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Reaction to Obama’s Remarks on Christianity’s Ugly Past Shows How Afraid Americans Are To Have Honest Discussion of History

Obama Hosts Screening Of Cesar Chavez Film At The White HouseAlarmist and surprised media reports on President Obama’s remarks at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast, where he made a quick reference to Christianity being used to justify bigotry directed at Black people in American history, demonstrates just how reluctant this country is forced to confront its ugly racial history.

During his speech, the president said that before Christians get a little too eager to blame Islam for deadly recent attacks in Paris and around the world, Christians needs to remember their own history.

“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” Obama said in his speech at the Washington Hilton. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

After the speech, the president’s remarks were cited in Black media as him no longer being afraid to speak the truth and in some white media and conservative circles as evidence that basically he’s lost his mind.

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin tweeted, “ISIS chops off heads, incinerates hostages, kills gays, enslaves girls. Obama: Blame the Crusades.”

Fox News curiously also skipped over his comments about slavery and Jim Crow to go right to the Crusades.

“The Crusades ended some 700 years ago,” Todd Starnes wrote on Fox News. “Perhaps the president should be a bit more concerned with the Islamic jihad being waged in this century.”

The president made reference to his recent trip to India, saying, “Michelle and I returned from India—an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity—but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs—acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhi, the person who helped to liberate that nation.”

“So this is not unique to one group or one religion,” he continued. “There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.  In today’s world, when hate groups have their own Twitter accounts and bigotry can fester in hidden places in cyberspace, it can be even harder to counteract such intolerance. But God compels us to try.  And in this mission, I believe there are a few principles that can guide us, particularly those of us who profess to believe.”

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125 thoughts on “Reaction to Obama’s Remarks on Christianity’s Ugly Past Shows How Afraid Americans Are To Have Honest Discussion of History

  1. Lloyd Hyde says:

    Truth always seem to offend

  2. What he said was the truth, but why did he say it. The current discussions and topics are about a group using religion to justify killing and harm against innocent people. I do believe the Crusades and Inquisition were wrong as well, even the Salem trials. But it doesn't make since that he brought it up.

  3. Keith Bracey says:

    He brought up the distant past and the recent past to illustrate the continuity of violence in the name of one's faith to remind us that ISIS is not a unique or isolated phenomena. Groups like this have always existed from the time mankind first uttered the word god to the present. We have continuously found ways to kill each other over our faith.

  4. This had to hurt many!

  5. Truth doesn't hurt. It sets us free. What hurts is when it hits a stiff neck.

  6. Al Dickson says:

    Yeah….. those who hate to hear the truth….cannot be truly of God….Hypocrits……

  7. Because there is never a convienient time to bring out the truth. The time in which truth is spoken isn't going to make the truth any more real than what it is. We don't have to know why. What matters is that the truth has been spoken.

  8. President Obama done got conscious! Like what! Who could have imaged after the insults about his family! Well, welcome to the resistant.

  9. What are trying to say in using this rhetorical comment.

  10. Fresh Dobson says:

    He wasn't support Islam he. Just stated the people for centuries have u religon to justify reason for war or conquest. He is just pointing out the Christianity was used in the same manner time and time again… Truth is truth sir…

  11. Ray Robinson says:

    Go back & read it slowly

  12. My question is why is he giving us a history lesson versus coming up with solutions.

  13. What's obvious Kevin is you go with what the media tells you to! For you to say these unfounded things only goes on to show you dumb asses still think misinformation is effective! I still sit back and wait for the whole Obama is Muslim because……….Let me guess…. His name is Obama! And of course dumb people associate that with Osama! And ran with it! When will this stupid shit stop! You Kevin and all the stupid fuckin' idiots that think you run shit are in for a big surprise! I bet you thought there would never be a black president huh? Rap would only last 10 years! Women would stay in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant. And don't bother saying anything about his father!

  14. And by the way! It's not Mr. Obama BITCH! It's President Obama for the rest of his life and history whether you like it or not! For an old fuck it seems you learned nothing about respect! And don't bother responding! I'll never see it! I just have an allergy to bullshit and have to smash it where it lies! You know they used to put you disrespectful types in jail for this type of thing!

  15. Devin Chidester the West created ISIS, Obama is not seeking a solution.

  16. Jalil, I know who put who and where.

  17. Devin Chidester For those of us who can actually remember history distant and recent unlike our republican counterparts who either can't or pretend not to, he merely used it as an example of America, then and now, doing the exact same thing in the name of their god, just using different means in which to kill. Those references was him saying, without actually saying, "Don't point the finger, it happened by you guys then, and it happened by you guys now. Bush told the public that God told him to end tyranny in Iraq." I wish he would have just came straight out and said it because it might have shut most of the republicans up instead of the vast majority of them missed the point entirely.

    Remember, it's easier to HEAR about your country bombing scores of families to oblivion because they felt a "terrorist" was in the immediate area than it is to WATCH a handful of men behead or roast someone alive. The outrage from them is hypocrisy at its best.

