The Right on the Wrong Side of History in Blasting the President for His Slavery and Jim Crow Remarks

President Obama failed to mention the Doctrine of Discovery as he mentionend terrible deeds committed in the name of Christ.

President Obama failed to mention the Doctrine of Discovery as he mentionend terrible deeds committed in the name of Christ.

Commentary

It is a great there is a day set to host an annual National Prayer Breakfast. This country certainly needs prayer for its many societal ills.

Strange things happen even in the midst of the hour of prayer. Such was the case Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. President Obama drew the ire of the right for invoking slavery and Jim Crow into his remarks at the prayer breakfast. The right wing is upset that a president of the United States would say such a thing.

The right-wingers are on the wrong side of history when it comes to criticizing President Obama for his remarks.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

While talking about extremists of the Islam who twist and distort faith for evil, the president said Islam is not the only faith to distort religion to justify evil deeds.

The presidential words that caused the most ire of the right are as follows:

“How do we, as people of faith, reconcile these realties – the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends?

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. 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.”

As an American Indian, President Obama’s words ring true to me.

Regrettably, the president did not go far enough back in U.S. history to make his point about people committing terrible deeds in the name of Christ. He did not mention American Indians who lost so much because of the Doctrine of Discovery, a Christendom principle that provided a license to steal the land of the indigenous peoples of this continent.

“They came with a Holy Bible in one hand and a gun in the other” is a phrase used by American Indians when reflecting on the loss of land and the purposeful acts of genocide delivered by so-called Christians.

The right-wingers were quick to blast President Obama for his words. Self-righteous right-wingers should note that one of the most significant tenets of the Christian faith is for sinners to confess their sins and seek forgiveness. Of course, one cannot confess a sin unless an action or deed is genuinely acknowledged as being wrong, evil or sinful.

The president is correct in saying we should not get on our high horse when it comes to religion in this country. His words should be the catalyst to revisit history and acknowledge past wrong-doings.

Prayer is a powerful thing. Perhaps, next year America can begin a journey to true righteousness by acknowledging its past sins and pray for forgiveness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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