Bizarre Right-Wing Rant: Obama Used Easter to Try to Convert People to Islam
Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller is angry that President Barack Obama ruined Easter by mentioning other faiths in his holiday greeting.
During the President’s April 19 Easter radio address, which he devoted almost exclusively to talking about how “Jesus endured for us” and expressing the importance of the meaning of this”Holy Week” for his family and Christians across the country, Obama made a brief nod to those of other faiths, including Muslims.
“The common thread of humanity that connects us all – not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs – is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves,” Obama told the nation. “To remember, I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper. Whatever your faith, believer or nonbeliever, there’s no better time to rededicate ourselves to that universal mission.”
The mere mention of the word ‘Muslims’ apparently was enough to convince Geller that Obama was actually using the Easter greeting to try to convert good Christian Americans to Muslim ways.
“Does Obama ever mention Christians or Jews or Hindus when he makes his long-winded Ramadan messages? No!” she ranted, pointing out that he is purposely targeting Christians.
“It’s Easter, Obama. Address the mass persecution, oppression and slaughter of Christians across the Muslim world,” she continued on, “Instead he proselytize[s] for Islam. On Easter. It’s sick.”
As Right Wing Watch quickly pointed out, though, the multi-faith phrase mentioning Muslims that Geller took such offense at in Obama’s address is actually pretty standard in all of the president’s faith holiday based addresses.
In his address for Ramadan, for example, Obama said, “For the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion,” before adding,”It is also an opportunity for family and friends to come together and celebrate the principles that bind people of different faiths – a commitment to peace, justice, equality and compassion towards our fellow human beings.”
It is also worth mentioning that despite Geller’s claims, while Obama did use the word ‘Muslim’ in his address, he made no mention of specific Muslim teachings at all. The President did, however, encourage all Christians to “recommit ourselves to following His example, to love and serve one another, particularly ‘the least of these’ among us, just as He loves every one of us.”
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