Now, imagine if Churchill, instead of leading the charge against Hitler, had stood up in Parliament and started wallowing in moral equivalence. “Certainly Hitler is a bad egg, and his Nazi Party is repugnant, but other men and other forms of government have committed similar crimes. I would even say that Hitler’s National Socialism isn’t real socialism at all, but in reality a betrayal of socialism. And when it comes to Anti-Semitism, let us not forget that England expelled its own Jews in 1290.”
No, I can’t imagine Winston Churchill (or anybody else, for that matter) saying anything like that. Fast forward 75 years or so to the President of the United States. Islamic terrorists have attacked Americans on their own soil, jihadists are burning, looting, raping and killing their way through large swaths of the Middle East and Africa, and are undermining governments allied with the U.S. And what does the President of these United States have to say at a national prayer breakfast? Behold:
“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,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”This knee-jerk, instinctive, congenital impulse of Obama’s to (a) put religious violence in historical “context” in order to soften his criticisms of Islam-rooted savagery, and (b) somehow try to deny that the savagery is Islam-rooted altogether, is not surprising, but increasingly it does grate on the nerves.
Obama also denounced Islamic State terrorists for professing to stand up for Islam when they were actually “betraying it.”
And for the record, Barry, if you’d like some real context:
a) Based on modern scholarship, the number of executions carried out at the direction of the Spanish Inquisition are estimated, on the high end, to have been approximately 5,000 over the institution’s 350+ year history; the last execution occurred in 1826 (compare with 2,000 people murdered in Nigeria in one town by Boko Haram over a couple of days late last year, and the nearly 3,000 people who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks in the United States on 9/11/2001).
b) The Crusades at least began as an attempt by Christian Europe to recapture large sections of the Middle East that had been conquered by your peace-loving Muslims.
c) It can’t be said too often: Jim Crow laws were put in place and maintained for decades by your political party, and the motivation for these laws was not grounded primarily in religious belief but in pure racial bigotry.
Above all, Muslim radicals are killing thousands of people today, and are a clear and present danger. How many people have been slaughtered in the last year by hordes of Methodist marauders? How many heretics have Catholics burned since Vatican II? What’s the latest news on Baptist suicide bombers? For cryin’ out loud, have more than a dozen Unitarians even gotten a parking ticket since Obama’s re-election?
As usual, Obama is just propping up another straw man in his disingenuous search for moral equivalence.