Obama: “ISIL is not ‘Islamic,'” but let’s talk about ‘terrible deeds in the name of Christ’

Obama prayer breakfast APPresident Obama gave an address to the nation on September 10, 2014 in which he said “ISIL is not ‘Islamic.'” Today, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, he reminded the world of that by oddly mentioning people who “committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” during the Crusades.

Only days after the Islamic State group began burning its victims alive, and only days after Boko Haram did the exact same thing in Cameroon (90 civilians slaughtered), Mr. Obama decided it was the perfect time to wag his finger at Christians over … the Crusades. Oddly enough, none of the president’s speechwriters thought it would be a good idea to remind him that the Crusades were born out of the need to push back against Islamic empire-building.

The Associated Press reported Thursday:

The president said that while religion is a source for good around the world, people of all faiths have been willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.”

“Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

“So it is not unique to one group or one religion,” Obama said. “There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”

Islamic radical terrorist groups are chopping off heads and burning men alive in 2015, and president Obama’s brilliant idea is to start erroneously lecturing audiences on battles that took place around 1100. Worst of all, the man bends over backward to not mention Islam in connection with Islamic terrorist groups, and yet he is quick to throw out Christ’s name to admonish Christians. To rub salt in their wounds, it’s coming from a man who sat in “Reverend” Jeremiah “God d**n America! Dat’s in-da Bible!” Wright’s church for 20 years.

In Mr. Obama’s mind, the Crusades just sprang up out of nowhere. In Mr. Obama’s mind, Christians just marched off to Jerusalem to kill Muslims for no apparent reason. He believes it is inappropriate to call terrorism committed in the name of Islam “Islamic terrorism,” but it is appropriate lay guilt trips on Americans for the actions of the first settlers (never mind the fact that slavery in some form or another was practiced in all cultures throughout the history of mankind until Western Civilization took control).

The Spanish Inquisition claimed around 3,000 lives — or, put another way, 23 more than those lost during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The point isn’t to begin to start a tit-for-tat death toll debate, but to show that Mr. Obama’s bizarre warnings to Christians makes no sense when one considers the fact that Libya and Iraq have imploded, Afghanistan is a mess, Syria is on fire, and Yemen and Pakistan are giant question marks — right now.

Americans need leadership in this present moment, and all they’re getting from Mr. Obama is a poorly crafted history lesson.

Exit question: Who would you rather trust with your life: Jordan’s King Abdullah II or President Obama? The former Cobra attack helicopter pilot, or the community organizer?

King Abdullah II

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CNN goes full-Dorothy on Islamic State: ‘There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.’

Wizard of OzYesterday on this blog I said that Americans would be wise to look at the Islamic State group’s execution video of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh. Fox News apparently took the same viewpoint and provided a link for viewers who were comfortable with the decision. CNN International executive Tony Maddox, however, took the “Wizard of Oz” approach: “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”

Mediaite reported Feb. 4:

“There was absolutely no editorial justification for showing it at all. You could describe what happened, and in describing what happened it is deeply and profoundly disturbing. As we were discussing Michael, you and I unfortunately have had a lot of exposure to these images. And even by that threshold this is just out-and-out appalling. It makes one despair. Nothing can be gained by showing that. And a key criteria is ISIS want us to show it. If ISIS wants you to show something, you should start with the principle ‘How can we avoid doing that?'”

Wrong, Tony. Nothing can be more powerful than witnessing an event first hand. Since CNN viewers can not bend space and time to their will, the next best thing is to see actual video of newsworthy events with world-wide repercussions.

On Sept. 11, 2001 I was scouring different stations for anything I could find on the terrorists attacks. I stopped on a Mexican television station that showed images of men and women jumping to their demise from the World Trade Center Towers. Those images affected in me in ways that no amount of description alone could ever duplicate. To say that “nothing” was gained from that experience would be a lie.

If I sit down with a man and we’re given the exact same amount of information on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks — but I am given access to audio and video of the event — my understanding of reality should be the one that is closest to reality.

The ability to see just how barbaric the individuals Western civilization is up against is an invaluable asset, and, ironically, it is given to us by the enemy. Yes, the videos serve as a propaganda too for terrorist groups, but it’s a double-edged sword. The U.S. doesn’t have to go out of its way to make it’s own propaganda because the enemy has already demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is evil.

