No God condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.The term "nihilist" is an unusual one for a President, and one that Barack Obama has recently used only for Moslem terrorists and jihadists, such as the 9/11 hijackers and ISIL (aka ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. The term is odd because nihilism means a rejection of religion.
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.
Even stranger is the complaint that these Moslem jihadists are trying to "distort our religion". I thought that Obama professes to be a Christian. Christians do not go around talking about Islam as "our religion". Polls show that even most Obama supporters are confused about what his religion is.
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. 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.Remember? The Crusades and the Inquisition happened many centuries ago, and no one remembers them. There are a few people old enough to remember separate drinking fountains for whites and blacks. I do not remember anyone justifying that in the name of Christ.
European Christians did occasionally fight back against Islamic invaders many centuries ago, but I don't see how that relates to this story:
ISIS militants released a video Tuesday purporting to show a captive Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage, just days after the militants beheaded a Japanese journalist.Obama also said:
Lt. Muath al Kasasbeh was on a bombing run over Syria in December when he was forced to eject and was immediately captured by ISIS fighters. His continued captivity — and ISIS threats to murder him — have been a national trauma for Jordan.
A 22-minute video released by the al-Furqan Media Foundation — one of the official media arms of ISIS — shows Kasasbeh with a black eye at a table and, later, standing in a cage as he is burned alive.
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 -- (applause) -- and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks.Really? So I am obligated to condemn Obama for insulting Christianity (by accusing it of "terrible deeds"), and for insulting ISIS/ISIL (by calling them nihilists)?