Barry Soetero knows about high horses – arrogance, envy, hatred, revenge and more
I downloaded the transcript of the speech delivered by President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, February 5, 2015. I wanted to see his exact words for myself.
Barry Soetero had some good things to say. Not kidding. But, he dripped his poison into everyone’s ecumenical coffee.
POTUS’s killer lines were, “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.”
The past sins of Christians don’t award moral equivalency, good standing among civilized people, for the present barbarism of Islamists. Even if the ancient wrongs were done in the name of Jesus.
First, the Crusades were a counter-offensive to Islam’s robbing, rapine and arsonist, murderous attacks – after 300 years. Their worst failings were the lack of success in rolling Islam back all the way past the Indus River.
Second, slavery and racism, which aren’t unique to Christianity, were eliminated by Christians motivated by their Christianity. Slavery still is sanctioned in the dark corners of Islam.
Fundamentally, any thousand year old wartime atrocities aren’t a permanent stain of shame. Especially, after Christianity had their Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment and 3 Great Awakenings and Islam has not. Today, Christianity is quite civilized – the very bulwark of Western Civilization. ISIL follows the Koran – literally. ISIL is indicative of how barbaric Islam is – by comparison.
When he actually criticized ISIL, he failed to mention their barbaric crimes against Christians.
POTUS says the “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” are perpetrated in the name of “religion” – instead of naming Islam as the culprit.
When he says “people of faith, reconcile these realities — the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths”, he is making the moral equivalency of all religions are alike.
When POTUS says there are “those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends”, he denies the murderous original intent of Islam – as is written in the Koran.
He added, “So this is not unique to one group or one religion.” Yet, today, barbarism is unique to Islamists.
He got truly stupid, theologically, with “I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt — not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn’t speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn’t care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth.” See Hebrews 11:1 for the definition of faith. Jesus said he is the light, the way, and the truth – not the doubt, the confused insecurity and the shared partial truth.
POTUS spewed more theological babble, “Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth — our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments. And we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process.” No, we Christians should follow Him, His Word and His Commandments with bold courage and great joy. Trust and obey – in Biblical clarity with confidence.
He says “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.” But, he fails to name the guilty – the Muslims.
He presumes again the moral equivalency that all people of faith have freedom of religion in common. They don’t. “And so, as people of faith, we are summoned to push back against those who try to distort our religion — any religion — for their own nihilistic ends. And here at home and around the world, we will constantly reaffirm that fundamental freedom — freedom of religion — the right to practice our faith how we choose, to change our faith if we choose, to practice no faith at all if we choose, and to do so free of persecution and fear and discrimination.” Islam rejects the freedom of religion.
He “calls for each of us to exercise civility and restraint and judgment. And if, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion, we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks. Just because you have the right to say something doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t question those who would insult others in the name of free speech.” Except, when the truth is an insult, it’s a moral obligation to keep speaking the truth – like Mohammed was an illiterate, murdering, raping, robbing, genocidal pedophile – and let the defenders of the indefensible be insulted.
He’s right there every religion has some version of the Golden Rule. But, none have the uniqueness of the Christian Golden Rule.
Barry Soetero is confused, or ignorant, about history and theology. He does know high horses. He lives on his own high horse of pathological narcissism and absolute ideological allegiance to socialist, racist Human Secularism.