The famed neurosurgeon and potential presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked about comments that President Obama made at a prayer breakfast recently, in which the President compared medieval Christianity to radical Islam. For those who haven’t followed this, or would like to see the President’s comments in context, here they are:

“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.”

Dr. Carson was asked by Tucker Carlson if the President was saying that Christians had no right to judge ISIS, because they too had blood on their hands. The good doctor offered a remedial prescription, responding that “Certainly his words give us some insight into his thinking…and there have been atrocities committed throughout human history in the name of religion, and they’re all horrible. To sit down, to try to decide which on is worse than the other doesn’t make any sense. We should condemn them all; give no quarter to anyone who is involved in such activities.”

Dr. Carson declined the serpent-like invitation to defend acts or barbarity committed under the flag of one religion while condemning those committed under the flag of another.

Carson went on, saying that, “To try to divert the attention away from the outrage that has been focused on the Radical Islamic terrorists in this manner is rather disingenuous.”

This answer was just what the doctor ordered. Dr. Carson focused not on the Crusades, but on the question of why President Obama chose to bring up the Crusades.

We all went to high school. Even those of us who (correctly) argue that the Crusades were initiated to protect Christians in Jerusalem who were being oppressed by Muslim overlords recognize that the crusaders lost discipline during their treks, once they were released from the cultural constraints of their accustomed medieval village life, and committed atrocities.

Dr. Carson pointed to the President’s motivation, which he asserted was to divert attention away from the unspeakable barbarities that ISIS has been committing in this millennium.

It’s hard to disagree. We have spent, thanks to the President, the last few weeks re-litigating the Crusades. Meanwhile, ISIS has been conducting public, videotaped, mass murders of Iraqi and Syrian Christians, through mass beheadings and by burning them alive. President Obama invites us not to look at what is right in front of us. That is leadership from behind, indeed, and Dr. Carson has properly called him out on it.


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