Jindal has an important point. Even if Obama is correct (he isn’t) that the Crusades were some equivalent of the depredations of the Islamic State today, this does not excuse him or his Administration from their responsibility to face the current threat honestly and deal with it realistically. 900-year-old Christian atrocities, real and imagined, do not excuse his refusal to recognize the reality of the jihad threat.
“Jindal Mocks Obama on Crusades: We’ve Got ‘Medieval Christian Threat’ Under Control,” by Josh Feldman, Mediaite, February 6, 2015 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
President Obama yesterday obliquely addressed the controversy over his administration not referring to terrorist groups like ISIS as being “radical Muslims.” The president said that plenty of horrible things have been done in the name of Christianity, like the Inquisition and the Crusades.
Obama’s gotten some mockery from the right for referencing events from hundreds of years ago, and today Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal joined the fray. In a statement today, he says the president really isn’t addressing the pressing issue of terrorism and instead giving people a history lesson.
And then came the mocking:
“We will be happy to keep an eye out for runaway Christians, but it would be nice if he would face the reality of the situation today. The Medieval Christian threat is under control Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”
White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said today Obama was talking about being “honest with ourselves” when we fall short of our values.