Obama talks Crusades, slavery at prayer breakfast…
President Obama has never been one to go easy on America.
As a new president, he dismissed the idea of American exceptionalism, noting that Greeks think their country is special, too. He labeled the Bush-era interrogation practices, euphemistically called “harsh” for years, as torture. America, he has suggested, has much to answer given its history in Latin America and the Middle East.
His latest challenge came Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. At a time of global anxiety over Islamist terrorism, Obama noted pointedly that his fellow Christians, who make up a vast majority of Americans, should perhaps not be the ones who cast the first stone.
“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Some Republicans were outraged. “The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime,” said former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore (R). “He has offended every believing Christian in the United States. This goes further to the point that Mr. Obama does not believe in America or the values we all share.”
Obama’s remarks spoke to his unsparing, sometimes controversial, view of the United States — where triumphalism is often overshadowed by a harsh assessment of where Americans must try harder to live up to their own self-image. Only by admitting these shortcomings, he has argued, can we fix problems and move beyond them.
“There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith,” he said at the breakfast.
But many critics believe that the president needs to focus more on enemies of the United States.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, called Obama’s comments about Christianity “an unfortunate attempt at a wrongheaded moral comparison.”
What we need more is a “moral framework from the administration and a clear strategy for defeating ISIS,” he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State.
“The evil actions that he mentioned were clearly outside the moral parameters of Christianity itself and were met with overwhelming moral opposition from Christians,” Moore said. He added that while he understood Obama’s attempt to make sure “he is not heard as saying that all Muslims are terrorists, I think most people know that at this point.” 1
Obama Repeatedly Praises Islam,
Criticizes Christianity In Video Compilation
That Tells It All
When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump finally goaded President Obama into using the words “radical Islamic terrorism” during a nationally televised speech this week, the president was visibly uncomfortable.
After more than seven years of sugarcoating the Islamic terror threat Americans have faced since 9/11, Obama and his Democrats have clearly trained their minds against any negative thoughts about Islam.
Even Obama’s conservative critics might have become inured to the politically correct blinders the president has worn since the first days of his administration, but they got a welcome reminder this week from Fox News’ Sean Hannity – and it was an eye-opener.
During an interview this week with Sebastian Gorka, a national security expert and chairman of military theory at Marine Corps University, Hannity played a compilation of Obama’s comments since he took office, first as they related to Islam — the “religion of peace” — then how the president has spoken about Christianity.
Considering the relentless attacks Obama and his progressives have launched against Christianity, the video shouldn’t be surprising – this is the administration that singled out the Little Sisters of the Poor in its zeal to make Americans accept abortion.
It’s like a “greatest hits” of Obama’s pandering to a religion he doesn’t even claim as his own.
“As a Christian, I’m supposed to love,” Obama said at one point. “And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.”
He didn’t say whether those times included the 20 years he spent in the pews while the Rev. Jeremiah Wright spewed his hatred at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chicago. But considering that Wright was a mentor who officiated at the Obamas’ wedding and baptized both their daughters, it’s a good bet that Wright’s famous “God d**n America!” line wasn’t what he had in mind. 2