Racist Assholes Respond to Obama Prayer Breakfast Remarks

President Obama spoke at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday and gave a perfectly reasonable speech (with one disagreement, which I’ll get to later) about the fact that religion can and does lead people to show extraordinary kindness and appalling barbarism. Here’s the relevant text:

[P]art of what I want to touch on today is the degree to which we’ve seen professions of faith used both as an instrument of great good, but also twisted and misused in the name of evil.

As we speak, around the world, we see faith inspiring people to lift up one another — to feed the hungry and care for the poor, and comfort the afflicted and make peace where there is strife….

But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge — or, worse, sometimes used as a weapon. From a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, their faith, professed to stand up for Islam, but, in fact, are betraying it. We see ISIL, a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism — terrorizing religious minorities like the Yezidis, subjecting women to rape as a weapon of war, and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions.

We see sectarian war in Syria, the murder of Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, religious war in the Central African Republic, a rising tide of anti-Semitism and hate crimes in Europe, so often perpetrated in the name of religion.

So how do we, as people of faith, reconcile these realities — the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends?

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. 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.

My one disagreement with this is to say that it simply isn’t true that those who act barbarically are “distorting” those religions. There is plenty of support for such behavior to be round in all the great religions, just as there is plenty of support for being kind and generous and decent. Neither one is a distortion, people are just picking and choosing which parts of their religion they want to follow.

Naturally, Fox News reported on this and their viewers immediately started saying exactly the kinds of things we’ve come to expect from them:

Tony Stalcup · Top Commenter · Wktct/UK

This Nigga aint got a clue & He don’t CARE what Americans want…. This has been all about HIM & HIS AGENDA from the git-n go.. His ultimate goal is to RULE.

Tony Stalcup · Top Commenter · Wktct/UK

My Question is WHY do we allow a terrorist to reside in our White House…..?

Karen Deckert · Top Commenter · Schenck High School

Obama at Prayer Breakfast: ‘Terrible Deeds Also Committed in Name of Christ’

LATELY? idiot

Scott Douglas · Top Commenter

I am so sick of this lying, ignorant, islam loving, American hating idiot cockroach of a president. His grasp of history is as weak as his understanding of the Constitution.

Karen Diering Clark · Top Commenter

What the hell??? Just who the hell does he think he is??? This muslim needs to go!!

Paul Leslie · Top Commenter

How pathetic can Dear Leader be. Evidently, there’s no bottom to that. As he tried to make himself look better by trashing Bush, now he tries to make muslim brutality look better by trashing Christianity. And, to make matters worse, he doesn’t use the reality of Christians experiences, but he uses the leftist and muslim revisionist portrayals. The only time Dear Leader (and all leftists) engages in “morality” is to make illegitimate moral equivalencies in order to validate their bogus, bankrupt ideology.

Johnston Nubbin · CEO and head cashier at Bank of Dad

Ha!!! Sorry dude, this is the 21st century and Goat humpers (Muslim Terrorist) are doing the dastardly deeds!

Matthew Ball · Follow · Top Commenter · Keeper at My 4 Dogs

THIS NEGRO HAS TO GO………

And it goes on and on like that.

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  • ed440

    Lately huh? How about bombing abortion clinics and killing doctors? That HAS happened “lately,” not centuries ago. Don’t even try to tell me that wasn’t fundamentalists either, we all know better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1159674804 robertbaden

    Former Yugoslavia. Only 20 some years ago.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Part of what I want to touch on today is the degree to which we’ve seen professions of faith used both as an instrument of great evil, but also twisted and misused in the name of good.

  • John Pieret

    Lately? Ask LGBT people in Uganda and Russia today.

  • caseloweraz

    The only thing noteworthy about those comments on Fox is that the posters all use (or appear to use) their real names.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Karen Deckert · Top Commenter · Schenck High School

    Obama at Prayer Breakfast: ‘Terrible Deeds Also Committed in Name of Christ’

    LATELY? idiot

    Ah, the well-known strategy of pretending that your opponent said something he didn’t say, and then disagreeing with it. And this is a “Top Commenter”? Nonetheless, Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army has not been brought to justice, and witch hunts in Africa, fueled by American Evangelical missionaries still occur.

  • Michael Heath

    sigurd jorsalfar writes:

    Part of what I want to touch on today is the degree to which we’ve seen professions of faith used both as an instrument of great evil, but also twisted and misused in the name of good.

    Heh. As liberals increasingly abandon religion, the more credible this description will become of believers.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Northern Ireland, anyone?

  • sugarfrosted

    @8 Northern Ireland is way more complicated than Catholic vs. Protestant. Quite a bit has to do with past English oppression of the Irish. Where the Anglican church was essentially just a stand in for the government of England. That conflict goes back about a millennia, even prior to England being Protestant. At its core it has little to do with religion and the religious labels really are just part of identity politic. (That’s why you get bizarre things like “atheist Catholic” and “atheist Protestant” there.)

  • abb3w

    @0, Ed Brayton

    There is plenty of support for such behavior to be [f]ound in all the great religions, just as there is plenty of support for being kind and generous and decent.

    Probably most of the not-so-great religions, too. Lamentably, those without some sort of exception case to allow response to violence by comparable means under some circumstances tend to go extinct. Most of the surviving religions thus have some means to demarcate preconditions to becoming out-group in degree sufficient to permit such responses; even most devout Buddhist followers of ahimsa will tend to use force to try and prevent a tiger from eating them.