with Obama, one House Democrat aide speaking on grounds of anonymity stated, “Republicans are split ideologically, and want to know why they should take one for Obama.”

As noted by Curtis Ellis of the American Jobs Alliance:

On the very day Brunei was phasing in Sharia law, Obama’s chief trade negotiator Michael Froman was on Capitol Hill selling the TransPacific Partnership, which would bind the U.S. to Brunei and give the Islamic Sultanate special economic privileges.

In spite of Obama’s campaigning on the promise that he would always side with the American worker and be the most environmentally responsible president ever, SDGLN.com wrote:

Labor unions and others are concerned that the pact would harm American workers and exempt foreign companies and governments from environmental standards and allow them to bypass American courts.

Regardless of the Sultanate’s physical situation atop a veritable sea of oil, Barack Obama saw fit to earmark $6 billion worth of taxpayer dollars to be split between Brunei and the equally oil rich Indonesia in the hope that both nations would embrace so-called “green energy.”


T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He is the founder of the blog Unapologetically Rude and has written for Examiner and other blogs.

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