If someone can explain to me why a secular country has a prayer breakfast, I’d be grateful, but in the meanwhile feast your eyes on what the Kenyan Usurper said while at it that got Y’all Qaeda’s tighty very whiteys in a knot:
But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge — or, worse, sometimes used as a weapon. From a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, their faith, professed to stand up for Islam, but, in fact, are betraying it. We see ISIL, a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism — terrorizing religious minorities like the Yezidis, subjecting women to rape as a weapon of war, and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions.
…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…
Which has set off Michelle Malkkkin’s Flaying Monkee Brigade, that happy fella at The Catholic League Bill Donohue, and of course noted theologian Jonah Goldberg who would raise a crusade if you got between him and the shrimp platter on the NRO Cruz (warning shot to K-Lo). We will examine Doughy Pantload’s response because why not?
And on Thursday, President Obama seized the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to forthrightly criticize the “terrible deeds” . . . committed “in the name of Christ.”
…But, as odd as it may sound for a guy named Goldberg to point it out, the Inquisition and the Crusades aren’t the indictments Obama thinks they are. For starters, the Crusades — despite their terrible organized cruelties — were a defensive war.
…which is why the Crusaders left England to fight in the Middle East and everywhere else?
As for the Inquisition, it needs to be clarified that there was no single “Inquisition,” but many. And most were not particularly nefarious. For centuries, whenever the Catholic Church launched an inquiry or investigation, it mounted an “inquisition,” which means pretty much the same thing.
Oh, so it was semantics? Xristians were not torturing the Jews in Spain, they were using enhanced interrogation techniques. (oh wait. That one’s been used somewhere.) Enthusiastically evangelizing Jews to death for 100 years makes for a strange branding case.
I cannot defend everything done under the various Inquisitions — especially in Spain — because some of it was indefensible. But there’s a very important point to make here that transcends the scoring of easy, albeit deserved, points against Obama’s approach to Islamic extremism (which he will not call Islamic): Christianity, even in its most terrible days, even under the most corrupt popes, even during the most unjustifiable wars, was indisputably a force for the improvement of man.
The Crusades were just misunderstood and if only you knew them better…
I’m not sure who Doughy is addressing (actually I am: the fetus-fondling god-botherers and mouth-breathing paste-eaters of Wingnuttia who pay his salary and probably are a bit suspicious of him because, well, you know), but if a modern-day Xristian has such delicate fee-fees that the Spanish Inquisition needs to have a charm school makeover from a jewish apologist, maybe the problem is the Xristians?
And let’s be honest: if Y’all Qaeda could change the US from a democracy to a theocracy, they would do it in a heartbeat, and they would have all the iron cages and firewood ready too.