  18. For those of us who can actually remember history distant and recent unlike our republican counterparts who either can't or pretend not to, he merely used it as an example of America, then and now, doing the exact same thing in the name of their god, just using different means in which to kill. Those references was him saying, without actually saying, "Don't point the finger, it happened by you guys then, and it happened by you guys now. Bush told the public that God told him to end tyranny in Iraq." I wish he would have just came straight out and said it because it might have shut most of the republicans up instead of the vast majority of them missed the point entirely.

    Remember, it's easier to HEAR about your country bombing scores of families to oblivion because they felt a "terrorist" was in the immediate area than it is to WATCH a handful of men behead or roast someone alive. The outrage from them is hypocrisy at its best.

  19. As Dr Joy Leary says, America refuses to come to terms with her evil past. And any mention of it is a slap in the face to those who want to whitewash history as the USA being some founder of freedom and liberty. It was, for white folks. But for everyone else, it was a hellhole of oppression from Columbus till today.

  20. Good point. I just wonder why bring it up. Most Christians do not know their history and most Americans don't know their real history. I can see that he wanted to make a point, but the Crusades were such along time ago, when the Church had so much power. I think he could have taken an higher ground, and talked about ways to either go bomb with Jordan or seek a different solution. ISIS wants to have complete control over several areas in the ME to form their own country. I have read the comments over and read some other stories and I see that what he was saying.

  21. Alicia Clark says:

    And you've obligated yourself to the religion of your ancestors slave masters. Is that by faith or finance?

  22. If only He was free to make the change He really believed in. Karamel509.com

  23. The racist don't like to hear the truth, so they will write stupid articles. Hate is hate in all languages and religion. Religion is man made not God made.

  24. Worley Fain says:

    Worley Fain
    President Obama's remarks were an honest statement of clearly documented historic facts.
    The following is an excerpt by John N. Fain in the introduction to Sanctified Trial, The Diary of Eliza Rhea Anderson Fain, a Confederate Woman in East Tennessee.
    "Eliza subscribed fully to the paternalistic racism that characterized the South in the first half of the nineteenth century.
    Citing passages in the Bible, the preachers attempted to rationalize slavery as being divinely ordained. Evangelical Protestants in the South actually argued that slavery and Christianity were compatible. Such arguments demonstrate the remarkable ability of Protestantism in the South to accommodate its theology to prevailing social mores — a tendency that continues to this day."

  25. Christianity originates from the middle east, specifically in Jerusalem. Yes, a lot of bad things and acts where done in the name of Christ or Christianity but that doesnt mean that this is what Christianity is about. Obama needs to search deeper for more relevant information

  26. Carol Dale says:

    The burning of the Jordain Solder was awful, but as a AF that know her History I remember learning and seeing pictures of hanging Black men being set afire and thousands of white Christain along with their children having a picnic while watching him be hung and burned. The press would never get man if it was a Jewish person talking about the Holcust. Slavery and Jim Crow was our Holcust!

  27. never seen a country like the US that lives in superlatives and have a vision that to have a great life means massive consumerism and personal freedom to do whatever you want. What angers me is that Caribbean people coming from a different heritage join in this same belief system and they themselves become disciples of American Waste. It is the new form of institutional slavery and the System succeeding in brain washing the weak with the lure of the invisible money. And as for Religion in the US that is only but a FAD giving the follower this same superficial belief that he belongs to a 'moral' club whilst his actions are as far from christianity as the East is from the West.

  28. Well if the past does not matter, Mr. Conservative, then why did we go into Iraq in 2003 when the planes blew up in the twin towers in 2001? And furthermore, the President did not blame anything happening today on the Crusades, YOU did!

  29. Arcy Sone says:

    Brothers and sisters please join http://www.bragse.com to show support to the young black men and women who put it together and also show the world that we can run our own social platform. Remember you will be making a statement don't forget that. The more that join the powerful we get.

  30. But it does make sense. It's like not calling the kettle black. The crusade is dressed up today as the war on so called blacks by Christians.I don't see moose limbs in this country gunningdown so called black people like animals

  31. My iPad is tripping….it's like the pot calling the kettle black

  32. Cross Light says:

    It is this type of comment that shows how skewed a person's view is even when being presented with basic facts. He brought it up at a RELIGIOUS LUNCH…speaking to people of faith…it was not a message to the union on how to address it with bombing. You are so ready to see fault in him that you ignore the context and conveniently leave out slavery and Jim Crow which ended 50 years ago..not history but very recently. He can never just be an intellect president to people like you because of your predisposed animosity towards him, possibly because of race, because you will always think you know better or can do better. It is a shame that some people do that see how weak that is. His Co tell the was VERY appropriate to the occasion. His facts were verifiable. He delivery and to ensure was respectful. Get over yourselves.

  33. BECAUSE MANY USE THEIR RELIGION IN THIS FORMAT & BELIEVE THEIR RELIGION IS THE ONLY RELIGION THAT MATTERS!!!

  34. White ppl said he lost his mind!!!! Know he spoke truth, why is when white ppl don't get what they want or you don't say what they want you to say ITS A PROBLEM? The truth always seem to offend some of them.

  35. Kenmei Kai says:

    He's not talking about the religion per se. Rather acts done by people in the name of religion.. So he doesn't need to search deeper.

