President Barack Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 4 and took the time to address his faith and violence committed in the name of religion.
"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,” he said. "And in our home country, slavery, and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ."
Obama cited Christian, Jewish and Islamic scripture during his speech, which condemned individuals and groups who commit acts of terror in the name of religion. Business Insider reported Obama specifically pointed to Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and the militants who targeted employees of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine.
"This is not unique to one group or one religion," Obama said. "There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith. And in today's world when hate groups have their own Twitter accounts and bigotry can fester in hidden places in cyberspace, it can be even harder to combat such intolerance. But God compels us to try."
Obama discussed his faith as well. "This prayer tradition has brought us together, giving us the opportunity to come together in humility before the Almighty and to be reminded of what it is that we share as children of God," he said.
"And certainly for me this is always a chance to reflect on my own faith journey. No matter the challenge He has been there for all of us. He certainly strengthened me through the power of his spirit.”