As John at Crooks and Liars points out, the simple recounting of history has the right-wing up in arms. President Obama mentioned the times atrocities were committed in the name of Christ:
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. Michelle and I returned from India — an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity — but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs — acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue melted down over the president’s comments, making sure Muslims are the ones to blame for the inquisition and Crusades:
Star Parker: Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Talk Was ‘Verbal Rape’
Parker told radio host Mark Levin this weekend that President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast last week amounted to “verbal rape” because he “stole all the energy in the room” with his “secular humanism.” …
“It was verbal rape. Frankly, what the president did was verbal rape,” Parker said. “He stole all the energy in the room. He stole from all of us. He stole the momentum in the room, he stole from our country, he stole from the world.”
Now read this: