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6 February 2015 - Obama condemns 'horrific acts' in the name of religion

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Obama condemns those who seek to 'hijack religion'
Staff (The Chicago Tribune)
President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world.
"No god condones terror," he said.
"We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends," Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast.
He singled out the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, calling the militants a "death cult," as well as those responsible for last month's attacks in Paris and deadly assault on a school in Pakistan.
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Obama FINALLY acknowledges ISIS is linked to 'Islam' – then compares it to the Crusades
David Martusko (The Daily Mail)
The burning alive of a Muslim man by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has jolted the president of the United States into acknowledging publicly that the world's chief terror threat comes from people who 'profess to stand up for Islam but instead betray it.'
But that stark conclusion, long missing in the White House, was followed by a litany of other wrongs done in the name of religion.
'Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place,' Obama told the National Prayer breakfast on Thursday morning, '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.'
But 'no God condones terror,' he insisted.
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Obama equates Islamic terrorism with ‘terrible deeds’ committed by Christians
Dave Boyer (The Washington Post)
The president also suggested he disagreed with the satirical French newspaper that provoked deadly terrorist attacks last month by poking fun at Islam. He said people of faith are obligated “to condemn such insults,” and his comments offered a possible explanation for why he failed to attend the unity march in Paris with other world leaders in support of free speech after the attacks.
“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 and stand shoulder to shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are targets of such attacks,” Mr. Obama said. “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.”
Mr. Obama never directly mentioned the newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, that was the scene of a terrorist attack in Paris that left 12 dead. The Islamist militants who carried out the attack said they were seeking revenge for the newspaper’s caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that offended many Muslims.
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Dalai Lama

Obama hails Dalai Lama as 'good friend' during US prayer breakfast
Dan Roberts (The Guardian)
Barack Obama hailed the Dalai Lama as a “good friend” during the two men’s first public encounter, one that will likely enrage Beijing.
Speaking before an audience of 3,000 at the national prayer breakfast in Washington, Obama heaped praise on his fellow Nobel peace laureate, who is reviled by China as a separatist.
“I want to offer a special welcome to a good friend,” the president said. He described the Dalai Lama as “a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion”.
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"6 February 2015 - Obama condemns 'horrific acts' in the name of religion", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2015. Consulté le 22/07/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/6-february-2015-obama-condemns-horrific-acts-in-the-name-of-religion