President Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech: Offensive, but Not Surprising.

President Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech: Offensive, but Not Surprising. February 9, 2015
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons. Official White House Photo.
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons. Official White House Photo.

President Obama’s tiresome predilection for offending Christians showed itself again at the National Prayer Breakfast last week. It seems that our prez will besmirch Christianity, even if he has to dredge up stuff from a thousand years ago and mis-characterize history to do it.

I’m going to put a video of the full text of his speech below. Parts of it are good. But, as usual when President Obama talks about religion, he can’t resist taking a swipe at Christianity.

This predilection he has for ham-handed attempts to be “fair” to all faiths by belittling and defaming Christianity seems ingrained in him. It harms his presidency, divides this nation and makes it tough to be a Jesus-loving Democrat.

After all this time and the great political price he and his party have paid, you would think he’d be smart enough to get out his pen and draw a line through these statements when his speech writers put them in. But he doesn’t. Maybe the reason is that he means it so much that he doesn’t care about the political consequences.

He’s so set on this that it makes me cringe when he says something complimentary about Pope Francis. I don’t feel that he’s complimenting the Holy Father. I feel that he’s patronizing him. When he talks about American freedom of religion, I cringe again. This president has directly attacked the First Amendment with his HHS Mandate. So, when he praises this country’s great freedom of religion, I feel that he’s patronizing the American people.

As for his comments about Christianity vis a vis ISIS, the Crusades happened hundreds of years ago, which hardly makes it pertinent to the rapes, beheadings and burnings alive that are happening today. Also, the Crusades were a defensive war in response to an invading army. Much of the Middle East was Christian before this “conversion” by the sword which resulted in the deaths and exile of whole populations of Christians.

Jim Crow was brought to ground by a great Christian leader, leading equally great Christians. These men spoke from the prophetic voice of the Gospels to animate a movement and convict a nation of the powerful message that we are, all of us, made in the image and likeness of God and deserve the same legal rights. The Civil Rights Movement was led by black pastors who had held the black community together and given it dignity for decades. Martin Luther King, Jr preached the Gospel to power, and that power changed history. It was Christianity that ended Jim Crow, just as it was Christian abolitionists who ended slavery.

I am offended by President Obama’s mis-use of history to convict today’s Christians of the crimes of ISIS, Boko Haram, al Queda, and others. But I am not surprised.


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23 responses to “President Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech: Offensive, but Not Surprising.”

  1. The problem I have is that it seems like a lot are whitewashing the crusades a bit. While I’d have no moral issue with a military campaign to take the holy land, considering how often it changed hands no one group could claim the right to it at that time. The problem remains that the crusades as where so out of control that it led to entire civilian populations of cities being put to the sword. . . something the muslim armies did not do at the time. That having been said, I would agree that the fact that he’s reaching for something that happened just shy of 1000 years ago seems to show he’s grasping for threads.

  2. “President Obama’s tiresome predilection for offending Christians showed itself again at the National Prayer Breakfast last week, even if he has to dredge up stuff from a thousand years ago and mis-characterize history to do it”

    He sure is tiresome. With all due respect, I am shutting him off til election time.
    I am also giving him a poor grade in History for blurring some of the facts on the Crusades. ;p

  3. Agree that the crusaders behaved like an ill-disciplined rabble rather than an army. But that’s the way European armies functioned during that period in history. Having said that, the fact remains that the Crusades themselves were a response to an invading force that had enslaved whole populations and was in the process of overrunning Europe, as well. It was — however poorly executed — a defensive war.

  4. Kirk, the Crusaders did some really horrible things. No argument. The sacking of Constantinople and Damascas, both Christian cities were horrendous.
    Did you know, though that the jihad started in the seventh century that lead to the crusades was not over until 1683? That is when the Siege of Vienna ended. That’s what the European Christians were dealing with. An unrelenting enemy. We are dealing with the same thing.

