Obama lectures faithful, again
President uses Easter Prayer Breakfast to reprimand Christian community
While the bees proved to be quite the problem during recent Easter festivities at the White House, President Barack Obama brought on his own swarm of angry responses with his Easter Prayer Breakfast remarks.
For the second time in about two months, Obama took advantage of a public, national event celebrating the Christian faith to do what any leader of a Christian nation naturally would — he lectured Christians.
Though Obama did have a few good remarks about the significance of the day, his speech quickly spiraled downward with two simple sentences.
“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love,” Obama said. “And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.”
Most commentators and analysts believe Obama was referring to Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that have dominated the news in recent weeks. But is the Easter Prayer Breakfast — a time celebrating the central message of the gospel — really the time to surreptitiously slide in your thoughts on contentious legislation while simultaneously taking a jab at Christians?
As Obama’s days in the Oval Office are numbered, he seems to care less and less about what Americans think of him, and he certainly is not concerned about alienating Christians. According to a 2012 Gallup poll, 77 percent of the adult population in America identifies as Christian. But even more concerning than his disrespect for Americans is his blatant disregard for Christians suffering around the world.
“What saddens me most is not the president’s consistent swipes at orthodox Christianity, it’s another missed opportunity,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. “… The president, once again, failed to bring attention to the persecution of Christians around the world. (They are) persecuted for nothing more than the fact that they embrace Jesus Christ and they follow him.”
In addition to the daily slaughter of Christians in the Middle East by ISIS, just days before the Easter Prayer Breakfast, 148 students were killed in an attack on a Kenyan university. According to the LA Times, Al-Shabab, an Islamic militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the university was on Muslim land and was encouraging “missionary activities and … spread(ing) deviant ideology.” The attackers’ first target was a prayer meeting.
The prayer breakfast was the perfect opportunity for Obama to stand up for Christians and show America’s commitment to keeping Christians around the world safe. But he did not. He decided to show his support for the advocates that are against religious freedom and expressions consistent with the Christian faith. He ignored the deaths of 148 young people killed for their faith.
When will Obama learn to use his authority and multiple opportunities to take a stand for the principles upon which the nation was founded and give up trying to please the LGBTQIA activists and anti-Christian campaigners?
Brown is the editor-in-chief.