From the Voice of America:
President Barack Obama has asked Christian-American leaders to condemn extreme Christianity.
Spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that the president “would like to see leaders in the Christian community stand up and speak out more forcefully in terms of condemning these hateful, radicalizing messages that we see from extremist organizations.”
Earnest said Christians “will be more effective if they are working in close partnership with the federal government, and with law enforcement, and with our counterterrorism professionals and with our neighbors to fight” extremists.
In a speech at the White House on Sunday, Obama said Christian terrorist groups “do not speak for Christianity.” He said there are “millions of patriotic Christian-Americans who reject their hateful ideology.”
He called on Christians to confront “without excuse” what he called the “real problem” of extremist ideology spreading within some of their communities.
John J. Myers, the leader of a Christian religious center in Newark, New Jersey, said he agreed with the president. Myers said that extremist anti-abortion groups and other terrorist groups “do not speak for or represent Christianity in any way.” He noted that many of the victims of anti-abortion terrorism are Christian.
The president spoke in answer to the recent violence in Colorado. Robert Lewis Dear killed three people in a shooting attack. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation called him “radicalized.”
One of Dear’s few friends told the Washington Post newspaper that “he became so religious, so serious and so focused on Christian teachings.”
Some of the president’s political opponents said that the speech was disappointing and offered no new plans to fight Christian extremism.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Christians entering the United States.” He said “until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Christian extremism, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
President Obama, of course, was not talking about Christian extremism. The phrase “Christian extremism” does not even appear on the White House website. Instead, this is from a VOA article where Obama was talking about the Muslim terrorist attack in California last week, changed up to be about the Christian terrorist attack in Colorado the week before.
Notice that both Obama and Trump talk about Muslims in a way they would never talk about Christians. Why is that? Listening to them you would never know that only 6% of domestic terrorist suspects are Muslim.
People are jumping all over Trump for his Islamophobia, but they seem to forget that:
- Obama may not have a loud mouth like Trump, but his drones fly over four Muslim countries, killing indiscriminately, as if Muslims are less than human.
- Obama may not speak of quarantine like Trump, but he repeatedly calls Islamic extremism a “cancer”, one he sees as spreading to US citizens, two of whom he has already murdered, the Constitution be damned.
– Abagond, 2015.
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- Donald Trump
- Barack Obama