‘Chickens come home to roost’ pastor Jeremiah Wright an inspiration for Obama’s Prayer Breakfast speech

President Obama’s comments at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast – where he compared the Islamist terrorism of today with the Christian Crusades of centuries past – could have come right from the pulpit of the racist pastor who mentored Obama for years, a Fox News analyst said Tuesday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. compared the president’s words to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, whose recorded speech blaming the 9/11 attacks on American foreign policy briefly upended Obama’s campaign in 2008.

Wright’s “chickens coming home to roost” line is animating the president’s decisions today, Johnson said.

The president is saying, “Payback is expected … empathy should be extended to the Islamic caliphate, that we are no better than the people who pursued the Crusades, and that the risk of pursuing Islamic extremism in a drastic way is the same risk as the Crusades,” Johnson said.

“The president sees the Crusades as an attack on the Islamic people and that we are centers and that we have an innate depravity, and that if we succumb to that, we will succumb to the same sins as those in the Crusades did.”

But there is a difference, Johnson said. Obama warned Christians and the West not to get on a “high horse” about the horrors being inflicted on the world today by Islamist terrorists. If that means feeling morally or intellectually superior to depravity, Johnson said, a “high horse” is exactly where Christians in the West – and the United States in particular – belong.

“The conduct of the United States is morally superior to the tragic, terrible Islamic terrorism that we’re seeing,” he said.

“The president’s remarks, in my view, are not helpful.”

That depends on who he’s trying to help.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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