President Obama sparked a media frenzy when he referenced the Crusades and the Inquisition as to why people shouldn't judge Islam too harshly during his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 4.
“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. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ,” Obama commented.
One day later, the Obama Administration made it clear that they weren't backing off those comments.
On Feb. 6, while aboard Air Force One, White House Deputy Press Secretary, Eric Schultz, was questioned by the press on what exactly President Obama intended by his remarks.
Schultz explained that Obama believes that “when we fall short of that, we need to be honest with ourselves and look inward, and hold ourselves accountable.”
Schultz then clarified that Obama believes that “America is the greatest country on Earth,” as well as in American values of “equality, tolerance, fairness, civil rights, human rights, treating every human being with respect and decency — no matter their gender, their race, their faith, their sexual identity.”
According to Mediaite, when asked if President Obama was proposing a comparison between the Crusades and what ISIS is doing today, Shultz responded: “Again, what I think the president was trying to say is, over the course of human history there are times where extremists pervert their own religion to justify violence. And that’s what the president was trying to talk about yesterday."
Earlier that day, a number of high-profile lawmakers sounded off on the president's statement.
“The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime,” Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R) said, according to the Washington Post.
“He has offended every believing Christian in the United States,” Gilmore went on to declare. “This goes further to the point that Mr. Obama does not believe in America or the values we all share.”