Christianity experts and conservatives are questioning whether or not Obama is a Christian; as he claims to be. In a Republican poll, 54 percent said that Obama is Muslim with only nine percent said he is Christian. His self reported Christianity is being questioned with conservatives refusing to believe that Obama is Christian.
The questionably over Obama’s Christianity started when he attempted to add context to the situation. This week he said at the National Prayer Breakfast that Christian people have done terrible things in the past, in reference to the Crusades from over 800 years ago.
The social media site, Twitter, had a storm of amateur historians arguing that Obama did not acknowledge the Muslim aggression that took place before the Crusades. Coincidentally, Obama said ‘Crusade’ the most charged word that can be said in the context of the Middle East according to Thomas Ashbridge, a director of the Center for the Study of Islam and the West and medieval historian.
The context the president said it in was comparing the U.S. to Islamic State – formerly known as ISIS. The attempt to put things into context made things worse for him. According to the president’s aides, he was simply trying to show that people use religion to justify horrible things or events that happen.
To Republicans, this providing of context is as if he is timid or even afraid of Islamic States. Ashbridge says that he is not offended by Obama’s context but nobody should compare medieval times to present day.
Deborah E. Lipstadt, professor of modern Jewish history at Emory University, said that he was trying to avoid separating Muslims from everyone else. The prayer breakfast where Obama gave the speech, critics there said he should admit that the U.S. is at war with Islam. Lipstadt went on to say that people try to keep too open of a mind end up with their brains falling out.
Obama’s Christianity is questioned, but as he has admitted, is a murky complication. The president spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2009, and said that his father was born a Muslim but turned Atheist, his mother was skeptical of religion, and his grandparents were Methodists and Baptists but no longer practicing.
There is not a guessing game as to why conservatives deny that he is a Christian, due to all of the comments he has made towards religion which are not consistent. Also, it seems, the president was asked several questionable questions of which the response would make an immediate headline.
Obama’s main point, it seems, is that people can use religion to sugarcoat and justify violence. His attempt to say this backfired on him after he was only trying to provide context. This context was seen by the extreme as him being a secret Muslim.
Representative Mark Walker said on the House floor that he and his ‘constituents’ did not like the inconclusive language Obama used to describe Islamic State. Walker has become weary of the timidity of Obama – who is defensive at best, according to Rep. Mark Walker. This led to the questioning of Obama’s Christianity.
By Jacob Dowd