Est. May 2008

21 June, 2013

How NOT To Make Friends And Influence People

He did it again, folks: As part of his trip to the G-8 summit in Belfast, Ireland, our illustrious leader decided to take yet another jab at organized Christianity:
Because issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity -- symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others -- these are not tangential to peace; they're essential to it. If towns remain divided -- if Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs -- if we can't see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division. It discourages cooperation.
Did you get that? Apparently, parochial schools foment division, just like segregation foments division; therefore, parochial schools are just like racism.

I’ll pause here for your collective face-palm.

And naturally, he got jumped over it:
’We cannot hear him liken Catholic and Protestant schools to racial segregation in America without a sense of alarm. Clearly, President Obama dismisses religious freedom as a basis for parents' choosing different schools for their own children.’ (Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, American Thinker)

’The backlash, which has grown steadily since Mr. Obama made the comments Monday, once again has put the commander in chief at odds with the Roman Catholic Church, which is fighting a provision in the president’s health care law that requires religious institutions to provide free birth control for their employees.’ (Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times)

‘His argument makes two very large assumptions, which is that the conflict in Northern Ireland was about religion, and that parochial schools make people inclined to violence. The first is a gross oversimplification; the conflict in recent times was political, dealing with ethnic conflict and sovereignty issues, with religion used more for tribal identification than a core of the conflict.’ (Ed Morrissey, Hot Air)

‘Since when is Protest (sic) schools vs Catholic schools considered segregation? And since when are they considered divisive?’ (RightScoop, The Right Scoop)

‘The Catholic media is up in arms over comments President Obama made during a speech while in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit. Obama made what is described as “an alarming call for an end to Catholic education,” in spite of the fact that it is considered “a critical component of the Church.”’ (Cheryl Carpenter Klimek, BizPac Review)

‘Likening religious schools to segregation--a racist system that forced blacks to attend different schools and use different facilities than whites in the American South--President Barack Obama told a town hall meeting for youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday that there should not be Catholic and Protestant schools because such schools cause division.’ (Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News)

‘So while in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit, Obama didn't waste the opportunity to taunt Catholics worldwide by saying inflammatory things to schoolchildren. Despite the fact that just days prior, Vatican Prefect Archbishop Gerhard Müller told Scots that Catholic education is "a critical component of the Church," Barack Obama, speaking to an audience of about 2,000 students at Belfast's Waterfront hall, made what was described as "an alarming call for an end to Catholic education[.]"’ (Jeannie DeAngelis, American Thinker Blog)

‘President Obama wasn't kidding in March of 2012 when he told then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that he would have "more flexibility" after the election. We got a chilling look at what Obama meant by that during a speech in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit when he declared religious schools divisive[.]’ (John Nolte, Breitbart)
Each of these writers brings their own unique perspective to Mr. Obama’s commentary; I think, though, a picture (swiped from ClashDaily’s Facebook page) sums it all up pretty well:

Barack Obama says he’s a Christian. As such, he’s probably familiar with Exodus 20, verse 3.

Something tells me he thinks it’s about him.

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