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Published: Saturday, February 07, 2015 @ 8:45 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 07, 2015 @ 8:45 AM
"Unless 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," President Barack Obama said Thursday at the annual National Prayer Breakfast.
Obama talked about ISIS at the annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday.
But — and this is the part a lot of his critics are mad about — he compared the group's acts of terror to the Crusades and Christianity, among other analogies.
"In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ," Obama said.
Some viewed the comparison as an attack on Christianity.
Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham said, "We've evolved, and sorry, this Islamic Jihadist movement is regressing. So the president could just say that, but, instead, he always has to lecture us. It's something in his DNA."
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin's interpretation? That the president essentially blamed the Crusades for ISIS brutality.
To be clear though, he wasn't blaming, but rather appearing to draw a comparison between horrific events whose perpetrators often claimed a divine mandate.
So there was definitely an attempt to draw a comparison, though his stated point was that "No God condones terror."
The more interesting takeaway, though, might be that others took his comments Thursday to mean he was finally linking ISIS to Islam.
For a little context, the White House has been catching a lot of heat lately for avoiding the terms Islamist terrorist or Islamic radicals when referring to ISIS.
In January Sen. Lindsey Graham had this to say on "The Hugh Hewitt Show": "When I hear the president of the United States and his chief spokesperson failing to admit that we're in a religious war, it really bothers me."
To which Obama explained to CNN, "It is absolutely true that I reject a notion that somehow that creates a religious war because the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject that interpretation of Islam. They don't even recognize it as Islam."
And for as dissatisfied as many Republicans seem on Obama's stance, The Jerusalem Post notesGeorge W. Bush — Obama's Republican predecessor — also, "never characterized the fight in religious terms." He instead used the term "war on terrorism."
"The terrorist practice in fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics; a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam," Bush said in 2001.
The White House hasn't yet commented on the backlash following Thursday's speech.
Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 12:21 PM
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly voted in favor Thursday of a resolution that implicitly condemned President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite the president's threats to cut funding to countries that oppose his decision.
BREAKING: UN General Assembly votes 128-9 to declare US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital `null and void'— The Associated Press (@AP) December 21, 2017
Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 3:58 PM
— North Korean officials are reaching out to Republican-linked analysts in an attempt to better understand President Donald Trump, according to a report published Tuesday by The Washington Post.
The effort began before Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un started trading fiery rhetoric in the wake of the Hermit Kingdom’s repeated missile tests, the Post reported.
“Their number one concern is Trump,” a source, who was not identified, told the newspaper. “They can’t figure him out.”
Exclusive: North Korea has approached Republicans for help in trying to figure out Trump https://t.co/1CRIJbm8yx— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 26, 2017
The Post reported that at least seven invitations have been extended to Washington-based analysts, including Douglas Paal, an expert on Asia who served on the National Security Council under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Paal, who is currently vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told the Post that he declined North Korea’s request to arrange talks between its officials and “American experts with Republican ties.”
“The North Koreans are clearly eager to deliver a message,” Paal said, adding that North Korean officials wanted the meeting to take place in a neutral location, such as Switzerland. “But I think they’re only interested in getting out of the country for a bit.”
Published: Saturday, August 05, 2017 @ 8:40 AM
MOSCOW — Russian president Vladimir Putin took a short vacation to begin August, heading to Tuva in southern Siberia to fish, swim and catch some rays.
In images and footage released by Russian state television, Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu can be seen enjoying the outdoors, The Associated Press reports. Putin is seen swimming and fishing, including spending two hours hunting a pike while spearfishing.
Most of the images of Putin feature him bare-chested, except for the photos where Putin dons a wetsuit.
Putin on style! Russian president poses on holiday for action shots while diving and fishing without a shirt https://t.co/ETgUctoznh— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 5, 2017
Putin is known for his love of adventure and the outdoors, and has taken active vacations since becoming Russia's president, The Associated Press reports.
Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 1:09 AM