Speaking of the evils perpetrated by sadistic murderers, Barack Obama noted, “This is not unique to one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith.” Obama calls it “intolerance.”
Excerpted from Obama’s speech, punctuated with jokes, given earlier today at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., are these words as he discussed “faith being twisted and distorted” never mentioning the radical Islamic terrorism elephant in the room but managing to equate Jim Crow with the horrific slaughter of schoolchildren, savage beheadings and the unspeakably evil incinerating a young Jordanian pilot alive just days ago. Obama referred to his “own faith journey,” without explaining where it began and where it took him.
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 Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation.