Skip to comments.White House defends Prayer Breakfast remarks about the Crusades
Posted on 02/06/2015 1:07:40 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
The White House on Friday defended President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast after he was widely lambasted by conservatives for bringing up acts done in Christianity's name amid a discussion of modern-day terrorist threats.
Americans should hold themselves "up to our own values and our own standards," deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said aboard the president's flight to Indianapolis, where Obama is speaking at a community college, according to the pool report.
Obama believes that "when we fall short of that, we need to be honest with ourselves," Schultz said, noting Obama's "belief in American exceptionalism."
The president believes that America is the greatest country on earth, not only because of our military or economic prowess or because we serve in a unique leadership role amongst the international community, he added.
Conservatives widely panned Obama's remarks Thursday at the Washington Hilton, in which he referenced historical events to contextualize violence committed in the name of religion, most recently on the part of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
"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," Obama said. "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."
"Mr. President, the Crusades were 800 years ago and the Inquisition 500 years ago. What's happening right now is not Christians on the march, it is radical Islam," columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News on Thursday, calling the remarks "astonishing."
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also criticized the speech, saying in a statement, "While Christians of today are taught to live their lives as the reflection of Christ's love, the radicals of ISIS use their holy texts as a rationale for violence."
"To insinuate modern Christians the same Christian faith that led the abolitionist movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and global charitable efforts fighting disease and poverty cannot stand up against the scourge we see in the Middle East is wrong," Santorum added.
Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-Va.) called the remarks "the most offensive Ive ever heard a president make in my lifetime," the former Republican National Committee chairman added that Obama "has offended every believing Christian in the United States."
Schultz said he had not spoken with the president about reaction to his remarks at the prayer breakfast.
"But I know that there is a failed presidential candidate and an RNC chairman from the past who have criticized us, Schultz said. But I dont have a response to either of those two people.
When one live in an alternate universe like Obama, anything becomes real and relevent.
O is simply INCAPABLE of telling the truth... OR acting like a Christian (no matter how hard he tries to pretend)
his Islam is just too hardwired
Who is this White House that always defends the Lies from the Dictator ?
Maybe it’s time to initiate a modern-day Crusade against the White Hut.
Nazis: So we sent a few kids to camp. You Americans send your kids to camp.....Mel Brooks.
They never say sorry for anything and can’t admit they are wrong due to their arrogance
By next year, this disgrace to America will be advocating the crucifixion of Christians at his last Prayer Breakfast. Let this be a lesson to those fools who think voter fraud doesn’t matter.
Linking Christianity to Jim Crow was moronic.
Scientific Racism emerged to counter Christianity. Once Africans were baptized, there was no pretext to enslave them.
I thought Obama and the White House are one in the same
Since I am convinced our Moron-in-Chief never took a history course I’m sure he had no idea the Crusaders were attempting to reconquer territory the Arabs had taken from the Byzantines.
The current administration is populated by Julia’s and Pajama Boys so it is no surprise that they would defend his remarks.
The speech was absolutely disgusting. It was something you would expect a uneducated protester off the street would say. Oh wait...
>>Let this be a lesson to those fools who think voter fraud doesnt matter.
And that not showing up to vote because the GOP candidate isn’t the perfect conservative doesn’t matter either!
RULE #4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
Saul Alinsky - Rules For radicals
Check out the link in post 1.
I like the way people who know nothing about history USE history (as THEY construe it) to tell whopping lies!
Obama will always stand with Muslims because he IS one..geez is there any doubt now?? Ive been saying it for a while if Obama were not President he would be a member of ISIS
The president believes that America is the greatest country on earth...”
He’s done plenty to denounce this country at every turn. It’s only become an admirable place SINCE he became president.
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