There was a time when the 63-year-old National Prayer Breakfast was a rather mundane affair. It rarely made news. Speakers -- evangelist
In recent years the breakfast's higher purpose has sometimes been tainted by politics from a lower kingdom, not by the choice of the
Mother Teresa spoke against abortion at the 1994 breakfast and announced that any pregnant woman who didn't want her child could send the child to her. That made headlines and I wrote approvingly of her remarks, noting they fit into a moral-spiritual framework.
Two years ago, retired neurosurgeon Dr.
At last Thursday's breakfast, following a powerful personal salvation talk by
The Crusades were a response to the violent Muslim takeover of what we call the Holy Land. What does that have to do with today's Muslim "death cult," as the president correctly called Islamic extremists? These are beheading and flogging people, oppressing and raping women, promoting child marriage, and jailing or discriminating against anyone who practices another faith, or no faith, including some who practice a different brand of Islam. It was similar behavior that spawned the Crusades.
Modern Jews and Christians aren't known for such behavior, and though it may be true that it is not unprecedented for Christian and Judaic faiths to use religion to justify violence and repression, it is radical Islamists who have taken violence, repression and extremism to a new and dangerous level.
One cannot compare religions based in peace and love with the religion of radical Islamists and their propagation of atrocities against those who do not believe as they do.
Yes, as the president said, religion was used to justify slavery and
The Bible did not command us to wage war against infidels and slaughter innocents. Are these commands not found in the Koran? The
I don't recall Jesus taking similar actions, do you?
Whatever the president's intent, he engaged in a kind of historical guilt by association, presenting an incomplete and distorted picture, as well as bad history.