Friday, February 6, 2015
POTUSBO Speaks of 'Terrible Deeds in the Name of Christ'.
I realize that for many news websites, it's all about the lede. You have to grab the readers with a flashy headline. I'm not saying that Drudge is worse than any of the others, but I do sometimes want to check the fine print whenever the website features a headline about POTUSBO.
So, when I read the recent lede on Drudge, "Terrible Deeds in the Name of Christ", along with the photo of POTUSBO, I had to click the link.
Mission accomplished, Drudge.
The AP story began,
"President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring that 'no god condones terror'."
One would think that His Majesty was referring to those who terrorize in the name of Islam. Not so.
" '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,' Obama said. 'In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ'."
First of all, I won't even go into how, far too many people today, POTUSBO does not an accurate understanding of either the Crusades or the Spanish Inquisition. Most of what he believes happened comes from the anti-Catholic bias of English speaking historians.
Be that as it may, even if those two events happened as the President believes, the Spanish Inquisition was 500 years ago, while last major medieval Crusade to the Holy Land was in 1272.
I think it's a safe bet that Christianity has "evolved" since then.
Even his references to slavery and Jim Crow are more than a bit dated. ISIS is today. Let's not compare the present sins of ISIS with the past sins of some Christians. Is this the best the President can do?
Catholic League President Bill Donohue said Mr. Obama should apologize for “an attempt to deflect guilt from Muslim madmen.” He said the president’s comparisons of modern-day terrorism to the Crusades and the Inquisition were “insulting” to Christians.
“Obama’s ignorance is astounding, and his comparison is pernicious,” Mr. Donohue said. “The Crusades were a defensive Christian reaction against Muslim madmen of the Middle Ages.”