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Right Wing Media Already Misleading About Obama's Prayer Breakfast Comments

Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 11:10:22 am

Right wing media are already taking President Obama's comments at this morning's prayer breakfast out of context in order to play into the hateful attack that our President is a terrorist sympathizer who hates Christians.

Hot Air accused the President of comparing Christianity to ISIS:

Drudge went with the single out of context quote in his headline:

And of course, this is not what the President said at all. Below is the context (taken directly from the link that Drudge uses and then ignores):

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring that "no god condones terror."

"We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends," Obama said during remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. He singled out the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, calling the militants a "death cult," as well as those responsible for last month's terror attacks in Paris and deadly assault on a school in Pakistan.

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"Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," Obama said. "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

"So it is not unique to one group or one religion," Obama said. "There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith."

Obama called for all people of faiths to show humility about their beliefs and reject the idea that "God speaks only to us and doesn't speak to others."

So let me throw this right back onto the RWM by using their logic and giving you a sample headline:

Right Wing Media Defend Using Christianity To Justify Jim Crow & Spanish Inquisition