SHAFAQNA – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that extremist approaches are not limited to a certain religion. He reminded even Christians massacred Muslims during the Crusade.
[The Islamic State] is not ˈIslamic.ˈ No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of [the Islamic State]ˈs victims have been Muslim,ˈ he said, implying that aggressive American military action should not be equated to an attack on all Muslims.
At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama reminded attendees that violence rooted in religion isn’t exclusive to Islam, but has been carried out by Christians as well.
Obama said that even though religion is a source for good around the world, there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.”
“Unless 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,” President Obama said.
“In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Jim Crow was the name of the racial caste system which operated primarily, but not exclusively in southern and border states, between 1877 and the mid-1960s. Jim Crow was more than a series of rigid anti-black laws. It was a way of life.
The US president also denounced Islamic State terrorists for professing to stand up for Islam when they were actually “betraying it.”
“We see ISIL, a brutal vicious death cult that in the name of religion carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism,” he said criticizing them for “claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions.”