Sunday, February 8, 2015

Obama's Version of History

During a recent speech, President Obama at a National Prayer Breakfast, said “and lest we get on our high horse and think this (Islamic terrorist killing individuals) is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

As usual, Obama got his facts wrong and his analogy is off base.

The Crusades took place after 1065 – some 950 years ago. Comparing an event that took place 950 years ago to one that is ongoing today is ludicrous. Further, Obama showed his ignorance as to why the Crusades took place and failed to talk about the atrocities committed by the Muslim against Christians at that time. Pilgrims during the Middle Ages made sacred pilgrimages to Jerusalem to visit the tomb where Jesus was buried. At that time Jerusalem was held by Muslims but the Christian pilgrims had been granted safe passage to visit the site. In 1065 the City was taken by the Turks and more than 3,000 Christians were massacred. The remaining Christians were tortured and for all practical purposes treated as slaves. Hence, a movement began to take back Jerusalem from the Infidels.

The Inquisition took place in 1200 and was a response by the Catholic Church to the rise of the Reformation and the beginning of Protestantism. It had nothing to do with Muslims or Islam.

The fact of the matter is that there are NO atrocities committed by any Christian religion today. Fortunately, Christianity has come a long way since the Middle Ages. We can't say the same thing for Islam.

It was evangelical Christians who fostered the abolitionist movement to outlaw slavery in this country. Today there are NO Christian countries where any group is enslaved. But take a look at the Muslim countries. Women are treated as second class citizens and in some countries are not allowed to get an education or even to drive an automobile. Further, thousands of individuals have been massacred by these Muslim savages for being homosexual, not following their version of Islam, and for numerous other reasons. We hear about “honor killings” in which daughters are killed by their fathers for dating someone outside the Islam religion. In Berlin a 19 year old German girl was burned to death by a Muslim crowd for committing the unspeakable crime of grazing a Muslim with a car by accident. In Nigeria Boko Horan terrorists captured hundreds of girls, raping them and selling them as slaves. I could go on and give many more illustrations.

In any event, needless to say Professor Obama should get his facts straight before putting on his professorial robes and lecturing his audience.

Conservative Commentary by Jim Pirretti

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