At this point, I’ve pretty much given up on the idea that I’ll be able to make it through a week without somehow being maligned, insulted, or “made to care” about something by the President of the United States. He is who he is, and he’s made it abundantly clear that he’s not going to turn a 180 anytime soon.
Yet I was somehow still shocked when I heard that he had taken a beat during a recent speech to lob an insult at Christians in general for being…un-Christian, or something.
Did I mention this happened during his speech at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast?
“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love,” Obama said. “And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.” As the crowd began to murmur, the president backed off, saying, “But that’s a topic for another day.”
“I was about to veer off,” he explained. “I’m pulling it back.”
“Where there is injustice we defend the oppressed,” Obama said, returning to his prepared remarks. “Where there is disagreement, we treat each other with compassion and respect. Where there are differences, we find strength in our common humanity, knowing that we are all children of God.”
2 parts uncomfortable laughter, 1 part horrified disbelief? That’s what I heard from the crowd.
The reason this gaffe is so bad has nothing to do with actual Christians, and everything to do with how Obama has chosen to play politics with generalities.
The recent battle in Indiana over RFRA laws threw that game into full relief. Instead of making the distinction between Christians at large, and those who would choose to not, say, cater a gay wedding, progressives and the media chose to make “Christians” the villain.
Christians are discriminating against you.
Christians are the villain.
You need to worry about the Christians.
Oh, and speaking of Christians—the President didn’t take time to mention the Christians who were brutally slaughtered in Kenya simply for being Christians. I guess that would have brought the room down after his exercise in ignorant bliss.