As you most likely know by now, President Obama offered something of a dismissal of today’s Islamic Jihadists by comparing their actions to the Crusades and Inquisition. Here’s what he 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.”
Obama pulled the tu quoque (pronounced too-kwo-kwee) fallacy, or the appeal to hypocrisy. Its less technical name is the “you too” argument. “Yes, some people who claim to be Islamic have done some evil things, but Christians have done evil things too.”
The former Soviet Union used the “you too” argument against the United States when human rights violations were brought up: “And you are lynching Negroes.” The use of the phrase was a way “to deflect criticism, e.g. by referencing racial discrimination and lynching in the United States.”
Obama used an old Soviet tactic. Bill Clinton also pulled the “you too” argument in a speech after the events of 9-11.
Committing an act in the name of Christ is not the same thing as finding in the Bible a command to perform that act. The Bible prohibits man stealing (slavery) and requires the death penalty for those who are engaged in the act of man-stealing. There is nothing in the Bible that can be used to support Jim Crow laws or lynching, which is murder.
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