6 Things Obama Said Today That Make It Clear He Believes We're A Nation Of Fear
Obama's National Prayer Breakfast this morning sounded like "part 2" to his speech yesterday to the Islamic Society of Baltimore (see 5 VERY CONCERNING Things Obama Said In His Speech To Muslims Today) as he blatantly rebuked conservatives and Christians for what he sees as an unfounded concern they have for Syrian refugees and Muslims in America. Yesterday he sought to distance terrorism from Islam, and today told stories of brave Muslims publicly practicing their religion in the U.S. despite fear emanating from people around them. In fact, the word "fear" dominated the half-hour prayer.
These six statements by Obama make it clear that he believes we're a nation of fear and that he sees Christians and Muslims as worshiping the same God:
1. "...lately I've been thinking, and praying on a verse from II Timothy. For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (Editor's note: This verse was recited four times throughout the speech)
2. "Fear can lead us to lash out against those who are different, or lead us to try to get some sinister 'other' under control."
3. "It is a primal emotion, fear, one that we all experience. And it can be contagious, spreading through societies and through nations. And if we let it consume us, the consequences of that fear can be worse than any outward threat."
4. "I pray that by [God's] grace we all find the courage to set such examples in our own lives. ...in those smaller moments when it’s difficult, when we are challenged, when we are angry, when we are confronted with someone who doesn’t agree with us."
5. "I pray...that our differences ultimately are bridged, that the God that is in each of us comes together. And we don't divide."
6. "When Syrian refugees seek the sanctuary of our shores, it’s the faithful from synagogues, mosques, temples, and churches who welcome them.... And then there’s the...more quiet efforts of congregations all across this country just helping people. Seeing God in others."
Watch the full prayer below: