Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer was “stunned” when President Barack Obama said we should get off our “high horse,” noting atrocities committed by Christians during the Crusades and the Inquisition at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday.
“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” Obama said. “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. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
“I was stunned that the president could say something so at once banal and offensive,” he told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
It was especially shocking that the president made his remarks two days s after Islamic State terrorists released footage of them executing a Jordanian pilot by dousing him with gasoline and setting him afire, yet the president’s message was that “we should remember thew Crusades and the Inquisition.”
Krauthammer reminded viewers that the Crusades ended centuries ago. “This is adolescent stuff,” he said about Obama’s references.
“The story of today — of our generation — is the fact that the overwhelming volume of the violence and the barbarism we are seeing in the world … is coming from one source,” he said. “It is coming from inside Islam.”
He called the president’s remarks “ridiculous.”
Hannity added that they’re also “dangerous.”
The “American Sniper” movie and the Brian Williams tall tale that has the Internet buzzing came up for discussion as well.
“If you’re gonna make up a story, you do it when there aren’t other people around […] you tell a story about wrestling a lion to the ground because, generally speaking, lions don’t have access to the Internet,” Krauthammer said of Williams. “But you don’t do it about an event that everybody saw and that you know in the end you’re gonna be unmasked about.”