Recently, U.S. President Barack Obama was highly criticized for his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast when he referenced the Crusades done in the name of Christ.
Many critics felt like he was attacking Christianity when talking about the Crusades while not being aggressive in his language dealing with what are called “Muslim extremists,” falling short of calling ISIL or ISIS as a group of terrorists. They felt he should have been more clear that ISIL or ISIS is doing their crimes specifically in the name of Muhammad and the Muslim faith.
In all fairness to the President, most critics got caught up in the negative headlines and never listened to or read transcripts of his complete speech.
Just a few moments before referencing the atrocities done in the name of Christianity, he said…”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. So how do we, as 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, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends?”
I point this out because we live in a 24-hour social media world/news cycle.
Both sides of the political aisle are filled with passion for the party they choose to affiliate themselves with and news is always available. This is why it is so important that all of us become reporters when trying to research what news we hear is true or false.
That being said, President Obama and his administration bring this swift reaction on themselves some times.
A recent example came on January 28 when White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz stumbled over himself to say that he thought the Taliban was an armed insurgency and not a terrorist group.
He answered a question after it was noted in a press conference that the Jordanian government traded a convicted terrorist for the release of an Air Force pilot.
This was similar to the U.S. swap of five Taliban leaders for the now designated deserter, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“As you know, uh, this was highly discussed at the time and prisoner swaps are a traditional end-of-conflict, uh, interaction that happens,” he said. “As the war in Afghanistan wound down, we felt like it was the appropriate thing to do. The president’s bedrock commitment as commander in chief is to leave no man or woman behind, that’s the principle he was operating under. I’d also point out that the Taliban is an armed insurgency. ISIL is a terrorist group. So we don’t make concessions to terrorist groups.”
When pressed by ABC’s Jon Karl, Schultz reiterated that he doesn’t think the Taliban is a terrorist group. A website called “Let Us Build Pakistan” (LUBP), located at https://lubpak.com/archives/5150, lists many atrocities at the hands of the Taliban.
Visit the website and be a reporter. You tell me if you don’t think the Taliban is a terrorist group?
You can’t make this stuff up.