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Prayer Breakfast Jam-Packed with Distortions

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By Tony Perkins

Plenty of people left the National Prayer Breakfast with a bad taste in their mouths — and not from the food. In what must be an encore of his apology tour, President Obama chose the breakfast to join in the condemnation — not of Islamist violence, but Christians’.

While the rest of the free world is united in its outrage over ISIS’s evil, this President seems all too eager to malign the faith he himself professes. Most Americans are tired of the apologist-in-chief, who takes every opportunity to lecture us about the atrocities of ancient Christians and how their tradition is as evil as Islam’s. Are there things that have been done in the past under the mask of religion? Absolutely. But, as I told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, almost all Christians universally, denounced that type of behavior — whether it was the Crusades of a thousand years ago or slavery in this country 150 years ago.

What we have here is the President refusing to acknowledge that Islam and the ideology that’s behind it has been radicalized and being used to kill Christians. My good friend Mark Levin pointed out how absolutely offensive this is to the world’s Christians who are being slaughtered today across Africa and the Middle East. “They don’t need a lecture from Obama about Christianity,” Mark said. They need a leader who does something to make the genocide stop.

If President Obama had half the courage of Jordanian King Abdullah, America would be doing a lot more to check the power of ISIS. But instead, the President talked about his trip to India and how they gave him a history lesson on their religious intolerance. He didn’t mention his stop in Saudi Arabia on the way back to this country, and the fact that they rank by his own State Department as one of the worst abusers of religious freedom in the world.

Did he publicly lecture the Saudis for their current climate of oppression? Did he try attending a Christian church during his stop there? I’m sure he didn’t because there are no Christian churches in Saudi Arabia. They’re illegal. Mr. President, the next time one of family members becomes ill, try finding a local Muslim hospital. Or the next time your motorcade speeds through a town whose economy has been shuttered by your big government economic policies, try referring people to the local Islamic homeless shelter. In your next speech about families, maybe you could challenge Americans to consider adoption through the local Muslim adoption agency.

The reality is, Christianity isn’t just the largest religion in America, it’s also the most charitable. And disheartening as this may be to your worldview, Mr. President, America was in fact founded on Christian truths and principles — and it’s that heritage that makes America an exceptional nation. Why do you insist on projecting Islam with the same influence and standing here in the United States when 79% of the American population identifies as Christian and only 1% as Muslim?

Yes, our nation is tolerant of other religions, as we should be. Christianity is tolerant because the truth allows the freedom to choose. And unlike other religions, true Christianity is not afraid to have its ideas and principles challenged. How many Muslim nations allow the freedom that we have here in America?

Make no mistake. I support religious freedom. I’m glad that there are peaceful Muslims who feel safe and secure in bringing their faith to America and becoming citizens. But let’s face it. You don’t find many Christians who feel safe and secure in taking their Christian faith to Muslims countries. Mr. President, objectively examine the evidence: all religions are not the same. For more on the debate, check out my interview with Megyn Kelly in the video below.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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