By MARTIN MAWYER
Everyone who believes that President Obama is a Christian … please raise your hand.
Just as I thought—not even Obama could honestly raise his hand, now that he has taken off the sheepskin and revealed the wolf beneath it.
At a recent Easter prayer breakfast, Obama decided to once again give a dig to Christians and Christianity in general. Appearing to break from his prepared speech, he said with a grin, “I have to say that sometimes, when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.”
Now this was possibly said in the context of the Indiana brouhaha—which focused on a Religious Freedom bill that was passed. It prompted a blitzkrieg from the gay lobby because, hypothetically, the law might protect a Christian business from having to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. We say hypothetically, because the only thing the law did was grant a broader umbrella of religious freedom protection.
Yes, the Constitution already allows us full religious freedom, but many judges apparently haven’t read the First Amendment and so they have been ordering Christians to engage in some business practices that violate their religious consciences.
But let’s get back to President Obama and his anti-Christian comment. Was he referring to Christians in Indiana when he made his snarky comment at the Easter prayer breakfast? Only he knows, because he refused to elaborate, while his sycophants who were present sniggered at the joke, as if they got it.
Let’s break down what he was saying: “Christians are hypocrites. They’re supposed to be loving and inclusive, but they’re really not, because they don’t like gays.”
He didn’t say that in those words, but that’s what he meant. It’s not true that Christians don’t like gays—but clearly Obama doesn’t really like Christians, based on his comments.
Yet when Muslims commit acts of terrorism, instead of hurling the same critical comments about them—that they are not behaving properly for a Muslim, they’re not showing the proper spirit of love and peace, etc.—Obama doesn’t say that.
What he always says is that “they’re not really Muslims.” When he gets peeved by something Christians do or say, why doesn’t he say, “They’re not really Christians, because Christians are peaceful and loving.” No, he criticizes them AS Christians.
There’s definitely a double standard at work here. Muslims get a pass, Christians don’t.
Take another striking example: In speaking at another prayer breakfast in February, Obama told Christians to get off their “high horse … remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.
Did the President really compare Christians during the Crusade to the ISIS savages? Yes, he really did. And he went further, saying at the same prayer breakfast: “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
First things first: Some southerners did use the Bible as a defense for slavery, but they were in the wrong and a bloody, four-year-long war, the Civil War, decided the issue once and for all. And it was Christians in the North who fought against slavery, who fought against the wrong-headed southern Christians who tried to justify this evil in the name of Christianity.
Slavery in the name of Christ could never be justified—and we righted this wrong with the deaths of more than a million people on the battlefields of both the North and South.
Have the Islamists righted the wrong of slavery that they’ve committed? No. In fact, they are continuing to take slaves as they have since the sixth century – without one war to end the practice—yet Obama hasn’t uttered one word of criticism.
Why does he deem it appropriate to criticize Christians in 2015 for slavery that was abolished in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation? Using that template, he should be criticizing Muslims for acts THEY committed during the Crusades.
Second, the President compared Christians during the Crusades to ISIS. Wrong again, Mr. President. The Crusades were a defense against Islamic aggression and takeover of Christian-held lands. These were bloody wars that went on for centuries, but not because the Christians liked war—but because the Islamic aggressors would not stop waging war, much like they do today.
Did Obama mention the Islamic aggression during the Crusades during Ramadan? Did he ever take the opportunity at a Muslim holiday or gathering to chide the Muslims for getting up on their “high horse” about their religion? Of course not. He only tells it like (he thinks) it is when there is a Christian gathering, and only in strident anti-Christian tones.
According to Obama’s philosophy, if Muslims commit any act of aggression, they must not be real Muslims. It doesn’t fit into the framework that “Islam is a religion of peace.”
Here are a few other gems from our Theologian-in-chief:
- “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation… if we were to teach Christianity in school, would we teach James Dobson’s or Al Sharpton’s … Should we follow Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK?”
(For the record, yes to James Dobson, HECK NO to Al Sharpton, no to Leviticus because the law was fulfilled in Jesus.)
- “Although we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation ...”
(However, most of us do consider ourselves a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values—excluding you, Mr. Obama.)
On Islam, however, he has said:
- “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.”
- “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.”
- “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”
- “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.”
- “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”
(These last two were not uttered in jest but said with a straight face.)
- “Islam has always been part of America.”
(Except for all the centuries leading up to the Obama Administration.)
Has Obama ever said anything positive about Christianity? Has he ever said that Christianity has been a positive force in the world, or produced anything good? In an exhaustive Google search, I could not find any examples. I did, however, find many more examples of his criticism of Christianity.
I also found many examples of his confusion about what Christianity is really about—not surprising, of course, given his upbringing and his time spent at Jeremiah Wright’s church of hatred.
Here’s one statement that just about sums up his view of Christianity:
“This is something that I’m sure I’d have serious debates with my fellow Christians about,” Obama has stated. “I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and prostelytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that (if) people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.”
The President is showing us clearly through his quotes who he really is and what he really believes. It’s time we believe what he is showing.
One Catholic commentator probably summed up Obama’s views the best:
“I don’t believe he’s a Christian and I don’t believe he’s a Muslim … He believes in nothing, stands for nothing …
“… and he’s good for nothing.”