At today’s yearly National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. President Obama backhandedly condemned many of those sitting in that same room including Tony Perkin’s of the Family Research Council who in the name of religion have perpetrated acts of terror in human history.
Via: Huffington Post
“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place,” the president said, “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.”
The president criticized those who resort to “twisting and distorting” religion, noting incidents of sectarian war and violence in Syria, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, as well as “a rising tide of anti-Semitism and hate crimes in Europe.” He also mentioned his and the First Lady’s trip to India in January, saying that country has experienced “acts of intolerance” in recent years that would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi.
“In today’s world, when hate groups have their own Twitter accounts and bigotry can fester in hidden places in cyberspace, it can be even harder to counteract such intolerance,” Obama said. “But God compels us to try.”
Interestingly many in the room ignored the fact that the President could also be talking about many them and thier American religious hate groups and in deflection jumped to defend the Crusades of all things when pitted against the Islamic State.