Obama Yawns

One of my favorite liberals, Kirsten Powers, takes aim at Obama’s silence about the worldwide persecution of Christians:


What do you call it when 12 men are drowned at sea for praying to Jesus?

Answer: Religious persecution.

Yet, when a throng of Muslims threw a dozen Christians overboard a migrant ship traveling from Libya to Italy, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi missed the opportunity to label it as such. Standing next to President Obama at their joint news conference Friday, Renzi dismissed it as a one-off event and said, “The problem is not a problem of (a) clash of religions.”

While the prime minister plunged his head into the sand, Italian authorities arrested and charged the Muslim migrants with “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate,” according to the BBC.

As Renzi was questioned about the incident, Obama was mute on the killings. He failed to interject any sense of outrage or even tepid concern for the targeting of Christians for their faith. If a Christian mob on a ship bound for Italy threw 12 Muslims to their death for praying to Allah, does anyone think the president would have been so disinterested? When three North Carolina Muslims were gunned down by a virulent atheist, Obama rightly spoke out against the horrifying killings. But he just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace.

Religious persecution of Christians is rampant worldwide, as Pew has noted, but nowhere is it more prevalent than in the Middle East and Northern Africa, where followers of Jesus are the targets of religious cleansing. Pope Francis has repeatedly decried the persecution and begged the world for help, but it has had little impact. Western leaders — including Obama — will be remembered for their near silence as this human rights tragedy unfolded. The president’s mumblings about the atrocities visited upon Christians (usually extracted after public outcry over his silence) are few and far between. And it will be hard to forget his lecturing of Christians at the National Prayer Breakfast about the centuries-old Crusades while Middle Eastern Christians were at that moment being harassed, driven from their homes, tortured and murdered for their faith.

Go here to read the rest.  Obama, a self-proclaimed “Christian”,  has, at best, indifference to persecution of Christians.  Domestically, strong Christians tend to be among his staunchest opponents;  internationally, persecuted Christians are a nuisance, interfering with his ongoing policies of kissing up to jihadist groups and states in the Middle East.   I would no more expect Obama to be concerned about the persecution of Christians than I would expect him to be concerned about an unborn child facing an abortionist’s scalpel.  Obama is on the other side politically and the victims of his political calculus are a matter of zero concern to him.

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  1. If it looks like a skunk and smells like a skunk it’s a freaking skunk!

    Obama is silent because Obama is indifferent to Christianity. Who sealed the deaths of these Christians when HE ordered the pull out of our troops??
    The Skunk with the smugness of a Chicago-land drug dealer…that is who!

    The stink has caught on…seems Prime Minister Renzi has cloaked himself with the “scent of a hoodlum.”

    Pray for Obama? It’s the most difficult prayer but then again Christ’s example from the Holy Cross enters in; “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.”

  2. Thanks Paul.
    God’s timing!
    Our Gospel readings during Eastertide and our confrontations with “our era antichrists.”
    Children of God will prevail.

  3. “One of my favorite liberals, . . .”
    First thing popped into my bony skull, “My favorite cold-sore.”

    Most importantly, we need to plan and prepare to survive the dire consequences of Obama’s and his regime’s numerous brain-farts.

  4. Most importantly, we need to plan and prepare to survive the dire consequences of Obama’s and his regime’s numerous brain-farts.

    It’s the ratchet effect. First was the liquidation of the distinction between inter-state commerce and commerce-in-general (or productive activity without commerce) ca. 1942. Then there was the seizure by the judiciary of authoritative and unchallengeable discretion over any area of policy they cared to go into, done in stages after 1953, but most saliently during the period running from 1958 to 1973. Then there was the recession of frontiers of ethical behavior instituted by the Klintoons since 1990, most saliently in 1997-98. Then there was further recession after 2008, which involved direct defiance of the Congress and the courts (see the IRS stonewalling).

  5. “Obama is silent because Obama is indifferent to Christianity.”

    Amen, except the word “hostile” rattles around in my thick skull.

  6. All comments very incisive: and Paul P’s citation of 1 John 2:18-25 brings the matter into sharp focus in particular.

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