By: Brent Parrish
The recent incendiary comments made by President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast has raised quite a furor as of late. The fact Barack Obama would engage in divisive and polarizing rhetoric during an event designed to bring people of different faiths and backgrounds together (if only for a day) did not surprise me in the least. It’s his m.o.; it’s just what Barack Obama, et al., does—pit one group against the other, i.e. divide and conquer.
Before I continue, let’s review what Barack Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast that really rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, to say the least, particularly Christians:
“Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and 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.”
Sounds like the president got up on his “high horse,” does it not? But I digress.
What is particularly egregious concerning the president’s “terrible deeds in the name of Christ” comments at the Prayer Breakfast is the timing. We have recently seen our own citizens brutally tortured and beheaded by ISIS savages in slick media productions designed to strike terror and fear into the hearts of Americans, Westerners, and non-Muslims alike (a.k.a. infidels). ISIS and their sympathizers take the Koran at its word: “Strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah [Qur’an 8:60].” And now ISIS is raising the ante of barbarism and savagery by burning alive a Jordanian pilot, Lieutenant Moath al-Kasasbeh.
The president also raised the ante. Obama’s comments were so far over the top that I really had to scratch the ole noggin and ask myself, “What is he up to … what is he trying to communicate?” Is he trolling us?
I’m not the only one of the opinion Obama is purposefully trying to push people’s hot buttons. NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press said he believes the president was intentionally trying to be provocative during his speech at the Prayer Breakfast.
Via Truth Revolt:
On Sunday’s Meet the Press on NBC, Chuck Todd proposed that President Obama intentionally slandered Christianity when he compared the medieval Crusades with modern Islamic terrorism at the National Prayer Breakfast because he is not a big fan of the event.
Here’s my take: I believe Obama is giving us all some “homework” to do. But, why? By bringing up things like the Crusades, the Inquisition, Jim Crow and slavery, people begin to focus on events that happened hundreds of years ago. It deflects from the here and now. It’s nothing but a distraction; it’s a ploy. And, unfortunately, many well-meaning people have taken the bait.
But let’s give credit to where credit is due. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal didn’t fall for it:
BAM! Governor Jindal nailed it, as far as I’m concerned. It’s all about the here and now, not what happened centuries ago. And my hat’s off to former UN Ambassador John Bolton, who isn’t falling for the president’s ruse, either.
By the way, it’s rather ironic to see the president—whose chosen slogan is “FORWARD”—travel so far back in time in order to morally equivocate ISIS with Christianity. But I digress.
Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro made some powerful observations recently about Obama’s Prayer Breakfast comments by asking, why is it the president is so quick to identify the Crusades with Christians, but he refuses to identify Muslims with jihad? Why is it the president will condemn “terrible deeds done in the name of Christ,” but he steadfastly refuses to condemn horrible deeds done in the name of Muhammad? Why is that? All valid questions, if you ask me.
Christian persecution is fast becoming a “pandemic” around the world, not to mention the disturbing rise of antisemitism.
Raymond Ibrahim writes:
The one glaring fact concerning the persecution of approximately 100 million Christians around the world today is that the overwhelming majority of it is being committed by Muslims of all races, nationalities, languages, and socio-political circumstances: Muslims from among America’s allies (Saudi Arabia) and from its enemies (Iran); Muslims from economically rich nations (Qatar) and from poor nations (Somalia and Yemen); Muslims from “Islamic republic” nations (Afghanistan) and from “moderate” nations (Malaysia and Indonesia); Muslims from nations rescued by America (Kuwait) and Muslims from nations claiming “grievances” against the U.S. (fill in the blank __).
This fact is underscored in Open Doors’ recent 2015 World Watch List—a report that highlights and ranks the 50 worst nations persecuting Christians. It finds that “Islamic extremism” is the main source of persecution in 40 of the top 50 countries—that is, 80 percent of the nations where Christians are persecuted are Muslim. As for the top ten worst countries persecuting Christians, nine of them are Muslim-majority—that is, 90 percent of nations where Christians experience “extreme persecution” are Muslim.
While we all know no human being has ever been perfect and we have had bad religious events in our past, what is going on right now today? The Crusades and Inquisition are over. Slavery has been outlawed. We continually work on inclusion issues for all people in America, as time goes on. While distortion of various religions has taken place in the past, we no longer live in the past. We live with what is happening today. We can only deal with and control what is happening today.
We can describe what happened in the past; we can describe what is happening today, but we can only do something right now. Making a linkage to something that is over to something at the moment may be interesting historically, but we are still left with what to do about it right now.
So why does the president not deal with the here and now? Well, that is the question. But I suspect it has something to do with “FORWARD.”