Obama Praises God, Religious Freedom At National Prayer Breakfast 2015 – Full Speech


Thank you. Well, good morning. Giving all
praise and honor to God. It is wonderful to be back with you here. I want to thank our
co-chairs, Bob and Roger. These two don’t always agree in the Senate, but in coming
together and uniting us all in prayer, they embody the spirit of our gathering today. I also want to thank everybody who helped
organize this breakfast. It’s wonderful to see so many friends and faith leaders and
dignitaries. And Michelle and I are truly honored to be joining you here today. I want to offer a special welcome to a good
friend, His Holiness the Dalai Lama — who is a powerful example of what it means to
practice compassion, who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human
beings. (Applause.) I’ve been pleased to welcome him to the White House on many occasions,
and we’re grateful that he’s able to join us here today. (Applause.) There aren’t that many occasions that bring
His Holiness under the same roof as NASCAR. (Laughter.) This may be the first. (Laughter.)
But God works in mysterious ways. (Laughter.) And so I want to thank Darrell for that wonderful
presentation. Darrell knows that when you’re going 200 miles an hour, a little prayer cannot
hurt. (Laughter.) I suspect that more than once, Darrell has had the same thought as
many of us have in our own lives — Jesus, take the wheel. (Laughter.) Although I hope
that you kept your hands on the wheel when you were thinking that. (Laughter.) He and I obviously share something in having
married up. And we are so grateful to Stevie for the incredible work that they’ve done
together to build a ministry where the fastest drivers can slow down a little bit, and spend
some time in prayer and reflection and thanks. And we certainly want to wish Darrell a happy
birthday. (Applause.) Happy birthday. I will note, though, Darrell, when you were
reading that list of things folks were saying about you, I was thinking, well, you’re a
piker. I mean, that — (laughter.) I mean, if you really want a list, come talk to me.
(Laughter.) Because that ain’t nothing. (Laughter.) That’s the best they can do in
NASCAR? (Laughter.) Slowing down and pausing for fellowship and
prayer — that’s what this breakfast is about. I think it’s fair to say Washington moves
a lot slower than NASCAR. Certainly my agenda does sometimes. (Laughter.) But still, it’s
easier to get caught up in the rush of our lives, and in the political back-and-forth
that can take over this city. We get sidetracked with distractions, large and small. We can’t
go 10 minutes without checking our smartphones — and for my staff, that’s every 10 seconds.
And so for 63 years, this prayer tradition has brought us together, giving us the opportunity
to come together in humility before the Almighty and to be reminded of what it is that we share
as children of God. And certainly for me, this is always a chance
to reflect on my own faith journey. Many times as President, I’ve been reminded of a line
of prayer that Eleanor Roosevelt was fond of. She said, “Keep us at tasks too hard
for us that we may be driven to Thee for strength.” Keep us at tasks too hard for us that we may
be driven to Thee for strength. I’ve wondered at times if maybe God was answering that prayer
a little too literally. But no matter the challenge, He has been there for all of us.
He’s certainly strengthened me “with the power through his Spirit,” as I’ve sought
His guidance not just in my own life but in the life of our nation. Now, over the last few months, we’ve seen
a number of challenges — certainly over the last six years. But part of what I want to
touch on today is the degree to which we’ve seen professions of faith used both as an
instrument of great good, but also twisted and misused in the name of evil. As we speak, around the world, we see faith
inspiring people to lift up one another — to feed the hungry and care for the poor, and
comfort the afflicted and make peace where there is strife. We heard the good work that
Sister has done in Philadelphia, and the incredible work that Dr. Brantly and his colleagues have
done. We see faith driving us to do right. But we also see faith being twisted and distorted,
used as a wedge — or, worse, sometimes used as a weapon. From a school in Pakistan to
the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess
to stand up for faith, their faith, professed to stand up for Islam, but, in fact, are betraying
it. We see ISIL, a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out
unspeakable acts of barbarism — terrorizing religious minorities like the Yezidis, subjecting
women to rape as a weapon of war, and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such
actions. We see sectarian war in Syria, the murder
of Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, religious war in the Central African Republic, a rising
tide of anti-Semitism and hate crimes in Europe, so often perpetrated in the name of religion. So how do we, as people of faith, reconcile
these realities — the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and
love that can flow from all of our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack
religious for their own murderous ends? Humanity has been grappling with these questions
throughout human history. And 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. Michelle and I returned from India — an incredible,
beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity — but a place where, in past years, religious
faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply
due to their heritage and their beliefs — acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji,
the person who helped to liberate that nation. So this is not unique to one group or one
religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our
faith. In today’s world, when hate groups have their own Twitter accounts and bigotry
can fester in hidden places in cyberspace, it can be even harder to counteract such intolerance.
But God compels us to try. And in this mission, I believe there are a few principles that
can guide us, particularly those of us who profess to believe. And, first, we should start with some basic
humility. I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt — not being so full
of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and
doesn’t speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn’t care about others,
that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth. Our job is not to ask that God respond to
our notion of truth — our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments. And
we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing
and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process.
And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify
oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty. No God condones terror.
No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are
weaker or fewer in number. And so, as people of faith, we are summoned
to push back against those who try to distort our religion — any religion — for their
own nihilistic ends. And here at home and around the world, we will constantly reaffirm
that fundamental freedom — freedom of religion — the right to practice our faith how we
choose, to change our faith if we choose, to practice no faith at all if we choose,
and to do so free of persecution and fear and discrimination. There’s wisdom in our founders writing in
those documents that help found this nation the notion of freedom of religion, because
they understood the need for humility. They also understood the need to uphold freedom
of speech, that there was a connection between freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
