As you know by now, President Obama used the occasion of yesterday's White House Prayer Breakfast to insult American Christians. Because of course he did.
With concerns about Islamic fundamentalism rising throughout the civilized world, Obama has decided that the people we should really be concerned about are Christians, especially Pope Urban II. Sure, Urban has been dead for over 900 years, but he's the real problem here, not ISIS.
Okay, that's not quite what Obama said. What he actually said was that Americans, Christians in particular, need to stop being so jugemental of those poor, misunderstood Muslims. After all, Christians did some nasty stuff too.
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.
Which brings me to a point that is sorely in need of making, because this kind of nonsense is typical from the Left. Atheists and other Liberals love to toss around stupid, and inaccurate, claims about Christianity being the basis of most of the problems in the world. The Crusades! The Inquisition! AIDS in Africa! Slavery!
It's all nonsense.
Let's deal specifically with Obama's oh-so-clever invocation of The Crusades as evidence that Islamic murder is no big deal. The common misconception, and one that Obama seems to share, is that The Crusades occurred because the Pope decided to rid the world of peaceful, innocent Muslims. In reality, though, the wars that came to be known as The Crusades began when the Seljuk Turks- Muslims- invaded and captured territory that had been under control of the Holy Roman Empire. The government, aka The Church, did what governments do when their territory is invaded: they fought back. Thus began the Crusades. ISIS is, of course, the aggressor. They're not defending their territory; they have no territory.
The Inquisition, similarly, is largely misunderstood. Liberals tend to believe what they're told, as long as the source isn't credible, so it's common to assume the Inquistion resembled what they've seen in films and TV shows. Again, The Church was essentially the government during the Middle Ages and beyond. The Inquisition functioned in a manner not unlike the modern NSA. Its job was to protect the governmental authority of the Church. The fact that abuses took place is not atypical for government enforcement agencies. This is an argument against theocracy, not an argument against Christianity.
Obama also mentioned Christianity as a driving force behind Slavery and Jim Crow, which is of course ridiculous. Slavery and Jim Crow were about cheap labor and racial prejudice, not about Christianity. Yes, some who called themselves Christians supported both Slavery and Jim Crow. Many more who opposed both of those things also called themselves Christians. It was a legislature of mostly white, Christian men that wrote and passed the laws that ended those atrocities.
Really though, haters gonna hate, and Obama is nothing if not hateful. Like all Americans, he's entitled to his beliefs no matter how misguided. All we can do is keep countering him and those like him with information and hope facts win over prejudice.
That said, choosing the White House Prayer Breakfast as the venue to bash Christianity is simply rude. Like a toddler, Obama believes that anything he thinks is worth saying, anwhere, anyplace. And, like a toddler, he has plenty of people patting him on the head and congratulating him for it.