Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama compared the abhorrent actions of ISIS, which include beheadings and now, burning people alive, to Christianity.
The President stated, “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.”
Obama went on to say, “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
While 724 years have passed since the Crusades ended, the President of the United States felt it appropriate to compare violent acts of today to violence that occurred at a time when barbers conducted surgeries and the majority of Europeans thought dragons were real.
Dragon theory, medicine and warfare have changed significantly since that time, yet ISIS chooses to revert to medieval tactics to instill terror in the minds of their enemies.
In 1095, when the first Crusade began by decree of a Catholic Pope, beheadings were an accepted form of execution, reserved for nobility. Commoners were drawn and quartered while women were burned alive.
Yet facts didn’t stop the President from comparing acts of modern men to the brutality of nearly 1,000 years ago.