In a three-thousand-word speech lasting about a half-hour at the National Prayer Breakfast the other day, President Obama briefly touched on the subject of violent atrocities committed in the name of God.


Obama cited as examples the actions of ISIL (or ISIS, if you prefer), which he called a “death cult,” and then added this:


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. Michelle and I returned from India — an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity — but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs — acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhi, the person who helped to liberate that nation.


Well, of course, that was just too much for America’s self-righteous wingnuts to swallow without complaint. Right-wing media immediately shifted into high gear with outraged — and outrageously selective — accounts of Obama’s remarks.


My personal favorite was a piece on the Hot Air website bearing this headline: “Obama: You know Christians were just as bad as ISIS a few centuries ago.”


Of course, that’s not what Obama said. But, hey, when your audience is comprised almost exclusively of the booboisie, accuracy isn’t all that important, right?


There’s more about this matter HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.


 

In a three-thousand-word speech lasting about a half-hour at the National Prayer Breakfast the other day, President Obama briefly touched on the subject of violent atrocities committed in the name of God.

Obama cited as examples the actions of ISIL (or ISIS, if you prefer), which he called a “death cult,” and then added this:

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. Michelle and I returned from India — an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity — but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs — acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhi, the person who helped to liberate that nation.

Well, of course, that was just too much for America’s self-righteous wingnuts to swallow without complaint. Right-wing media immediately shifted into high gear with outraged — and outrageously selective — accounts of Obama’s remarks.

My personal favorite was a piece on the Hot Air website bearing this headline: “Obama: You know Christians were just as bad as ISIS a few centuries ago.”

Of course, that’s not what Obama said. But, hey, when your audience is comprised almost exclusively of the booboisie, accuracy isn’t all that important, right?

There’s more about this matter HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.