We have heard much outrage about Obama’s remarks yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast. I have a slightly different take.
Here is what he said:
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.
There is, of course, the obvious lack of perspective and rationality in Obama’s remarks. The difference between the intolerance of Christians and the intolerance of Muslims is not only one of degree, but one of foundation. The Bible teaches that we should practice tolerance and kindness toward those with whom we disagree. Jesus often held up non-Jews as examples of righteousness to the intolerant Pharisees. Laced throughout the Koran, however, is the teaching of fundamentalist Islam that all those who don’t accept Mohammed as a prophet are going straight to hell. So intolerant Christians are violating the precepts of their religion, while intolerant Muslims are simply fundamentalists who need to, as many Muslims have, bring their religion into the 21st century.
And then there is the irony of “my-way-or-the-highway” Obama preaching to us about humility and tolerance. That is also choice.
But the main point I want to get across is to use Obama’s remarks as a window into his intentions. I so despise the actions of people who try to deceive us about who they are, and I love these opportunities to strip away the pretense and see into their souls.
Ask yourself this question: What was Obama’s objective in trying to draw this moral equivalence between Islamic extremists and Christians? Which direction is he trying to push us?
It seems clear to me that he is pushing to soften our intent to put down these acts of terror. Isn’t that the apparent objective here?
I have learned over the years that there are lots of arguments put out by many different people advocating many different points of view. There is some degree of logic behind most of them. It is a key to understanding people to see what draws their attention, what they focus on and what they seem to want to ignore. Obama, by picking out from history those incidents from Christianity that sully its reputation and ignoring all the wide body of history that illustrate its tolerance and kindness, gives us a window into his soul. And to be making excuses for the Islamo-Nazis and trying to persuade us to not be so hard on them, that explains in very clear terms much of what he is doing: Coddling the Iranians, not calling the Islamic terrorists by their name, not arming the Jordanians or the Kurds against ISIS, snubbing Benjamin Netanyahu, supporting the terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and so on. There is a clear pattern here.
Yes, his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast are one more indication for me showing which way he faces in the war between radical Islam and freedom. Not that he is allied with the terrorists, but with his dislike for this country and its history he clearly feels some sympathy for their grievances.
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