President Barack Obama wants Christians to know Islam is not the only religion that has inspired violence and terror.
“Unless 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,” Obama said Wednesday. “And in our home country, slavery, and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
While it may be true in a very loose sense, one has to consider context of the statement and the fact that if there are groups that have used religion (any religion for that matter) to exact atrocities like what Islamic extremists have they should (and for the most part have been) be called out for what they are doing. They should told point blank that they are acting in a manner that is diametrically opposed to what those religions truly espouse. There should not be what is, apparently from this President, an attempt at most times to try to separate ISIS/ISIL from the religion that they themselves associate with.
I am not an Islamic scholar, but having known many Muslims during my lifetime I can say that my experience is that their willingness to follow their religious edicts in a peaceful manner leads me to believe that ISIS/ISIL etc. are not representative of the Islamic/Muslim faith.
It is the reticence, though, that President Obama has for calling these groups out for even being associated with Islam that makes his words about Christianity/Judaism etc. ring hollow.
If you are willing to use generalized statements about one or more religions for what some associated with them have done as a means to besmirch them (or in this case to ameliorate the actions of ISIS et al), but not use that same language about Islamic extremists, than better to not make those comparisons at all.