President Barack Obama sparked outrage among American Christians on Thursday when he decided to use the National Prayer Breakfast as a forum to lecture Christians not to get on their “high horse” in the wake of the burning of a caged live Jordanian pilot by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists.
“Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Obama went on to explain that it is his view that the essence of faith is not certitude about one’s beliefs, but instead the opposite: doubt.
“I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt,” said Obama. “Not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us and doesn’t speak to others.”
According to Gallup, three in four Americans identify as Christians.