Star Parker, appearing on the FOX News show, Hannity, didn’t pull any punches when the subject of President Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speech came up; the syndicated columnist and African-American activist is calling Obama out for saying Christians are just as historically violent and awful as modern-day ISIS, and by doing so Obama was guilty of “verbal rape.”
Appearing in a panel discussion on the conservative-minded Hannity show, Star Parker surprised even the show’s host, Sean Hannity, with her reaction to Obama’s assertions that Christians shouldn’t be on their “high horse” given the Inquisition and Crusades were both episodes in history where Christians allegedly murdered in the name of Christ.
Perhaps President Obama didn’t have time during his Prayer Breakfast speech to explore the wide-spread mutual animosity that was brewing between Muslims and Christians to kick off the Crusades, or the circumstances that made it no longer safe for Christians to co-exist in the long-shared Holy Land, but history aside, Star Parker seemed to feel President Obama’s words were unnecessary and foolish things for the President to say at the National Prayer Breakfast.
“Let me put it in context then, because I was in that room, and it was frankly verbal rape. We were not expecting it, nobody wanted it, it was horrible to sit through, and after it was over we all felt like crap.”
So, at least from Star Parker’s point of view, President Obama’s words were poorly chosen, and then some.
At the same time, both Sean Hannity and fellow Fox News senior correspondent, Geraldo Rivera, seemed a bit taken a back by Star Parker accusing the POTUS of “verbal rape,” even calling the words “harsh,” reports the Huffington Post. But Star Parker was apparently more affected by her first-hand experience at the Prayer Breakfast than Hannity and Geraldo, Parker expressing her belief that Obama’s remarks equating ISIS and Christianity will only ignite more conflict in the Middle East.
“We were talking about being in that room for unity,” said Star Parker. “And what he did was say, ‘Don’t ever forget the past, guys. Keep doing what you’re doing in the Middle East.'”
Along with the appearance on Hannity, Star Parker also expressed her disappointment in President Obama’s comments in her column, “What I saw at the National Prayer Breakfast” on Black Community News.
Along with Obama’s comparing Christianity to ISIS, Star Parker also took issue with a perceived lack of leadership reflected in the President’s speech, particularly when compared with the statement from Jordan’s King Abdullah, who was scheduled to speak at the Prayer Breakfast, explains Parker in her column, “But after one of his country’s pilots was burned alive in a metal cage by terrorists, he needed to return to his country.”
Instead, a Jordanian representative delivered Abdullah’s speech, words that Star Parker found powerful, and perhaps something she believes the President could learn from.
“After hearing it (Abdullah’s speech), I knew it was written from someone who knows the difference between good and evil. Someone who stands with Israel and Christians in the Middle East. And someone who yearned for a response from the world’s only superpower, only to be told by our President that Christians are just as evil as terrorists.”
Of course Star Parker has her share of critics, but they aren’t likely to silence Star Parker anytime soon.
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