|Sometimes the truth can hurt... Even if it is 1000 years old.|
Last week President Obama addressed the audience at the annual National Prayer Breakfast. He delivered a thoughtful speech which was well received by the attendees.
End of story... Not on your life.
Not too soon after the contents of the speech was made public all hell broke loose. It appeared that the right wing conservatives had taken offense at a particular portion of the Presidents speech and thus began the outrage and righteous indignation parade!
The specific section the wing-nuts took umbrage at was when President Obama tried to explain the recent violence we have witnessed being committed by the murder-cult know as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL). To do this he simply pointed out the fact that throughout history people have used religions of all kinds to perpetuate unjust deeds...
“So how do we, as people of faith, reconcile these realities -- the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends?
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. 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.”
All the president was suggesting in these remarks is that, just like Christianity, Islam has the capacity to be exploited by extremists as well.
But, of course... OUTRAGE.
It seems that somewhere in their warped interpretation of the Presidents words they percieved that he was using his time on the dais to defend the horrific acts perpetuated by the Islamic State and denigrate Christianity all in one breath. Though nothing could be further from the truth that did not stop the hoards from taking to the airwaves and social media, with torches and pitchforks firmly in hand, to attack the evil unjustly visited upon them!
Let's have a looksee shall we...
Jim Gilmore (R) former Virginia governor jumped the shark with this statement...
“The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime. 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.”
Mike Huckabee a former Baptist pastor and Arkansas Governor dropped this bit of hyperbole while on Fox & Friends...
“Everything he does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel. The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community.”
Bill Donohue of The Catholic League's called it...
"an attempt to deflect guilt from Muslim madmen," and that "Obama's ignorance is astounding and his comparison is pernicious. The Crusades were a defensive Christian reaction against Muslim madmen of the Middle Ages."
Michelle Malkin Conservative commentator wrote:
"ISIS chops off heads, incinerates hostages, kills gays, enslaves girls. Obama: Blame the Crusades."
Michael Graham a political consultant and right wing radio personality
"Hey, American Christians-Obama just threw you under the bus in order to defend Islam,"
Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., called the comments...
E.W. Jackson Christian minister and unsuccessful Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia fumed...
“I have a message to the president, with all due respect to him, Mr. President, if you don’t want to give the terrorists a recruit tool, frankly sir, you need to stop talking about closing Guantanamo Bay and close your mouth”
Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe claimed Obama's statements at the National Prayer Breakfast were an example of...
"moral equivalency" that was "not okay" He then went on to assert that Obama's statements were "stupid and dumb" and like something "drunk uncles sitting around the tables" would say.
Steve Doocy of Fox & Friends said of Obama's statements that "essentially" what Obama had said was that...
"Christians were just as bad as ISIS."
Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends agreed with his co-host saying that Obama was...
"making excuses for ISIS' behavior"
Gretchen Carlson of Fox News' The Real Story claimed that Obama...
"wanted to bring Christianity into the fight"
Laura Ingraham, Radio host and Fox contributor argued that Obama isn't content to say
"ISIS is evil," and that he wants to make clear that "the Christians are evil too" because he wants Americans "to do penance" for the past.
Eric Bolling Of Fox News' The Five that Obama
"President Obama and the administration will not say "Muslim extremist." They just will not put those two words together. Yet they'll say "Christianity." He just indicted the whole Christian faith from a thousand years -- it was something that happened a thousand years ago"
Bolling then went on to say on his weekend show that...
“Reports say radical Muslim jihadists killed thousands of people in the past few months alone. And yet when you take Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, whatever, their combined killings in the name of religion––well, that would be zero.”
Rush Limbaugh said on his radio program that Obama's statements had tried to
"insult [Christians]" and "downplay militant Islam... "Why in the world, when you are going to the National Prayer Breakfast, would your number one focus point be to insult the attendees" of the event "
Erick Erickson a conservative blogger from RedState.com and Fox News contributor wrote that Obama's statements showed that he...
"is not, in any meaningful way, a Christian." Urging the president to discontinue "the charade," and that Obama "might as well come out as the atheist/agnostic that he is" since his speech was "reeking with contempt for faith in general and Christianity in particular."
The Daily Caller accused Obama of "scolding" National Prayer Breakfast attendees "for thinking Islamic terrorism is a problem":
"Here's the Smartest President Ever, scolding the attendees of the National Prayer Breakfast this morning for thinking Islamic terrorism is a problem"
"Never mind, then. What are a few atrocities among friends? Let's just call it even.
Whew. I'm sure that when all those insurgents, militants, and freedom fighters get the translation of Obama's words today, they'll knock it off already. Glad that's over with"
Allen West, A Fox Contributor responded to Obama's statements at the National Prayer Breakfast by tweeting that "the Islamapologist-in-Chief" had tried to
Gregg Jarrett of Fox News made the wholly delusional statement that...
“It struck some people in an odd way that the President was justifying ISIS”
Todd Starnes Fox News radio host Todd Starnes tweeted that Obama used his speech to "defend Islam":
Mike Gallagher, a conservative radio host lamented that Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast were proof that the president
"had a mental breakdown" and that President Obama "sure acts like"... a "secret Muslim!"
Russell Moore, a evangelical preacher who attended the event, seemed unaware of the heinous crimes President Obama a had committed tweeted the following to thank Obama for his remarks about Saeed Abedini, a pastor who has been detained in Iran since 2012...
Realizing he might have missed his opportunity to get in on some slam the President action Moore quickly called Obama's comments about Christianity...
"an unfortunate attempt at a wrongheaded moral comparison... The evil actions that he mentioned were clearly outside the moral parameters of Christianity itself and were met with overwhelming moral opposition from Christians."
Whew Russell Moore... That was close!
Now that that is over let's take a look at the facts behind the statements that has everybody so riled up...
- The Crusades occurred then Pope Urban II urged Christians to recapture the Holy Land from Muslim rule. Those who fought were promised were promised absolution from sin and eternal glory. It lasted almost 200 years, from 1095 to 1291 and there were more than 5,000 victims.
- "The Inquisition" refers to a set of institutions charged with prosecuting heresy from the mid-13th century until the 19th century in which historians estimate that 150,000 people were put on trial by the Inquisition, with 3,000 executed.
- Slavery and Jim Crow were argued away by many through the "Slaves, obey your masters," the New Testament says -- three times. They also looked to the "Curse of Ham," from the story of Noah, and the notion that God had separated the races on different continents. The effects were world-historic in scope: Nearly 12 million people were forced on the "Middle Passage" from Africa to the Americas.
Like I said the truth hurts.