MSNBC’s popular morning host Joe Scarborough was livid Friday morning as he recounted his complete and utter shock at hearing President Obama bash Christianity in an attempt to defend Islam.
During the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Obama reminded Christians that they shouldn’t judge Islam to harshly because Christians had partaken in the Crusades some 900 years ago.
It’s a ridiculous comparison of course and one that has had the media buzzing all day Friday – even the liberal MSNBC, was a bit astounded by Obama’s comparison.
But Scarborough was a special sort of angry…
Joe Scarborough: It’s unbelievable, the moral equivalency. The president having to go back 700, 800, 900 years? You see this when you have people that somehow want to paint a broad brush. ‘Uh, yes, radical Islam is bad but look what Christianity does.’ Really, you have to go back 800 years to a Crusade which, by the way, most historians say Christians launched in response to years and years of Muslims taking over their former land.
Mika Brzezinski: I think the timing is bad. I think it’s a bigger conversation as to whether or not it’s okay to have, you know —
Joe Scarborough: Why does he feel the need to go back 800 years? This stupid left-wing moral equivalency. Sometimes you can just say — sometimes you just say, ‘hey, you know what, there are some really, really bad Muslim extremists.” You don’t have to go to the other side, ‘oh, and Christians are bad, too.’ There is such a desperate plea for some reason on the left to do that, for some people on the left.
I saw a CNN documentary maybe five, six years ago and it was — it was, you know, “extremism in the name of God.” And they were so desperate to find Jewish examples of extremism and then — this was right after 9/11 — and then their example for Christian examples of extremism was some schools — some Christian schools in America actually make women wear skirts below their knees. How ghastly. Let’s see. Wear skirts below your knees on this side at fundamentalist schools, blow up the World Trade Center on this side.
Mika Brzezinski: Okay.
Joe Scarborough: No, no, it’s not okay. It’s not okay for this president. You almost have to ask the question, where did he go to church? Where would he get such ideas from?
On Thursday night, former Bush Speechwriter Marc Thiessen was on Fox News with Megyn Kelly where he said very similar things about the President’s Prayer Breakfast speech.
It’s inexplicable to me. You’re right, words matter, and the president thinks these things through so this is revealing as to his world view. And 48 hours after seeing that video his reaction’s to say we have to get off of our high horse because Christians have committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. What does he mean by get off our high horse? And what kind of person looks at a video of a man being burned alive and his reaction is to say, ‘let’s not forget we in the West did that too?’ I mean, with all due respect the Crusades started almost a thousand years ago. The inquisition was in the 15th century. ISIS is burning people alive today, now, not Christians, Islamic radicals are doing this. And he won’t call them — still, in this speech, he won’t call them by name.