I must first give my due sympathies and prayers to the evil shootings in Charleston, SC . Then Obama comes out to make his statement on it after the AG had opined on it. Loretta Lynch said that the Civil Rights team was already on the ground in Charleston. It’s horrible evil that should not have happened.
Anyway, Obama for months has been faced with evil. All the atrocities committed by ISIS and terrorists. Christians being persecuted, a genocide unfolding in the Middle East, and an ancient Caliphate resurfacing. In all these current happenings on his watch he could not even deliver lip-service toward Christian victims — even after being reminded.
He’ll describe any other aspects about them but, even when Christians were marched out to a choreographed beheading, he referred to Christianity as benignly as he could. Charles Krauthammer wrote of Obama during these evil persecutions, “Obama’s reaction to, shall we say, turmoil abroad has been one of alarming lassitude and passivity.”
The Islamists of the Caliphate released their beheading video under the title: “A Message Signed with Blood to the Nations of the Cross”. Obama, in a carefully crafted statement, referred to victims this way:
The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. – More
Now anyone would have to be brain dead to intentionally not mention their Christian Faith, particularly as they testified with their final words. However, not to disappoint his astonishing record in hypocrisy and double standards, Obama finds his voice for Christian victimhood — sort of — in the evil execution of 9 Christians in Charleston this week. Washington Post has the video and transcript here.
Michelle and I know several members of Emanuel AME Church. We knew their pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others, gathered in prayer and fellow ship and was murdered last night, and to say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel.
Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy. There is something particularly heartbreaking about a death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace, in a place of worship.
Mother Emanuel is, in fact, more than a church. This is a place of worship that was founded by African Americans seeking liberty. This is a church that was burned to the ground because its worshipers worked to end slavery.
When there were laws banning all-black church gatherings, they conducted church services in secret. When there was a nonviolent movement to bring our country in closer line with our highest ideals, some of our brightest leaders spoke and led marches from this church’s steps.
This is a sacred place in the history of Charleston and in the history of America.
The FBI is now on the scene with local police, and more of the bureau’s best are on their way to join them. The attorney general has announced plans for the FBI to open a hate crime investigation. We understand that the suspect is in custody, and I’ll let the best of law enforcement do its work to make sure that justice is served.
Until the investigation is complete, I’m necessarily constrained in terms of talking about the details of the case. But I don’t need constrained about the emotions that tragedies like this raise.
He makes sure to give due reference to the history and their faith. But look at the backdrop, or foreground as it were.
He referred the Church as a sacred place, particularly due to the church’s history in anti-slavery and its black heritage. That was the perspective he emphasized. That it happened to be a Christian one was secondary. Still he did find his voice for slain Christians.
He found that note, be it via black cultural heritage.
When you contrast that with Coptic Christians in the Middle East, whose heritage goes back over a thousand years, he could not even give lip service to their plight of persecution. It proved that once again, the only concern of Obama is politics, and next to that the cultural bent he chooses to see. He’ll mention Muslim hatred. Then he goes to a prayer breakfast to remind Christians of crusades and “terrible deeds”
So now he finds a way to address Christian murders. Now he is sympathetic to Christians?
Then he goes on to indulge himself in his ‘trigger warning’ message:
I’ve had to make statements like this too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times.
We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hand on a gun.
Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.
And it is in our power to do something about it.
So there we have it. He has again reduced a national evil event to a political debate on gun control. He even had to besmirch his recognition of Christian executions to an ideological tourniquet, when the hemorrhaging is coming from the Oval Office Ideologue in Chief. He is only interested in the black historical aspect of the event, and how it can be used to serve his ideological ends. Sure he gave due mention to their Christian faith, to black history, to anti-slavery, and then has wed it to his ideological battle.
The words “We shall overcome” have been co-opted by Obama’s political war.
Yet the real message in this evil is that, if you believe the reports of his motives, the shooter acting in racist hatred had wanted to ignite a race war. And now with the arraignment process, where victims families displayed the greatest character I’ve seen, Obama is the one igniting a war.
He and the Al Sharptons push a perpetual battle in their rhetoric. But I have not seen a hint of that by people in Charleston, or among victims. As if it were not even a possibility. That is American exceptionalism at its finest. Meanwhile, Obama digs into his bag of race-baiting right from the start.
Even as bad as playing the race card is the rush to a gun control.Unbelievably, it plays right into what the shooter had designed. Whether a war over race or war on guns, the incident was meant to inflame larger society. The only ones fanning those flames are the political ideologues and demagogues. Let us rise above race-baiting.
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