Obama has been attacked for telling the truth about abusing "God"
At the February 5 National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama didn't mention any of the more recent American slaughters of innocents when he commented on "those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends." But he did follow that by saying with simple factuality:
"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."
These are facts, and not even the worst facts available. Christian genocide against the native peoples of the Americas was compounded by the missionary arrogance of seeking to convert them to Christianity to save their souls. How is that less twisted thinking than any Islamist currently on the loose?
Many of those attacking Obama for tiptoeing close to principles Jesus might actually embrace, commit the sort of hypocritical faith cudgeling -- typically Islamophobia -- that they blame on Obama. It is as though, looking at Obama, they are seeing themselves in a mirror. They do not embrace what he later, sanely said:
"There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith". And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty. No God condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number."
In this context, Obama did not mention the innocents still held in Guantanamo, nor the innocents killed by predator drones, nor the innocents bombed in Iraq and Syria, nor any of the innocents elsewhere falling victims to unbridled U.S. military terror and Christian fervor.
As a candidate, Bush told people: "I believe God wants me to run for president."