Jeff Crouere, FloydReports.com
Jeff Crouere, FloydReports.com
Aaron Klein, WND.com
President Obama’s faith adviser, Eboo Patel, likened television evangelist Pat Robertson to Osama bin Laden, calling both “totalitarians” who worked collectively against coexistence.
The statements by Patel mark the latest in a series of controversial remarks by the faith adviser to be reported by WND, including comments against the U.S. and Christianity.
In February 2010, Obama named Patel to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Patel, a Muslim activist, is the founder and executive director of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, which says it promotes pluralism by teaming people of different faiths on service projects.
In his 2007 book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, reviewed by WND, Patel compared Robertson to the now late al-Qaeda chief.
Wrote Patel: “Religious totalitarians have the unique advantage of being able to oppose each other and work together at the same time.
“Osama bin Laden says that Christians are out to destroy Muslims. Pat Robertson says that Muslims want only to dominate Christians. Bin Laden points to Pat Robertson as evidence of his case. Robertson points to bin Laden as proof of his.”
Continued Patel: “Bin Laden says he is moving Muslims to his side of the faith line. Robertson claims he is moving Christians to his. But if you look from a certain angle, you see that they are not on opposite sides at all. They are right next to each other, standing shoulder to shoulder, a most unlikely pair, two totalitarians working collectively against the dream of a common life together.”
Patel failed to point out bin Laden incited violence and directed and planned terrorism targeting civilians, while Robertson routinely condemns terrorism.
Robertson is the founder of numerous organizations and corporations, including the American Center for Law and Justice and the Christian Broadcasting Network.
He is the host of The 700 Club, which airs on cable channels throughout the United States and on CBN affiliates worldwide.
Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com
Barack Obama has proven he is more efficient than his predecessor in one area: He managed to diminish the history of two Christian nations in one presidential proclamation — on the eve of Easter. Obama campaigned in 2008 on a promise to call the Ottoman Empire’s systematic destruction of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915-23 a “genocide,” something none of his predecessors since Ronald Reagan had done. President Obama has broken that vow ever since. The day of remembrance of the genocide, April 24, fell on Easter Sunday this year, and Americans of Armenian heritage pressured Obama to follow through with his pledge this year.
Obama’s statement, issued on Holy Saturday, declined to commemorate the Muslim genocide by name, but instead denigrated “the dark chapters in our own history.”
Obama’s “Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day” referred instead to “horrific events.” Although he wrote “I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view of that history has not changed,” he decided to keep his own view to himself (for once). Instead, ever-so-gently beckoned the aggrieved parties — the offenders and the survivors — to resolve their “contested history.”
Obama’s solution to genocide: the Turkish Coffee Summit.
Both parties promptly rejected….