Obama, Clinton, Democrats denounce attacks on “Easter Worshippers,” not ‘Christians’
Former President Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and several other leading Democrats denounced terror attacks on what they called “Easter worshippers” — not Christians — Sunday in Sri Lanka. They refer to Muslims as "Muslims," however.
Suicide bombers murdered nearly 300 people and wounded 500 more in attacks on three churches, three hotels, and a housing complex. Many were killed as they attended Mass for Easter Sunday. The government reportedly suspects that the bombers, all Sri Lankans, were members of “a domestic Islamist terror group named National Thowfeek Jamaath.”
Yet Obama, Clinton, and other Democrats — including 2020 presidential contender Julián Castro — could not bring themselves to identify the victims of the attacks as “Christians,” calling them “Easter worshippers” instead.
During Obama’s eight years as president, Obama — and Clinton, who served as his first Secretary of State — drew criticism for his reluctance to identify radical Islam as the source of many terror attacks.
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.
Democrats also criticized President Donald Trump and his administration for declining to use the word “Muslims” to describe the victims of the Christchurch terror attack in New Zealand last month, although Trump did identify the targets as “mosques.” Similarly, he identified the targets in Sri Lanka as “churches and hotels.”
When they sent their condolences about the New Zealand tragedy they both had no problem with calling the victims properly – Muslims.