“Unless we get on our high horse and think this [the latest ISIS atrocity] 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.” –President Barack Obama, speaking on 5 February at the annual National Prayer Breakfast.
Now, I call this a smokescreen for a couple of reasons: 1) Knowing that such a comparison will scandalize some American Christians and grab news headlines, Obama keeps the focus on ISIS and Islam and away from the much more important events going on in Ukraine; 2) he continues to push the gullible American “right” away from the idea that ISIS may indeed be a creation (or at least a current client) of the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, designed to destabilize the middle east by overthrowing Syrian President Assad and reducing Putin’s and Russia’s influence in the region.
That Obama is a Christ-hater is nothing new. That he would chose this opportunity to reinforce that image is suspect. One thing is for certain: when these sorts of controversial statements are made by high officialdom in the post-Christian West, they are intended to draw our attention to an artificially contrived event and away from a situation that would truly merit the public’s attention. Don’t be fooled.