For to infringe on one right under the pretext of protecting another is a betrayal of both. But part of humility is also recognizing in
modern, complicated, diverse societies, the functioning of these rights, the concern for
the protection of these rights calls for each of us to exercise civility and restraint and
judgment. And if, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion,
we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults — (applause)
— and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities
who are the targets of such attacks. Just because you have the right to say something
doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t question those who would insult others in
the name of free speech. Because we know that our nations are stronger when people of all
faiths feel that they are welcome, that they, too, are full and equal members of our countries. So humility I think is needed. And the second
thing we need is to uphold the distinction between our faith and our governments. Between
church and between state. The United States is one of the most religious countries in
the world — far more religious than most Western developed countries. And one of the
reasons is that our founders wisely embraced the separation of church and state. Our government
does not sponsor a religion, nor does it pressure anyone to practice a particular faith, or
any faith at all. And the result is a culture where people of all backgrounds and beliefs
can freely and proudly worship, without fear, or coercion — so that when you listen to
Darrell talk about his faith journey you know it’s real. You know he’s not saying it because
it helps him advance, or because somebody told him to. It’s from the heart. That’s not the case in theocracies that
restrict people’s choice of faith. It’s not the case in authoritarian governments
that elevate an individual leader or a political party above the people, or in some cases,
above the concept of God Himself. So the freedom of religion is a value we will continue to
protect here at home and stand up for around the world, and is one that we guard vigilantly
here in the United States. Last year, we joined together to pray for
the release of Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, held in North Korea for two years. And
today, we give thanks that Kenneth is finally back where he belongs — home, with his family.
(Applause.) Last year, we prayed together for Pastor Saeed
Abedini, detained in Iran since 2012. And I was recently in Boise, Idaho, and had the
opportunity to meet with Pastor Abedini’s beautiful wife and wonderful children and
to convey to them that our country has not forgotten brother Saeed and that we’re doing
everything we can to bring him home. (Applause.) And then, I received an extraordinary letter
from Pastor Abedini. And in it, he describes his captivity, and expressed his gratitude
for my visit with his family, and thanked us all for standing in solidarity with him
during his captivity. And Pastor Abedini wrote, “Nothing is more
valuable to the Body of Christ than to see how the Lord is in control, and moves ahead
of countries and leadership through united prayer.” And he closed his letter by describing
himself as “prisoner for Christ, who is proud to be part of this great nation of the
United States of America that cares for religious freedom around the world.” (Applause.) We’re going to keep up this work — for
Pastor Abedini and all those around the world who are unjustly held or persecuted because
of their faith. And we’re grateful to our new Ambassador-at-Large for International
Religious Freedom, Rabbi David Saperstein — who has hit the ground running, and is
heading to Iraq in a few days to help religious communities there address some of those challenges.
Where’s David? I know he’s here somewhere. Thank you, David, for the great work you’re
doing. (Applause.) Humility; a suspicion of government getting
between us and our faiths, or trying to dictate our faiths, or elevate one faith over another.
And, finally, let’s remember that if there is one law that we can all be most certain
of that seems to bind people of all faiths, and people who are still finding their way
towards faith but have a sense of ethics and morality in them — that one law, that Golden
Rule that we should treat one another as we wish to be treated. The Torah says “Love
thy neighbor as yourself.” In Islam, there is a Hadith that states: “None of you truly
believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” The Holy Bible tells
us to “put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Put on love. Whatever our beliefs, whatever our traditions,
we must seek to be instruments of peace, and bringing light where there is darkness, and
sowing love where there is hatred. And this is the loving message of His Holiness, Pope
Francis. And like so many people around the world, I’ve been touched by his call to
relieve suffering, and to show justice and mercy and compassion to the most vulnerable;
to walk with The Lord and ask “Who am I to judge?” He challenges us to press on
in what he calls our “march of living hope.” And like millions of Americans, I am very
much looking forward to welcoming Pope Francis to the United States later this year. (Applause.) His Holiness expresses that basic law: Treat
thy neighbor as yourself. The Dalai Lama — anybody who’s had an opportunity to be with him
senses that same spirit. Kent Brantly expresses that same spirit. Kent was with Samaritan’s
Purse, treating Ebola patients in Liberia, when he contracted the virus himself. And
with world-class medical care and a deep reliance on faith — with God’s help, Kent survived.
(Applause.) And then by donating his plasma, he helped
others survive as well. And he continues to advocate for a global response in West Africa,
reminding us that “our efforts needs to be on loving the people there.” And I could
not have been prouder to welcome Kent and his wonderful wife Amber to the Oval Office.
We are blessed to have him here today — because he reminds us of what it means to really “love
thy neighbor as thyself.” Not just words, but deeds. Each of us has a role in fulfilling our common,
greater purpose — not merely to seek high position, but to plumb greater depths so that
we may find the strength to love more fully. And this is perhaps our greatest challenge
— to see our own reflection in each other; to be our brother’s keepers and sister’s
keepers, and to keep faith with one another. As children of God, let’s make that our
work, together. As children of God, let’s work to end injustice
— injustice of poverty and hunger. No one should ever suffer from such want amidst such
plenty. As children of God, let’s work to eliminate the scourge of homelessness, because,
as Sister Mary says, “None of us are home until all of us are home.” None of us are
home until all of us are home. As children of God, let’s stand up for the
dignity and value of every woman, and man, and child, because we are all equal in His
eyes, and work to send the scourge and the sin of modern-day slavery and human trafficking,
and “set the oppressed free.” (Applause.) If we are properly humble, if we drop to our
knees on occasion, we will acknowledge that we never fully know God’s purpose. We can
never fully fathom His amazing grace. “We see through a glass, darkly” — grappling
with the expanse of His awesome love. But even with our limits, we can heed that which
is required: To do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. I pray that we will. And as we journey together
on this “march of living hope,” I pray that, in His name, we will run and not be
weary, and walk and not be faint, and we’ll heed those words and “put on love.” May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may
He bless this precious country that we love. Thank you all very much. (Applause.)




