In what is seen as the misuse of ‘talking points’ both former President Barack Obama and twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were torched over refusing to use the term “Christian” when referencing the victims of the Sri Lankan slaughter. Instead, they called them “Easter worshippers.”
Most Democratic leaders also used the bizarre term as did ABC and the Associated Press. They had no problem using the term “Muslim” during the Christchurch attacks, but could not bring themselves to say “Christian.” Suicide bombers targeted churches and hotels on Sunday in Sri Lanka as Christians started their Easter celebrations. The death toll stands at 290 this morning, reportedly including citizens from the United States, as well as 500 others who suffered injuries.
“The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity,” Obama reacted. ”On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.”
“On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence. I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka,” Clinton wrote after news of the attacks broke.
The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 21, 2019
Criticism was fast and furious on social media over this obvious slight to Christians. Muslim reformer and political commentator Imam Mohamad Tawhidi was quick to contrast Obama and Clinton’s reactions from the Sri Lanka attacks to that of the New Zealand mosque attacks. “Spot the difference,” wrote the Imam, posting screenshots of Obama and Clinton recognizing the “Muslim community” in the wake of the New Zealand attack.
Daily Wire contributor Harry Khachatrian snarked, “If only there was a single word for ‘Easter worshippers.'” Fox News’ Brit Hume similarly posted, “‘Easter worshippers’ aka Christians.” “Yeah we’re actually called Christians not ‘Easter worshippers’ wouldn’t hurt to maybe just say that,” said National Review writer Alexandra DeSanctis. Nice. The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles offered some help: “The word you’re looking for is ‘Christians.'”
On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence. I'm praying for everyone affected by today's horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 21, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“Blaze TV’s Allie Beth Stuckey argued with those suggesting the semantics don’t matter. “I’m seeing a lot of people say the semantics aren’t that big of a deal. Strongly disagree,” she said. “When every single top Dem used the same phrase & downright refuse to use the word ‘Christian,’ despite Christians being the #1 target of religious harassment in the world, it’s intentional.”
“Journalist Ian Miles Cheong critiqued leaders on the Left thusly: “Neat how Christchurch prompted world leaders to condemn islamophobia worldwide but hundreds of Christians are killed in multiple church bombings on Easter in Sri Lanka and not a single one of these leaders condemns this particular trend,” he wrote, adding a shot at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN): “‘Some people did something,’ as it were.”‘
Spot the difference (Part 2). pic.twitter.com/NiFvGREgtL
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) April 22, 2019
The Sri Lankan attacks were carried out by Islamic radicals. They targeted Christians specifically for worship on Easter. Yet, the Democratic leadership and the media all used the same strange term to refer to Christians over all of this. Parker Molloy of Media Matters also called Christians ‘Easter worshippers’ and tried to disparage anyone for taking offense to the term. Remember, both Obama and Clinton during Obama’s tenure drew criticism for their reluctance to identify radical Islam as the source of many terror attacks.
Per Breitbart, remember this nugget: “In an address to the National Prayer Breakfast in 2015, Obama attempted to draw a moral equivalence between the terror and torture used by the so-called “Islamic State” (or ISIS), and medieval Christianity. He admonished Americans not to “get on our high horse” about radical Islam, since “people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ” centuries ago.”
Spot the difference. pic.twitter.com/rOns0qtPxM
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) April 21, 2019
When the Catholic cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France went down in flames last week, Obama offered his thoughts on “one of the world’s greatest treasures,” with no mention of the church’s meaning to Christians. “Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can,” Obama tweeted.
“Pointing out how odd it is that the most influential Democrats are avoiding saying the word “Christian” isn’t a conspiracy,” Independent Journal Review’s Caleb Hull noted. “It’s a legitimate observation.” Yes, it is – they just thought no one would take notice. It’s incremental censorship of all things Christian and definitely a slap at the faithful on Easter.
If only there was a single word for “Easter worshippers” 🤔🤔🤔
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) April 21, 2019
“Easter worshippers” aka Christians. https://t.co/ocXXyD49ZK
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 22, 2019
Yeah we’re actually called Christians not “Easter worshippers” wouldn’t hurt to maybe just say that pic.twitter.com/amw0Zkwh1e
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) April 22, 2019
The word you’re looking for is “Christians.” https://t.co/LlJ8KCEdFx
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) April 22, 2019
I’m seeing a lot of people say the semantics aren’t that big of a deal. Strongly disagree. When every single top Dem used the same phrase & downright refuse to use the word “Christian,” despite Christians being the #1 target of religious harassment in the world, it’s intentional. https://t.co/q8lH9sdvT6
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) April 22, 2019
Neat how Christchurch prompted world leaders to condemn islamophobia worldwide but hundreds of Christians are killed in multiple church bombings on Easter in Sri Lanka and not a single one of these leaders condemns this particular trend.
“Some people did something,” as it were.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 21, 2019
On a day of redemption and hope, the evil of these attacks on Easter worshippers and tourists in Sri Lanka is deeply saddening. My prayers today are with the dead and injured, and their families. May we find grace.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) April 21, 2019
Heartbreaking to learn about the attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka. Colorado stands with the people of Sri Lanka during this very tragic day and we grieve for those affected by these acts of violence.
— Jared Polis (@GovofCO) April 21, 2019
I am deeply saddened over the horrific acts of violence against Easter worshippers and tourists in Sri Lanka. I send my deepest condolences to the victims and their families. We stand united with the people of Sri Lanka.
— Ami Bera, M.D. (@RepBera) April 21, 2019
Why #EasterWorshippers doesn’t make sense?
1. Christians don’t worship Easter.
2. If Christians get killed on a different day, should politicians call them Sunday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Wednesday worshippers?
3. Nice try but Christians in Sri Lanka were worshipping Christ
— Tommy Wong (@tommy_sc_wong) April 22, 2019
— Dzdork (@dzdork) April 22, 2019
I literally never heard the phrase “Easter worshippers” before today. We’re called Christians. pic.twitter.com/AMx5qwqXDU
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) April 22, 2019
Notice AP had same set phrase for Notre Dame “tourists and Easter worshippers” pic.twitter.com/iPciSsXq0O
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 21, 2019
Hey @HillaryClinton @BarackObama those "Easter Worshipers" you keep referring to are called #Christians. It is a few more syllables than Muslims but I bet you can say it if you try. Jesus says to love everyone regardless of differences; try it. Praying for #SriLanka #HeIsRisen
— Sarah Stanley (@its_me_sarah_s) April 22, 2019
Sweetheart, stay with me here, the bombers weren’t Christians. https://t.co/wnprtJ8IN8
— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) April 22, 2019