Obama makes pedestrian remark pointing out all religions have periods of violence, GOP freaks out

Later On

Really, is the GOP that ignorant of history? I suppose so—they seem to be ignorant of just about everything else. It’s a party built on ignorance.

James Fallows has a good response and makes some good additional points—cf. his remark based on Karen Armstrong’s book:

Barack Obama has gotten himself in trouble again, with people who generally find him troublesome, for a National Prayer Breakfast speech in which he made two non-pablum points. One is that down through time nearly every faith has at some stage been associated with violence and brutality. That is, it’s not just today’s Islam. His other point was that an essential ingredient of faith is, paradoxically, doubt.

For a sample of the balanced and level-headed response:

“The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime,” said Jim Gilmore, the former Republican…

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