Mediaite asked after Fox’s decision to link to the videos: “when a terrorist group’s actions are as undeniably horrible as beheadings and burning people alive, do you really need to see it with your own eyes to know it’s despicable?”

In a world with a working moral compass, evidence that the videos exist and that they are real would probably be enough. Unfortunately, we live in a world where the President refuses to call the Islamic State group “Islamic,” the State Department doesn’t want to put “labels” on The Taliban, the Obama administration has called terrorism “man caused disasters,” the Fort Hood shooting was called “workplace violence,” and it was only months ago that said commander in chief was calling Moaz al-Kassasbeh’s future killers a “J.V. team.”

Yes, sadly, watching these videos is precisely what many Americans need to do. They could also watch the 9/11 attacks while they’re at it, since many of them said “Never forget!” … just before they forgot.

While CNN pats itself on the back for segments in which it is seriously put forth that a missing airplane may have fallen into a black hole, Fox is busy showing America the true face of a terrorist organization with global ambitions. Americans should obviously not be forced to look at a man’s last moments as he is burned alive, but the evidence of a terrorist group’s ghoulish atrocities should be readily available for any man who wants to see why eternal vigilance is needed to protect his freedom.

For those of you who prefer your news thoroughly sterilized before you watch it, just remember: “There’s no place like home.”

Islamic State burns Jordanian pilot alive; Americans would be unwise to look away

Islamic State Jordanian pilotThe Islamic State group entered a strange new dimension of killing on Tuesday by burning Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh alive. For those who have not been following the story, his F-16 was downed in Syria in December. The Sunni radical terror organization threatened to execute him unless the Jordanian government swapped prisoners for him on Jan. 26, and when the Jordanians refused the result was one of pure evil.

CNN reported Feb. 3:

Video and stills appear to show a Jordanian military pilot being burned alive while confined in a cage. …

The 22-minute video begins with an attack on Jordan’s King Abdullah II, suggesting he is to blame for what happened to the pilot, Moath al-Kasasbeh.

A short time after the video became public, Jordanian military spokesman Mamdouh Al Amri said al-Kasasbeh was “assassinated” on January 3.

The vast majority of Americans will never see the actual video. One can make a reasonable argument that it isn’t necessary to see a man burned alive to understand the threat the free world is up against with the Islamic State group and its ideological allies, but I think all too often the decision to turn away is rooted in the the desire to forget.

The reason why Michael Moore recently called the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle a “coward” is because Mr. Moore does not sit down and watch headline-capturing beheading videos when they happen; it’s a safe bet that he did not watch Lt. al-Kassasbeh’s gruesome demise. Likewise, it is easier for America’s critics to attack its foreign policy as some sort of unwarranted attack on Islam when the horrific actions of powerful Sunni terrorist organizations are swept under the rug.

Remember: President Obama infamously called the men now burning their victims alive a “J.V. team.”
Muath al KaseasbehTo make matters worse, the Pentagon seems to be saying things to convince the public that the Islamic State group’s behavior is rooted in desperation. The reality is much more frightening: chopping off heads and burning people alive is who they are.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Feb. 3:

Rear Adm. John Kirby held a press conference to address the situation and how the United States plans to respond. Kirby said that the plan was to degrade and destroy IS capabilities and continue to put them on the defensive.

When asked about the seriousness of the murders, Kirby couldn’t put it into words.

“I can’t–there’s no way I could possibly figure out how to justify it in your brain because it’s so twisted,” Kirby said. “These aren’t the acts of a winner. They’re not winning.”

How does one define “winning” against the Islamic State group, al Qaeda, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, and others? There are any number of metrics one can use to show that if they aren’t winning, then they most-certainly are putting up an impressive fight. It also doesn’t help that the Obama administration keeps freeing the types of people from Guantanamo Bay who would jump at the chance for a front row seat to a pilot burning like Americans jump at the the chance to attend the Super Bowl.

All it would take is one demonically creative Islamic State commander to unleash all sorts of previously unimagined terror on the Western world. Americans are doing themselves no favors by burying their heads in the sand when faced with true evil. They should confront it head on, and one way to fully grasp the nature of these savages is to view what they are capable of doing to their enemies.