“Washington, D.C. – Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum, two of several would be 2016 presidential hopefuls, seized on President Barack Obama’s comparison of Islamic extremism to the Christian Crusades and other violent excesses during Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, decrying the comments as “inappropriate” and “insulting to every person of faith.” The Republican governor of Louisiana, Jindal, referred to Obama’s comments as a “history lesson” that ignores “the issue right in front of his nose.”
“Jindal said in a statement out Friday: “We will be happy to keep an eye out for runaway Christians, but it would be nice if he would face the reality of the situation today. The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”
“Santorum, who ran for president in 2012 as well, rebuked Obama for ignoring the threat of ISIS and criticizing people of faith. The former Pennsylvania senator said in a statement: “Today’s remarks by the President were inappropriate and his choice of venue was insulting to every person of faith at a time when Christians are being crucified, beheaded, and persecuted across the Middle East.”
“The comments, which were intended to illustrate the potential for religion to be used for both good and bad aims, drew fierce criticism from conservatives on Thursday. And with Santorum’s decision to weigh in, could rapidly become fodder for attacks from potential 2016 contenders looking to burnish their credentials with the religious right.
“Santorum went on to slam Obama for misunderstanding the threat posed by the rise of Islamic extremism, and accused him of tying modern Christians to “the scourge in the Middle East.”
““While Christians of today are taught to live their lives as the reflection of Christ’s love, the radicals of ISIS use their holy texts as a rationale for violence,” he said. “To insinuate modern Christians – the same Christian faith that led the abolitionist movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and global charitable efforts fighting disease and poverty – cannot stand up against the scourge we see in the Middle East is wrong.”
Speaking to Newslo, President Obama unexpectedly demonstrated his newfound love for philosophy: “All of the world comes in pairs: yin and yang, day and night, black and white etc. It would be foolish of Christians to expect to get bypassed by karma. The fact to the matter is that Christians had it coming for a long time, and it just so happens that karma found this particular time as ideal to collect.”
He concluded by saying: “Islam was a peaceful religion until the white man provoked. Now the time has come for Islam to do what Christians have been doing for centuries. No one should be surprised; after all, it’s just nature’s way of balancing itself out.”