Friday, February 06, 2015

Outrage might be the wrong fucking response, guys

At the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama committed the sin of saying Christians weren't always perfect:
“Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember, during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Mr. Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often [were] justified in the name of Christ. It is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith.”
Predictably, the usual crowd is aghast and offended and outraged and just spitting mad.

Here's my favorite outraged response:
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore said the president’s comments “are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime.” “He has offended every believing Christian in the United States,” said Mr. Gilmore, a Republican. “This goes further to the point that Mr. Obama does not believe in America or the values we all share. There is no moral equivalency for the horrific behavior of terrorists whose atrocities are shocking and reprehensible.”
Yep. Let's not even bother with the Crusades or Inquisition. That wasn't Americans, after all. But ... Yep. Not a hundred years ago things happened in America, in enthusiastic, celebratory public, that don't bear thinking about.

Gilmore thinks the people who did this aren't morally equivalent to ISIS.
Lynching in Omaha, Nebraska
Two thousand people gathered for the killing, some taking a special excursion train from Atlanta for the purpose. The leaders of the lynching stripped Hose, chained him to a tree, stacked wood around him, and soaked everything in kerosene. The mob cut off Hose's ears, fingers and genitals; they peeled the skin from his face. They watched, a newspaper reported, ''with unfeigning satisfaction'' as the man's veins ruptured from the heat and his blood hissed in the flames.

''Oh, my God! Oh, Jesus,'' were the only words Hose could manage. When he finally died, the crowd cut his heart and liver from his body, sharing the pieces among themselves, selling fragments of bone and tissue to those unable to attend. No one wore a disguise, no one was punished.
As far as I can tell, Gilmore believes if white Christians did it, it's okay.

And that's horrific, shocking and reprehensible.

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