A Jordanian pilot was burned alive in a cage by ISIS just days before President Obama seized the moment to trash Christianity at this year's National Prayer Breakfast, saying Christians should get off their "high horses." Besides downplaying the atrocities taking place in the Middle East, most disturbing was his attempt to tie a moral equivalence between things like slavery or the Crusades to the current day beheadings and indiscriminate murders committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Islamic State).
Granted, a history lesson would be okay, if the setting were a classroom, and the Professor-in-Chief had the facts straight. Obama failed to mention the Crusades were, in part, a defensive war necessary to push back Muslim aggression, similar to what we see in ISIS today. In the modern era, responses to aggression are much more civil; we abide by the Geneva Convention; the enemy does not. Furthermore, Judeo-Christian values ended slavery here in the U.S., while the Islamic State actively promotes it, regularly turning captured non-Muslim women and children into slaves, sexual and otherwise.
Honestly, the only place Obama's sanctimonious hog slop would not be questioned is a campus coffee shop where moral relativism rises thicker than pot smoke. Or in the mainstream media. Or, maybe a "Christian Left" sanctuary for social justice overflowing with condemnation and calls for retribution. The Apostle Paul (Paul), also beheaded for his faith in Christ wrote in Romans that we should not "take revenge…but leave room for God's wrath." Collecting reparations for the sins of our forefathers -- or theirs -- is about as sick and twisted as believing actions taken a thousand years ago validate the burning and beheading of live human beings. more >>
Much ado has been made over President Obama's remarks at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, namely his comparison between the Christian Crusades and the racism of the Jim Crow South and the heinous tactics of ISIS. Christians are outraged, as are most conservatives. Even MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell found the President's condescending (and, it turns out, inaccurate) history lesson in poor taste, coming as it did mere days after a Jordanian pilot was burned alive at the hands of Muslim extremists.
Needless to say, enough ink and airtime and bandwidth have been expended excoriating the President on this point. So much so that a second and perhaps more fundamentally problematic issue with his speech has gone unaddressed. A good deal of the President's talk revolved around the sacred importance of religious liberty. He praised it as a bastion of democratic society and a cornerstone of America's constitutional order. He lauded the good work done by those who dedicate their lives to caring for "the least of these." He had a great deal to say about the value of humility, the importance of heeding God's commandments, and the responsibility to speak out against agents of hate, oppression, and religious perversion. From the speech:
"And, first, we should start with some basic humility. I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt – not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn't speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn't care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth. more >>
President Barack Obama's address at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, 2015 has reverberated through the corridors of the world and provoked shock and dismay in numerous quarters. Even a professor at the University of London commented on his shallow understanding of the Crusades. I hesitated to write anything on the subject because it would drag me into politics or into a sobering critique of Islam. I am not sure that at a time like this either distraction would be wise, so let me keep it to the minimum.
For those who did not hear the talk, it is sufficient to say that it was the most ill advised and poorly chosen reprimand ever given at a National Prayer Breakfast. I have been to several and have never, ever heard such absence of wisdom in a setting such as this. I wasn't at this one but have heard the speech often enough to marvel at the motivation for such thoughts. President Obama basically lectured Christians not to get on a moral high horse in their castigation of the ISIS atrocities by reminding them that the Crusades and slavery were also justified in the name of Christ. Citing the Crusades, he used the single most inflammatory word he could have with which to feed the insatiable rage of the extremists. That is exactly what they want to hear to feed their lunacy. In the Middle East, history never dies and words carry the weight of revenge.
There is so much I would love to say in response but shall refrain. The President obviously does not understand the primary sources of either faith for him to make such a tendentious parallel. The predominant delight in his remarks would be in the Muslim world and the irreligious. The next day Geraldo Rivera, opining favorably, made the oft-repeated lie that more people have been killed in the name of God than in any other cause. Try telling that to the Chinese and the Russians and the Cambodians and the victims of the Holocaust! Such intellectual ignorance gains the microphone with pitiable privilege. If a thinking person doesn't know the difference between the logical outworkings of a philosophy and the illogical ones, to say nothing of the untruth perpetrated, then knowledge has been sacrificed at the altar of prejudice. more >>
Police say the brutal shooting deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina on Tuesday may have been motivated by an ongoing dispute with a neighbor over parking.
Chapel Hill resident Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder following the deaths of newlywed couple Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. All three were shot in the head at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus.
While a preliminary investigation suggests that an argument over parking may have precipitated the shooting, police continue to investigate and they have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime. more >>
"Confession is good for the soul," said Mark Twain, "but it's bad for the reputation." Candidate Barack Obama in 2008 confessed to his top advisor, David Axelrod, "I'm just not very good at bull____ing." Actually, he was very good at it. He told millions of Americans that he believed marriage was "a sacred union" between a man and a woman. He answered about marriage in Rick Warren's question famed Civic Forum, going even further to say that "God is in the mix."
Four years later, he claimed he had evolved. We've all seen those Darwin fish with feet bumper devices. Evolutionary biologists assure us that it took eons for those finny friends to develop into land roving quadrupeds. Not so, liberal politicians. They can shed old convictions and promises quicker than fishes can shed their scales.
TIME magazine provides this enlightening comment on David Axelrod's new memoir, Believer. more >>
The Islamic State policing unit in Mosul severely disfigured the faces of 15 Iraqi women by pouring acid on them as a form of punishment after the women were caught without their faces being veiled appropriately, by ISIS standards, last weekend.
ISIS' all-female policing unit, the Al Khansa brigade, which polices the streets of the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, reportedly carried out the punishments after the women were detained on Sunday in the Mosul neighborhood of Salamiya, a kurdish official told BasNews.
The official from the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, told the news site that the women were subject to the cruel, face-deforming punishment simply because they were caught in public without wearing a Niqab, the cloth like veil that fully covers the face except for slit for the eyes. more >>