President Obama’s remarks on the role of Christianity in systematic violence has sparked significant backlash from conservatives.
“[L]est 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 during the National Pray Breakfast last week. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Though the criticism of Obama’s comments has been vitriolic, conservative pundit Star Parker, a panelist on Sean Hannity’s show, described it as “verbal rape.”
“Let me put it in context … because I was in that room. It was frankly verbal rape,” Parker said. “Oh, yeah. We were not expecting it, nobody wanted it, it was horrible to sit through, and after it was over we all felt like crap. Because let me tell you why we were all there –”
Hannity interrupted her and said that her description was “harsh,” but Parker maintained that it was an accurate assertion.
“Verbal rape is what it was. Because he pulled the air out of the room,” she said. “There were 4,000 people there to unify. The question on the table was, Can these three major religions get along? Can the Jew? Can the Muslim? Can the Christian?”
She then criticized Obama’s apparent failure to notice non-Christians in the room, although he verbally acknowledged the presence of the Dalai Lama in the same speech.