  5. Another interesting fact…while the Muslim community of 1000 years ago thrived in the sciences/mathematics, poetry and tolerance,
    The Alhambra comes to mind, they have since become stagnant. They just stopped, faltered, and nowadays, in the 21st century, can only dominate, oppress, destroy.

    Yes, there were abuses during the Crusades , but there were many well-intentioned folks as well (and the great miracle of Lepanto).

    Christendom, has accomplished much, suffered much, and gifted the world, in the name of Christ. Faith communities, hospitals, caring for the poor, Universities where philosophy thrives…Thomas Aquinas comes to mind.
    The Church continues to grow and to thrive, the beauty of the faith remains life giving to all.

  6. Dr. King was not just any Christian. He was a Christian who was thought of as part of a sub-human class by most other USA Christians. He went up against a Christianity that possessed a lot of political power, and he won.

  7. He won because the bogus (and heretical) Christianity you describe fell before the truth of the Gospels. That’s how it works when one person has the courage to follow Jesus. It’s the parable of the mustard seed, made real.

  8. I agree but I see the purpose of Obama’s admonition of the Christian Right which can only see their religion as the one true faith and Islam as a heresy. What we can’t have happen is for the struggle against terrorism to turn into a religious war. Many Muslims are on our side. Look at Jordan and the UAE. That is why he said “Lest we get on our own high horse…”

  9. When a NASCAR driver makes an interfaith prayer breakfast all about Jesus and insinuates that if they don’t accept him as our Lord and savior people like the Dahli Lama, Jews, Muslims, atheists, etc. are going to hell, it is up to the President to tell Christians not to get on their high horses because extremists have also done terrible things in the name of Christ, up to and including racial discrimination.

  10. I didn’t hear the NASCAR driver’s speech, but based on what President Obama said, it was his personal testimony. It’s really tiresome the way atheists keep trying to insist that Christians should not speak of Christ because it “offends” them to hear it.

    As for the president’s speech, he seemed to have approved of the NASCAR driver’s comments. Having said that, the president’s speech was offensive to many, if not most, Christians. It’s not your place — or anyone else’s to tell them they are not — or shouldn’t be — offended. That’s their call, not yours.

  11. No one has a constitutional right to not be offended. If they did, a race car driver could no tell nonChristians that they are going to hell. Obama was not going to admonish a hero directly. That is why he made a general remark about Christians thinking they are better than everyone else.

  12. The most offensive part of the speech was that the President has such a shallow, I’ll-informed, distorted incorrect view of world history. The Crusades began to defend Christians who were being overrun, forced to convert and mutilated and tortured and killed in the most horrible ways by the invading Muslims.
    The Inquisition was a governmental action, much like that carried out by DOJ and IRS against dissenting groups. Someone recently said that more people have been killed in drone strikes that in 350 years of Inquisitions.
    Christians do have rights to share their faith, just as Rebecca said.

  13. Republican or Democrat does not matter. For 40, maybe 60, years we have been on this downhill slide, and we are not at the bottom yet. The next president will be worse, no matter what party he comes from.

  14. Yes, even killer rabbit man who could not be bothered to check a weather forecast before sending troops in a helicopter into a sandstorm. Mild by those who followed, but still worse than Ford.

  15. Sorry, Reagan did a lot better than Carter. He didn’t give away our Canal and let Iran fall. We are still paying for that stupidity. In fact it is the proximate cause of a lot of these problems.

  16. Yeah, we all know some crusaders “did these things” much like all armies “do these things.” That may never change but what is amusing is that after so many centuries, the baddies, “who did these things” are still getting free press and us “moderns” are still clamoring/arguing over them.

    My favorite part of the Crusades forever will remain, The Battle of Lepanto.
    A real beauty of a miracle and one that to this day gives me much hope.

  17. Having watched it again, it is an awesome speech. I guess I was just put off by one sentence. The rest of it is very inspirational even to me, an atheist. The offensive sentence is the insinuation that people who do not accept Jesus as their lord and savior go to hell. That is sheer nonsense.