Comments
  1. "Set the oppressed free." – President Obama. I have a question Mr. President, does that include unborn babies? Are you willing to treat every human the way you want to be treated? Make it illegal to murder babies and give the babies a chance at life. You can do it Mr. President. I will be praying for you.

  2. Slavery of Africans and the genocide of almost the entire native Americans, all in the name of Christianity..The papal bull(letter): DUM DIVERSAS

    Pope Nicholas V issued the papal bull Dum Diversas on 18 June, 1452. It authorised Alfonso V of Portugal to reduce any “Saracens (Muslims) and pagans and any other unbelievers” to perpetual slavery. This facilitated the Portuguese slave trade from West Africa.

    The same pope wrote the bull Romanus Pontifex on January 5, 1455 to the same Alfonso. As a follow-up to the Dum diversas, it extended to the Catholic nations of Europe dominion over discovered lands during the "Age of Discovery." Along with sanctifying the seizure of non-Christian lands, it encouraged the enslavement of native, non-Christian peoples in Africa and the New World.

    "The Age of Discovery" is a historical period of European global exploration that started in the early 15th century with the first Portuguese discoveries in the Atlantic archipelagos and Africa, as well as the discovery of America by Spain in 1492, and the discovery of the ocean route to the East in 1498, and by a series of European naval expeditions across the Atlantic and later the Pacific, which continued until the 18th century. It is sometimes regarded as a bridge between the Middle Ages and the Modern era, along with its contemporary Renaissance movement. European overseas expansion led to the rise of colonial empires, with the contact between the Old and New Worlds producing the Columbian Exchange: a wide transfer of plants, animals, foods, human populations (including slaves), communicable diseases and culture between the Eastern and Western hemispheres.

    Throughout the globe Europeans used the "Dum Diversas" to justified the genocide of indigenous people and their land by calling them non Christians and uncivilized salvages starting with North America and the native Indians

    1452
    This policy was extended in 1452 when Pope Nicholas V issued the bull Romanus Pontifex, declaring war against all non-Christians throughout the world and authorizing the conquest of their nations and territories.

    These edicts treated non-Christians as uncivilized and subhuman, and therefore without rights to any land or nation. Christian leaders claimed a God-given right to take control of all lands and used this idea to justify war, colonization, and even slavery.

    1492
    By the time Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492, this Doctrine of Discovery was a well-established idea in the Christian world. When he reached the Americas, Columbus performed a ceremony to "take possession" of all lands "discovered," meaning all territory not occupied by Christians.

    1493
    Upon his return to Europe in 1493, Pope Alexander VI issued the bull Inter Cetera, granting Spain the right to conquer the lands that Columbus had already "discovered" and all lands that it might come upon in the future.

    ** This decree also expressed the Pope's wish to convert the natives of these lands to Catholicism in order to strengthen the "Christian Empire."

    Europeans used the Dum Diversas to justify capturing, enslaving West Africans and to colonize Africa from Sierra Leon to South Africa. Europeans explored The Americas, the Caribbeans and Hawaii…The entire western hemisphere was conquered and justify under the Roman Catholic's Papal Bull(letter)…The Dum Diversas

    When the Europeans successfully colonized Africa and other continents they converted Africans and others to Christianity. To keep Africans under servitude, Europeans used bible verses of Apostle Paul's writings.

    { Titus 2:9-10 : } "Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to talk back, not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior."
    { Ephesians 6: 5-8 : } "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free."
    { 1 Cor. 7: 21–24 : } "Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters. In whatever condition you were called, brothers and sisters, there remain with God."
    { 1 Tim. 6:1-5 : } "Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be blasphemed. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful to them on the ground that they are members of the church; rather they must serve them all the more, since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these duties.
    Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness, is conceited.

  3. As much as I agree with Obama that Christian crusaders and believers of other faiths have also committed crimes not necessarily reflecting the core tenets of their faith, he needn't look that far back into history. And nor is it a problem of religion, but entirely a political problem driven by greed and lust for power.

    Only a decade ago, the West (comprising largely of Christians and Atheists) launched an illegal war on a country that had never attacked the West and on the basis of absolute lies, the US coalition destroyed an entire country, leading to a civil war and power vacuum that allowed groups like ISIS to form in the first place.

    Before the invasion, Iraq's oil industry was fully nationalized and closed to Western oil companies. After the war, it is largely privatized and now controlled by foreign companies.

    The well documented and tainted recent history of Western-led invasions and proxy wars, the use of napalm and phosphorus to burn people alive and the support of dictators have destroyed whatever credibility the West can claim in their fight against "terrorism".

    The solution to the problem is not Western intervention or control. The solution is for countries to deal with their own problems without any interference from outside.

    Peace to all.

  4. White Christians were the first people to see anything wrong with slavery. Blacks still practice slavery in Africa. Obama is a total fraud.

  5. jim crow goes back less than 100 years ago…lol….some people who experienced that are still alive. and if your going to blame terrorism on islam then you have to blame christianity for the kkk who are still around and the westboro Baptist church.

