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.