President Obama’s Apology

President Obama’s Apology April 11, 2015

2015-04-11 11.00.12I saw an image today on Facebook (included here on the right), indicating that there are people who are still saying that President Obama “owes Christians an apology” for having said at a recent National Prayer Breakfast“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.”

The irony is this: President Obama is a Christian, and this is him offering an apology, as a Christian, for the things that we who are Christians have done in the past.

Those who are demanding an apology from the president are, it seems to me, simply showing that they are unrepentant for the sins that Christians have committed in the past. And as if this sinful attitude of theirs were not enough, they not only fail to apologize for past sins, but demand an apology from a Christian who does apologize!

The way they have worded their complaints indicates that they think President Obama is not a Christian. And yet their unrepentant attitude suggests that, if anyone isn’t Christian, it is them.

In related news, a Facebook friend sarcastically shared the latest attack on Christianity by the president: the White House will be hosting a Gospel music concert. See also Bruce Gerencser’s post on how he, as an atheist, sees the conservative view of Obama and his faith.

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  • Proudscalawag

    “Those who are demanding an apology from the president are, it seems to
    me, simply showing that they are unrepentant for the sins that
    Christians have committed in the past. And as if this sinful attitude of
    theirs were not enough, they not only fail to apologize for past sins,
    but demand an apology from a Christian who does apologize!”
    And, imho, that’s not even the worst of it: by this they show that they do but counterfeit being ‘people of faith’. Real people of faith can take such reproof (even as ridiculously mild as Obama’s) and use it to grow in faith. Their offended screeches indicate that they have no real faith but instead are eaten up with PRIDE and spiritual pride at that, which is the most evil sort of pride as per C.S. Lewis in ‘The Screwtape Letters’!

    Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/04/president-obamas-apology.html#ixzz3X11ZTspt

    • Shiphrah99

      Worse, these same people have decided that the Crusades were caused by Muslim atrocities, so everything that the Crusaders did was justified, including the devastation of Jewish communities that had absolutely nothing to do with the conflict. Riiiiiight.

  • Those who are demanding an apology from the president are, it seems to me, simply showing that they are unrepentant for the sins that Christians have committed in the past.

    It is more likely that they are just looking for every possible excuse to criticize Obama.

  • Jonathan Bernier

    What I find absolutely and genuinely baffling, as a non-American, is why the president’s religion is even an issue. I mean, if he wasn’t a Christian, so what? Last time I checked there was no religious test for office in the US.

    • Not formally, but there certainly is a religious test in most voters’ minds.

    • In the US, there is no religious test that can legally bar a person from running for office, but that can’t stop people from using whatever “religious test” they like in determining whether or not to vote for that person. Thus, especially for nationwide office, no candidate who doesn’t profess some form of religion stands any reasonable chance of winning the election.

  • Is President Obama really doing nothing to combat Muslim extremism? Of
    course not. We have boots on the ground in the Middle East, drones and
    bombers in the air, and are spending billions of dollars to combat
    terrorism.

    -LOL. He actually thinks the fireworks mean something.

  • Also, I’m fairly certain if that was said by Bush during the Iraq War, far fewer would object.

  • Also, it’s pretty clear Obama’s statements, though true, are a non-sequitur. The past is past, the present is now.

  • Max S. Cannon

    Am I experiencing an emotional blockage of sorts or am i just not hearing a lot of “Christian” love? Having read through the posts, there appears to be quite a bit of hyperbole in the attributions to the various comments by evangelicals/conservatives along with some creative historical analysis. I’m reminded of a quote I read recently: “I will not tolerate your intolerance and I hate your hatred” which creates the visual of a dog chasing it’s tail.