Obama at Prayer Breakfast: 'Terrible Deeds Also Committed in Name of Christ'
President Obama spoke this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he raised some eyebrows with his comments about violence in the name of religion.
Two days after a Jordanian pilot was burned alive by ISIS terrorists, the president compared the atrocities to violence committed by Christians in the Crusades.
And he said Christ was also used as a justification for slavery and racial discrimination in the United States.
“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. 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. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ," the president said.
He referred to ISIS as a "brutal, vicious death cult" that falsely claims the "mantle of religious authority" when carrying out barbaric acts.
Bill Hemmer sat down this morning with Dana Perino to discuss the remarks. "The Five" host said it's not surprising to hear this from President Obama, since he has expressed this view of the world before.
Perino said she would have liked to hear Obama express a message of interfaith unity toward the goal of "beating back evil."
"But this is who President Obama is and expecting him to be different at this point is foolhardy," said Perino.
Hemmer asked why the president is seemingly trying to draw a "moral equivalency" and whether it's a "smart message" to deliver in this moment.
"He's entirely consistent. I don't agree with it, but I've accepted that President Obama sees the world that way," she said, explaining that the White House is trying to make the larger point that "terrorism comes in lots of different forms," not just from Islamic terror groups.
Watch the remarks and discussion above and hear more from Dana on The Five, weekdays at 5p ET.