President Obama’s remarks at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast have certainly stirred up the right wing. (See Charlie Pierce for a sampling, or simply plug “reaction Obama National Prayer Breakfast” into your favorite search engine.) On the surface, the criticism is over Obama’s use of the Crusades and the Inquisition as examples of violence perpetrated in the name of Christianity, when the Right would prefer he speak more harshly of Islam.
But the deeper anger coming from the Right is about something no one seems to be taking note of in his remarks, and we’ve seen the anger from the Right boil over on this very same thing emerge before. Can you say “Jeremiah Wright”? Sure you can . . .