  36. What President Obama was expressing in his speech was tact. There is so little of it any more that few people can recognize it.

  37. Arvind Patel says:

    Obama don't teach us huminities lesson. Hinduism have already teachched this lesson before thousands years ago all over the world- "Vsudhaiv kutumbakam". And one thing is remarkable why your cristian misnries are trying to convert hindus……..

  38. Arvind Patel says:

    Obama don't teach us huminities lesson. Hinduism have already teachched this lesson before thousands years ago all over the world- "Vsudhaiv kutumbakam". And one thing is remarkable why your cristian misnries are trying to convert hindus……..

  39. Michael Fox says:

    So eloquently and perfectly said, I'm tempered to copy this and and carry with me in the wallet. I think I will do just that's thanks.

  40. Michael Fox says:

    So eloquently and perfectly said, I'm tempered to copy this and and carry with me in the wallet. I think I will do just that's thanks.

  41. Thomas Brown says:

    One thing about the truth it defends ITSELF!

  42. Devin Chidester this country don't need solutions especially from him. Why? Because at the end of the day, the ones that have the power (not pseudo power) will do whatever the f*ck they want to do, when they want to do it, to whoever they want to do it to and you and I had better like it. Just because he's the president doesn't mean that he has "THE" power. He's just a front man. That's all he is. But sense he doesn't have to get out there and dance and sing to get a bone tossed in his direction, he feels liberated enough to say whatever he wants. Not that those whose ears it falls on will listen but it's what he feels he wants to say.

  43. Don Dewey says:

    If we don't honestly face our past we will continue to repeat into the future.

  44. Taylor Neill says:

    An honest evaluation of the historical facts will will do more to discredit the president's hideous comparison than any fox news contributer ever could.

  45. TR Ramaswami says:

    AN OPEN LETTER TO SHRI B.H. OBAMA

    DEAR SHRI Obama
    I appreciate your knowledge of our Constitution and your perspective on what “tolerance” means. Smart of you to have brought in Gandhi. Our majority religion, Hinduism has been around since 5000 BCE – 6492 years before Columbus found your land looking for ours.We have the third largest Muslim population. We have 20 million Christians – only 50 countries have populations more than this. We are the home to Zoroastrians who had to leave their country in 1200 CE. We have enough Jews to form a small US town. Let’s not talk of Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. Only Shintoists are absent.Mr. Obama, can you find even one more tolerant country like ours? Why are we the founding home of 4 religions, the chosen home for one, and enough of the remaining? Incidentally it would be interesting to know the percentages of various religions in your country.India, Mr. Obama, is tolerant and secular, not because we have that word in the Constitution (inserted by a false Gandhi after muzzling the opposition and the media) but because the majority are Hindus. Hindus don’t have an OIC or even a Pope. With nearly one billion Hindus, we don’t even say we are a Hindu state.You say US is secular? Let me see how secular you are when another religion reaches 14%, assuming you will allow it. I feel that your speech was made at the wrong places – India and the US. You should have tried to say this in Saudi Arabia, if you had the courage.PS – I am an atheist – the most tolerant group.

  46. Carol Dale says:

    I was thinking it hasn't been that long since the Christain right Bombed and shot Abortion Drs. They are right now harassing Abortion clinics and Doctors. I remember a Pastor killing a few years back. So yes what the President said was relevant!

  47. So now there is a time frame for which history can be talked about? We're reminded everyday of history every time you spend that paper money.

  48. How much searching do you want him to do? Think for a second! 6,000years of oppressing the Darker people of the world. No more Jedi mind tricks. Accept the truth.

  49. Cross Light 1) I see fault in the majority of "leaders" elected but the biggest fault lies with those who elected them, for not holding them accountable. 2) I didn't bring up slavery or his color because it doesn't matter, this was not about slavery but about a group of people finding it justified to kill and harm innocent people. 3) Just because I am white you think I don't like Obama because he is partially black? You must have read my profile. 4) You can not tell me that you think he has done a great job over the last 6+ years. As a matter of fact, I have problems with the last few Presidents and those elected. 5) But what I am not surprised that the only person to make comments like you did comes from someone who is very religious.

  50. America Can't Handle The Truth…!

  51. Why is it always about religion or racism or blaming others for things that happened hundreds of years before any of today's people were even born. Truth is slavery was abolished many years ago and not one person in today's society has a right to complain about what other people did oh so many years ago.and religion there is only one God no matter what religion you claim to be of or believe in or not. The people of color say their not racist but always want to blame the white man for their short coming today. I am an American Indian and my people were hear before any other people yet I know that the people of today are not responsible for what happened to my people hundreds of years ago. As far as our so called president and I use the term very loosely is nothing more than a tyrant a traitor to this country and is destroying the USA and turning the American people against each other. If we want to go back in time then we should tar against feather obama and send him to a Muslim country where he belongs, he has done nothing good for this country and is single handedly destroying us as a nation. He only does what terrorist and muslims want because he is a coward when it comes to standing up for America and the American way of life, to grant amnesty to foreigners instead of closing our borders or freeing terrorist instead of prosecuting them allowing foreign nations hold Americans captive instead of demanding their freedom only obeying parts of laws that suit him yeah I'd say that makes him a treasonist, tyrannical coward. On the bright side he'll be outta here come next election if he hasn't completely destroyed the good Ole US of A before then.

