Current and former world leaders offered condolences earlier this week on social media after the horrific terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. However, former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statements stood out.
Both individuals went out of their way to refuse to notice the obvious fact that churches, and thus Christians, were targeted by the attacks. The omission is particularly odd because both former President Obama and Mrs. Clinton claim to be Christians themselves.
Obama’s tweet referencing Christians as “Easter worshippers” is particularly insulting, especially when one considers the fact that Muslims who were recently gunned down in a New Zealand mosque were never referenced as “mosque worshippers.” Likewise, Jewish worshippers who were gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue were never called “synagogue worshippers” or “Shabbat worshippers”.
As numerous users pointed out on social media, there really is no such thing as “Easter worshippers” just as there is no such thing as “Christmas worshippers”. Hillary Clinton’s tweet, which also used the term “Easter worshippers”, is even more erroneous than that of the former president. Clinton claims that Easter is a holy weekend for many faiths. While people of all faiths and even no faith celebrate Easter as a commercial holiday, only Christians view it as a holy weekend to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and other non-Christian faiths do not believe in the resurrection, and so do not view the week as “holy” — something which a practicing Christian and former Secretary of State ought to know.
Unfortunately, the former President and State Secretary were not the only Democrats to offer condolences while appearing to slight the actual victims. Democrat presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro likewise refused to use the words “Christian” or “Church” in their social media posts, as did Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who just announced his own bid, has failed to offer any sort of condolence on his Twitter account. Vocal progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has likewise decided to ignore the Sri Lanka bombing altogether, which may be for the best considering her crass tweet about God not keeping people safe in houses of worship from a few months’ back.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer managed to accurately note that peaceful Catholic churches were targeted in an unconscionable act of terror, even though the single tweet was quickly pushed down the timeline. Surprisingly, Democrat Representative and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, who is a practicing Hindu, stands out from her party as being one of the few Democrats who has managed to reference the Christian faith in a respectful manner in her condolence tweet.
The bombing in Sri Lanka is a sad event that prematurely ended the lives of nearly three hundred people while wounding hundreds more. It is not something that should be politicized by any party in any nation. Unfortunately, the Democrats’ overarching desire to be politically correct and refuse to note the deliberate targeting of the Christian community is not just appalling but also downright dangerous.
Recent statistics show that over one hundred churches are attacked or vandalized in some way around the world. Failure to call out obvious facts puts peoples’ lives in danger simply because they hold a set of beliefs that supposedly “tolerant” liberals don’t approve of. The Christian community in Sri Lanka, along with Christians around the world, deserve to be treated with the same respect and dignity that was extended to members of other faiths whose houses of worship have suffered unprovoked acts of violence.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter