The ACLJ, a conservative Christian activist organization, recently slammed President Obama for saying that Christians can act "less than loving."
During the Easter Prayer Breakfast (video below) on April 7, President Obama said:
On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that's a topic for another day.
The ACLJ claimed on its website, "Christians around the world are suffering and dying each and every day at the hands of brutal radical Islamic jihadist genocide, and the leader of the free world finds the need to attack Christians."
However, President Obama did not say that he was making remarks about any Christians who were being persecuted.
The ACLJ didn't mention that the Apostle Paul was critical of Christians in the Bible, even when Christians were persecuted. In 1 Corinthians 1-16, Paul calls some Christians arrogant and sexually immoral. There are criticisms throughout the New Testament of Christian behavior.
The ACLJ also claimed, "Just a few short months ago at the National Prayer Breakfast he used his bully pulpit to excoriate Christians for getting on 'our high horse' about the persecution of Christians."
According to The Washington Post, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast in February:
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. 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.
While President Obama was historically correct, the ACLJ has launched a petition calling to "Stop President Obama’s Insults to Christianity."
According to Mediaite.com, Fox News host Megyn Kelly tried to link President Obama's Easter remarks to Christians who are being "targeted by terrorists worldwide."
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, a Christian organization, told Kelly that President Obama's policies are in part "responsible" for the persecution of Christians worldwide.
"The growing hostility towards Christianity here at home is fostering an environment where tyrants and terrorists feel free to kill people, to kill Christians because of their faith," Perkins stated.
Kelly questioned Perkins' claim, which he didn't back up with any evidence, and mentioned that President Obama went into Iraq when ISIS was attacking the Yazidis and Christians.
Reuters noted that President Obama ordered airstrikes in 2014 against ISIS to stop the genocide of Christians and other religious minorities.
According to a White House transcript, President Obama also made these remarks during the Easter Prayer Breakfast:
For me, the celebration of Easter puts our earthly concerns into perspective. With humility and with awe, we give thanks to the extraordinary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Savior. We reflect on the brutal pain that He suffered, the scorn that He absorbed, the sins that He bore, this extraordinary gift of salvation that He gave to us. And we try, as best we can, to comprehend the darkness that He endured so that we might receive God’s light.
And yet, even as we grapple with the sheer enormity of Jesus’s sacrifice, on Easter we can't lose sight of the fact that the story didn’t end on Friday. The story keeps on going. On Sunday comes the glorious Resurrection of our Savior.