  52. L S Charles says:

    Good one S Walker..

  53. L S Charles says:

    Devin Chidester. That's an ignorant question. We need history, so we can come up with solutions.

  54. I totally agree we need history, we learn from it. I am just trying to see if there is an answer for why he brought it up, instead talking about how to fix it with other religious leaders. The President's comments do not offend me. I only want to know why he said them, when at the current time a Muslim group is taking out its own people left and right. ArLa GetFit Tillman has given me the best answer so far.

  55. Sam Jackson says:

    Devin Chidester Given recent history in the region, maybe the U.S. needs to not try and "fix" anything. Some argue that "fixing" Iraq and Afghanistan is how ISIS began. What he is not allowed to say (not that he would anyway) is that killing is killing. Why does ISIS require a "fix" when the U.S. Military has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis and Afghans (mostly children)? People get really mad when they see people being burned and beheaded but why not call for an end to all the senseless killing in the region. Bring the troops home and mind your business. Protect your own borders and leave other countries alone.

  56. It offends only those that chose to hide from it and pretend it doesn't exist. I agree with you totally though.

  57. Devin Chidester simple, because those who fail to learn from history are doomed to make the same mistakes……. How's that for a solution?

  58. Solo Mon says:

    Reposting this on Facebook…They don't want to admit it happened (black holocaust deniers) because they don't want to apologise and pay for their sins…#reparationsnow

  59. Jesse Gogo says:

    HA, HA,…all of a sudden Blacks ain't Christians.

  60. Okay people here u go in a nutshell…the white man has Committed an Dirty Dirty Demonic act against the Black Men's killing over 375 000 and still doing it to this day in a reform mann That's protected by the US federal Government. Has things really change from the days of Ku Klux Klan and lynching and slavery's, I can't say Yes and No,? However I could say no to a degree because the Kkk has been reformed into a Police Badge That's hide behind with in the laws that actually believe that they are above the law you can say, Lynching with Rope is a thing of the pass and replace with a Gun, Slavery has been replaced in the form of Incarceration of the Black mens. Lynching is still being done to this day But in small numbers by the cops killing and unarm black mens and getting away with premeditated murder with a blind eye of a double Justice …White Systems '… BlacK Systems. Read all about it and see for yourself….!
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  61. I CANT BELIEVE HOW MANY IDIOTS ARE STILL OUT THERE!!"… FIRST OFF THE CRUSADES WERE IN RETALIATION OF ISLAMIC JEHAD- WHICH HAD STARTED HUNDRES OF YRS EARLIER AND SPREAD THROUGHT THE MIDDLE EAST ( AND PARTS OF EUROPE) ASIDE FROM…THE CRUSADES WERE A BLIP IN TIME ..AND ENDED OVER 700 YRS AGO— ISLAMIC JIHAD./TERRORISM HAS BEEN NON STOP– BEFORE/DURING AND AFTER THE CRUSADES…UP TO THIS VERY DAY! ANYONE STILL SUPPORTING THIS PIECE OF SHIT HAS GOT TO BE EITHER A RACIST BLACK, A MUSLIM, A COMMUNIST OR JUST A FUCKING IDIOTS

  62. Very true however, both religion and god are man made. Let's not forgot religion IS the belief in a god.

  63. Bob Morrow says:

    Did you even actually READ what Obama said, or are you just parroting what you were TOLD he said?

    Are you going to tell us that all Native Americans have it on easy street today? That they haven't a problem in the world, are never discriminated against? Really?

    Are you going to tell us that Blacks in this country are living on easy street today, they haven't a problem in the world, and are never discriminated against? Really?

    Are you going to tell us that there's absolutely no connection to events in the past for both those groups of people and how they are currently treated in this country, because everything's all hunky-dory now? Really? No one does bad things to either of those groups now?

    If you are then I suggest you turn off FOX and educate yourself about what's going on in this country instead of blaming Obama for crap you just make up, because, quite frankly you're full of it. You don't even know what the term "treasonist, tyrannical" means, you certainly don't know jack about some claim that he has released 'terrorists' (please name one…) or something you made up about other nations holding Americans hostage that you demand he have released. you are just making stuff up, which makes you a liar, and I use THAT term loosely.

  64. Bob Morrow says:

    Did he say ALL Christians do those things? No he didn't. Just like not ALL Muslims are terrorists. That's not what Islam is about either.

  65. Bob Morrow says:

    And anyone who believes the bigoted crap you just posted?

  66. Bob Morrow says:

    Did you even read what he said?

  67. Bob Morrow says:

    An honest evaluation would show that your historical 'facts' are selective…

  68. Not attending the bigoted, 'je sui charlie', thing in paris, france was one of the smartest things Obama has ever done – he should never ever feel like he owes anyone an apology.

