"People committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ."
When it comes to Islam, Obama is like the weather in Seattle. There are no surprises. If there's a national prayer breakfast, then he's going to slam Christianity and defend Islam.
But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge -- or, worse, sometimes used as a weapon. From a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, their faith, professed to stand up for Islam, but, in fact, are betraying it. We see ISIL, a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism -- terrorizing religious minorities like the Yezidis, subjecting women to rape as a weapon of war, and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions.
We see sectarian war in Syria, the murder of Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, religious war in the Central African Republic, a rising tide of anti-Semitism and hate crimes in Europe, so often perpetrated in the name of religion...
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. 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. Michelle and I returned from India -- an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity -- but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs -- acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation.
They're not perpetrated in the name of religion, generic, but in the name of Islam.
Obama has to throw in slavery and attack Hindus in India, but he still can't come up with anything happening today on the scale of Islamic genocidal violence and conflicts with non-Muslims.
There simply isn't anything like it.
While Obama defends Islam, he attacks Christianity. He has to do this because it's the only way to uphold the myth that Islam is peaceful. He can't defend Islam. He can just deny, redirect and attack another religion.