During the National Prayer Breakfast President Barack Obama injected the Crusades as an example of Christians not being peaceful towards Jews and Muslims. At the most revered moment regarding Resurrection services being observed by Christians, Obama stated he was troubled by Christians showing lack of love.
In the midst of Christians finding themselves plagued with severe persecution worldwide, Obama’s comments failed to even condemn the actions of Muslim extremism or convey sympathy towards the Christian victims during the pointed moments of the national prayer breakfast or Easter observance.
Now another controversy has been created as Obama has backtracked on a promise to do what Pope Francis earlier called was genocide against the Armenian Christians by the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century. The perpetrators of the genocide were Turkish Muslims.
Obama had promised while running for president in 2008 that he would not shy away from using the word “genocide” and “As president, I will recognize the Armenian genocide”. Obama even criticized President George Bush for failing to use the word “genocide” to describe the Christians that were murdered during the Ottoman Empire.
As with many disappointments to the Christian community, apparently this subject is also evolving to something it is not supposed to be based on Obama’s ever changing beliefs.http://www.christianpost.com/news/obama-breaking-promise-and-refusing-to-describe-massacre-of-1-5-armenian-christians-as-genocide-called-a-national-disgrace-betrayal-by-activists-138061/
According to the Los Angeles Times, White House officials made it absolutely clear that the president will not use the word “genocide” when Obama commemorates the deaths on Friday, April 24th, which is the 100th anniversary of the massacres.
Armenian-American activists labeled Obama’s broken promise as a “national disgrace” and “betrayal” by refusing to acknowledge that 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed by those of the Ottoman Empire beginning in 1915.
Most western historians document the atrocities that were implemented by the policies of the Islamic Turkish government which included ethnic/religious cleansing, mass deportation, starvation, and executions. Besides the 1.5 million Armenian Christians killed, there were nearly a million Assyrian/Turkish Christians killed during the same reign of terror.http://zoomdune.com/article/turkey-denies-the-armenian-genocide-as-history-judges-the-ottomans-guilty
The term “genocide” has become a political football to Obama since in 2009 he signed a declaration acknowledging crimes against Native American tribes in North America which included massacres, stolen land, and forced relocation of the Native American people. Obama’s resolution left out the word “genocide” and provided legal language for protection of liability against the American government in the future.
At the United Nations when the United States signed a UN genocide convention, America protected itself by stipulating American law had jurisdiction over international law.
In spite of what Turkey is attempting to do, the Turkish authorities are doing what any other country does regarding claims of genocide against an indigenous people….they fight it.
What troubles the Armenian-Americans is the reversal of Obama after claiming one thing and doing another, a political habit Obama has been doing when faced with controversy. Additionally, many Christian observers are miffed at how Obama disparages Christian heritage on an ongoing basis when the opportunity presents itself.
There is much debate concerning whether Obama really is a Christian or not which has gathered legs since his term as president based on so many anti-Christian themed positions Obama has assumed after becoming president.
In an effort to establish clarity to the rumors, one reporter went to Obama’s pastor of over 20-years, Rev. Jeremiah White to ask his opinion on President Obama. When asked about Obama’s Christianity, the colorful and controversial Rev. White responded,
“That is difficult to say”.