  69. No one of any intelligence is really offended by the statement he made. It's hilarious that people are applauding him for comparing something that happened 1,000 years ago to something that happened weeks ago, though. Like "Hey, remember when you guys were retarded a millennium ago? Yea, so please don't be so judgmental of people acting like that in 2015." The difference is that we grew beyond that medieval caveman bullshit. They have not. There has been no progress with them, they are stuck in time. There's no comparison there.

  70. Albert you need help. You've studied at some university and you'll still ignorant of historical facts. White people have selective amnesia. When Black people are tell you your history it's an I nsult, because it's not coming from one of your people. Black people have been here before your people were ever thought of. We have the books of who you are. Right now you're the little man on the planet. Search the Earth and you we see we were there way before you came around. In Africa we call you guys knowsy bodies. AKA (explorers). Bow down to the facts. We are your fathers!

  71. Lenore Sword says:

    Read: "The Fiery Cross; The History of the Ku Klux Klan in America", by author Wynn Craig Wade to find out how the Klan used Christianity to spread their "gospel" of hate.

  72. Excuse me i miss heard what was said, i had a misunderstanding of what was being stated. My original statement is truth but the part about him searching for deeper relevant information i take back. Thank you all for clerifying this for me

  73. Rhett Cheek says:

    You guys know the Crusades were a short-lived retaliation against hundreds of years of Jihad, right?

  74. Rhett Cheek says:

    You guys know the Crusades were a short-lived retaliation against hundreds of years of Jihad, right?

  75. the truth of the past should also include what once set a complete divide between east and west and that is the Enlightenment. The west developed this and it resulted in the american revolution and 1776, the french revolution, etc,. the east is still stuck in 632 a.d. and that is the problem.

  76. Regina Brown Fuentes, I have a bit of a different perspective. Since the beginning of time, according to my research, man has always believed in god, referred to as "The Creator," or "The All." Existence is infinite and via spirituality, man recognized a higher power since the beginning of time. So, yes, religion is a belief in "a god," yet spirituality is belief in god, "god self," or a "christ consciousness. Great point, though.

  77. Devin Chidester , if you don't KNOW your history, you are doomed to repeat it. And if you were as lucky as I was to grow up in the "Public Fool System" of America, you more than likely did not get all the historical facts you needed either on why whites hate talking ABOUT race MORE than Blacks get tired of LIVING race. THAT'S why he brought it up.

  78. First of all, if you are native american, your ancestors would disown you because you have taken on this country's majority mindset. Do you even know YOUR history? They gave your people blankets with smallpos ON them, like they cared about your ancestors, and killed them. They sent your people on the trail of tears barefoot during the winter. They love and care about you so much, that they did not see fit to let you live amongst the rest of us, even blacks, so they put you on reservations. So, I guess what they did then has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO, with native americans condition now. Whoever your dealer is, I want to meet them.

    Slavery happened years ago, but how many? Do you know? Why don't you look up the word peionage and get back to me. There were documented slaves in Mississippi and Lousiana up until the EIGHTIES. Think about that: MTV and slavery coexisted, so miss me with so long ago. People love to NOT talk about the past when it is going to reveal who they truly are, especially if it is in a bad light.

    Racism happens today. Discrimination happens today. Bigotry happens today. Hate happens today. So, I am having a hard time understanding the "past," when I KNOW I know the definitions of "past" and "present."

    You are not the only cullprit, but to think, your ancestors died for you to be THIS brainwashed. Europeans love you!

  79. Ellie Frost says:

    Yes. As we are continuing to do so.

  80. Ellie Frost says:

    Yes. As we are continuing to do so.

  81. Fentriss O. Moore I disagree too. Organized religion is a means of control. It's a system created by man to explain and express his understanding of his relationship to the Creator. Inspired by God but certainly used by man in all manner of crimes and destruction. Imo, Spirituality and religion are 2 very different animals.

  82. Wow!!! You being a Native American and having these views about the President is crazy. President Obama has had to battle racist bigots who have and still are trying to destroy him. The only President that is for ALL people not a religious follower. He stated in New Mexico he is a Christian and follows scripture. I am a Christian. The white man tried to brain wash some US to believe that Christianity is his religion by teaching and preaching hate. Christianity is about believing in the righteous one who is Jesus Christ and his ressurection. You are totally wrong for saying the President is a coward, he has a heart far bigger than yours. I have a cousin that introduced me to many of his Native American friends who think different than you do. You sound like a fox news author of confusion. Bush supporter? You have so much hate you can not even comprehend or read what the President said. Open your eyes Brown Brother and come out of your cave.

