Thoughts About President Obama's National Prayer Breakfast Speech!


I agree with TA-NEHISI COATES!  President Obama spoke the truth. I've seen a lot of reaction to President Obama's National Prayer Breakfast speech condemning his remarks about the Crusades and the Inquisition. Regardless of this mans reputation, and I know that his words in this speech are being torn apart because that's what we do.

Folks are saying he was trying to take some of the blame off of Islam and whatever else. But I think he was simply saying that no religion is without guilt when it comes to religious violence, and that we cannot let current religious violence make us forget the violence that all other religions have committed, even Christianity.

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  1. The Crusades maybe was not the best example. Perhaps, the genocide in Bosnia, Joseph Kony and the LRA, so-called "Christian" militias in Central Africa Republic, the KKK (which was a terrorist organization that used religious language and imagery), and a few others might better serve the purpose. I understand what he tried to do, he just didn't do it well. If the West were mostly Muslim and the Middle East was mostly Christian, we would still have the same problems in the world because the problem is not primarily religion It's a factor, but not the sole factor. It is a driving factor, but not the primary driving factor. It is a tool or a band aid. The overarching point is that it would be naive and deeply unintellectual to point to IS as the culmination of everything wrong with Islam. The connection between IS and Islam is about the same as that between the LRA and Christianity. It's a weak connection at best.

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    1. Why is bringing up the Crusades not relevant? It happened, right? So did slavery, Jim Crow and the KKK, not all that long ago. The President made valid points which was more about ISIS not representing Islam, if you actually comprehended what he said.

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  2. Ms. Ann I agree with you and I feel like people are missing the point, the president isn't trying to say that what ISIS is doing is okay, he's trying to say that just because people do bad things in the name of a religion doesn't mean that the whole religion is like that.

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    1. The president was not trying to excuse the deplorable actions of ISIS...It was simply a reminder of the despicable history of racism in this country that some people keep hiding, avoiding, denying or trying to forget. It is very important that we do not forget.

      http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/yes-isis-burned-man-alive-white-americans-did-same-thing-thousands-black-people

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  3. I love the president's speech. It's true that both Islam and Christianity have both done horrible things in the name of God. The solution isn't to not talk about it, or to do nothing in the name of God... As Christians, we should continue want to do GOOD in His name. In doing so, redefining what it is to be a Christian, and proving that it isn't God that is false, but rather people are.

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    1. Right on Candy Crush Saga! The KKK used to burn people alive also! Let's be honest! We don't compare with those murderous thugs, but the President is right. This has been done before. That's all he was saying. And religion was the reason behind it, just like now!

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  4. I am a big supporter of Obama and i vote for him both times but now by making this ridicules statement i think he is crossing the line.

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  5. Most historians know the truth the Christians were no better than the Muslims at slaughtering people in the name of God when it really was just like today about money and land and power

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