  6. "I am your Jesus, born Incarnate."
    "Where is the outcry of good Christians against your president's defilement of the national prayer breakfast, which he used as a format to take Christians to task? Where is the outrage at this same president's inability to define radical Islam as evil and a threat to world peace? What enemy is your president combating? Is it lack of popularity? If it is, he should have long ago succumbed in this battle."
    "I submit to the conscience of this once great nation, you must return to godliness before you destroy yourselves. Pay attention to where you are being led. Is it away from the Commandments, or does your leader embrace Holy Love? Your priorities must not be dependency on government assistance but on righteousness, freedom of religion and honesty. You are not being led by grace and prayerful decision, but by arrogance and abuse of power. The principles your nation was founded upon do not support such a leader."
    Read 1 Timothy 4:1-2,7-8 *
    Synopsis: Prophecy and warning not to turn away from the faith and heed deceitful spirits as taught by deceitful men.
    Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared… Have nothing to do with godless and silly myths. Train yourself in godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
    * -Scripture verses asked to be read by Jesus.
    -Scripture taken from the Ignatius Bible.
    -Synopsis of Scripture provided by spiritual advisor.

  7. How sad. This week the Obama regime felt it necessary to inform Americans that they are no better than the absolute worst modern humanity has to offer.

  8. So many of the comments are so filled with hate it is almost unbelievable.  I am ashamed for you, who apparently feel it necessary to spew hatred…toward what end?  Is this what Christ would ask you to do?  I think not.  It is not our President spewing wrong…it is us.  It saddens me, and it should you as well.  Try on some prayer and humility (as our President suggests)…it may do you some good.

  9. If by 1000 years, you mean still happening on a regular basis, read this wackos. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/think-islamists-are-the-only-religious-terrorists-meet-some-famous-killers-for-christ/

  10. 3434arc1 honest info. And fact from what I understand. Sounds like he doesn't have a problem with the murdering garbage heathens running amuck. But to equate them with the Christians way back is reaching.

  11. Obama deems Islam benign and favors condemning anyone that is critical of Islam.  
     Never mind the content of the Koran and lifestyle of the Islamic "perfect man." 

  12. He is not a Christian. When it comes to barack obama he's a hypocrite. The saying action speaks louder than words rings true with him. He says one thing but does the total opposite. He claims to be a Christian one day then claims to be a muslim another. He talks about his " muslim faith " in his book. 

  13. do you think any religion would support killing its own people? its ridiculous how people think isis is islam when 99% of their kills are muslims, the only people that support isis are members of isis ever muslim country condemns this terriorst group. fuck isis…. spread love

  14. While the comparison of Christians to ISIS is inflammatory at least, I do hear the general call. The Christian population of this country needs to humble itself before God and repent for our sins as His people. We need to return to the works that we used to do as Christian people before all this mega church nonsense took America hostage. Love God and love people.

  15. We need to keep all religions out of the government.
    The commander in chief should do his or her job not based on their personal beliefs.
    I'm not saying Obama is doing that. It's just my opinion how the government should run.
    I don't agree with Obama saying that we can not mock others religions. That is part of freedom of speech.

  16. i can understand though too, that people really do not need religion at all to be on a high horse, that's the human condition of false pride, you might say he is courageous for trying to put one arm around islam and another arm around christianity in the hope for peace,  I think though he should be saying how importantan it is for all americans to stand up for themselves and i really only believe though that islam is exploiting americans freedom of religion when their only true goal is to control and dictate, and turn ten year old girls into walking bombs to try and gain more control,,, his speach to me gets confusing!

  17. I did not vote for this man, nor do I believe his false facade and all his pretty words however, having listened carefully to the context and his phraseology, he was careful to be all inclusive of all religions and he emphasized tolerance and acceptance. Another words, he may be a hypocrite, but he said all the rights things here. In all fairness, the criticism of this speech is unfounded.
         The fact that he pointed out religious persecution and anti-God-like behavior is not offensive. It is historically correct. What we did to black human beings by dragging them away from their homeland, by beating them and degrading them to the point of slavery, where no white man can ever understand what that felt like, this was just as horrible as Isis–and, where the catholic church tortured and killed in the name of God under the Inquisition, is just as horrendous, and this too is historically correct, and just as heinous as Isis.  Do you really think that killing in any form is acceptable?  He was pointing out, quite accurately, that abuse of religion and its murder of innocents, has happened MANY times before in history and in many countries throughout time. Mankind has perverted religion many times over, including in white america.  I see nothing wrong with pointing out this fact, despite my personal dislike for the man.  And he did not attack free speech either. Listen carefully to what he said, instead of so many of you jumping on the public bandwagon.  Please do not act like sheep and follow public commentary, rather, listen and think for yourselves. 

  18. It's true, Christian Democrats did start  Jim Crow laws, the KKK, and the bitter racism of that time. Currently it's Christian Democrats, Republicans and US of American tax payers supplied armament that is killing people in several regions of the world. ISIS is actually killing people with the seized weapons that Christians used to arm Irakis to kill others. Or did those weapons fall from the Muslim heavens?  

  19. Until the day that an atheist actually gets elected president this is the closest I expect to see to a secular prayer breakfast speech. 

    I just wish he addressed more modern christian crimes like protecting child molesters, oppressing homosexuals, attacking life saving science and bombing clinics. 

    It is nice to see that he addressed the fact that Christianity and Islam are related religions and are susceptible to the same problems and same misuses. 

  20. I've never ONCE thought that. In fact I haven't even prayed since September 10, 2001 and probably never will again.
    I don't know about anyone else but to me it just seems silly to pray that He keep everyone in your family safe and then 9 hours later watch while one of them dies in the most violent way I've ever seen. Then not even be allowed to have a single earthly remain and have to bury an empty casket.
    Everyone thinks they know what it feels like but they don't have a damn clue. Other people talk about what they want for their own burial in terms of caskets or memorials or whatnot. I just hope I have a body to put in a coffin or to give to science if I decide to donate it to scientific research.
    You might be able to call death a "part of life," but nobody can call a death without a body an ordinary "part of life."

