The nation’s annual Prayer Breakfast hosted by members of the United States Congress since its inception in 1953 and has been attended by every president since that time beginning with Dwight Eisenhower.

Speakers have included British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Dr. Ben Carson in 1997 and 2013, Bono, and perhaps most notably, Mother Teresa in 1994 at the event that is intended to be “a time where people want to acknowledge the importance of prayer and faith,” according to Rev. Jim Wallis, the founder of the Sojourners social change group and frequent attendee at the breakfast.

This year, when President Barack Obama, Congressmen and faith leaders gathered for the prayer breakfast, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) quoted from the Bible, “Let us not grow weary of doing good for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 and Speaker of the House Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) spoke of Jesus walking “among the poor and the lowly in this world so that he could raise us up to new heights in the next.”

The tone, however, took a political turn when House Minority Leader Democrat Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) chose to make a statement about what she sees as the similarity between Islam, Judaism and Christianity before invoking “the prophet Muhammad.”

Pelosi said, “In the Gospel of John we see the golden rule that stands at the heart of the gospel, and as we hear these words from John 13, 15, and 17, we know that this message, this command of love is not confined to the New Testament. The same message stands at the center of the Torah and the teachings of the prophet Muhammad too.”

The California Democrat who has represented most of the sanctuary city of San Francisco since 1987 cited a brief quote from the Torah, the holy book of the Jewish faith that comprises the first five books of the Old Testament of the Christian bible, reading, “Love your neighbor as yourself” before attributing a similar statement to Muhammad, the founder of the Islamic faith. “None of you has faith until he loves for his neighbor or brother what he loves for himself.”

Pelosi, however, did not provide a citation to the Quran, in her eagerness to claim parallels between the three faiths, and is apparently unaware of over one hundred statements in the Quran calling for war with “unbelievers” and “infidels,” i.e. non-Muslims, “casting terror into their hearts,” advocating the dismemberment and crucifixion of them, and proscribing execution for Muslims who leave the faith or fail to adhere to its teachings.

Pelosi evidently fails to see that while Jesus, the messiah of the Christian faith, asked his followers to love their enemies and turn the other cheek, Muhammad lays out the explicit punishment for “…those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides.”

President Obama also made remarks at the Prayer Breakfast, echoing his calls for religious tolerance made the day before at the Baltimore Islamic Center, a mosque with ties to radical extremists.


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