Reactions to President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast continue to stir the already turbulent waters of both religion and politics. Most of the comments from American religious and political leaders are negative, some highly critical of the president’s attempt to compare the past with the present — long-ago acts supposedly committed in the name of Christ with the current ISIS atrocities carried out in the name of Mohammad.
Via WND we learn of evangelist Franklin Graham’s reaction:
“Many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desires. But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness. He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life.”
The WND post on Obama’s address also notes Rush Limbaugh’s criticism:
“Why would you attempt to downplay Islamist extremism? Why would you attempt to put in perspective the actions being taken today by al-Qaida and ISIS and Boko Haram and the Khorasan Group and all of the rest of them by claiming that just as many atrocities have taken place in the name of Christ?”
A Washington Post report quotes a high-ranking Southern Baptist official, Russell Moore, who criticized Obama’s remarks about Christianity as “an unfortunate attempt at a wrongheaded moral comparison.”
Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore expressed his outrage: “The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime.”
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On “Hannity” Thursday night, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer blasted Obama’s attempt to compare the brutal ISIS onslaught with the crusades. Krauthammer told Sean Hannity that he was “stunned that the president could say something so at once banal and offensive.”
You can see what else “The Hammer” said about Obama’s Prayer Breakfast remarks by clicking on the video above.