  21. That's exactly why my daughter's dad (my former husband) is dead. Osama bin Laden said point blank that he's "a deeply religious person" and that it's why he does everything he's ever done.
    That's why I no longer have ANY religion – bc someone in my family was murdered in the name of loving a deity.

  22. I've long suspected Barack Obama of being a retarded fish, but with this speech he pretty much put the helmet on and swam around in a fish bowl going "dur de dur" for 25 minutes. Absolutely priceless, even though we're all paying for it.

  23. Can you really blame him? If you're gonna take shots..you should go after the ones that won't cut off your head for something you SAY……oh, sorry….or burn you alive.

  24. Here's a fact: The Christian Crusades were a response to hundreds of years of Muslim Crusades. This jerk ass of a president can't even get history right. Then he says Christian's are on a "high horse"? I swear the only thing that should have been "high" is Obama, otherwise this bitch deserves hell. What a condescending POS.

  25. Speech is evidence of Barry's appalling lack of knowledge and understanding of scripture, history and founding principles of this nation. The actual speech is very different from the white house transcript. He's so shallow he can't get a grip on his own shallowness, it was clearly painful for him as he struggles through the entire speech, gets only a few pitiful rounds of applause during the entire ordeal. There is no wonder at the vacuous leadership that mark his terms of office; he's completely unaware of the first and most important part of the Golden rule when Jesus answered in Mark 12:29: “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

  26. Guys, some of us have gotten so far off subject, myself included. But the question has arisen as to whether America is a Christian nation?  We went back and forth and here and there, but I was wondering if you guys would allow me to be off point to share with you my take on whether America is a Christian nation.  Thank you for your understanding, you don't have to agree with me, but the history speaks for itself. Thanks

    Well, if we are to define a Christian nation we must first rule out what it is not! Christianity is not a government sponsored religion, even although at the time of our independence from England, 8 out of 13 states actually had specific denominations of Christianity as an established religion, nope that does not make America a Christian nation? Notice also that not every citizen here in America was or is now a Christian, or even where Christians are the majority of a nation (78 percent in todays time) doesn't necessarily determine America a Christian nation? So what does make us a Christian Nation?  Well, let's see . . . let's look back to our founding and what the court said. John Jay, our first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said ". . .it was our duty as well as our privilege to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." Chief Justice of the same court, John Marshall said "I would be strange, indeed, if with such a people, our institutions did not presuppose Christianity." And what about the New York State Legislature in 1838: "This is a Christian nation Ninety-nine hundredths, if not a larger proportion, of our whole population believe in the general doctrines of the Christian religion" And as we discussed here, the Holy Trinity v. U.S. (1892) "This is a Christian Nation."  Check out the Federalist papers wherein our founding fathers proclaimed Christianity as an integral part of a Christian nation. But that goes to intent, all of this doesn't make us a Christian nation. What makes us a Christian nation is what they created and left us in a written Declaration of Independence" and an "American Constitution" both predicated upon their intent and founded upon Biblical principles, where biblical truth and law were then and are now the standards for public life, law, and societal institutions here, that is what makes America a Christian nation. Thus, America is a Christian Nation. A good reference on the subject would be: "America a Christian Nation" by Stephen McDowell (2004).  

  27. Do these people even TAKE American History? Or do they just find it HIGHLY convenient to forget all about how no more than a few hundred years ago, they called every Native American a savage, converted them and then murdered them?
    Or is it just bc they took history in the northern part of the country and didn't have to study the history of the Southwest like I did? Or that they just don't give a badoongie. People who relocate to the Southwest can't even figure out that places like California were part of Mexico before we took that by force too. Why do you think it's called New Mexico? Or that Texas used to be called Tejas?
    California became part of the union in 1848 or shortly thereafter. So you don't even have to go back TWO hundred years to know it – if you WANT to know it that is.
    And we won't even discuss how Pat Robertson advocated for the murder of one of the Chavezes. Either Hugo or Cesar. In the 1980's.

  28. Religious Freedom is the number one contributing factor to the development of good moral character in our nation, which influences our economy, our culture, and our government, and is a great benefit to religious and non religious people. The erosion of these freedoms would be chaos for all. Instead of dividing the nation lets find a middle ground that's fair for all.

  29. What is it that people find so offensive about this speech?

    Obama’s comments on religion begin by offering examples where religion has been compassionate and others where it has been savage. He reminds us that all religions can be both benign and cruel.

    The Crusades, slavery, and Jim Crow laws, are a quantum of the examples Obama could have referenced to compare the horrors Christianity with the horrors of other religions. What about the persecution of scientists who discover truths about the universe contrary to the Biblical dogma? What about the hundreds of adults who are now sharing their stories of being sexually abused by priests? What about the discrimination of all non-hetero relationships? All of these are continuing to this day!

    The reaction this speech has had among conservatives only invigorates the notion that US conservatives and evangelicals are largely composed of willfully ignorant people with no regard for truth.

  30. "Modern Christians never commit terrorism. Islam is terrorism." 
    Explain the muslim murders in the name of Christ, explain the suicide of homosexuals, explain the KKK (still a modern, violent hate group) and the LRA, explain the bombing of abortion clinics, Virginia tech, the people who die of blood loss because gay men can't donate blood even though "the need is constant." The list goes on. Obama is explaining this to you, but you ignore what he says since "OMFG my religions is butthurt." He's even supporting religion, but you have to bitch because he's explaining people do bad things no matter what religion they have. If ISIS just stopped and said, "Well we killed people, but that was in the past." then you'd still be butthurt and want justice, not on ISIS, but on muslims as a whole. This is bigotry. It's as if I said all Christians should be killed because of Hitler. So I can conclude saying you're either stupid or a bigot.