  83. Bob Morrow and Fentress Moore you are exactly the morons I spoke of the past is the past and you weren't there when those things happened, no one took anything from you or in slaved you or mistreated you, move on get a life, your not so smart yourselves to keep living in the past and blaming dead people (ancestors) for the shape this country and the people are in today if anything it is our own fault. And no stupid I'm not saying that any thing or any one is "living on easy street" I know that there is discrimination against all walks of life but as long as people like you keep bringing up the past and blaming everything on those that are long gone then there's always gonna be discrimination, racism and hatred in this world. And yes moron (bob) I did read the whole thing as I've also seen his speeches on TV and read many articles I still have the same opinion of our sorry commander in chief. I'm sure ya'll are 2 of his greatest supporters there for I understand your ignorance and yes Fentress I do know my history very well and no my ancestors would not disown me, the would be proud to know that I try to coexist with all mankind and accept responsibility for the things I've done in my life not what people before me has done. I live in the here and now not in the past. Many bad things were said and done throughout history but many good things also came about and men like Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King and John Friday Kennedy among many others did great things to make this country a better place but people like you always crying about what was will always keep us 2 steps behind. Move on and embrace you fellow man instead of always knocking him down

  84. Like I said…IDIOTS

  85. Probably the most pragmatically and intellectual thing a president has ever said in a speech!!!!

  86. Probably the most pragmatically and intellectual thing a president has ever said in a speech!!!!

  87. Probably the most pragmatically and intellectual thing a president has ever said in a speech!!!!

  88. Sam Done says:

    Devin Chidester through history – ones does learn /become solution oriented unless it is repeated…History is our greatest learning tool.

  89. Tracy McGuire We are all a product of what came before us and what surrounds us– I'm sure you can agree with that, right? 500 years of oppression–ripping away of culture, language, history and family, not to mention terrorism and murder– would leave quite a mark on those on the receiving end of it for such a time, right? And let's not forget that many strands of that oppression, including intimidation, lack of opportunity, and even murder, persist to this very day. Whatever your family history, language, and sense of community, you still have it as well as a fighting chance to change your situation. Not the same for everyone, homie. Sounds crazy and a bit of conspiracy in your ears I'm sure– that is, until you actually dig into fact, not pundit "news" to find out for yourself. Because I live it, I take inferences like you make so seriously I can't find words to express my outrage that you'd have the audacity to even proclaim such a thing with NO evidence other than your personal thoughts.Not "blaming" but calling a duck a duck. Don't listen to me, find an independent accounting of history, and latest news, to discuss from a place of knowledge; not to say we don't all have a common oppressor in the wealthy oligarchs, but we have to start with truth for unity.

  90. Fentriss O. Moore Let's just remember that there are more than 3000 Religions and at least 40 Gods people believe in….. and that's today, not 2000 or 100 years ago. The larger the group the more dangerous they can become.

  91. I say again, "This is my president and I'm proud I voted for him!" Religion is manmade and Christianity was forced upon us Black Americans by our enslavers. This was their way of civilizing us, so they thought. They didn't allow us to read books so we only knew what they told us as we were force to listen to their sermons on Sunday. Slavery didn't start with the white man nor did it end with the white man. Only by realizing that humans invented slavery and only humans can stomp it out. We need to stop being followers and become the leaders we are!

  92. Janet LaCava says:

    The truth is the truth and you can put your head in the sand, but it's still the truth.

  93. Because it's true yes isis is a fucking problem but don't get mad cause he said some true realistic shit and from what going on today in the world jim crow hasn't gone anywhere.I'm a say this as nice as I can put it.fuck religion and blame yourselves for the things you do killing for something that's not real is fucking stupid you do this for yourselves not a god

  94. That's true it's human nature…but I read the Coran and it's seems to be most violent sacred book compared to the Bible and Torah. That won't help either.

  95. Ty Coleman says:

    And during slavery they chopped off heads incinerates men and women killed raped men and women and children burn them beat them whipped them had dogs tear them apart all in the name Christianity Michelle Malkin

  96. Ty Coleman says:

    It's sad Michelle Malkin doesn't know history of the crimes during slavery

  97. Alfonso Fernandez Ocampo Have you actually read the Old Testament? It's unspeakably violent and borderline genocidal.

  98. Fallen Short says:

    Oh shit an Indian with a cowboy hat on. Hilarious. …

  99. Pam Hawkins says:

    I been saying this for years and nobdy want to hear it….history repeats itself…

  100. Pam Hawkins says:

    Regina Brown Fuentes that's an opinion of yours which you are entitled.

  101. He made a good point, badly. If the Crusades are too distant in the past for you to make sense of, here's a more recent example.

    BEtween 1992 and 1995, Christians in Serbia exterminated over 150,000 Muslim Serbs for no reason other than the fact that they are Muslims. As I type this (literally, as my fingers are hitting these keys) there are Christian militia groups in the Central African Republic slaughtering innocent Muslims; men, women and children together.

    Christians were burning black people alive in the United States as recently as the 1960s, and the entire trans-atlantic slave trade was justified by the claim that they were bringing Christ to these poor Africans.

    Is that shit all recent enough for you? The President's point is that claiming Muslims are the most terrible group ever and that they're so evil is ridiculous, because throughout history Christians have just as much, if not more, blood on their hands.

  102. Between 1992 and 1995, Christians in Serbia exterminated over 150,000 Muslim Serbs for no reason other than the fact that they are Muslims. As I type this (literally, as my fingers are hitting these keys) there are Christian militia groups in the Central African Republic slaughtering innocent Muslims; men, women and children together.

    Christians were burning black people alive in the United States as recently as the 1960s, and the entire trans-atlantic slave trade was justified by the claim that they were bringing Christ to these poor Africans.

    Is that shit all recent enough for you? The President's point is that claiming Muslims are the most terrible group ever and that they're so evil is ridiculous, because throughout history Christians have just as much, if not more, blood on their hands.

