so, tweaking one of my favorite phrases a wee bit:
I'd agree with you, Mr. President, but then we'd both be wrong...
no, no, here's a wonderful response, coming from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:
“It was nice of the President to give us a history lesson at the Prayer breakfast,” Jindal said. “Today, however, the issue right in front of his nose, in the here and now, is the terrorism of Radical Islam, the assassination of journalists, the beheading and burning alive of captives. We will be happy to keep an eye out for runaway Christians, but it would be nice if he would face the reality of the situation today. The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”
The shot through the heart heard round the world came out of our president's mouth while pontificating of the injustices at the hands of Christians -- in the "name of Christ," he said specifically -- speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast last Thursday.
Letting his ignorance of actual history and his deep-seated hatred for colonial America lead the way, President Obama said the following (mind you, fresh with the image of ISIL burning a Jordanian pilot alive, with a 22-minute video of the barbarity to show for it branded into our memory):
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. 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.Seriously, Mr. President?
We -- both in America and Great Britain -- abolished slavery in the name of Christ! Do you have any clue as to who William Wilberforce is? Look him up. While the Crusades -- the Crusades happened IN RESPONSE to Muslim Jihad against "the infidels." Not to mention, get a grip -- for all of this happened a long, long time ago, and all in an era when the entire world, as you say, happened to be "grappling with these questions." You'd think it was just yesterday.
um, ringing in the Jindal perspective for an encore presentation: "The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today."
you go on to say:
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.
Who does this? Who says this? As a Christian, I'm offended of this sophomoric view you portray of us believers; while I'm pretty sure, going way back to Sunday School now, as a Christian, most of us were raised to believe God loves all the little children of the world...red, yellow, black or white.
But more than that,
how about you say this directly to the brotherhood ...and when I say the brotherhood, we're not talking south side of Chi-town -- we're talking about the nation of Islam and all things justified in the name of Mohammed.
but no, no,
to have the kind of courage of this president ....wow...
...mustering the strength to stand up to the "terrible deeds in the name of Christ" and to show up and bear all at a National Prayer Breakfast of all places....now that is something. Who's full of himself now?
Given, reading the president's entire speech calls for the patience of Mother Teresa. Honestly, he sounds all over the place -- deeply confused -- co-mingling American ideals with falsehoods, grappling with keeping in step with his audience while keeping true to his own heart and soul, which seemed to struggle, at times, to reconcile with his own Christianity, But feel free to read the President's remarks, here.
And for a quick rebuttal -- allow me to take the reins and send you to The Patriot Post. go here. Riding high and bear-back, of course, The Post combines rugged American conservative opinion and news and values with integrity and grit and truth.
And from another view, read Star Parker's take here. [She attended the breakfast and witnessed the assault on Christianity herself] Here's a thought from Star:
King Abdullah from Jordan was supposed to speak. But after one of his country's pilots was burned alive in a metal cage by terrorists, he needed to return to his country. In his place, a representative read his speech. After hearing it, I knew it was written from someone who knows the difference between good and evil. Someone who stands with Israel and Christians in the Middle East. And someone who yearned for a response from the world's only superpower, only to be told by our President that Christians are just as evil as terrorists.And now imagine a speech when there isn't a rebuttal coming in from all directions; imagine that speech being so beautiful and unifying and wonderful and in sync with America's best interests at heart that the response was only applause. Oh the girl can dream, can't she...
And speaking of King Abdullah -- let's compare kings, shall we?
here you go ...enjoy.
And just whose side are you on, President Obama? I'm beginning to question.
[um, that's not true. Pardon my Lyin' Williams moment. To go back to the period of time when I was beginning to question, I would have to go all the way back to 2007; and to that end, I have questioned nearly everything he has either said and done, along with a whole slew of things left undone.]
We should be afraid when there comes a day when it becomes acceptable to mischaracterize America's Christians of today and our Christian foundation. But to have it come from our president and leader of the free world....really? And to have it happen at the National Prayer Breakfast, intended to be a gathering on unity? There is something so wrong with that. You, sir, are no Martin Luther King, Jr....
This day, like so many coming 'round the mountain, is not ours to fully understand.
But a prayer or two, or 300 million minus the atheists, might just be what the world needs now; love sweet love America.
Make it a Good Day, G