  31. This is one very good example of why there needs to be a pre-requisite for being president that you are not religious.
    Religon inspires in good people the belief that reality is not true. This is exactly what you do not want in a leader.

  32. 1 Law We Can All Be Certain Of: love the people you're lucky enough to love, make sure you've got your brother's back, and more important than anything else…don't be a jerkface, be nice 🙂

    Thanks for your thoughtful, doubtful, beautiful prayer, Mister President. May the Lord bless you & keep you. And may She bless this precious comments section which we love.

  33. Compare the assault of Islam to the assault of the Crusades!  It is laughable when Muslims and uneducated try to come up with this very ignorant argument.  Yes, atrocities are committed in every war, but none on the scale of the atrocities and perverseness of Islam!  Not even close!  Obama is a Muslim and as all Muslims are ordered to use Taqiyya with Infidels, which is flat out Lying to the face of others to advance the Syphilis called Islam!  Islam is the Syphilis of the Soul and the Super Highway straight to the bowels of Hell, where Satan/Allah reside.  Obama said himself that he will stand with Islam and he supports these filthy Pigs of Satan!  Obama is a proven Liar about everything.  The most untrustworthy, unqualified, illegal SOB to ever con his way into a position of power!  He needs to be the 1st Islamic Pig sent to Gitmo since Bush was President!  I will happily volunteer my services to waterboard the cockroach, if asked!

  34. "Unclench your fist" is what we americans can do if we only listen . Obama knows both sides of the races. It takes people to open their minds and back our president in rebuilding this country which will spread throughout the world. All he said from the beginning, I notice that he still says the same. Truth hurts.

  35. Many of you on here have stated the President bashed Christianity and defend Islam.  I did not get that, what I heard and understood that many people, though religious they may be or claim to be, uses religion as a way to justify unholy acts on others (i.e Isis, Crusaders, Klu Klux Klan members, Muslim and Jewish zealots, slave masters, polygamist, and sexist) and say God told me to do this.  I think if we can all take a step back and look at what the president is saying we can learn that religion is a good thing, but when use to promotes sinful acts it is bad and we who call ourselves religion should not stand by and let this go on.  I think St.Thomas Aquinas (think he stated this)  was right when he stated "Nothing is intrinsically good or evil, but it is how a thing is used"!  Some might disagree and that is good because now we can create an open discussion about religion and what we think and compare it to what it is. Thank You.

  36. obomba is nothing diffrent then his former friend bushes he s just a puppet that is being
    pulled his strings to the left and the right from up and down man just look how this dude is speaking make me feel bad .
    the biggest demoncratic system loves killing his people and not the mention deathrow
    and then commenting on people killing people for crimes they did like iran Indonesia or china they bring there UN BULLSHIT AND THERE HUMAN RIGHTS BULLSHIT.
    YOU YANKEES ARE SO DUMB 2 KEEP ON DOING WHAT YOU DOING .
    there is a saying never fight outside the box if you have problems in your own box.
    solve your own problems and then comeback on raiding and hit and run tactics around the world .
    just 2 wanna show the russians the yanks stil operate in the world pathetic.
    USELESS SATAN ARMY. 

  37. USA SPEAKS OVER CHRIST AND CRUSADES DAMN YOU ARE ANTI CHRIST ITS SAYS ON YOUR FOREHEAD I AM ANTI CHRIST DAMN DEMONIZED CALLING THEY HAVE A RELIGION BELIVIENG IN THE DEVIL ITS NO RELIGION .

  38. "The Lord works in mysterious ways."
    This particular phrase is not found anywhere in the Bible, although it is often misquoted as being a Bible verse. There are several ideas about where this saying grew from, one being a hymn written by William Cowper in the 19th century that says, "God moves in a mysterious ways; His wonders to perform; He plans His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm." There are several verses that may seem to allude to this idea as well, including Romans 11:33: "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (KJV)  The following IS from the bible :  Galatians 6:7-8 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.   (Read More…)
    Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.
    Proverbs 10:9 – He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
    Psalms 52:2 – Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. 
    Finally the words from the Truth, The Life and the WAY, Jesus said ''John 8:44King James Version (KJV)
    44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it'  in John 8:44.  
    and a bit of prophecy Revelation chapter 12  verses …8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night

  39. Why the hell is he dragging India into this?? India is the epitome of religious tolerance. It not only tolerates other religions but also accepts all religions to be true. Obama very graciously talks about Dalai Lama but conveniently forgets that India is the country where Dalai Lama has found refuge after being driven out by Chinese. Similarly, when Jews were facing anti-Semitism across the world, it was India that embraced them with dignity and let them flourish. Iran which once was a Zoroastrian nation and later got converted to Islam by invaders, the Zoroastrians that were driven out found refuge in India. Nowhere in the would you find substantial population of Zoroastrians than in India today. Even Assyrian Christians were welcomed in India when they faced persecution by Islamic regime. If all sects of Islam that co-exists today at a place, then that is India. India was exemplifying this idea of religious tolerance ever since Europeans and Americans lived on trees!!!

  40. The President says all faiths have a right to exist in this country. Then why does the IRS target Christian Churches only some have been audited 10 years in a row even having the IRS invade their Churches for years and has even shut down some and a ton of daycares with Obamacare? And why has the President KILLED Christians for speaking out against him that's right he has had some Christian newscasters Killed for speaking against him!

  41. ahahaha U RETARDS WHO VOTED FOR HIM………….ur sleeping in the bed u made!!!  we told u omfg we told u…….AHAHAHA

  42. Why is it so hard for him to use the words "Islam" and "Terrorist" in the same sentence?

    Oh yes, his father was a Sunni Muslim, and a communist who Obama took great influence from and wrote a whole book about. His mother was also a communist.