  103. Between 1992 and 1995, Christians in Serbia exterminated over 150,000 Muslim Serbs for no reason other than the fact that they are Muslims. As I type this (literally, as my fingers are hitting these keys) there are Christian militia groups in the Central African Republic slaughtering innocent Muslims; men, women and children together.

    Christians were burning black people alive in the United States as recently as the 1960s, and the entire trans-atlantic slave trade was justified by the claim that they were bringing Christ to these poor Africans.

    Is that shit all recent enough for you? The President's point is that claiming Muslims are the most terrible group ever and that they're so evil is ridiculous, because throughout history Christians have just as much, if not more, blood on their hands.

  104. Charles Kershaw III All he said was "It's kind of hypocritical of us to say they're the worst people ever, because we've done plenty of shit in our day that's just as bad as what they're doing now."

  105. Charles Kershaw III All he said was "It's kind of hypocritical of us to say they're the worst people ever, because we've done plenty of shit in our day that's just as bad as what they're doing now."

  106. Albert, it looks like you should probably take an 11th grade level European History class, because you don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

    When the First Crusade was called by Pope Urban II in 1095, it had been almost 400 years since the last Muslim Army had ventured past the Pyrenees Mountains. There were fragmented Muslim Kingdoms in Egypt, Spain, Morocco, Syria, and what is now Iran, as well as Turks moving from the Asian steppes into what is now called Turkey. This land was controlled by the Byzantines, who practiced Eastern Orthodoxy and had schismed from the Papacy in Rome in 1054. In the 1060s, the Byzantines were attempting to regain the power of their empire that had been eroding for decades, and launched an invasion across their borders in Eastern Turkey. They were disastrously defeated at Manzikert in 1071 by Seljuk Turks, who (in response to Byzantine aggression) proceeded to conquer most of what is now Turkey.

    The Byzantine Emperor appealed to the Pope for help regaining territories that had been lost through his own military blunders, and the first Pope he asked essentially told him to go fuck himself. The next Pope, however, had plans for Europe. He saw the warring kingdoms and the knightly classes constantly fighting among themselves and decided that the best way to get them to stop killing each other all the time was to get some of them out of Europe. His call for a Crusade at Clermont in 1095 met with rousing success from Frankish, German, and English Christians, because he essentially promised them that anyone who died on Crusade would go immediately to heaven, skipping purgatory and any required penance. The warlords who led the Crusade (except for Godfrey of.
    Bouillon) were almost certainly in it for little more than financial gain; they saw opportunities to carve out new fiefs and kingdoms for themselves in the Holy Land, to rule in addition to their territories in Europe.

    The common people, however, had no interest other than imposing Christianity on the region. They joined these Crusades by the tens of thousand, for two centuries, because they believed in their hearts that Christianity had the right to rule over the Holy Land.

  107. Albert, it looks like you should probably take an 11th grade level European History class, because you don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

    When the First Crusade was called by Pope Urban II in 1095, it had been almost 400 years since the last Muslim Army had ventured past the Pyrenees Mountains. There were fragmented Muslim Kingdoms in Egypt, Spain, Morocco, Syria, and what is now Iran, as well as Turks moving from the Asian steppes into what is now called Turkey. This land was controlled by the Byzantines, who practiced Eastern Orthodoxy and had schismed from the Papacy in Rome in 1054. In the 1060s, the Byzantines were attempting to regain the power of their empire that had been eroding for decades, and launched an invasion across their borders in Eastern Turkey. They were disastrously defeated at Manzikert in 1071 by Seljuk Turks, who (in response to Byzantine aggression) proceeded to conquer most of what is now Turkey.

    The Byzantine Emperor appealed to the Pope for help regaining territories that had been lost through his own military blunders, and the first Pope he asked essentially told him to go fuck himself. The next Pope, however, had plans for Europe. He saw the warring kingdoms and the knightly classes constantly fighting among themselves and decided that the best way to get them to stop killing each other all the time was to get some of them out of Europe. His call for a Crusade at Clermont in 1095 met with rousing success from Frankish, German, and English Christians, because he essentially promised them that anyone who died on Crusade would go immediately to heaven, skipping purgatory and any required penance. The warlords who led the Crusade (except for Godfrey of.
    Bouillon) were almost certainly in it for little more than financial gain; they saw opportunities to carve out new fiefs and kingdoms for themselves in the Holy Land, to rule in addition to their territories in Europe.

    The common people, however, had no interest other than imposing Christianity on the region. They joined these Crusades by the tens of thousand, for two centuries, because they believed in their hearts that Christianity had the right to rule over the Holy Land.

  108. Sam Rosenberg That's why you've got an update… the new testament.. do you have an Coran update? lol nope…

  109. Sam Rosenberg That's why you've got an update… the new testament.. do you have an Coran update? lol nope…

  110. And yet you don't even make an attempt to do so.

    Are you claiming the the Crusaders DIDN'T slaughter 95,000 innocent Muslims and Jews when they sacked the city of Jerusalem in 1099? Are you claiming that the Inquisitors in Spain DIDN'T offers every Muslim and Jew in the country the options of conversion, exile, or death? Are you claiming that the aristocrats of the Old Confederacy DIDN'T justify slavery as a good thing because they were bringing Christ to the inferior Africans?

