By Virginia S. Saunders
TWO DAYS after the whole world watched ISIS torch to death a Jordanian pilot inside a steel cage, Barack Obama, a closet Moslem, came out in a speech during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, denouncing Christians for riding a moral high horse. He compared Christians to the barbaric ISIS, saying that barbarity is not a trait of Islamic extremists alone, that Christians killed people during the Crusades and Spanish Inquisitions a thousand years ago, and practiced slavery in United States centuries ago.
I have never prayed for a man to be removed from office, knowing that authority comes from God alone, but on the night I heard him lump Christians with ISIS, I asked this favor in whatever form or method, because this man is twisting the message of Jesus Christ. It is despicable and irresponsible that he even said this during a day of prayer, excoriating Christians for feeling outraged that ISIS burned a caged man to death.
Who then is on a moral high horse? Outraged Christians or outraged Obama?
In comparison to Obama’s warped rhetoric against Christians, King Abdullah of Jordan, a fighter jet pilot, took the higher high horse by suiting up in combat uniform and declared retaliation that will shake the ground wherever ISIS stood. He too watched with horror and anger at how ISIS killed one of his citizens, but he did not go around telling his nation to blame it all on the actions of Christians during the Crusades. Instead, he sent 20 F-16 fighter jets to rain down fire and damnation on ISIS targets, killing 55 ISIS members and one ISIS leader during a full day of sorties.
The king of Jordan is a Sunni Moslem. But he had the moral capacity to see barbarity and depravity among radical Moslems, the courage and wisdom to call evil by its name, and exhorting fellow Moslems to follow his lead in the fight against evil radical Islamists. He called ISIS an evil that must be eradicated, and he set about doing it Would that other leaders of Moslem countries follow King Abdullah’s lead.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama could not even utter the words “Islamic extremists“, afraid to upset his fellow Moslems by correctly labeling the perpetrators of evil. On several occasions when ISIS beheaded Americans, Obama chose to play golf, pushing morally outraged Americans to declare that every ISIS decapitation is an invitation to hit the golf course. And it has proven true.
Why is Obama doing this?
In 2001, President George W. Bush, when responding to the attack in the US by Moslem extremists, decided to call a military strike in Iraq as Operation Infinite Justice. He was immediately advised to change it to Operation Enduring Freedom, as the finality of the first name might remind Moslems of the historic Crusades a thousand years ago.
This evening at Fox News, one political analyst said that the Islamic extremists view their rampage in the Middle East as a “crusade” to establish an Islamic Caliphate. Now it is the Moslem extremists doing the crusade, a reverse of the original Crusade when Western European Christians undertook military expeditions between 1095 and 1270. At the behest of the Catholic popes, the crusades were launched to recover Jerusalem and other Palestinian places of pilgrimage from Moslem control. The origin of the Crusades is rooted in the political upheaval that resulted from the expansion of the Seljuk Turks in the Middle East in the 11th century.
Christians viewed with fear the conquest of Syria and Palestine by aggressive Moslems. Turkish invaders also penetrated deep into the Christian Byzantine Empires and subjected many Greek, Syrian, and Armenian Christians to Moslem rule. The Crusades were in part a reaction to these events, as well as serving the ambitions of 11th, 12th, and 13th century popes to extend their political and religious powers. The Crusaders were, in a sense, the military arm of papal policy.
Another thorn on the side of Barack Obama is his perspective on the Inquisition, when the papacy established in the Middle Ages a board of sorts that would seek out, try, and sentence persons guilty of heresy. The usual penalty for heresy in the early church of the 4th century was excommunication. But when Christianity became a state religion imposed by Roman emperors in the 4th century, heretics became considered enemies of the state.
The Inquisition did not come until the 13th century when Pope Gregory IX lessened bishops’ responsibility for orthodoxy. He placed inquisitions under the special jurisdiction of the papacy, giving authority to Franciscan and Dominican religious orders who the Pope considered to have superior training in theology. The Pope took this pre-emptive moves fearing that Roman Emperor Frederick will pursue the task himself and turn it into his own political purposes.
Contrary to common misconceptions, the Inquisitors generally had a reputation for justice and mercy. But it was the Spanish Inquisitions in the 15th century under King Ferdinand V and Queen Isabella that became an aberration marked by cruelty. Within a few years of founding the Inquisition on heresy, the Pope relinquished all supervision of it to the state sovereigns. Thus it became an instrument of the state and not of the church. When the state took over, cruelty and human rights abuses proliferated.
It is quite interesting that the Inquisition, like the Crusades, have been turned around. Now it is the Moslem extremists who are using both. ISIS is doing inquisitions against their fellow Moslems who are suspected of heresy, apostasy, adultery, and not wearing the burka veils. ISIS metes out severe punishments such as lashing, crucifixion, beheading, stoning, and in the case of homosexuals, dropping them from high rise buildings.
Christianity has evolved from its difficult past a thousand years ago, and it is credited for the advancement of the lives of people everywhere. Where Christianity is practiced there are hospitals, schools, freedom for women, human rights, established government, and organized development. Meanwhile, ISIS is pushing Islam back to the stone ages by subjecting its followers to radical teachings and extreme punishments for misdemeanors. Last week, ISIS executed 13 teenagers for watching soccer on television. Yesterday they killed three imams who protested the burning of the Jordanian prisoner.
Thus, for Obama to lump Christians with ISIS is not only an insult to intelligence and faith, but shows his extreme distortion of history and the societal and cultural evolution of Believers. Obama has two more years in office, but many Christian Americans find this too long to endure. The newly elected president in 2017 will spend his first four years correcting the disturbance that Obama has inflicted on Americans and the American system of government. We have regressed because of his toxic worldview as a closet Moslem.
And meanwhile, Americans who have seen and admired the decisive actions of a REAL faithful Moslem like King Abdullah, will continue to cheer on the leader of Jordan in his fight against evil, and wish with all their hearts that King Abdullah is the current president of the United States.
By Virginia S. Saunders
February 6, 2015
First posted at http://virginiasaunders.authorsxpress.com/2015/02/06/defending-isis-obamas-moral-high-horse/