    Guilliani was right. This president is the first Anti-American president ever.

  43. What he actually said was that "during the crusades and the inquisition, PEOPLE committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ." He goes on to say "In our own country, slavery and jim crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ".  What Obama is saying is that our Christian faith, on which the U.S. was founded, teaches us to practice humility before we condemn any religion or people. We must know our history so that we can better understand the present. This is not to justify what ISIS is doing or what other radicals are doing. This is to realize that what ISIS is doing is not new to human civilization and Obama is showing how what is going on today is a part of the bigger picture of human history.  When speaking about religious faiths being targeted by other peoples of faith, he says that "it is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us. A sinful tendency that can pervert or distort our faith." This perspective helps us to first be critical of ourselves before we be critical of others. When we have this perspective it helps us to tread wisely as we develop a strategy to counteract radicals like ISIS and others instead of sitting on our high horse and making costly mistakes in other countries as we have done in the past.

  44. 270 million dead from Muslims in the name of allah since the religion's inception.That is a fact Mr.president from a Muslim historical societies own count.The Quran is riddled with commands of violence,not one command for violence in the new testament.Mohammed himself owned slaves which is historical fact.There is something seriously evil about this man and something very wrong going on in this country.You can't re write history Mr. President.The crusades were a military response to Muslims invading Europe and taking land.Killing children and selling women into sex slavery which still goes on to this day.It wasn't a "let's go kill Muslims because they believe in a different God" campaign.The main difference between the two faiths Mr.president is the Christians who did commit evil acts went against the teachings of Christ and were not Christians.They were people who claimed Christ for their own gain kind of like you do.That's why our Lord said,"On that day many will come to me saying look at all the things i have done in your name and i will say to them i never knew you".Islam's teachings on the other hand command violence so isis is following the doctrine to a tee.They are not a cult they are following direct orders from the Quran so they are Muslims.History has shown the evil they are doing today is the same as they have done from the start.Funny you quote the Bible when you want to mock it then turn right around in Selma and quote it when you look to give people hope.You know what your doing Mr.president,you have an entire office on religion and know what the Quran commands.You are no different than your father the devil who was a liar and murderer from the beginning an so you to shall perish as shall he.Turn form your evil Mr.president and repent because the Kingdom of God draws near.One Love One King!

  45. What an ultra non-specific PR, BS speech.  I'd like a man who sticks to his convictions rather than appeasing us. 

  46. It's interesting to read these comments. Most don't even duplicate the very religion your claiming! Expressing so much anger and judgment. …I guess you can blame that on someone else as well!

  47. Church get ready. Christian persecution IS coming our way. We are not exempt. Christian persecution hit historic levels in 2014. American Media and this speech is conditioning society for Christian persecution. Don't be deceived by this deceptive well calculated speech.  Shows like Empire (which frequently BLASPHEME God and promote lawlessness), Thicker Than Water, Preachers of Detroit, Preachers of LA, Preachers Daughter, MaryMary (promotes HATE), mainstream media frequently trying to use science to discredit the bible (CSI, BONES, Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Any mainstream show, children's cartoons laced with subliminal messages). We are being conditioned to be politically correct. This is the beginning. It's coming. Church. (The REAL) that sees the times Jesus warned us about. PLEASE PLEASE GET READY. FAST AND PRAY. FAST AND PRAY. FAST AND PRAY.

  48. So ISIS kills non extremist Muslims and people of no faith or at least not the faith ISIS and that's OK with "Christians" but then Christians start dying and now you give a fuck? I'm a nonbeliever but I have a better chance at going to heaven than any of the so called "Christians" who worship Fox News' "Christian Values"… You want a holy war which represents how violent religion has become. Some Christians are great helpful people while other " Christians" are no better then ISIS.

  49. There is nothing said here by the President that isn't common banter among Christians.  Those who claim to be offended are either looking for an excuse to find fault or are spiritually immature Christians.  Pastors and priests say far more challenging things from the pulpit all the time.  I've had comparable conversations myself with my brothers and sisters in Christ.  This is the gospel of grace and humility.  The President should be applauded.  The cause of Christ is enhanced by leaders who speak the truth in love. 

  50. I am very disappointed in this human. He cant pass an opportunity to display his thinly veiled hate for Christianity. His Muslim masters must be proud.

  51. Christians finally defended themselves after 400 years of murder from Islam. Obama is a MORON. Pro- Islam and has no business talking about religion. He is an Anti-Christ. Islam deny's that Jesus is the Son of God, therefore Anti-Christ. Anyone who supports Islam is an Anti-Christ.

  52. Today, more people are killed in the name of Islam every year than were killed in the entire 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition
    In the 1400-year history of Islam, 270 million people have been killed in the name of Islam. No other religion even comes close. Communism doesn't even come close. Naziism doesn't either.

  53. Religions should be treated like other political or philosophical opinions.

    Some religions…

    1) Don't accept freedom of speech ("blasphemy" etc.)
    2) Are incompatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    3) Conflict with humanism and basic ethical standards
    4) Challenge logic and rationality
    5) View people of different faith as inferior
    6) Don't accept gender equality
    7) Don't tolerate sexual freedom
    8) Explicitly threaten people who attack their dogma
    9) Must face other serious critique not listed here

    One may argue, that treating a religion which meets certain of above 9 criteria as a (respectable) political opinion is already too generous – or even dangerous!