  111. And yet you don't even make an attempt to do so.

    Are you claiming the the Crusaders DIDN'T slaughter 95,000 innocent Muslims and Jews when they sacked the city of Jerusalem in 1099? Are you claiming that the Inquisitors in Spain DIDN'T offers every Muslim and Jew in the country the options of conversion, exile, or death? Are you claiming that the aristocrats of the Old Confederacy DIDN'T justify slavery as a good thing because they were bringing Christ to the inferior Africans?

  112. Incorrect. Nice try though.

    When the First Crusade was called by Pope Urban II in 1095, it had been almost 400 years since the last Muslim Army had ventured past the Pyrenees Mountains. There were fragmented Muslim Kingdoms in Egypt, Spain, Morocco, Syria, and what is now Iran, as well as Turks moving from the Asian steppes into what is now called Turkey. This land was controlled by the Byzantines, who practiced Eastern Orthodoxy and had schismed from the Papacy in Rome in 1054. In the 1060s, the Byzantines were attempting to regain the power of their empire that had been eroding for decades, and launched an invasion across their borders in Eastern Turkey. They were disastrously defeated at Manzikert in 1071 by Seljuk Turks, who (in response to Byzantine aggression) proceeded to conquer most of what is now Turkey.

    The Byzantine Emperor appealed to the Pope for help regaining territories that had been lost through his own military blunders, and the first Pope he asked essentially told him to go fuck himself. The next Pope, however, had plans for Europe. He saw the warring kingdoms and the knightly classes constantly fighting among themselves and decided that the best way to get them to stop killing each other all the time was to get some of them out of Europe. His call for a Crusade at Clermont in 1095 met with rousing success from Frankish, German, and English Christians, because he essentially promised them that anyone who died on Crusade would go immediately to heaven, skipping purgatory and any required penance. The warlords who led the Crusade (except for Godfrey of.
    Bouillon) were almost certainly in it for little more than financial gain; they saw opportunities to carve out new fiefs and kingdoms for themselves in the Holy Land, to rule in addition to their territories in Europe.

    The common people, however, had no interest other than imposing Christianity on the region. They joined these Crusades by the tens of thousand, for two centuries, because they believed in their hearts that Christianity had the right to rule over the Holy Land.

  113. Andre Smith says:

    This guy. This country was built on segregation and racial divide. Being an American Indian doesn't give u a free pass to get extra special treatment. You are no different then the rest of us so u can keep your race to yourself. U just don't like Obama because he is black. No president is perfect but this dude took the keys to a 70 Chevelle with no interior…no suspension…..no motor or tranny…..no propeller shaft or fuel lines and basically rebuilt the thing with 800 bucks. All it needs now is paint!

  114. Alfonso Fernandez Ocampo that doesn't excuse the Christian bible. The Christian God has killed so many people, women and children included. Some were stoned, some struck by the sword etc.

  115. Ya'll seem to think you were the only slaves in existence and keep wearing it like some kind of badge of entitlement like someone owes you something and I'm damned tired of it. You don't see Irish people demeaning themselves like that, get over it. You got a black pres what more do you want? you have entry to every position there is, so shut the hell up. And here's the link to the inconvenient history.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-irish-slave-trade-the-forgotten-white-slaves/31076

  116. Alfonso Fernandez Ocampo The Qu'ran IS an update to the New Testament.

  117. Race: The Elephant in the Room Will Kill You.
    Get it on Amazon.com and support black authors!

  118. Fentriss O. Moore Research has shown me something a little different. Man in human form has not always existed. For most of the earth's life, man has not existed. Before humans they were other men like creatures, even men we interbred with like the Neanderthals. One of the oldest religions to date have been found in modern day Turkey. They worshiped small sphinx idols. Man's invention of gods occurred during the farming era. Once man starting claiming land for himself, kingdoms sprouted up because mans land suddenly needed to be protected. The gods were a way the kings populated their lands. The more civilians giving their goods to the king and his gods, the richer a king would be. It was a war of who had the best gods, who supplied them with crops and rain, etc.. This ideology spread throughout the entire world with migrations from near and far. This is why if you study the different religions, you'll find massive similarities between gods of different lands. They stole gods from each other. One example off the top found in Christianity (a roman invention of a religion that was stolen from the Jews) is Hades (Hell), this was not a Jewish concept, this came from Hades, the greek-Roman god of the underworld.
    Something else I want to point out is is that though yes, most of the world had gods, they were multiple gods, not just one. The Israelites were once Canaanites, whom were slaves of other Canaanites. Once their kingdoms failed, those slaves built their own cities close by. Historic evidence shows us that they originally worshiped many gods like their ancestors before. El was their creator god and they believed their was a fight in heaven between El and Yahweh and Yahweh defeated and absorbed El. Eventually they became the first monotheistic religion.
    If religions were never created, man would have never believed there needed to be supernatural deity that came from no where. They two things go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other. Religion is the cause, god is the effect.

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