According to Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post, the fallout from last week’s National Prayer Breakfast just goes to show how desperate conservatives are to find offense in everything the president says. In case you missed it, President Obama used the occasion to draw out the old comparisons between today’s radical Islam and the Christian Crusades of nearly 1,000 years ago.
“And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place,” said Obama, after enumerating the crimes of ISIS, “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.”
This unnecessary interlude was savaged by the Catholic League, Rush Limbaugh, and several Republican politicians (to say nothing of Americans who took their frustrations to social media.) But according to Marcus, the backlash is emblematic of an American conservative movement that seems “inexorably drawn to overstate, to detect insult to Americans and animus toward the United States where none exists.” She finishes her rant by saying the reaction to Obama’s speech “says more about Obama’s critics, and their inability to accept his legitimacy, than it does about the president.”
Well, if the shoe fits, right? The fact of the matter is that six years after he originally took the oath of office, there are still grave concerns about this president’s legitimacy. And even if you buy the trumped-up birth certificate he laid on the country, it doesn’t clear up any questions about the man’s loyalties. And time after time during his reign as president, he has caused Americans to scratch their heads and wonder just where it is that he’s coming from.
Questionable Morality, Questionable Beliefs
Obama is a Christian only when it is convenient for him. He calls upon the Bible when he thinks he can stretch the lessons there to make a case for illegal immigration. He relies on his faith to make wacky arguments for stronger gun control. But when it comes to the question of radical Islamic terrorism, suddenly he doesn’t have much to say about Christianity. Unless, of course, he wants to make people believe that the faith upon which the United States of America was founded is just as bad as Islam. Then, he’s got plenty to say.
In defending Obama, Marcus inexplicably hearkens back to the words of President Bill Clinton at a 1999 prayer breakfast. He too, remember, made an allusion to the Crusades when speaking out against faith-driven terrorism. Yeah? So? First of all, the political climate of 1999 was worlds away from the one today. Americans didn’t properly orient themselves to the dangers of Islamic terrorism until 2001. Second, if Clinton is your best “Look, he did it too” defense, you’re probably not going to win many conservative hearts.
The problem with Obama isn’t whether or not he is a “secret Muslim” or the antichrist or a foreign-born citizen. Put all of that aside. The problem is that he is entrenched with this liberal philosophy that finds it necessary to defend Islam at every possible opportunity. And with the enemy’s breath tickling the back of our collective necks, that’s the wrong kind of philosophy. It is, quite frankly, the one that gets people killed.