    [This text is about religion defined as a political/philosophical doctrine/theory, not about the personal faith/belief of an individual in supernatural/metaphysical matters]

  54. I wonder when the United States will decide to elect a president who does not have to pretend to believe in religious fairy tales in order to trick their constituency into thinking they believe in some old man in the sky who had a son 2000 years ago who rose from the dead and died for our…uh….sins, and all that other nonsense. Probably not for a while…

  55. This one the only time I've ever seen Obama not confident and sure of his or what to say. Partly perhaps because he pretends to play all roles of faith. Keep in mind also only time I've ever seen his tonge come out during a speech. I've never read the Quo ran but I was informed once that it is a virtue to be a received keep that in mind while watching him talk. This man is a liar and the way he speaks and body language says it all. But to many people love his ole so wise and sweet words of peace and love. So full of it. Get a grip people.

  56. I wish a cormorant would perch on his head and squirt its long stream of white shit all over the side of his face.

  57. This Prayer breakfast was started on July 15, 2011 which historically celebrates the day Islam was born where Mohammed conquered and proselytized nations of the Middle East and Europe…Our President who claims to be Christian knows very well that this is the most important lunar New Year Calendar date to Muslims and all of them watched Obama fool our Christian nation while worshiping Islam as our president for all the world to see. This first meeting know as the Istanbul Process was chaired by Obama and Hillary to try to criminalize Islamophobia. http://shoebat.com/2015/02/12/overlooked-excerpt-obama-prayer-breakfast-speech-reveals-supports-turkeys-desire-criminalize-islamophobia/

  58. "I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples – if you have love among others."
    John 13:34,35

  59. Of COURSE THIS IS NO CHRISTIAN! This SNAKE! THIS sophisticated, smooth, LYING SNAKE! THIS TOXIC SNAKE COMPARES ISLAM WITH CHRIST… There is no comparison WHATSOEVER between GOD/CHRIST AND THE DEMONIC. ISLAM , NORMAL Islam IS TERROR- It is not "radical" Islam that mass murders, it is NORMAL, KORANIC ISLAM THAT CALLS TO MASS MURDER. Islam has not been "deformed or misinterpreted" to begin mass murdering. The basic tenet of Islam is mass murder and its symbol is…the SWORD. AS IT IS PUT INTO NORMAL PRACTICE IT MASS MURDERS. The speech of this poisonous LYING SNAKE basically says ONE THING: ALL FAITHS ARE THE SAME and are all evil… THIS LYING SNAKE learned well the SIMPLE LESSON OF MACCHIAVELLI to ALL POLITICAL LEADERS: "PRETEND TO BE A PIOUS CHRISTIAN, SHOW YOURSELF TO THE PEOPLE IN PIOUS POSES AND USE PIOUS WORDS in public… and the people will believe in you". This SIMPLE lesson has been practised well by this SMOOTH TALKING WOLF and by almost ALL heads of state- Clinton, Bush… the whole gang – all of them. READ "The Prince" by Macchiavelli. It is the instruction book for all politicians. Read it online. THE RELIGION OF THIS SHAMELESS SNAKE IS PERVERSION AND THE DESTRUCTION of ALL CHRISTIAN MORAL VALUES. This SNAKE, this WOLF has PROCLAIMED THAT "THE USA is NOT a Christian nation."

  60. it is LITERALLY PHYSICALLY NAUSEATING to hear the words of Christ filthied and dishonored- cynically repeated from the toxic mouth of this disgusting, lying SNAKE. This SMOOTH TALKER WOLF speaks them only for one purpose- to dishonor them and to spit on them… ACTIONS, NOT mere WORDS (shameless, bold, in-your-face lies by this venomous LIAR) show who is a CHRISTian. There is ONE and ONLY ONE DEFINER of who a CHRISTian is, and that is …NOT any priest, pastor, pope monk, some so-called "holiness" or anyone, it is …CHRIST. CHRIST… CHRISTian…see the simplicity of it? CHRIST's defintion is clear and unequivocal. Read it today- read it now online. Then understand that this PERVERTER is BY NO MEANS WHATSOEVER a CHRISTian but unequivocally A DETERMINED ENEMY OF CHRIST AND CHRIST's LOVE and WORK.

  61. THIS LYING SNAKE does NOT want separation of "religion" & state. THIS WOLF IS IMPOSING HIS INTOLERANT HATEFUL RELIGION OF PERVERSION and the GENOCIDE of our unborn UPON THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA

  62. this toxic snake/wolf is in fact a religious FANATIC and he is FORCING HIS RELIGION OF PERVERSION AND THE GENOCIDE OF OUR UNBORN upon the nation and beyond.

  63. Wow, you people make me, the FATHER, the Son & the Holy Spirit, laugh thank you ladies & gentlemen very much! You all are great! Just remember we are all sinners, not one amongst us is righteous, so Christian, Muslim, Hebrew, or any other faith, when we sin, we still are of that faith or when we sin & are an unbeliever, we still are an unbeliever, & people of all these walks of life have committed inhumane actions against mankind. So debate as you must, because bigger egos exist but I pray for true, knowledge, wisdom & enlightenment for you all, as I humbly do for myself, in Jesus name Amen! I love you all! You folks are hilarious! Thanks for making my day! 😉

  64. yeah. he is not religious, thank god 😉 he is too sharp for that. But ofcourse he has to pretend to be, in a country full of relogious people.

  65. I'm sorry but I had a dream before he Got elected we we're in the holy City Mecca where the Muslims go to worship he was wearing All white dressed like he was the people of that city , there were white men in business suits on each side of him making a pathway for him to walk , they were clapping and praising him
    And I was behind him but not too close and the holy spirit whispered in my ear Saying "Do you see that man ?"and I replied yes the holy Spirit Said "WATCH HIM " I was puzzled and confuse but now I know why , ..true colors will be seen very soon , accept Jesus as your lord and Savior , the enemy comes in all shapes sizes color and forms …people are drawn to him as if he's some Savior he knows how to swindle you , he's good with words

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