Sunday, February 8, 2015

Another Nobel For Obama?

He should get one if they had a combined prize for fiction and histori-ography. Hands down. Actually, Obama's knowledge of history seems to be derived from watching sitcoms, and maybe the View. Even watching a little PBS, as bad as that is, could correct a few of his miscon-ceptions.

Others will describe below just how wrong he is about historical facts, but I want to make the point that even if what he said had be correct, it would still have been irrelevant. Imagine a classroom scene:

Billy:  Miss Jones, Bobby hit me!

Teacher:  Bobby, did you hit Billy?

Bobby: Yes, but Billy's grandfather hit my grandfather in school sixty years ago. He shouldn't get up on his high horse like that.

But, of course, it's par for the course that what Obama says is both inaccurate and irrelevant.

As for what really happened with the Crusades, Mangan writes:

Obama and the Crusades

Obama stuck foot in mouth again the other day, be mentioning the Crusades in the context of Islamic terrorism. His remarks were apparently "unscripted", as they say, and it seems as if every time he says something not concocted by his handlers he gets into trouble.

Anyone with any knowledge of history understands the utter weakness of using the Crusades in this manner, on order to soften the blame for terrorism from current Islam, to impute terroristic impulses and violence to all religions. Sure, we know that here, but the reason Obama said that is because he and people who think like him really believe it. In their minds, Christianity just is a huge source of wars and violence, not to mention imperialism, slavery, and making natives wear clothes. In conflicts involving Christianity and some other religion, Christians are always at fault.

The Inquisition also came in for mention too, and rhetoricians never let the facts get in the way with this topic. The total death toll of the Spanish Inquisition over a period of about 250 years was from 3,000 to 5,000. (There were other versions of the Inquisition of course, so counts from those must be added to the toll. The Spanish Inquisition was, however, the most notorious, likely because of the Black Legend.) While those deaths are to be deplored, and are unthinkable in our day, governments in Europe routinely put even minor miscreants to death, and most of these were not in any way motivated by religion. By contrast, the death toll of the progressives' favorite ideology, Communism, is about 100 million in the 20th century. No doubt more will follow. (Heh, see Obama's Drones Have Killed More Than the Spanish Inquisition.)

Anyway, the Crusades were obviously undertaken in self-defense against Muslims who had conquered Christian lands, such as all of the Middle East, much of Byzantium, the Holy Land, Spain, and controlled wide swathes of the Mediterranean. They pillaged and kidnapped from Christian lands, selling the victims into slavery.

But that is just the problem, for in progressives' minds, the West is not allowed any self-defense. We are just supposed to sit back and let it happen.

The original is here:

And Stuart Schneiderman writes in more detail here:

Obama Defames Jesus Christ

Having begun his presidency with an apology tour Barack Obama is closing it by trying to offend as many Americans as possible.

Of course, the two bookends of the presidency are well aligned. A president who felt that America was at fault for the problems within Islam has now declared that we should not hold Muslims accountable for the violence committed in the name of Mohammed because Christians committed heinous acts in the name of Christ.

Were it not for the fact that Obama is a radical zealot who actually believes what he is saying one would suspect that he is a Republican plant, working to discredit and ultimately destroy the Democratic Party.

At the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday, Obama said this:

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.

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