*One thing our president, Barack Obama, knows how to do well is keep the wheels of controversy rolling. Oh yes, I know, being America’s first black president has shown that he doesn’t even have to open his mouth for controversy to occur, oh but when he does…And some say that his remarks at the recent National Prayer Breakfast were designed to intentionally spark controversy. And that was the result as tongues are a waggin’ in the aftermath. Conservative commentator Star Parker sat on a panel at the Breakfast and let’s just say, she was not a happy camper. On a “Hannity” television appearance the other night, she not only called the speech given by the leader of the free world divisive, but coined it, “verbal rape.” It appears Parker took issue with Obama’s stance about how Christianity has been used or misused historically, in doing terrible deeds when he claimed that “people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ” during the Crusades.
Parker says, “Let me put it in context…because I was in that room and it was frankly verbal rape,” she said. “We were not expecting it, nobody wanted it, it was horrible to sit through and after it was over we all felt like crap.”
Apparently, her skills include determining how everyone in a room of thousands felt, too.
Geraldo Rivera, another panelist in the room called her comparison “harsh.”
“Verbal rape is what it was, because he pulled the air out of the room,” she continued, calling Obama both “blind” and “arrogant in his conceit.”
Parker defined the purpose of the National Prayer Breakfast as encouraging unity, and accused Obama of sending a message to extremists that they shouldn’t ever forget the past and that they should keep doing what they’re doing in the Middle East.
Of course Ms. Parker, a Fox News rep, wasn’t the only one whose brows were raised at the Breakfast. Rep John Fleming (R-LA) accused the president of “defending terrorist group ISIS” during the talk.
He states Obama is “creating a propaganda bonanza for terrorists” with the speech. “What he’s really saying is ‘Well look, these are freedom fighters, just like the patriots of the Revolutionary War. And they’re no different, their service is just as honorable,’” Fleming said. “And nothing could be further from the truth.”
Watch Parker’s comments below at the 4:30 mark:
At the Breakfast president Obama implored listeners not to forget the negative history that Christianity has had in light of the Crusades and Inquisition — and with America’s own past with slavery.
“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,” he said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Here’s the video.