Boris Johnson suggests ‘part-Kenyan’ Obama may have ‘ancestral dislike’ of UK


The Mayor of London attacked the president for endorsing the UK’s position in the EU

Wars and Rumors of Wars

“For nationStrongs 1484: ethnos, eth´-nos; probably from 1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan):—Gentile, heathen, nation, people. shall rise against nationStrongs 1484: ethnos, eth´-nos; probably from 1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan):—Gentile, heathen, nation, people., and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
Matthew 24:7

Boris Johnson has criticised the US president Barack Obama and suggested his attitude to Britain might be based on his “part-Kenyan” heritage and “ancestral dislike of the British empire”.

Writing a column for The Sun newspaper the outgoing Mayor of London recounted a story about a bust of Winston Churchill purportedly being removed from White House.

“Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender,” he wrote.

The White House said in 2012 that the story of the bust being moved was “100 per cent false” and that the bust remained in the White House, having been moved to the President’s private residence.

It was however later forced to clarify that the Churchill bust still located in the President’s residence was in fact a different bust, and that one had indeed been removed.

The Mayor said that the US would never dream of engaging in an arragement similar to the EU.

“It is deeply anti-democratic – and much as I admire the United States, and much as I respect the President, I believe he must admit that his country would not dream of embroiling itself in anything of the kind,” he said.

Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, who is the grandson of the late Sir Winston Churchill, was not impressed by the comment piece.

“Appalling article by Boris Johnson in [The] Sun, totally wrong on almost everything,” he said.

Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell called on Mr Johnson to withdraw the comment.

“Mask slips again. Boris part-Kenyan Obama comment is yet another example of dog whistle racism from senior Tories. He should withdraw it,” he said.

Mr Johnson’s column comes on the day Mr Obama visits Britain to encourage the UK to stay in the bloc.

The US president is expected to tell a town-hall style meeting that the EU helps the UK achieve greater opportunity and prosperity.

His intervention has receive push-back from some eurosceptics, however. Jacob Rees-Mogg, a prominent Tory backbencher, said last week that parts of the Obama administration were “not friends of the United Kingdom”.

A YouGov poll for the right-wing CapX website found most of the British public – 51 per cent – attribute Mr Obama’s intervention to him believing it will be easier to deal with Europe as a single bloc.

24 per cent believe Mr Obama thinks Britain staying in the EU is in the interests of global security, while 14 per cent believe the president is making the call as a favour to David Cameron.

Just 4 per cent believed Mr Obama cared about Britain’s prosperity and believed it was better off in the EU.

The Mayor of London is currently the favourite to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister.

  1. Dale Langmade, 06 May, 2016

    “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
    For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24) It may be we will see Israel return to the Jewish laws of the Bible, in which case sabbath travel would be restricted.

  2. Etzel, 07 May, 2016

    Hi Dale

    If I recall correctly, the Sabbath travel restrictions were compromised over a period of time by the Rabbis. According to the Mosaic law every Israelite was forbidden to travel on the Sabbath day.

    Exod 16:29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.

    There is evidence that the Jews were permitted to go a certain distance on the Sabbath. Two examples would be going to the Tabernacle and or Temple that was within the city or encampment.

    Much like todays lawyers and many “church” “leaders”, Rabbinical authorities found ways to creating “wiggle room” after examining the letter of the law and not the intent. Rabbi’s were able to increase the distance from within the city boundaries and this distance was at that time fixed at 2,000 cubits. They based this on the non-torah (Only the first five books contain Mosaic law) book Josh 3:4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

    After some time the rabbis interpreted “place” to mean city so that it would be acceptable to travel 2,000 cubits outside his city limits on the Sabbath day. Then again later the Pharisees doubled the distance that one might travel by yet another minute detail. They inserted a rule that if one placed food preparations at another location, then that place figuratively became his abode and he may travel to there up to 2,000 cubits and then another 2,000 cubits which made the whole journey 4,000 cubits, or about 6,000 feet or a little over a mile.

     (A cubit was around 18 inches (from forefinger to elbow), although the measurement differed during different periods of Hebrew history.)
    After the Temple was destroyed Rabbinic Judaism replaced Mosaic Judaism the jur’-ni (sabbatou hodos): designates the distance from Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives, to which Jesus led His disciples on the day of His ascension. The expression comes from rabbinical usage to indicate the distance a Jew might travel on the Sabbath without transgressing the Law, the command against working on that day being interpreted as including travel. The rabbis, however, invented a way of increasing this distance without technically infringing the Law, by depositing some personal possession at the 2,000-cubit limit, before the Sabbath, and declaring that spot a temporary domicile.

    They might then proceed 2,000 cubits from this point without transgressing the Law. They defined their home as anywhere their personal possessions were. They would take a bag of worthless possessions, go 1,000 yards, put down a personal possession, and say, “This is my Sabbath home; I can go another 1,000 yards.” By this means, they could go anywhere they wanted.

    No wonder Jesus said in ” Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

    Jesus continually taught Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:, and thus the authorities in Judaism were reproved by Jesus for misunderstanding the heart of the law and laying a heavy burden upon the people.

    Since the Jewish believers were not under law, the limitations of a Sabbath Day’s journey was non applicable. We see this in:

    Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
    Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
    Gal 4:21 ¶ Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
    Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

    Luke 6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

    So as far as travel is concerned Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

    Believers today need the same exhortation. We need to be encouraged to be faithful to assemble for sound Biblical teaching. And remember, in the teaching of God’s Word, there is no wriggle room!

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