RNC Lies About Obama Prayer Breakfast Remarks

Following in the footsteps of right wing radio hosts — professional liars — now the Republican National Committee has taken to lying about what President Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast. They’re pushing a petition demanding that Obama apologize for “insulting Americans” (that’s what it said on their Facebook page). The lies:

At the National Prayer Breakfast, rather than condemning the terrorist attacks in the name of religion, President Obama lectured Christians on crusades from centuries ago.

He said, “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.”

It’s infuriating to hear the President make such out-of-touch remarks and unduly insult Christians. President Obama should apologize to those hurt and offended by his comments. He should stand strong against those who threaten our country, our families and our freedom.

Demand Obama apologize for his insulting remarks.

One lie by commission: “rather than condemning the terrorist attacks”? Yeah, he totally didn’t condemn terrorist attacks:

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.

Yeah, he didn’t condemn Muslim terrorism at all. I mean, if you lie and ignore the transcript. Now the lie by omission: Like virtually every other Republican or conservative throwing a fit, they seem obsessed with pretending that what Obama said was only about the Crusades. But that was only one of many examples he used, including slavery and the Jim Crow laws. He could also have mentioned the murder of doctors and nurses at abortion clinics and much more. But somehow the mention of the crusades is the only thing that matters, it proves that he had to go back a thousand years to find examples of Christian violence.

They don’t care what the truth is, they only care how they can distort it for political gain.

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  • John Pieret

    He could also have mentioned the murder of doctors and nurses at abortion clinics and much more.

    Yeah, like the brutalizations of LGBT people in Russia and Uganda inspired and lead by Christians, both local and from America.

  • wreck

    “demanding that Obama apologize”

    Wait. I thought a president apologizing was a bad thing according to right wingers.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB124044156269345357

    Of course the whole “apology tour” thing was bullshit to begin with.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/sep/22/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-repeats-claim-obama-went-around-world-/

  • http://umlud.blogspot.com umlud

    “But somehow the mention of the crusades is the only thing that matters, it proves that he had to go back a thousand years to find examples of Christian violence.”

    Well, while the military Crusades in the Middle East took place less than 1000 years ago, that’s a quibble point. It’s true that the Christian military campaigns involved in the retaking and holding of Jerusalem did occur a LONG time ago.

    However, the mentality of “crusade” in framing Western military issues in the Middle East continue to this day. Let’s not forget the actual use of the term “crusade” that Bush made in response to his Axis of Evil. (And remember, too, the response about how he shouldn’t use the word to refer to Western military actions in the Middle East, because, you know, of the actual Crusades.) Let’s not forget the more recent portrayals of (Christian) religious justifications and of Christianism associated with US military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    And let’s not forget the crusader mentality that was on show during Western invasions into the Middle East during WW2 and WW1.

    It’s true that the military campaigns known in Western education as “the Crusades” took place several hundred years ago (but not a millennium), it’s also definitely true that the “crusade” mindset has been floating just below the surface in every Western military engagement in the Middle East since the last of “the Crusades.” A crusade remains one of the ways in which many Christian Americans seem to rationalize and justify the US military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. And – for many Christianists – their support for Israel is locked into their desire to usher in the second coming of the son of their all-powerful sky-daddy and the creation of a Christian New World Order that will last (according to their mythology, if I remember it correctly) a thousand years. This, too, is a crusade mentality.

    Oh, and the idea of “crusade” also remains a popular organizing idea for at least one Christian organization seen on many university campuses: “Campus Crusade for Christ”. Of course, they could just like the alliteration that comes with all the hard consonants, but the name always struck me as either highly unaware of the historical connotations of the idea of “crusade” or as highly sinister in its implications.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Like virtually every other Republican or conservative throwing a fit, they seem obsessed with pretending that what Obama said was only about the Crusades. But that was only one of many examples he used, including slavery and the Jim Crow laws.

    Exactly. All he talked about were the Crusades!

     

    umlud “…their support for Israel is locked into their desire to usher in the second coming of the son of their all-powerful sky-daddy and the creation of a Christian New World Order…”

    “What does God need with an usher?” ~ Capt. Kirk

  • U Frood

    If all he did was criticize the Crusades, then he really only needs to apologize to the Crusaders, right? America didn’t exist back then so he doesn’t have to apologize to Americans.

  • grumpyoldfart

    They don’t care what the truth is, they only care how they can distort it for political gain.

    Lucky for them the American education system has gone so far downhill that fooling the public gets easier every year.

  • tbp1

    RNC Lies About Obama Prayer Breakfast Remarks

    There we go; that’s better.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    It’s infuriating to hear the President make such out-of-touch remarks and unduly insult Christians. President Obama should apologize to those hurt and offended by his comments.

    This reads exactly like the Islamist complaints of hurt fee-fees over Mo cartoons. Thus the RNC reveals that they (at the least) sympathise with totalitarianism.

  • machintelligence

    The Republicans just wish they could issue fatwas.

  • scienceavenger

    …right wing radio hosts — professional liars…

    Indeed, nothing causes me to hit the fast forward button faster than the words “and now our guest, radio host…”. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the medium, and if you have other accomplishments in your life and happen to have a radio show, bully for you. But if your calling card is that you are a radio show host, it only means you are talented at distorting reality to fit the worldview your listeners desire, in full confidence that they can’t be bothered to check your claims.

  • abb3w

    Obama called the actions “unspeakable acts of barbarism”, but that’s not necessarily the same thing as condemning them, right?

  • Michael Heath

    I too am disappointed in Barack Obama’s references regarding Christian misdeeds. The most relevant misdeed, one that overtly motivates the radical Islamists in the Middle East, is our 2003 war with Iraq.

    al Qaeda kills 3000+ people on 9/11, and President Bush’s most significant response was to leverage Christianity to kill hundreds of thousands in the Iraq War.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed’s blog post title:

    RNC Lies About Obama Prayer Breakfast Remarks

    tbp1 responds:

    RNC Lies About Obama Prayer Breakfast Remarks.

    There we go; that’s better.

    I’ll go one better than that: RNC Lies About Obama Prayer Breakfast Remarks

  • caseloweraz

    Michael Heath: I’ll go one better than that: RNC Lies About Obama Prayer Breakfast Remarks.

    RNC Lies — Machete Kills.

    One of them isn’t doing very well with the public.

  • se habla espol

    I’ll just leave this here. There are more samples at the pfffft.